Explained: The Meaning of a Rose Tattoo

Rose tattoo; virtually perfect in shape, no wonder it stands out above the rest for its natural beauty. As well as one of the most popular widespread romantic symbols it’s a no-brainer as for why they make for such popular ink.

Truth is most people who walk around with rose tattoo; have little to no knowledge of the history of the rose. What makes its true beauty. Let’s just say that it comes to no surprise the rose is directly associated with some pretty epic symbolism. From spiritual to religious and Greek mythology.

So here we begin; in Greek and Roman mythology there is the tale of Chloris. Chloris was the goddess of flowers. The story claims that early one morning Chloris was out on a stroll when she came across the lifeless body of a nymph. Sad by this occurrence Chloris decides to breathe a new life. Transforming the nymph’s body into a flower. She called out to god Zephyrus, keeper of the west wind. Asking Zephyrus to blow away the clouds in the sky for maybe Apollo might allow the sun to cast its warming rays down. Aphrodite would add beauty, and Dionysus a hypnotizing aroma… the three Graces allowing for the blossom; the gifts of charm, joy, and love. They quickly agreed it was the most beautiful flower of flowers, truly “The Queen of Flowers.” Aphrodite named the flower Rose, dedicating it to her son, Eros, the god of love.

of course the flip side…

Chloris called upon Aurora and Iris to spread the word. Aurora painted the morning sky in rose-tinted hue. While Iris borrowed a touch of rose’s color. Chloris later presents Eros with a rose, Eros would later offer it as a bribe to Harpocrates (the goddess of silence). For he was hoping to cover up his mom’s recent indiscretions. Therefore, roses would also come to be directly associated with secrecy, lies, and silence.

I mean Rose Tattoo’s have so many meanings and positioning that alter those meanings as well that we suggest you get educated as to placements and quantity of roses prior to getting tattooed. Don’t be left with “regerts.”

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