50 Rose Tattoos That Are Better Than All Others

If you were thinking that a rose tattoo may be in your immediate future, then you came to the right place. This list has been a long time in the making due to the fact that I wanted only the best of the best on display. High quality rose tattoos aren’t as common as you would think, so I had to search high and low but it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you 50 of the most spectacular rose tattoos in existence. Rose tattoos come in all different shapes and sizes. Pick a style that suits your personality and go from there. And of course, don’t forget to save and share you favorite designs.

A sternum piece

Rose tattoos are so common that it really takes some out-of-the-box thinking to create a unique work of art that makes me (someone who looks at tattoos all day) do a double take. However, this design does just that. It puts an original twist on the whole “x-ray” concept and I’m hoping to see a lot more in the future.

A rose in hand

Mixing elements of minimalism and hyperrealism together looks wonderful. It kind of reminds you of those early Disney animation sketches from way back in the day when the hand and pencil made an appearance and erased a character.

A hand piece

It’s no hidden secret that photography plays a huge role in showcasing body art. No matter how good a design may be, if you don’t have a quality shot, it probably won’t be seen. This top-of-the-hand rose tattoo is stellar. But there’s no doubt the superb photography gives it a little extra.

A blue rose

Be warned, more than a few little blue roses make an appearance on this list. Rose tattoos are an elegant and beautiful option wherever you choose to place them. But of course the more trendy locales (like the one above), are, well, more trendy.

An x-ray rose tattoo

Unique placement is just as fascinating as a new and original design. And while calf tattoos are far from groundbreaking, they aren’t something you see on a daily basis. When it comes to x-ray floral designs, the leaves and stem are just as important as the blossom itself.

Sketched roses

Whenever creating a specialized list, I always make it a point to pay Inez Janiak a visit in hopes of adding a little sketch style goodness to the list. And do to her diverse body of work, I’m rarely disappointed. Sketch style roses = extra cool.

Electric roses

These two little matching thumb tats are probably the last thing you thought you’d find on this list, but here we are. Floral tattoos come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Roses are natural jaw-droppers so it can be tempting to try to capture them in all their natural glory. But new school twists can produce stunning results (see above).

A perfect pink back piece

Repost. Sometimes ink is just too good to post only once—don’t hate me. This is one of my favorite snaps so far this year and pretty pink roses don’t get much better than this. Wonseok has a way of exceeding all expectations.

A vibrant rose

Subtle this design is not. Breathtaking and awe-inspiring it is. It really doesn’t get much louder than this, and when it comes to attention-grabbing florals, Antonina Troshina only knows how to make big statements. Stay tuned for more from Antonina later on the list.

Magical petals

Sparkling and shimmering, this rose looks as if it belongs in a Disney movie floating across the screen while magic pixie dust falls from its stem. Lucas is known for his unique tendency to add just a touch of gradient color to the depths of his floral compositions.

A beautiful back piece

Banul has a natural elegance to her work that’s hard to define but impossible to overlook once one becomes familiar with her style. Some of the most beautiful floral designs you will ever see reside on Banul’s Instagram page.

An inverted rose

This tattoo probably wouldn’t have as dramatic of an affect if it weren’t paired with this blonde bob. But that’s not to say it wouldn’t be just as gorgeous on anyone else—regardless of hairstyle. Heavy blackwork with watercolor characteristics makes for an awesome sight.

A cursive stem

“Kings” is what I believe this stem spells out but it’s a little difficult to discern. Black and grey ink flowers have always been more appealing to me than their colorful counterparts. Greyscale inkwork is as timeless as it is beautiful.

Light pink petals

If you came here to look at pretty tattoo designs and instead found yourself at a shading clinic where light and texture seem like they’re being used in place of standard tattooing inks, you’re not alone. I’ll say it, this tattoo looks so good it appears fake a first glance.

Perfection

Pawel Indulski will go down as one of the best tattoo artists to ever live. This is his attempt at a rose tattoo. Notice the negative space stems, the flawless gradients from dark to light and the overall uber creative composition.

Pink roses

Nando is another one of those uber talented artists who is probably responsible for ending the careers of more than a few inspiring tattooists.

Blackwork beauties

I absolutely love this location. It’s everything a tricep tat is and more—since you never see designs in this location arranged to be viewed from the back. Clusters of flowers can morph into mass confusion as the ink ages, so be warned.

A minimalistic back piece

La Vie En Rose was the signature song of popular French signer during the late 40’s. Paying tribute to a favorite song usually consists of just a few favorite lyrics, which is why this elegant and creative display is a breath of fresh air.

A gorgeous ankle piece

Have you ever fantasized about the perfect ankle tattoo? You wouldn’t want to put it on the side of your ankle, no that’s too yesterday. Instead, spinning it a little farther back would be good. And of course it would need to be a timeless and classy design but you don’t want it to look old right out of the gate, which means a lot of single needle detail is definitely in order. If any of this sounds right, you’d probably be happy with something along the lines of this gorgeous tattoo above.

Love

I don’t know what it is about this tattoo but it reminds me of a bookmark my mom used for about ten years straight. Confining the roses to a rectangular shape is a creative way to add the pleasant aesthetic of straight edges to naturalistic design.

Stages of bloom

Designs portraying the various stages of bloom are far from uncommon these days. But this example, with its whopping 7 stages of bloom, is by far the most extravagant I’ve ever seen. But of course anything less would be a disappointment from Dragon.

Electric pink

When you hear the words “pink rose tattoo,” you may be tempted to execute an overly enthusiastic eye roll in honor of what has become one of the most cliche tattoo designs a woman can get. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is a pink rose tattoo. Yet somehow it’s so much more.

Nemo

This list was a long time in the making. As you know, I take great pride in showcasing only the best designs in existence. And doing so, it usually takes months to put together a quality list. With that being said, out of all of the high quality designs on this list, this long-stemmed colorful creation might just be my favorite.

A floral ankle piece

Colorful designs have neither the class nor the staying power that a well executed black and grey ink piece has. Often times the most difficult decision to make during the design process is whether to go color or not.

A yellow rose

Here we have a small yellow rose set into a minimalistic heart. There are a lot of things that you can do to frame a rose but nothing is quite as spectacular as this heart-shaped frame.

A thigh piece

Aeri does roses with as much beauty as anyone else in the game. Her unique single color shaded fill is a trend that more and more artists are embracing. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, new and interesting trends always seem to emerge.

A tiny rose

There are more than a few tiny rose tattoos on this list, but none are quite as wonderful as this small pink blossom. Tiny tattoos with major detail are always a welcome sight.

An elegant side piece

If elegance is what you’re after, then anything by the renowned perfectionist Flower will leave you sorted. Tattooist Flower has been inking some of the most spectacular floral designs since Instagram opened its doors.

Purple and blue roses

Purple with just a hint of blue to be more precise. Here with have another splendid example of what Aeri can do with an ink and needle. If you’re ever in Koera, I highly recommend paying Latebird studio a visit.

A mandala rose

Mandala flowers are about as gorgeous as roses. So when they’re combined, well, you get the picture. Oh wait, there’s an actual picture here for you to gaze upon in appreciation. Just look at that shading!

A greyscale back piece

For those of you with your minds set on something more expansive, let it be known that you can go as big as you want without having to add much more to the mix than beautiful rose blossoms. This design features elegantly draped chains which is always a nice touch.

A pink rose

Every girl has secretly fantasized about their own little wrist tattoo. And if you honestly didn’t count yourself among that group prior to seeing this piece, I think it’s safe to say that you’ve now been converted. Any girl that leaves the shop with this little beauty should immediately pick up a few scratchers.

A simple hand piece

Minimalistic beauty at its best right here ladies and gents. The last time I laid eyes upon something this beautiful was in a dream. Rose tattoos are like any other accessory. You choose a style that fits your personality and go from there.

Blue watercolor roses

The watercolor style of design instantly makes everything a little more interesting. This blooming back piece has style for days and is anything but basic. If you’re looking for a floral statement piece, this stunning back piece may be of interest to you.

A blossoming red rose

Red roses are gorgeous no matter how they’re displayed (as long as they are quality of course). So when you line them up like this in their various stages of bloom, things get taken to quite a different level.

A rose in a glass case

If Disney played any type of role in your upbringing, this dying rose displayed in a glass case should evoke waves of nostalgia and joy. Sleeping Beauty tribute tattoos are rarely done better than this. And when I say “rarely,” I mean never.

A large black and grey ink back piece

All tattoos are dotwork in nature, but when artists purposely go out of their way to give a design the impression that it was created by a network of strategically placed dots, it’s known as the “dotwork style.” And this particular style of design definitely suits floral composition. I mean, look at those leaves!

A neck tat

Neck tattoos aren’t for the timid of heart. They’re front and center and unless you live in the Arctic, are going to be on display 24/7 for the world to see. Now if you don’t have a problem with that, in my opinion it’s one of the trendiest locations to get inked.

A single blossom

Get ready for a flurry of forearm designs because that’s what’s on deck. The forearm is a decent sized-canvas and it’s easily viewable—which is why it’s such a popular locale.

Red roses

Another beautiful floral creation by one of South Korea’s most talented young artists. While Aeri’s designs all seem to share one common theme, each and every one of her pieces always seems new and interesting.

Three roses

Like a floral brooch perched upon her shoulder, this cluster of rose blossoms adds a certain air of elegance to any summertime look and would be a perfect addition to any woman’s shoulder.

A sternum piece

The low-lying sternum piece is the perfect compliment to any bikini. With summer right around the corner, maybe it’s time to start deciding just how far you’re willing to go to reinvent yourself this summer.

A small bouquet

Why settle on just one type of floral when there are so many beautiful flowers out there to choose from? If you had your mind set on a rose tattoo, you might want to consider other floral varieties as well.

A new school rose

If you’re looking for something with a little more edge, you may want to give your local tattooist a little creative freedom and you might end up with something as cool as this. Traditional designs are always appealing, but they’re not for everyone.

A blue rose

If there’s one thing that separates the tattoos of old from the tattoos of new, it’s detail. And by “tattoos of old,” I’m referring to most of the tattoos done 10+ years ago. The detail in the leaves and petals of this small blue rose are simply divine.

Elegant red roses

The word “gorgeous” doesn’t even begin to describe the tattoo above. “Flower” might be an odd moniker for an artist to go by, but once you discover  how ruthless her floral game is everything starts to make sense.

A black and grey ink rose

In case you weren’t aware, men can get floral tattoos as well. In fact, floral tattoos on men are quite attractive. It takes a lot of confidence and bravado to get a rose tattoo or any floral tattoo for that matter.

And another

I literally stand up and clap for anything and everything that gets posted to Dragon’s Instagram. Dragon is no doubt one of the most talented artists at Bang Bang—which is saying a lot considering they’re probably the most renowned studio in the US.

A pink rose on the wrist

Here we have another small wrist piece which is equally as awesome as the one we saw earlier—while taking a completely different design approach. Wrist tattoos are where it all begins. You’ve been warned.

A lower back piece

You can’t help but notice how this piece matches the tone of this individuals skin. While I’m not sure if it was done on purpose, the art of designing tattoos for their surroundings isn’t something that many artists never consider.