Floral designs are a fan favorite, which is why I’ve been putting together this list of the best flower tattoos I’ve ever had the pleasure of encountering for quite some time now. It’s been months, no years since the first design was put aside with this list in mind, which is why I’m rather excited to finally share it with you as I do believe it represents the best of what’s out there. Floral tattoos are something that every girl can get behind. And by the end of this list, you’re going to know exactly what it feels like to fall in love—multiple times I’m guessing. I fell in love with each and every one of these designs the second I saw them, and ever since then, it’s been an ongoing affair. This list is so jam-packed full of beauty and elegance that you’ll be barfing rainbows and unicorns by the time you’ve finished. Check it, 80 of the best floral tattoos to have ever seen the light of day.
Every once in a while a design comes along that is so beautiful, so captivating that it literally takes your breath away. For me, this is that design. I know we all have our own individual tastes, but if this isn’t one of the most memorable floral tattoos you’ve ever seen, you may want to schedule an appointment with your local optometrist as soon as possible.
Amazing flower tattoos come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, styles and colors. While everyone has their own personal preferences, photorealism designs always manage to captivate a wide audience simply because we recognize the skill that it takes to create these particular works of art. As far as realism goes, this tattoo checks that box with a big fat Sharpie.
An x-ray lotus tattoo
The whole x-ray tattoo movement began with floral designs like the one seen above. Even to this day, the best examples of the x-ray style are all flowers. Which is mainly to do with the design opportunities that multiple layers of petals present. A match made in heaven, no less, no more.
It’s not everyday that you come across a large flower of any variety emblazoned atop an individual’s hand. When you do stumble upon these types of designs, they’re usually roses. Come to think of it, they are always roses. Which is why it’s surprising that the first peony hand piece I ever saw managed to blow each and every design I’ve seen before it out of the water.
There are a lot of rose tattoos floating around out there. In fact, they’re so popular that it’s safe to say that every person sees at least one rose tattoo before they die. And due to their immense popularity, I don’t have to tell you that not all rose tattoos are created equal. The majority of rose tattoos (or all tattoos in general) are usually lacking in many different departments. Which is why it’s nice to see examples like this that make you want to go out and get one of your own.
A camellia flower
I have to say, spending a considerable amount of time scouring the web for the best flower tattoos sure does teach you a lot about the different species and varieties. This design is of a camellia flower, which I had no idea existed before Amanda introduced us.
A beautiful thigh piece
For the sake of variety, I had to force myself to limit the amount of designs I included from Hong Kong’s Mini Lau studios. But if this triumph of a floral tattoo is something you fancy, then it’s imperative that you spend a few hours ogling Mini Lau’s Instagram portfolio, which really is quite entertaining.
An apricot branch
Again, if it wasn’t for hashtags and the like, I would have labeled this design a cherry blossom branch for sure. Delicate and delightful, the amount of detail the artist was able to achieve in both the branches and the blossoms is a miracle of modern tattooing. Hongdam is one of the founding fathers of the whole slim needle movement, and if you’re just getting started, well, you know who he is.
A floral glyph
This triangular hibiscus flower cut-out done in black ink is somewhat of a Pinterest legend. As far as I know, this image has the record for the most pins of any tattoo on the site. Don’t quote me on this though as there’s a good chance that things have since changed.
A watercolor rose
The watercolor style is well-suited for floral designs. As you can see here, this beautiful pink rose would be right at home on a greeting card or as part of a larger watercolor painting hanging on a wall somewhere that charges you money to see it. Flowers have long be a favorite subject matter for watercolor artists, and this design makes it easy to see why.
As someone who doesn’t publish that much of her work online, it’s surprising that so many of Amanda Wachob’s designs have gone viral the way they have. Many artists post hundreds, sometimes even thousands of designs for the world to see, but Amanda is far more reserved—or so it seems. However, when she does post, it’s usually an absolute feast for the eyes. Her floral designs are a fan favorite, but her abstract works are equally impressive.
A lotus flower
Lotus flowers are incredibly popular tattoo designs. Their unique petal arrangement and the singular beauty that the lotus flower represents makes them an excellent choice for a stand alone floral design. It use to be that if you got a floral tattoo, it was either a lotus or a rose. That of course was before the whole peony trend exploded.
Pink and purple peonies
Olga’s light and elegant style was developed for tattooing flowers—or so it would seem. When you think of a flower, the rose is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But when I think floral tattoo, the first thing that comes to my mind is a peony. Peonies > roses.
Gorgeous fuchsia flowers
I don’t know if it’s coincidence or what, but the fuchsia flowers on this list seem to be living in a world of their own as far as quality is concerned. Tattoos of this caliber deserve to be framed and passed down from generation to generation before eventually being enshrined in a museum somewhere for the public to enjoy.
A black ink rose
Black and grey ink designs sure have come a long way over the years. My aunt had a rose tattoo on her forearm that looked as if it was drawn with a dull crayon and even saying that was being generous. The detail in this design is what separates Nando from the rest of the pack, and as you can see, it doesn’t get much better than this.
An x-ray poppy
X-ray floral tattoos come in all different shapes and sizes, but the way this poppy was done sends tingly feelings up and down my spine. Most x-ray flowers you’ll see are dark in nature where as this design emphasizes the lighter, more transparent aspects of an x-ray which I absolutely love.
A single cherry blossom
Give it another 30 years and this design may just fade into oblivion, that’s how faint the majority of this piece appears. Hongdam is an artist who tattoos with class, as in, each of his designs would be right at home at a cocktail party at the Louvre.
Light pink cherry blossoms
Women who get cherry blossom tattoos are only interested in one thing: beauty. Because cherry blossoms are the epitome of all things beautiful in this world. It’s common to come across individual cherry blossom tattoos or even branches full of blossoms, but pink cherry blossoms accompanied by green leaves are not a very common sight.
A colorful daisy bouquet
Gerber daisies come in a variety of different colors. And assuming that’s what we’re looking at here, I have to say that these types of daisies are severely underrepresented in the tattoo industry. Everything from the orientation of the design to the framing of the photo itself were executed with precision and care.
A few small roses
Ever since I first laid eyes upon this cluster of roses I’ve been seriously contemplating getting a similar design in the exact same location myself. Of course not a copy, I would never do that, I’m just saying that there definitely would be similarities. Eva is well known for her circular landscape designs, but after seeing this gorgeous floral design I think it’s pretty clear that her talent knows no boundaries.
Magnolias again, to be more precise. I’ve always felt that magnolias don’t get the attention they deserve. They are just as beautiful as if not more beautiful than cherry blossoms and they come in similar colors. Here’s to getting the magnolia a little more respect this year.
Here is another one of Amanda’s floral designs that went mega viral a few years ago. Personally, I think this design is beautiful, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why everyone else fell in love with it so hard. On a side note, it kind of looks like the girl’s dress is stuck to the tattoo.
An elegant pair
Excuse my vague title, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out which type of flowers this design was supposed to portray. Poppies would be my guess, but I didn’t even know what a peony was a couple years ago and I’m usually more wrong than right.
There’s a zoomed in shot of this peony but I decided to go with the wider angle because I fell in love with the broader composition of things. Doy never disappoints, and the way he captured the light interacting with the blossom is simply divine.
An electric lotus
It’s an odd feeling when you look at a tattoo of a flower that’s this colorful and this vibrant and then think to yourself that you’ve actually seen brighter and more vibrant versions in the wild. Pink lotus flowers (sorry I don’t recall their exact name) are especially bright, almost electric in nature.
A purple calla lily
I came across a surprisingly large number of calla lilies while vetting designs for this list. This is by far the best example but there were a lot of amazing designs out there. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll create a list of only calla lilies if I can find enough suitable designs.
Little baby sunflowers, you’re so beautiful. Tiny floral tattoos can be just as impressive as say, a life-size sunflower tattoo. I would even argue more impressive, because let’s face it, how silly would a 6-foot-tall sunflower look wrapped around your body? But all jokes aside, tiny tattoos are where it’s at, and these three sunflowers are living proof.
If scientists got together and bred a species of flower specifically for the sake of watercolor art, then the Larkspur would be the result. This is just another example of Hongdam showing off his superb style and brilliant understanding of texture.
A beautiful poppy
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a flower tattooed with such richness and dimension. I mean, seriously, if there’s a more dynamic floral tattoo out there I’ve yet to see it. This design right here is why Amanda Wachob is one of the first names that come to mind when I hear the words “floral tattoo.”
A wonderful bouquet
Whether or not you’re seriously considering getting a floral tattoo, I hope you see this article for what it truly is: an opportunity to enjoy art created in one of the most difficult mediums on the planet. But if this bouquet isn’t enough to convince you that floral is the only way to go, you should definitely keep scrolling.
A tiny black ink rose
The fact that this woman is drop dead gorgeous probably adds to the appeal of this design more than just a little. But these heavy blackwork or blacked-out floral designs have always been a favorite of mine. I’d even consider getting a tattoo like this in this same location if I knew my mom would never see it.
It’s not everyday that you see a thistle tattoo. The last time I came across a design like this was, well, never. And yet I’m so fascinated by it and the fact that it represents a flower that’s practically the complete opposite of a rose or peony but still manages to ooze an equal amount of beauty.
Black and grey ink peonies
When I was putting the finishing touches on this list I was a little bummed that I couldn’t find this certain black and grey ink peony tattoo that for some reason had slipped though my hands. It wasn’t until I was completely finished with the list that I was able to locate the design. Here it is. Enjoy. And remember that black and grey ink designs are just as beautiful as their colorful counterparts.
Great tattoos are designed with their surroundings in mind. In fact, some of the best advice I ever got was to settle on a location, then decide what will occupy that location—not the other way around. The way that these poppies are staged makes for a powerful statement. And it’s pretty obvious that this woman had a back piece in mind before she ever settled on a trio of poppies.
A back full of flowers
In the spirit of full disclosure, it should be known that this gorgeous floral arrangement is a combination of temporary tattoos, which is in part what made a design of this nature possible. When most people get floral tattoos, they choose a small bouquet or a single flower to decorate their skin. This example demonstrates just how fascinating a design can be that strategically stages different floral elements to create one harmonious display.
A stunning black and grey ink rose
If this design looks familiar it’s because I posted an almost identical example earlier on the list. I don’t usually like to double down on styles/designs too similar in nature but for this piece I’m making an exception. I’m certain you won’t mind.
This shoulder location is as elegant as any for a floral tattoo design. Even though it can be difficult to show off your design as often as you may like, when you do get the chance, it’s all the more special. The subject’s white shirt really brings out the lighter-toned inks used in the petals.
This design is more about the bee than it is about the flower. But since it does contain a flower, I don’t feel so bad including it on the list. A bee buzzing around a flower is something that I rarely see implemented with any sort of success. But as this design demonstrates, there’s a first time for everything.
Pansies belong to the same family as violets and their fragrant petals are actually edible. I’ve yet to have a pansy salad put in front of me but I see a different recipe for one just about every day on Instagram. Oh, and if you end up going with a pansy design, focus on capturing the details and color variants in the petals (as seen above).
Vivid watercolor cherry blossoms
I can just imagine how magnificent this design looks with a black bikini or sports bra. This design itself is a stylish flurry of abstract brush strokes which is something Georgia Grey is known for. However, it’s her use of exciting color that always has me wishing I lived a little closer to New York City.
A floral skeleton
Here we have another semi-floral tattoo that just barely qualifies for the list. And again, my excuse for including it on the list is purely out of respect for the design itself. A design as good as this deserves to be included on every list ever created at the very least.
A gorgeous shoulder piece
All of my attempts to identify these flowers failed. And if that doesn’t speak to my ignorance of all things botanical, I’m not sure what will. Because I’m pretty sure that most of you out there will able to instantly identify these flowers with no more than a casual glance. I really should know my flowers. Fail.
A bright pink peony
Black clothing always frames up bright pink ink like wham bam thank you mam. This gorgeous pink peony is a thumbnail just waiting to be cropped. If you’ve never had the pleasure of holding a peony in your hand, I highly recommend pressuring your significant other into sourcing a few for you. They are terrific.
A wonderful watercolor design
There are watercolor tattooists and then there are people like Jules Boho who have such a firm grasp of the style that you want to start a petition to rename the style to reflect her contribution. Jules Boho is that artist. I’m just thankful that she hasn’t realized her worth, because then only people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet will be able to afford her services.
A field of sunflowers
Take a step back and look at the bigger picture. When you decided to check out an article full of “floral tattoos,” I bet you never thought you would come across a design like this. Eva Krbdk specializes in these wonderful circular landscape designs. They are magnificent, and almost copy proof. Almost.
A bauhinia blossom
This image has a subtle blur to it which really irritates me. I pride myself on providing the best examples of tattoos the world has to offer, and photo quality plays an important role in that aspect. I wish it was feasible to obtain the original files from each artist (I tried) but unfortunately it just isn’t practical.
Moss roses, also known as Purslanes, are itty-bitty roses that grow low to the ground. I had never heard of these flowers before but now thanks to Donghwa, I’m seriously considering filling a planter in my greenhouse.
An epic x-ray design
If there’s one way to put a masculine twist on an otherwise feminine design, this is it. I’ve been a fan of Joice’s work for a while now but this design really put her over the top in my book. A+ for creativity as well as execution.
A peony rectangle
The aptly named Anna BRAVO is an Eastern European tattoo artist based in Paris, and black ink floral tattoos are what puts food on her table. Her fondness for peonies is evident in her work and I always look forward to viewing each piece she creates.
Another gorgeous hibiscus triangle
They say that something like 99 percent of all art is influenced by other art. They also say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And while I never advocate copying other people’s designs, I do understand the urge to recreate something beautiful.
An assortment of tiny flowers
When I see a design like this, I get a strong urge to pour a glass of cab, pull up a chair, and get lost in the splendor of a million tiny floral tattoos. But not everyone is as obsessed with tattoos as I am so I digress.
A cherry blossom turtle
This is one tattoo design that I’ll never get sick of. In fact, I’m surprised Mini Lau doesn’t have her own online store because her portfolio is brimming with designs that would transition beautifully into the world of temporary tattoos.
A beautiful back piece
This is one of those designs that’s not really for public consumption. That is, unless you happen to live a very alternative lifestyle, which I totally support by the way. Who knew two little flowers could create such powerful imagery?
A stunning thigh piece
Have you ever seen a tattoo so beautiful that it made you cry? Me either. But if there is an individual out there who has the propensity to be overcome with such raw emotion, I like to think that this design would be more than capable of triggering such a response.
Pis Saro’s Instagram is full of natural beauty. And by natural beauty, I mean actual flowers that she uses to model her designs after. But lately I have to admit that her portfolio is getting a little confusing as she features her temporary tattoos along side her real designs which can make it difficult to distinguish what’s real and what’s not.
A purple iris
Getting a large watercolor iris on your forearm is a day well spent. Tiny designs are cute and concealable, but impossibly difficult to appreciate from anything father than a few feet. Larger designs have also been known to age more gracefully.
A cherry blossom anklet
This just in: Floral anklets don’t have to be cliche, ugly, and dated! Any girl considering a floral tattoo should give some serious thought to getting a floral anklet. As is true with most designs, it’s all about the artist. Finding a good artist will open up a lot of design avenues that you never imagined possible.
A creative watercolor rose
The artistic genius of Hongdam never ceases to amaze me. A flower within a flower. A minimalistic outline with a wonderful abstract watercolor fill. However you choose to see this design, one thing’s for certain, it’s super creative and one of a kind.
An elegant little lotus flower tattoo
When I talk tattoos with other women, I frequently hear “I want a little flower here,” while they point to the patch of skin on the underside of their wrist. Other times it’s the wrist instead of the ankle. And if you can relate to any of these women’s desires, then this small lotus flower is probably the design of your dreams.
An x-ray magnolia
Joice Wang has a thing for magnolia x-ray flowers—which has definitely made the world a better place. When it comes to x-ray floral designs, Joice is one of the best. In fact, the first x-ray design I ever posted was from her portfolio.
A peony armband
Anna Bravo is one of those artists who lives to tat wonderful black and grey ink floral designs and doesn’t have time for much else. Her work is timeless and elegant, which is why she’s developed such a following. This band of peony goodness is one of her cleanest pieces I’ve seen in a while. Anna, Bravo!
A blossoming flower
The whole blossoming flower concept is an interesting one. This trend of aligning multiple flowers in different stages of bloom in a familiar one—but hasn’t been played out on the level that many trends fall victim to. Banul, Hongdam, Dragon, Mini Lau, are just a few of the artists that have successfully experimented with this particular style.
These roses remind me of Bruce Willis’ butterfly tattoos in the movie The Whole Nine Yards. And ever since that film, I’ve always thought that flanking shoulder designs were something I would eventually have. These roses remind me that there is still time!
A creative floral piece
To all you purists out there, this is proof that florals can look great when given a little extra boost from other non organic design elements. These roses are set to a beautiful collection of various geometric shapes, which frame the floral focal point in the most wonderful way.
A lone rose
There are few things in this world as lovely as a lone rose decorating the crest of your back. We went years believing that the small of the back was the “cool” place to get a tattoo and look how that turned out. I’m not saying that a well designed “stamp” can’t be beautiful, only that this higher-up location has always had more appeal to me.
A floral swing
Eva Krbdk has a wonderful habit: She always manages to outdo herself. Now I’m not saying she is the most talented artist in the world, but if the industry gave out an overachiever award, Eva would be the annual winner on a reoccurring basis. She can do it all, and she proves it on the regular.
A behind-the-ear blossom
Everyone who lays eyes upon this design has nothing but good things to say about it. These types of reactions make me wonder how many tiny neck tattoos this single design has influenced over the years? 5? 50? 500? Certain tattoos achieve fame over time, and I have a feeling that this will be one of them.
A spinal piece
Spinal designs emit a wonderful vibe of symmetry, even if they aren’t perfectly themselves. Discovering that you were born to bear a floral tattoo of this magnitude is an enlightening moment. A tattoo like this will—in a way—define you for the rest of your life.
A wicked watercolor mashup
No basic watercolor floral designs here. If you love the idea of a watercolor design, but at the same time want a little more, then Jules Boho is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Okay, you probably need to buy a plane ticket but same same.
Uniquely colored roses
Every great artist has their own unique style. I often think to myself “How many different ways is there to illustrate a rose?” And as I’ve come to find out, that answer is that there are infinite ways to illustrate a rose. I believe the writing under this design reads “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
Another x-ray magnolia
It’s impossible to get sick of Joice Wang’s x-ray magnolias. I know this because I’ve been looking at them all day and my appreciation for them has only grown stronger. In fact, this gorgeous design is one of my all time favorite tattoos in the history of history.
A three-dimensional flower
Tattoos sure have come a long way since, like, last year. I know technology progresses on an exponential clip, but I didn’t know the same was true for tattoo designs. This pink peony was illustrated with top-lighted effect that adds a crazy amount of depth and dimension to the design.
Snow drop flowers
Ummm is this a photo of a photo or are we still doing tattoo designs here? Nando, hold back a little bit please you’re making everyone else look bad. Has anyone seen my jaw? I seemed to have dropped it somewhere.
A small peony
This perfectly proportional design will give you perfect balance across your forearm. Believe it or not, designs can be too big and too small for a given space. Proportions are an important design consideration that is often times overlooked.
Heather and lavender
Lavender is a popular floral choice for its unique structure. Heather flower is an evergreen shrub that has similar visual properties as the lavender flower which is why these designs seamlessly transition together so well.
An amazing forearm piece
If you’re having trouble gaining Instagram followers, you might want to consider a floral forearm piece like the one above. Just kidding. Don’t get a tattoo for followers. I’m not saying that it wouldn’t work, but, yeah, don’t.
Micro floral tattoos are super cool. I mean, what’s not to like about this tiny tattoo design? Lilies aren’t a common sight when it comes to floral designs, but maybe they should be. Donghwa is known for packing huge amounts of detail into ridiculously small spaces and works out of Sol Studio. What’s not to love?
Elegant watercolor roses
If all rose tattoos were rated on a scale from 1-10, this design would be an 11. The way the artist filled the blossoms with just enough color to make them interesting is a technique I’d like to see more of in the future.
It’s always a pleasure to see new species of flowers in ink. This design is of a small bouquet of lisianthus flowers, which I have to admit I had no idea even existed. This particular species of flower comes in many different varieties and colors. Lisianthus, commonly known as eustoma or prairie gentian, is a small genus in the gentian family.
A pink and blue rose
If I suddenly woke up tomorrow with this tattoo on my arm, I would thank my lucky stars. I wouldn’t even question how it got there. Donghwa’s tiny floral tattoos are things of beauty. The close-up nature of this photo puts every little detail on full display.