Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.
Blue Rose Tattoos
The beautiful blue inks make the blue rose tat a must-have design. Blue is the second-most popular choice for rose tattoos (of course, red is first).
Your design variations are limitless. First, there are so many blues to choose from: baby blue, indigo, denim, cobalt, the list goes on. Then, the style options are unending: realistic, cartoon, geometric, etc. Not to mention placement, size, and other elements; the choices are endless.
Below, you'll read more about and look at many photos of blue rose tattoos for inspiration for your next ink project.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
— L. Frank Baum
Blue Rose Tattoo Design Options
- A blue rose tattoo design might portray a single or bouquet of blue roses.
- Many incorporate butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, or other related symbols.
- You also see them designed with hearts, stars, flowers, or names.
- Any style will do: tribal, Celtic, geometric, realistic, old-school, etc.
- You might portray only the petals.
- Some prefer to add artwork or trail art for the stem of the rose.
- Consider incorporating complementary colors into your design. Bright oranges and dark yellows can really make the blue pop. Many of the blue rose tattoos in this article show them with yellow tips. This adds another dimension to the design.
- You may also want to consider a sunset for the background if you don't prefer the brighter background shading.
There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
— Vincent Van Gogh
Blue Rose Tattoo Meanings
The blue rose can symbolize a variety of different things, both positive and negative.
- The impossible or unattainable
- Unnatural beauty
- An unreachable dream
- Artificiality or artifice (since blue roses don't exist in nature)
In the end, however, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it to.
I've always liked the blue, so tranquil and peaceful and gliding. And the fear of it.
— Siouxsie Sioux
Before You Tattoo
Before you get your tattoo, there are a few things that you will want to consider. Just as you are doing right now, take the time to research your design. Make sure you completely understand what it represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked without knowing the meaning.
Look through dozens of blue rose designs before you choose a final sketch. The more you look at, the better. You're planning on wearing this for the rest of your life, make sure you love it. You don't want to go through cover-ups and laser removal that cost time and money. Make the right choice the first time around.
© 2013 Richard Ricky Hale
Katilinn on February 04, 2019:
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Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 01, 2013:
Radhikasree, thanks for taking the time to comment, vote, and share. I appreciate that. Blue rose tattoo designs are a great tattoo for men or women. Their unique as the blue rose is really non-existent, but in the tattoo world, anything goes. Blue rose tattoos are designed in several variations as well, giving everyone options.
Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on September 01, 2013:
Blue rose tattoos are very beautiful. I'm surprised at the variety of designs you've presented here. So great!
Up, beautiful and interesting. Sharing in FB.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 23, 2013:
@Nell, that's great! That's what I love doing, helping others choose the right tattoo. Always a big thank you!
@Rosemay, thanks again my dear. Blue rose tattoos are beautiful. The blue rose is a great to work with, best wishes.
@Shyron, thanks for your comment, nothing wrong with being honest. Tattoos are for some, not for others. I just want others to have an appreciation for the art and symbolism behind each tattoo. I appreciate everything!
@Patty, appreciate the comment Patty. Same here, that's what made me love tattoos. Why would someone choose this tattoo? Why someone choose a blue rose tattoo, what's the meaning behind the tattoo? Great perspective Patty and thanks again!
@Ruby, YES, that's a beautiful blue rose tattoo design. I love the first blue rose tattoo, a great tattoo, perfect detail. Personally, the top blue rose wasn't done as good, but it makes for a great example for others who plan on getting a blue rose tattoo. Best to you.
Thank you all for taking the time to view my work and comment, it's greatly and ALWAYS appreciated.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 22, 2013:
I like the second picture the most, all are beautiful...
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 21, 2013:
I like to hear the stories behind tattoos, especially tribute tattoos, but cannot see myself having one. Up and Interesting.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 21, 2013:
These pictures are lovely to look at, but they are not for me.
Voted up and interesting.
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 21, 2013:
These are lovely Ricky. I do really like the ankle one.
Voting Up and more
Nell Rose from England on August 21, 2013:
Now me likey! A lot! lol! seriously, these are gorgeous, and you have just given me a new idea for tattoo! voted up and shared!