Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.
The dandelion tattoo is a popular tattoo worn by many women and some men or anyone who is drawn to its design and meaning. The dandelion is considered ordinary and plain when compared to showier blooms like the rose and lotus; it lacks subtle color or elegant lines, but makes up for that with its unique geometry. This tattoo can be designed with a little or a lot of detail, so it can be tattooed almost anywhere on the body, although they're mostly seen on the shoulder.
In this article, we will review the symbolism of the dandelion symbolism and discuss designs. You will have the chance to view photographs of many different styles. We hope you'll find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo project.
When it comes to tattoo symbols that have positive meanings, the dandelion tattoo fits the bill. The dandelion has been symbolic to a variety of cultures over the years and has been popular in folklore and legends.
Youth and Joy
The dandelion is different from other flowers: considered ordinary and plain when compared to showier blooms like the rose and lotus, what the dandelion lacks in color and obvious beauty, it makes up for it with its unique geometry. Its distinctive look is what makes it irresistible as a child, and since most of us have blown a dandelion at some point, we know how amazing and magical it is to watch the fluffy dandelion seeds fly through the air. Even though they are common weeds, If you see one growing, you'll notice it and remember how the fluff flew when you blew on it. This is why the dandelion is a visual reminder of youth and joy.
The word "dandelion" comes from the French dent de lion, "lion's tooth," referring to the jagged, toothlike leaves. The dandelion's Latin name is Taraxacum officinale, which means "the official remedy for disorders." This is a healthy edible weed that many use to treat various minor problems. Early settlers brought the plant to America from Europe, for eating and medicinal purposes, and it was a smart thing to do, since dandelions will grow nearly anywhere and are full of vitamins which are hard to find during the winter. Settlers ate the leaves like lettuce, and roasted and ground the roots for a coffee-like drink. People have used dandelion tonic as a cure-all. The health benefits of dandelions are perhaps as overlooked as the plant itself. They are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals and have twice as much vitamin A in one serving as most vitamin pills.
In a sense, the dandelion can be a symbol of life. It is a plain and unimpressive weed, nearly impossible to remove because of its spectacularly strong roots. Then, when it goes to seed, it is suddenly beautiful, fluffy, and white, standing proudly above the grass and weeds. But then finally, one strong wind will blow and its beautiful geometry is gone. The dandelion tattoo can remind you to enjoy every moment that you are blessed to have. It shows that life is both tenacious and delicate and we only have one chance to make the most of it.
Hopes and Dreams
The dandelion can also be associated with hope and dreams that come true. Because when children blow on dandelion fluff, they close their eyes and make a wish. When they see a dandelion head, they are reminded of all the things they have and will wish for. Some of us are lucky enough to have our dreams come true. In such cases, the dandelion tattoo can be worn to symbolize how dreams came true.
Superstition and Magical Beliefs
A variety of superstitions and magical beliefs are associated with dandelions. One folktale says that when a child finds one, the size of the stalk shows how much they will grow in the coming year; other tales say the dandelion can be used to find out how long you will live, what year you will marry, and how many children you will have. It is also believed that when a dandelion is added to a wedding bouquet, the bride and groom will have good luck. If you blow the dandelion and all the seedlings fall off, you are loved. If you blow the dandelion and make a wish, if all the fluff blows away, your wish will come true.
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.
— Richard Bach
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Dandelion Tattoo Design Options
When it comes to dandelion tattoo designs, there are a few different things that you can do.
- The most popular design portrays the dandelion with blowing seeds. This design can be done in various ways: sometimes the seeds transform into birds or hearts or other symbols.
- Most dandelion tattoos are done in solid black ink. Even so, I believe they look great with a little color. Not only can you add the yellow flower, you can also shade in the background. I would suggest light blue, pink, and purple. These colors go great with black ink.
- Dandelions can be designed in various sizes and placed nearly anywhere on the body.
- Make sure that you take the time to view all the different tattoo designs in this article. This will help give you ideas and inspiration for your own design.
Some see weeds:
I see wishes.
Before You Tattoo
There are some very important things that you need to do before you get your tattoo:
- Make sure that you take the time to do research. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents before you get inked.
- Don't rush! Those that do usually have regrets about their decision later on. Make sure this is what you want.
- Take your time, do your research, and make sure you are fully committed to your choice.
If you feel that the dandelion tattoo is not for you or want to view more options, please feel free to follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit.
If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.
— Andrew V. Mason
It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Michelle on August 17, 2019:
I am getting the dandelion tattoo for many reasons.1 it was my favorite thing to play with as a child. 2 for letting go of my 100lbs I lost. Lady letting go of all the bad things I’ve dealt with in my life. I’m free of my past. ;
Lisa on May 13, 2018:
I had mine done on Friday mine has 9 bits coming of it for my miscarriages and a black bird above it all for my boy who was still born.
freewomen101 on September 09, 2017:
I have a tattoo of a dandelion on my arm and the reason I got it is because it symbolises freedom and power it makes me feel like I can do anything yes it is a weed but I see beauty that others might not see
Jillie1962 on October 02, 2015:
A dandelion is, indeed, a flower. My mother told me a flower is that which is thought to be a flower and she has never been wrong (well, maybe a few times).
pishco on April 10, 2015:
And marijuana it is a weed too! So?
Lordhavemercy on November 01, 2014:
A dandelion is not a flower, it is a weed. You know you're tattooing a weed on you right.
Mickey on October 30, 2014:
The dandelion with seeds scattering is also a symbol for people that are
" brats "
as in military brats
Barb R on July 21, 2014:
Always my favorite flower--so brilliant, blooming before many of the coddled garden plants. Strong & enduring, despite the poisons & constant uprootings & mowings that mere humans bring against it.
Linda Conner on April 10, 2014:
This beautiful flower has special meaning to me. It is the symbol for the Military brats. We spent our lives moving around all the time. I'm going to get the tattoo.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 12, 2013:
Anneke, thanks for the comment. Absolutely, that's a great meaning for the dandelion tattoo. Appreciate your visit. The dandelion can represent letting go, perhaps from a troubled past or situation. Letting go, moving on shows growth, progress. Very cool perspective.
Anneke on November 11, 2013:
To me it represents letting go. I love these other meanings though, they're great!!
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 27, 2013:
@Kaela, thanks for your comment and sharing your story. Love that, new beginning meanings. I'm glad that you both have that connection, that's very special. Never let that love go.
@Mels, thanks for taking the time to share your wisdom. Ok, the seeds left on the dandelion represents lies in Italy, the number of seeds left is how many lies will be told. See, I've heard similar sayings, none that pointed back to Italy. I love when others share what they know, we make this an article that others can come to learn and get advice on tattoos. Thanks Mels!
Mels on September 27, 2013:
In Italy the seeds that remain mean how many lies did you say.. But I like the other means!!
kaela on March 22, 2013:
I have a dandelion tattoo and to me it represents survival, of taking the past letting it go and starting a new life. Since I got this tattoo my husband goes around every dandelion he see's cause it reminds him of me.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 13, 2012:
Moonlake, thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. Appreciate the votes as well. It is a beautiful symbol, love the meanings and designs:)
moonlake from America on August 11, 2012:
Military brats use the dandelion as their symbol. It's so pretty just love it. Enjoyed your hub. Voted up and more.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 07, 2012:
I believe all of us have blown a dandelion at some point in our life. As time has went by, we pay it no attention. In doing this article, I now go by them and I have to blow them. I believe it can represent how we lose our inner child. Find your inner child! Thanks you all.
BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on August 03, 2012:
Fascinating! Oh, how I love these!!!
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 01, 2012:
It's so funny, every time i see a dandelion in my yard, i must dig it up.Ha..These are pretty esp. the one on the ankle,,
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 01, 2012:
Not very colorful but interesting just the same.
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 31, 2012:
I don't think I've ever seen this tattoo. I like the ones where the seedlings become something else as they float away. Voting this Up and Beautiful.
Ryem from Maryland on July 31, 2012:
I love symbolism and hidden meanings in tattoos. I believe each of mine are unique because of that. These dandelion tattoos are beautiful and so are your words. I haven't given dandelions a second look until now.
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 31, 2012:
thelyricwriter where do you find these this one is awesome love the dandelion tats voted awesome!!!!
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 31, 2012:
Every time I think you have run out of beautiful tattoo ideas, you prove me wrong. These are so sweet and lovely. By now my entire body is covered with tattoos thanks to you (virtually of course).
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 31, 2012:
Okay, I really am starting to get into this....the designs are amazing....you might have a new convert to this series. :) Great job my friend.