Dogwood Flower Tattoo Designs and Ideas
One beautiful flower that you may consider as a tattoo is the gorgeous dogwood blossom. The dogwood tree has been a symbol for many centuries. In this article, we will review its various meaning and design options.
Dogwood Symbolism in Christianity
The dogwood is often considered to be a Christian symbol since this tree was chosen for the crucifixion of Jesus. Since it has strong bark, the Romans figured it would make for a durable cross.
Some ancient tales say that the dogwood felt unhappy being used in such a manner. It is said that Jesus could understand how the dogwood tree felt. After being nailed to the cross, it is said that Jesus talked to the dogwood and said,
"Because of your regret and pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross, two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the middle of the flower a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember that it was upon a dogwood tree I was crucified, and this tree shall not be mutilated or destroyed, but cherished as a reminder of my death upon the cross.
In a variety of ancient myths and legends, it is said that the dogwood tree grew as large as the oak tree. Today, it only grows a few feet tall.
Facts About the Dogwood Tree
- Dogwood blossoms come in a variety of different colors: pink, red, white, and purple. You can choose any of these, a combination of these, or any other color.
- There are around 40 different types of dogwood trees all across the world.
- One interesting fact about the dogwood is how it received its name. Its bark was commonly used to cure dog mange. Due to this, it was later called the "dogwood" tree.
- Dogwood bark was also used to treat fever and cold symptoms in humans.
- Today, dogwood is used for a variety of different purposes: furniture, tool handles, golf clubs, and shuttle blocks. It is used for these things because the wood is so durable.
Dogwood Tattoo Meanings
In general, dogwood tattoo meanings are positive:
- Enduring Love
But remember, in the end, your dogwood flower tattoo symbolizes what you want it to.
Dogwood Tattoo Design Options
- Since the dogwood flower is associated to Christianity, it might be designed with a variety of Christian symbols and elements like the cross, Jesus, praying hands, a rosary, Bible quotes, angels, or cherubs.
- One great design pairing is the dove, especially if you are trying to stick with symbols of Christianity. The dove can represent faith, love, and hope.
- Dogwood flowers may also be designed with swallows, butterflies, or hummingbirds.
- Since dogwood flower tattoos come in a variety of different variations and designs, they can nearly be tattooed anywhere on the body.
- You can choose to portray only a flower, a small branch with flowers, or even the entire tree.
There are some very important things that you need to remember before you get your a tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to do research. You want to make sure that you completely understand what it stands for and represents—you don't want to get a tattoo without knowing the meanings and symbolism behind it. Don't rush to get inked! I try to stress this point because it is so important. Those that do it on impulse will usually regret it. Don't make this mistake.
© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale