Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.
Hearts and roses are a popular tattoo combination among both men and women. Both the rose and heart are powerful symbols that are recognized all around the world.
The combination of symbols can be designed in a variety of different styles. Although you most often see the design done in red, some people rebel against tradition and use white, yellow, pink, purple, or even black instead.
Rose-and-heart tattoos include banners, text, and lettering, often depicting the name of a loved one, or "Mom" or "Dad," and they are popular with parents who want to represent their children's names. Couples often get matching rose-and-heart tattoos, although everyone will advise against this.
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Symbolism of the Heart-and-Rose Tattoo
The heart and rose typically represents love, passion, and desire. If we see a heart with arrows pierced through it, this often represents pain and heartbreak—a bleeding rose or heart can represent the same thing.
Heart-and-Rose Tattoo Meanings
Heart-and-Rose Tattoo Design Ideas
Both the rose and the heart are old-school tattoo symbols. Sailors, captains, and fishermen were among the first to make them popular and today, they are two of the most well-known symbols in the world.
The heart-and-rose tattoo is often designed with other symbols, like stars, swallows, barbed wire, or even flames. It can be inked in countless different variations, in any color. Both symbols look good sketched realistically, abstractly, geometrically, tribally, or in a simple line drawing.
Instead of depicting the entire blossom, you might portray just the petals.
For the heart, you might choose one that's anatomical, with veins and arteries, or a sacred heart with flames. You might encircle it with barbed wire or chain links.
It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.
— John Boyle O'Reilly
Before You Tattoo
Before you get your heart-and-rose tattoo, there are a few things that you need to consider.
Just as you are now, be sure to take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo symbolizes and stands for. View hundreds of tattoo designs before you choose. Don't get inked only to find out later that your design may represent something different from what you thought. Men and women who rush to get inked usually have regrets later on down the road. You don't want to go through the process of cover-ups and laser removal—make the right choice the first time around.
If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime.
— Swedish Proverb
Heart And Rose Tattoos
Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time.
— Edmund Spenser
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 24, 2013:
@Btrbell, thanks again for dropping in, for the read, votes.
@Ruby, heart and rose tattoo designs are beautiful. I think its cool that the rose and heart symbolize the same things. Thanks AE, take care.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 23, 2013:
These are beautiful! I love roses..
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on August 23, 2013:
Up, beautiful and interesting! Thank you!