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The Prettiest Flower Tattoos We Ever Did See

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Flowers are a common design choice for tattoos, and for good reason: each blossom holds its own symbolism, both well-known and obscure. For example, the rose is generally thought to represent love, but it can also stand for hope, new beginnings, and even pain or loss if paired with its stem or thorns. Another popular flower tattoo is the lavender spring, which symbolizes devotion and calm and is known for its healing properties.

Of course, just because a flower has a certain symbolism doesn’t mean that’s the only reason to get it inked. Tattoos are deeply personal things by nature, so flower designs could also represent a memory, an experience, or simply a love of the floral aesthetic. Regardless of the reason for your flower tattoo, check out these 40 beautiful design ideas for inspiration.

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Inner-Ear Lotus

This peekaboo-style tattoo by Jessica Chen features a small, watercolor lotus just below the inner-rim of the ear. It stands out, but it can also be easily concealed for a gorgeous surprise whenever you tuck your hair behind your ear.

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White Ink Flower Tattoo

Give your tattoo the same delicate feeling as a real flower by opting for white ink. Due to the lighter color, the lines feel more purposeful and light — an effect aided by the sketch-like feeling of the outlines. The inner pop of yellow also ups the impact of the sometimes hard-to-see ink.

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Variety Bouquet Flower Tattoo

Floral tattoos don’t always have to be small and dainty. Instead, make your design a bouquet of flowers to emphasize your love of the botanical. Using different kinds of flowers in the bouquet makes the design personal as well.

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Ankle Flower Tattoo

Inner ankle tattoos are great for those who want the flash of ink without total, 100 percent visibility, so placing a flower tattoo there makes it feel more personal and intimate. Design ideas that work well here include branches, single flowers, and leaves, as they have natural curves to their look, so it will work well with the rotation of your ankle.

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Whimsical Flower Tattoo

Flower tattoos don’t always have to be overly detailed. If you’re someone who prefers a bit of whimsy in their ink, a floral tattoo comprised of only thin outlines makes it feel simpler and more hand-drawn. The green and blue help to give a better sense of image, as well as adding impact to the overall look.

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Words & Flower Tattoo

Customize a flower design further by adding words or a phrase. Here, the actual florals are inked in a way that seems to wrap around the text, making both elements shine in the overall tattoo.

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Wrist Flower Tattoo

Because the wrist is a constantly moving and rotating part of your body, it’s a great place to consider getting a flower tattoo, as the natural movement of the florals will complement that of your arm. This one is purposely done at an angle to give the feeling of movement even when your wrist is static.

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Thumb Flower Tattoo

If you’re a fan of minimal designs, a small line art flower by your thumb is a whimsical take on the simple. By using slightly thicker black lines and placing thee ink on your hand, your tattoo is certain to make a visible impact.

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Painting-Like Flower Tattoo

Your thigh is a great idea for a floral tattoo, because the large amount of surface area means you can allow your flowers to bloom and branch in all directions. This design utilizes non-connecting, simple, medium lines, which evokes the feeling of a museum painting.

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Rose Tattoo

Rose tattoos are common for good reason: there are so many different variations that a rose tattoo is almost always personal. This tattoo has a realistic design that’s aided by the line-art only style that makes you want to reach out and touch it!

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Colored Flower In A Vase Tattoo

A flower tattoo doesn’t always have to be wild florals or branches. For a more personal vibe, consider flowers in vases, like this design. The inclusion of color and simple, curved lines also makes the tattoo whimsical.

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Finger Flower Tattoo

For those who prefer small, dainty tattoos with a mighty impact, a line-art floral on one of your fingers is the perfect combination. The thin lines make the tattoo feel like it has more room than it really does, elongating the finger rather than shortening it.

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Large Line-Work Flower Tattoo

When getting really large flowers, consider keeping to line-work only to ensure they don’t feel overwhelmed with detail. These roses are straight-forward, but the line details on the leaves and double lines on the petals keep them interesting.

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Flowers In A Vase Tattoo

While a solo flower is the go-to for tattoo minimalists, you can still attain the same vibe by placing multiple simple flowers together in an outline vase. Details are added, like the curve of the bottle and the floppiness of the petals, but it’s otherwise a minimal design.

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Inner Ankle Flower Tattoo

For those who want to keep their flower tattoo to themselves, the inside of the ankle is a delicate and intimate placement idea. The long stem of this flower is inked around the ankle bone and almost seems to move with it.

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Thigh Flower Tattoo

Another way to take advantage of the large space that comes with a thigh tattoo is to have the design crawl up your leg and down the side of the thigh. Although it’s a big design, the thin and wispy lines, as well as the light shading, keep it feeling dainty.

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Triangle Flower Tattoo

Making your tattoo pop isn’t just a job for color ink, it can also be achieved with geometric additions like this triangle. By incorporating other simple shapes into the design, the florals become the focal point of the tattoo.

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Butterfly And Flower Tattoo

A floral tattoo doesn’t just have to be flowers! Tie in more of nature by adding in small creatures — like this butterfly — or other natural elements like scenery or non-floral plants.

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Outlined Calla Lily

This calla lily design by Mira Mariah can be created without your tattoo artist even lifting their pen.

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Single-Needle Flower Tattoo

For a very delicate feeling floral design, find an artist who’s an expert in single-needle designs. The single needle will give you a very thin outline, which will make it feel light and whispy. It also allows for smaller designs if you want to add extra detail.

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Thinly-Outlined Flower Tattoo

Use a very thin outline to give your flowers a whispy and breezy feeling, as well as allowing the shading to feel natural, rather than harsh. Although this design is placed in a large, major area, the tattoo manages to remain light and delicate.

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Blackwork Flower Tattoo

Floral tattoos don’t have to be dainty and delicate; try a design with a lot of blackwork to darken your flowers a bit. Here, the all-black branches, dark leaves, and dark shading add a bit of heaviness to the design in a good way.

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Armband-Look Flower Tattoo

If you like the look of a tattoo armband but don’t want to take up so much space with one design, this two-branch placement might be just the fix. This frees up space between the florals while still having a wrap-around effect.

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Finger Flower Tattoo

An inner-finger floral is for the more daring tattoo-getter, but that doesn’t mean the design needs to be edgy. If you want a dainty flower to show off in an edgy spot, go for a minimalist look without too much detail.

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Dark Flower Tattoo

Floral tattoos don’t have to be dainty and delicate; try a design with a lot of blackwork to darken your flowers a bit. Here, the all-black branches, dark leaves, and dark shading add a bit of heaviness to the design in a good way.

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Bright Shapes And Flower Tattoo

Add a bit of fun to your design with large shapes in a bright color and dot-detailing (reminiscent of ‘80s patterns — in the best way). Even the shading is done with dots, giving it a lighter look that allows the outlines to stand out.

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Filled-In Flower Tattoo

If you’re a maximal minimalist — aka, you like a bold but simple look — a small bunch of flowers filled-in with black gives you both looks that you want. Ankle placement furthers that idea, by allowing you to hide the design or show it off.

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Delicate Color Flower Tattoo

Adding color to your flower tattoo doesn’t always make it whimsical; sometimes it ups the delicate feeling instead. This design also forgoes any dark outlines and relies solely on the color to create the shape of the flower, upping the dainty vibe.

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Realistic Flower Tattoo

If you’d rather use color on a more realistic design, this tattoo also forgoes any black outlines and instead uses darker hues to add definition to the roses. The shading also gives the appearance of light and shadows, making the flowers feel almost real and 3D.

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Reimagined Flower Tattoo

Another way to customize your flower tattoo is to reimagine it as something other than the expected. For example, cherry blossoms tend to be very colorful, breezy, and light. Instead, this tattoo opts for blackwork, shading, and darker dot detailing to portray the flowers.

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Outline-Only Flower Tattoo

For florals that take over your whole arm or leg, go for an outline only design. This allows for the tattoo to take up a lot of space without feeling heavy or crowded.

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Overlapping Flower Tattoo

A common (but beautiful!) flower tattoo is the overlapping line-art sprigs like in this design. It’s popular for so many reasons, though: they’re easy to place anywhere, can have its shape and size customized, and is minimal but chic.

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Bouquet Flower Tattoo

Bouquets are great ideas for floral tattoos because they’re able to be completely personalized to the tattoo-receiver. In this design, it’s a bouquet of the same flower, but you can easily make it a bunch of different kinds if you’d prefer.

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Connecting Flower Tattoo

A great way to make multiple flowers feel natural rather than repetitive, try having the tattooed blooms connect at the stem. Dark dot detailing on the inside of the flowers and around the outside also both contrast well to the light dot-detailing on the petals.

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Single-Line Flower Tattoo

If you’re a minimalist who prefers more fluid designs than stark geometric ones, one design idea is to make it look like it was created out of one single line, like this tattoo. The abstract nature also allows you to work with your artist to create a truly unique design.

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Sprig Flower Tattoo

Make a floral spring tattoo a bit more interesting by placing it somewhere that sees a lot of movement, like the wrist or ankle. Give the design even more dimension with some light shading and stark dot detailing.

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Abstract Flower Tattoo

For the artistic individuals, add a bit of avant-garde nature to your tattoo by incorporating a swatch of color right in the middle of the design. Use not-quite-straight, medium-thickness lines on other parts of the tattoo to make them feel just as bold as the swatch.

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Transforming Flower Tattoo

A fun way to add whimsy to a flower tattoo without incorporating color is to have the florals be the base of some sort of transformation, like how this one turns flowers into stars. This allows the outlines and small details of the tattoo to shine through as well.

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Jasmine Flower Tattoo

Jasmine flowers are a great idea for a tattoo design because they come in a bunch naturally, so it won’t look crowded on the skin. The light shading also gives the flowers dimension, and the way that the lines appear to fade out at the tips makes it feel weightless.

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Moon And Flower Tattoo

Adding in elements of nature like the moon allows you to connect your floral tattoo to something personal and really make it your own. The design is entirely done out of dots, which allows the tattoo to use a lot of heavy black but still feel light.

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Behind The Ear Flower Tattoo

Behind the ear is the perfect place for a small flower tattoo, because you can make it as visible as you’d like it to be. While this small tattoo uses a lot of black to create shadows, the thin stem and negative space in the petals keep it from feeling crowded with details.

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