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