Rose tattoos are one of the most popular tattoo ideas for men. The flower is universally recognized as a symbol of love and passion, although if you have your rose tattooed in black ink it could represent the grief of a deceased loved one.
A rose tattoo can come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and colors, making it incredibly easy to design a custom tattoo just for you. Some men choose to have a rose tattoo alone, while others may want a rose as part of a half sleeve or full sleeve tattoo.
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular rose tattoo ideas for men to inspire you for your next piece of ink.
Meaning of rose tattoo
While you certainly don’t need to have a meaning behind your rose tattoo, you may just like the flower, some men may choose to get one based on the many interpretations of the tattoo design. As RegisteredTattoo says, “in the unpredictable future, roses symbolize and will symbolize romance and beauty.”
However, this connotation is with a red rose. Roses can come in different colors and the color of ink you finish your rose tattoo in can completely change its meaning. A white rose tattoo, for example, can represent purity and innocence, while a pink rose is more associated with femininity than red.
For most men, however, a rose tattoo is simply an easy tattoo to get. If you want ink, but don’t know what to buy, get a rose. Simple. Here are some of the best rose tattoo ideas for men in 2022.
Traditional style rose tattoo
If you want a truly authentic tattoo, you can’t pass up the traditional style. Made popular by legendary tattoo artist Sailor Jerry, a traditional style rose tattoo will inject lots of color and vibrancy. If you already have other tattoos done in a thin style, you might want to avoid a traditional rose tattoo because the styles just don’t match.
But, if this is your first tattoo, a traditional style rose could decide which way to go if you decide to get more tattoos in the future.
Rose and dagger tattoo
A rose and dagger tattoo is an incredibly popular option for men. First of all, it can be finished in color or black ink, and for those who want their tattoos to have meaning, it is said that a rose and dagger tattoo can symbolize the attraction of opposites. That’s when the dagger pierces the rose. If you have them together, but without the dagger piercing the rose, it can represent balance in life.
hand rose tattoo
A rose tattoo is so versatile that it can be inked anywhere on your body. If you want to get a small rose, the hand is a great placement option. Tattoo artists these days are able to ensure that your rose tattoo is as detailed as possible, despite its small size. You can choose to have a rose with its stem and thorns, or opt for the only flowered part.
Single line rose tattoo
Single line tattoos might have their own category, such is their popularity. Not only can a single line form an image that is meaningful to you, but it makes for a tattoo that is truly just as much a work of art as it is something meaningful to you. A good placement option for a single line rose tattoo would be the forearm or even your leg, as you have access to a long vertical section of skin.
rose chest tattoo
A chest tattoo, regardless of its design, should be one that you really don’t mind showing off to the world. It is guaranteed to make a statement. A rose tattoo is a great chest tattoo option, especially if you placed it on the sternum, like in this example. The upright nature of the rose lends itself well to this placement, and it could also symbolize the love in your heart.
color rose tattoo
We already touched on the color when talking about a traditional rose tattoo, but you can take it a step further and opt for what is called a neo traditional rose tattoo. Neo-Traditional is a style in its own right, and is similar to traditional, but will use brighter colors, thick lines, and can make your tattoo look almost 3D.
Rose and snake tattoo
Similar to a rose and dagger tattoo, a rose and snake tattoo is also an incredibly popular option for men. Some people suggest that a rose and snake tattoo represents a love that has become so strong that it can turn into temptation. Others say it can represent an unstoppable force – so if you’re on a particular high point in your life, a rose and snake tattoo option could be a great way to show it off.
Looking for more snake tattoo inspiration? Check out our complete roundup of snake tattoo ideas for men.
Rose neck tattoo
Love them or hate them, neck tattoos are becoming increasingly popular. Certainly for people who like to take a risk and stand out from the crowd, the neck presents a more unique placement option for your next tattoo.
A rose tattoo on the neck can look amazing. You’ll definitely want to consult your tattoo artist first, as your rose will be constantly on display, so you want to make sure it looks professional.
Rose and clock tattoo
A rose and clock tattoo is another classic combination. Many believe that a rose and clock tattoo can represent eternal love, immortality, and even death. The roses alone can be associated with death, and the addition of the clock implies that our life is always ticking.
rose foot tattoo
Because literally your whole body is ripe for tattooing, you might want to consider placing your rose tattoo somewhere a little different, like your foot. Remember that the skin on your foot is closer to the bone than on some other parts of the body, so expect the level of pain to increase. You may want to start with a smaller rose tattoo on your foot, so your session time is kept to a minimum.
rose face tattoo
Face tattoos have certainly seen a resurgence in popularity since Post Malone burst onto the scene. So, if you are feeling particularly brave and courageous, you can choose to get a rose tattoo somewhere on your face. As with a rose collar tattoo, you will want to be 100% sure that the tattoo artist you choose is skilled enough to give you an amazing piece of art.
silver rose tattoo
A silver rose tattoo is another increasingly popular option for men and could be an especially interesting tattoo idea for men who have been particularly successful in life. It is claimed that a money rose tattoo does not only represent love but by being formed from banknotes it adds the sense of a passion for wealth or an appreciation of your wealth and bustle necessary to achieve it.
simple rose tattoo
Similar to a small rose tattoo, if your rose is your first tattoo or you just want to add something to your collection, a simple rose tattoo is the way to go. A single rose can be meaningless if you wish, as it can just serve to be just another lump of ink on your skin.
Rose forearm tattoo
A rose tattoo can be a perfect addition to your forearm, either on the outer forearm or the inner forearm. This is mainly due to their vertical shape perfectly following the natural direction of your forearm. You can opt for another example of a single line rose tattoo, like in this example, or for a fuller rose design.
For more forearm tattoo inspiration, check out our comprehensive roundup.