Rose Tattoos

For both men and women, roses are one of the most popular images depicted in tattoos. They make a beautiful tattoo alone and are a common addition to bigger, more complex designs. Roses often appeared in traditional or old-school tattoos alongside a ship or an anchor. Now, roses are done in realistic and new-school styles as well, making them one of the most common tattoo images.

Aside from their beauty, roses offer symbolism. They often illustrate love or desire, but the color of the rose can change its meaning. Yellow roses generally mean friendship, and white represents death or purity, depending on the culture. Red usually means love, and it’s the most popular color for rose tattoos.

When it comes to laser tattoo removal, red is one of the most difficult ink colors to remove. There isn’t a laser that specifically targets the color aside from the Q-switch Nd:YAG 532 nm laser. The treatment spot size is only 2 mm in diameter, making removal extremely time consuming for large tattoos—especially rose tattoos that tend to contain a lot of red ink.