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Floral Tattoos

Floral tattoo, flower tattoo 

With spring’s arrival and summer waiting just around the corner, flowers are blooming and all the pollen is making people with allergies miserable. One way to celebrate the season’s blessing of fresh colorful blooms is to get the pollen-free version, a tattoo. There are a number of different methods that have become trendy lately, each with its own unique take on floral designs. Flower tattoos are traditionally considered more feminine, but men are starting to embrace floral designs, which don’t only represent things like love and care, but also pride and patience.

plant pressing, Rita Zolotukhina tattoo

One of the methods for floral tattoos that is trending is the practice of using pressed flowers as stencils for the design. Flowers, ferns, and leaves can be used to transfer ink onto a person’s skin, and this creates a “botanical fingerprint” which is basically just a stencil. After creating this stencil, a tattoo is created based on the image left on a person’s skin. Rita Zolotukhina, a nature lover from the Ukraine has championed this method. She says that “...most of my sketches are related to flora. But the more I drew, the more I wanted something fresh and native, to feel the plants without any steps in between." Using these "botanical fingerprints,” Rita has created incredible tattoos that people can’t seem to get enough of. Bloggers and people within the tattoo world have remarked on how she makes the truest floral designs they’ve ever seen.

Another trend for floral tattoos is to make them very tiny and stick them in places like the cartilage of the ear, the space in between the knuckles on fingers, and to hide them so they are only visible in intimate situations. This is ideal for someone who wants a tattoo, but not something that is going to attract a lot of attention or create controversy in the workplace. Not surprisingly, these tattoos are most popular among women, men tend to take flower tattoos in a different direction.

tattoo by Rita Zolotukhina, fern tattoo

Instead of trying to look cute or innocent, men more commonly pair a floral design with something more masculine, such as skulls, knives, guns, and snakes. That’s not to say men don’t get flowers tattooed all by themselves, but if they do, it is most commonly a rose, or done without color. Black ink floral tattoos are common for men, as are lotus flowers and tribal flower designs.

It’s hard to go wrong with a floral design. You have multiple methods at your disposal, and a wide array of tattoo styles to choose from. Flowers have a way of eliciting a positive response from people, and an added benefit is that no one is going to be sneezing or have any trouble breathing as a result of your flowers. I’ll be interested to see how people continue to be creative with their floral designs, and how they evolve over the coming season.