There are certain types of body art images that are more often associated with either men or women but there are also classic favorites that have remained popular with both sexes throughout the years. On the whole, men tend to go for masculine images that enhance their machismo while their female counterparts prefer girly designs featuring traditionally feminine images like butterflies and flowers. The latter however, seems to have become equally popular with both male and female tattoo enthusiasts in recent years, with the rise in demand for more exotic blooms like the orchid, hibiscus, lotus flower and cherry blossom. In spite of this – or even as a result of this particular trend – more and more tattoo enthusiasts are being drawn back to more traditional images, those deemed to be timeless classics such as rose tattoos for men. This is perhaps the most versatile floral image used in modern body art designs as it has been embraced as much by guys over the years as it has by their girly counterparts.
Some of these rose tattoos for men incorporate contrasting masculine images like the skull, dagger or snake to add a more manly edge to the design, however there are also many contemporary modern designs that depict this bloom as a single image on its own. These include those designed to emulate tribal artwork which illustrates the traditional rose in a more abstract fashion, often in a single dark ink color as a silhouette or outline but there are also some beautifully detailed colorful designs available too. This is a popular choice for a medium to large tattoo, many of which are so intricately detailed that even the individual petals are defined to give the flower an almost realistic appearance. The standard of artwork used in some of these designs is absolutely exquisite and makes a stunning visual impact when inked anywhere on the male torso. These are popular for placement on the upper arm, shoulder, leg and chest areas with some including additional elements such as ribbons or a banner, with the latter often containing the name of a loved one such as a partner or child incorporated within it. This is a common idea for many memorial tattoo designs also and the rose is often used in this way to pay homage to a loved one such as a deceased parent or even as a tribute to someone who is still living.
The rose is also universally recognized as a symbol of love, romance and passion which may be why it is one of the most popular flowers used in body art today, in any color; however it is most often depicted in red for many rose tattoos for men. Blue and black are also popular ink colors with guys while more feminine hues such as pink, peach and yellow are seem to be solely for female tattoo aficionados. However, while girly versions of this image are often depicted without the thorns, their masculine counterparts are frequently illustrated with a thorny stem to give the design more of a manly edge.