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47 Breathtaking Watercolor Flower Tattoos

One of the hottest new trends in the tattoo world right now is watercolor flower tattoos. When you see how truly stunning they are, it’s not very hard to see why. With beautiful shades and colors, and a wide range of designs and ideas to work with, they’re a versatile idea that is as pretty as it is unique. We think we’ve found a few ideas that you might like to take a peek at …

1. Pink Peony Arm Tattoo

The humble peony is one of the oldest flowers to be used in the Eastern culture. You can understand why peony tattoos would be such a great hit. The style of the flower itself gives way to stunning watercolor flower tattoos, beautiful soft petals in marvelous shades of pink and peach. These days, peony tattoos are often seen with Japanese style koi carp tattoos. Also, for such a delicate and feminine flower, is often depicted as rather masculine, said to depict a total disregard for consequences.

2. Small Hand Tattoo

This cute and small hand tattoo is a perfect way of showing how subtle these watercolor delights could be, and in the humblest of places too. You may not even have considered having your watercolor flower tattoo quite so visibly on your hand, but as you can see, it doesn’t need to stand out too much.

3. Pretty Wrist Tattoo

The arum lily really is a beautiful one (and it was also the flower for the writer of this post’s wedding, we must add), and comes in a wide range of colors. This gives you plenty of opportunities to play around with your watercolor flower tattoos. The original meaning of the beautiful lily was said to have come from Ancient Greek times, at the time called the Madonna Lily, found in white. At the time it was considered to have come from the Queen of Gods, Hera, and was then said to symbolize the Divine Feminine.

4. Big, Watercolor Tulip

Primarily known as a feminine tattoo, tulips come in so many colors that there are endless ways to use them in watercolor flower tattoos. Those who appreciate the sun will also appreciate a tulip tattoo, as it is a flower which constantly bends and moves its head in order to get the best view of it, making brilliant use of those powerful and sunny rays. For many, the simple flower is a symbol of beauty. It holds many more meanings than that, particularly flexibility – the tulip bends to meet the sun.

5. Pink Poppy Flowers

Poppy tattoos are used all over the world these days, primarily to symbolize the remembrance of those we lost in war, but poppies, especially their use in mythology, has been around for many years. Roman and Greek traditions depict that the poppy is a symbol of death, but in a romantic light – more in the sense of eternal sleep. Of course, eternal sleep can have another beautiful and poignant meaning – a sense of peace, another beautiful meaning behind a truly wonderful flower.

Pink Poppy Flower Watercolor Arm Tattoo Idea

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6. Blooming Anemones

The one thing you will need to remember when choosing your watercolor flower tattoos is the place in which you are going to have them. From far away, for example, a dark purple blush of ink could look very much like a bruise,and tattoos such as these ones will peek out from beneath top and bra straps, A tattoo is for life, and that’s something it is wise to remember.

7. Orchid Arm Tattoo

The humble orchid means so many different things in so many different cultures, but we must remember it for the beautiful and delicate flower that it is. It requires very specific surroundings in order to thrive, which is quite different from the old Japanese meaning. They were often said to symbolize strength and warriors.

Watercolor Orchid Flower Tattoo Idea for Arm

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8. Foot Tattoo Idea

The one thing you should be aware of when it comes to foot tattoos is that they hurt … quite a bit. These watercolor flower tattoos are beautiful, you can’t deny that, but the bonier areas of your body are always going to be the most painful places to have inked. You will also need to bear in mind that the shoes and socks you wear will rub on the skin. This can actually have an impact on how long the tattoo actually lasts. Constant rubbing will cause it to fade, and that will mean a touch-up every now and again. You know what that means – more pain. Just saying.

9. Small Flower with a Quote – ‘Carpe Diem’

Carpe Diem means “seize the day” in Latin, but “seizing the day” isn’t something you’re really going to want to do when it comes to getting inked. This is something that will be on your body forever, unless you go to drastic measures to have it removed, such as having laser removal. For the record, that’s a very painful process.

10. Flower Tattoo Idea for Friends

The same can be said for the tattoos you choose to have with your friends – these are beautiful, and we definitely aren’t taking anything away from that. Jake sure your friends are your real friends before you go getting matching inks. That tattoo will be a constant painful reminder of a friendship gone by otherwise.

11. Flowering Rose

Although the rose tattoo is associated with various cultures, Eastern tattoo art, for example, it is most definitely an Americanized tattoo. You can have it personalized in so many ways too, these watercolor flower tattoos being just one of them. For the most part, these stunning rose tattoos are used to depict beauty and love, and you can change the color or shade of the flower itself to mean a different thing. Thorns can even add a new twist on the design, adding a ‘spiked’ meaning to the entire design.

12. Light Blue Peony Flowers

A flower that is used to depict wealth and elegant, this light blue peony is a stunning way to show off watercolor flower tattoos, although the flower itself is often used in red and pink shades. The Japanese may call them the “king of flowers”, and we’re seconding that.

13. Cherry Blossom Twig Tattoo

Cherry blossom tattoos are often used in Japanese style designs, and work as a perfect metaphor for life. The petals of the tree look beautiful, but beauty fades quickly and life soon moves on, the petals falling and the cycle starting all over again.

14. Small, Behind the Ear Tattoo

If you wanted a cute and dainty place to home your new watercolor flower tattoos, you could do a whole load worse than the tiny space behind your ear. With your hair worn down, no one would ever know it was there. Tie your hair up in a ponytail, however, and you treat people to a cute and colorful display just like this.

15. Cherry Blossom Arm Tattoo

As well as showing how fleeting life is, this cherry blossom arm design is the easiest to personalize, enabling you to twist and contort the branches into intricate designs to suit a wide range of places. It means that you can use it all over your body, even using it as a “filler” style tattoo for full sleeve or leg pieces.

16. Watercolor Poppy Flower

The meaning of the red poppy combined with remembrance actually comes form a very poignant poem by John McCrae. It was called “In Flander’s Fields”. It was about World War 2 and all the brave souls we lost in the war. We definitely think this stunning tattoo idea pays respect enough.

17. Small Peony Foot Tattoo

There are a few things you may need to bear in mind when it comes to watercolor flower tattoos like these. They are a relatively new concept and style, and that means that long-term fading isn’t known about. Some people suggest that the lack of an outline will mean the tattoo itself can bleed a lot easier. Other tattoo artists will also suggest regular touch-ups to ensure the color or vibrancy doesn’t fade.

Small Peony Watercolor Flower Foot Tattoo

Source: @graffittoo

18. Light Pink Rose Design

The idea behind these watercolor flower tattoos is to mimic the style of a watercolor painting. An artist can get super creative with designs such as these, and there are no “lines” are such to stay within when coloring in. No two watercolor tattoos will be the same, and that’s what has made them so popular these days. Everyone is striving to have something a little more different and unique.

19. Pink Eustoma Flower

Also known as Lisianthus, eustomas are quite the beautiful and vibrant flower, even in these watercolor flower tattoos. Their large and funnel-shaped flowers make for really beautiful ink designs, and they’re quite difficult to take care of. This would symbolize something fragile and delicate.

20. Flowers + Quote

A great way to personalize any tattoo, particularly these watercolor flower tattoos, is to add a quote. Do you have a favorite quote? Perhaps your parents or grandmothers used to say something that has stuck with you over the years? The only thing left to do is pick a font, and that’s often the hardest part when picking text-style tattoo designs.

Watercolor Flower Quote Tattoo Design

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21. Pink Orchids

Any tattoo will come with its fair share of maintenance, but with really vibrant tattoos such as these watercolor delights, you may need to go back for a touch-up sitting to ensure the colors are as beautiful as they should be. The more colorful the tattoo, the more the chance you’ll need to go back for a little maintenance.

22. Poppy Tattoo

When you go for your tattoo, always make sure you’re wearing the right kind of clothes. This may sound like an odd thing to say, but you will want to make sure you are comfortable throughout the duration of the tattoo, as well as the journey home, and later on that day too. You will be in pain – a needle has been stabbed into your skin a few thousand times. The looser and more free-flowing your clothes are, the more comfortable you will find yourself.

Pink Poppy Flower Watercolor Tattoo

Source: @graffittoo

23. Big Peony Back Tattoo

Do tattoos hurt? Yes, of course they do, but how much they will hurt will change from person to person. Everyone is different, everyone has different pain thresholds, and it has even been suggested that women have a higher threshold of pain than men do. You should definitely be under no illusions when it comes to the pain factor of getting inked, and prepare for that – during the tattoo itself, and also afterwards.

24. Pretty Wrist Tattoos

When getting tattoos on highly visible places, such as your wrists or hands, you will need to be aware that it can have an impact on your life. Although the equality surrounding tattoos and piercings in the workplace is evening out, there are still some businesses who won’t employ someone with visible body modifications. Could your dream tattoos hinder your career? It’s definitely something to think about.

25. Amazing Arm Tattoos

Another thing you’ll need to bear in mind with arm and leg tattoos is how much you’re going to have them in the sun. Sunlight, and particularly tanning, can have an effect on how long your ink lasts, and it’ll fade quicker if you don’t care of it. There are creams and lotions you can buy designed for tattooed skin in the sun, but just making sure you use a strong enough SPF factor will do a good enough job if you’re not prolonging your skin to lots of it.

26. Magnolia Leg Tattoo

Magnolia trees are beautiful ones, and their petals are soft, pink and white in color, and said to depict three things – life, beauty and nature. Trees are a great idea to use within a family-orientated tattoo, as well as within these watercolor flower tattoos also.

27. Iris Spine Tattoo with a Quote

There are quite mixed symbolic meanings behind the humble iris tattoo, and although some believe it to mean death – befalling everyone – there are other more positive meanings behind the body art work. There are generally three petals in iris tattoos, and some think these stand for the past, present, and future. Because of this, they have become a tattoo that is often associated with hope.

28. Beautiful Single Rose Tattoo

The next tattoo we have to show you features a beautiful red rose. This design is tattooed down the spine and the watercolor technique is just stunning. You can recreate this tattoo or try a smaller rose elsewhere on the body. Also, consider the color of the petals as the different rose colors symbolize different things.

29. Watercolor Flowers and Hummingbird

Next, we have a flower and hummingbird tattoo. The tattoo is a circular shape with pretty purple flowers and there is a green and purple hummingbird too. It is a beautiful design and it is perfect for anyone who loves birds and nature. Try a similar design to this or choose different flowers and a different bird.

30. Botanical Arm Tattoo

When choosing a floral tattoo design, you don’t have to choose just one type of flower. This botanical tattoo features two different types of flowers and green leafy plants too. We love the combination of the different plants and flowers as it makes the tattoo unique. Recreate this or try adding your favorite flowers to the design, maybe even add your birth flower.

31. Colorful Lotus Tattoo Design

Lotus flowers are a pretty and popular tattoo idea. This next design shows a beautiful example of a watercolor lotus tattoo. It is a small and simple design that is located on the wrist and each petal is colored in vibrant watercolor shades. The different colored petals gives the design a vibrant twist and it makes it stand out from the rest. Try this design or you can choose one color for the petals.

32. Breathtaking Watercolor Tattoo

If you are looking for a stunning piece of body art that will wow, then this is for you. Here we have a breathtaking chest tattoo that features blue iris flowers. The colors used are beautiful and the design is delicate and bold. A chest tattoo is believed to be quite painful compared to other tattoos but as you can see, it is worth it.

33. Watercolor Violet Flowers

Our next tattoo idea features gorgeous violet flowers. There are three of the beautiful flowers tattooed on the arm and the whole design has an artistic watercolor effect. We love this tattoo because it has captured the beauty of violet flowers perfectly. Try this tattoo or you can have a smaller version placed somewhere else on the body, the wrist or ribs would be cool.

34. Pink and Purple Flower Tattoo

Next, we have another arm tattoo but this one features three large flowers in pink and purple shades. One of the flowers is dark pink, the next is purple and the last one is light pink. It is a pretty and feminine tattoo that will suit everyone. Recreate the gorgeous pink and purple look or choose your own colors for the flowers.

35. Snowdrop Tattoo Design

Looking for a pretty and unusual tattoo? If so, this is for you. Here we have a stunning snowdrop flower design that is tattooed down the arm. There is also a galaxy style background with gorgeous stars too. It is an awesome tattoo and it is perfect for anyone with a birthday in January as a snowdrop is the birth flower for that month.

36. Watercolor Cherry Blossom Tattoo Idea

The next tattoo we have to show you is stunning. This design features pink cherry blossoms that are tattooed just under the collarbone. The watercolor technique is perfect for creating cherry blossoms as it captures the beauty and delicateness of the flowers perfectly. Recreate the cool collarbone design or have cherry blossoms tattooed elsewhere.

37. Beautiful Floral Circle Tattoo

Love wrist tattoos? Then you need to check out this design. Here we have a circular floral pattern that is tattooed on the wrist. This is such a stylish idea as it combines trendy geometric shapes with beautiful flowers. Create a tattoo similar to this or use your favorite flowers instead.

38. Watercolor Geometric Flower

If you like floral tattoos but not the dainty and delicate designs, then this is for you. This design features a beautiful flower that has a modern and geometric look. The shapes and watercolor technique make the flower look like an illustration. It is a cool tattoo and is great for someone who wants a unique flower design.

39. Lotus Back Tattoo Idea

Next, we have another floral back tattoo. This one features a beautiful pink lotus with a green stem that is placed down the spine. The colors used are just stunning and a design like this is perfect for the ladies that want a bold piece of body art. You can recreate this design or try just the lotus flower without the stem.

40. Small Blue Flower Tattoo

Our next tattoo is pretty and subtle. This design has a little blue flower with a leafy stem. The colors and detail used on the flower are just stunning. If you wanted an even smaller tattoo, you could try the design with just the flower head. Create a blue flower like this or try a similar flower tattoo in a different color.

41. Floral Crescent Moon

Love flowers and the moon? If so, this is the perfect tattoo for you. Here we have an arm tattoo with a crescent moon shape that is covered in stunning watercolor flowers. It is just a pretty and stylish tattoo that combines two popular designs beautifully. Recreate this or you can use any flowers of your choice.

42. Watercolor Flower Tattoo Design

The next tattoo we have to show you is trendy and statement making. This design is tattooed on the arm and features one large flower with smaller flowers around the outside. There are also bright watercolor shades added to the design too. It is a pretty tattoo that will suit everyone. You can always opt for different flowers so that the tattoo is unique to you.

43. Pretty Purple Flowers

If you are looking for a cute and pretty tattoo, then this design may be perfect for you. Here we have a small ankle tattoo that features three purple flowers. The flowers are so bold and beautiful! You can recreate this or try one flower instead of three. A design like this can be tattooed elsewhere on the body too.

44. Watercolor Flower Back Tattoo

Back tattoos are very popular and with designs like this one we can see why. This tattoo features a bouquet of watercolor flowers. The colors and different types of flowers used look gorgeous. You can create a back tattoo like this with any flowers. A back tattoo is perfect for anyone who needs a tattoo that can be covered up.

45. Vibrant Tulip Tattoo Idea

Love tulips? Then this next tattoo is for you! Here we have two pretty tulips where half of the petals are pink and the other half are blue. It is such a cute and unusual design. Try creating tulips like these or use two colors of your choice. You can also have tulips tattooed in one color for a subtler look.

46. Watercolor Thigh Tattoo

The next tattoo we have to show you is one of our favorites! This is a thigh tattoo that features a stunning fuchsia flower design. A tattoo like this will look beautiful on everyone. Recreate the thigh tattoo for a stylish piece of body art or try a smaller fuchsia design on other parts of the body such as arms, wrists or ribs.

47. Beautiful Floral Back Tattoo

Next, we have another gorgeous watercolor back tattoo. The design features four beautiful, purple flowers in different sizes with a bright blue background. It is quite a simple design and it really makes a statement. This is a cute tattoo that can be recreated in any color.

We think these 47 watercolor flower tattoos are all beautiful in their own little ways, but there are so many possibilities when it comes to picking something entirely personal to you. Have a chat with a few artists and see what they’ll help you to come up with. It pays to remember that these people are artists – they’re not just good for stabbing your skin with the ink, they’re also great for coming up with truly breathtaking art. Maybe it’s time to leave the ball in their court for a while?

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  1. Pattie says:

    Your watercolor tattoos are breath taking. How does someone find a tattoo artist in the area they live in? I have servers ideas but I don’t know how to find an artist. If you could give some ideas on how to find an artist, I would be truly great full.

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