Chrysanthemums mean a lot of different things to many different people. As a Buddhist symbol, the flower can signify an offering with powerful Yang energy. The Victorians used them as symbols of friendship and good luck. In China, the flower is often given to the elderly to represent longevity. In other cultures, chrysanthemums are used exclusively as memorial flowers to place on graves. It should come as no surprise then that chrysanthemum tattoos are extremely popular as they are as rich in symbolism as they are in beauty.
If you are considering a chrysanthemum tattoo, there’s a lot to take into account. First, you will want to find the perfect placement. Next, you will need to decide if you want black and grey or colorful inks. Then, it’s on to design and how you want the flower represented on your body. If you’re looking for chrysanthemum tattoo ideas, you have come to the right place. We have rounded up popular tattoos that got a ton of likes on social media to share with you so that you have a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of these designs. Get inspired by our picks below, and then, go get some ink!
Let’s kick things off with a colorful and stylized chrysanthemum tattoo that looks as if it has been painted on as opposed to tattooed. This design has elements found commonly among watercolor tattoos, like little splashy spots that look as if they’re covered in droplets of paint.
If colorful ink is not the direction you want to go in, consider a design that utilizes some fine linework for your chrysanthemum tattoo. It will give your piece more visual interest.
Wow! The red blossoms on these sleeves pop so strongly next to the green and black around them. They look positively electric. We know that most people will not get full-sleeve chrysanthemum tattoos, but we share this example with you to understand the best ways to choose colors.
Black and Grey
Black and grey tattooing is extremely popular because it looks so timeless and elegant. We find one big blossom flanked with dark, black leaves. Who says you can’t have drama without colorful ink?
Bold and Gold
The most effective chrysanthemum tattoos pair colors opposite the color wheel from each other to bring them to life. The warm colors of the petals pair very well with the olive green color chosen for the leaves.
Here’s a rather singular chrysanthemum tattoo that is done with vibrant blue ink and some grey. This almost abstract detail looks like smoke rising around the blossom. The petals act more as impressions than concrete shapes with a haunting appeal to them.
Skull and chrysanthemum tattoos are mildly popular today. We do like the life-and-death pairing as a concept, and many of these designs are arresting. The artist who shared this image called it a “skullmum.”
Add definition to any tattoo with a tidy border around it that helps frame it and draws the eye to whatever is inside. Pale blue chrysanthemums wait inside this design that has used deep blue ink as a border.
On the Hand
Hand tattoos once seemed completely taboo, but today they are more popular than ever. This hand chrysanthemum tattoo is beautiful and fits perfectly on top of the hand. We have seen a lot of massive tattoos but something this size would also look great on your arms.
This person has leaned into their gothic tastes for their chrysanthemum tattoo. Thick black lines and leaves really do bring drama to the entire scene.
Here’s another black and grey chrysanthemum tattoo, but we liked this one for the detailed petals. There’s so much movement to this piece that is hard to peel your eyes away from.
As Fresh As They Come
If you are of a “go big or go home” mentality, you can go all out with color for your chrysanthemum tattoo that will surely turn heads. The rich purples and ambers look so tempting here.
Red for the Win
When in doubt, go with red. The color red is used so frequently in advertising because it speaks to something deep within our psyches. Red looks great, and that’s especially true for tattoos.
Wow! In addition to being an incredibly tidy tattoo, this design with a vase looks so completely original. The artist has really put a stylistic touch on it that we only saw this once. Work with a tattoo artist with a point of view to help you bring your design to life in the most interesting fashion.
Here’s another singular chrysanthemum tattoo with leaves and a butterfly that seem to take a different approach than the rest of the design that looks more realistic.
Neo-Traditional with a Snake
If you want to celebrate the history of tattooing while also going for something fresh and new, the neo-traditional style could be the right option for you. Hallmarks of these tattoos are thick lines, bold shapes, and a limited color palate. It looks both old and brand new at the same time!
A Subtle Stunner
Fine lines have been expertly applied to this chrysanthemum tattoo. It’s breathtaking.
Needing Some Nature
A purple and pink chrysanthemum stands at the center of this tattoo, which finds the flower flanked by lily of the valley blooms and a hummingbird character. Think of other elements in addition to your big blossom that might sweeten the deal further.
A Slice of Life
We love when tattoos have a definitive frame, making the pieces look more finished and intentional. Burning orange chrysanthemum blossoms swirl next to a swimming koi fish here for a tattoo that is as gorgeous as they come.
Take a look at how the artist was able to transition the color from a bright red to a mellow orange. It’s a cool effect that feels and looks very modern.
Similar to the hand chrysanthemum tattoo we shared with you, this one is done in a traditional style with just a couple of colors and bold linework. There’s nothing wrong with going traditional as these designs never go out of style.
Abstract flame shapes seem to show viewers that this chrysanthemum flower is on fire. It’s so dramatic and a true contrast in styles. If this appeals to you, light it up.
Here’s another chrysanthemum tattoo that includes a vase. However, this one is remarkably different from the first one we shared with you. There’s a night sky scene inside the vase in colors that pop next to the orange petals of the flower. Bravo!
Red and Black
Red is always a good choice, but red and black prove a perfect pairing for any tattoo. This chrysanthemum has been done in black and grey with a great deal of dark imagery. It’s lightened by the very thin red frame around it. Imagine the overall design without it; it will seem like something’s missing.
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Bold Will Hold
Finally, we leave you with a chrysanthemum tattoo that exhibits masterful placement. The swirling petals of the flower really accentuate the natural shape of the upper arm all the way over the shoulder. Just riveting!
What did you think of these chrysanthemum tattoos? We hope you found some fresh ideas for your own ink! If you want even more ink inspiration, keep reading. We have dozens more flower tattoos to share with you. And, yes, that means more chrysanthemum tattoos!
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Lilacs are often considered symbols of spirituality and tranquility. We’d say these lilac flower tattoos look pretty peaceful and serene! The delicate application and the inclusion of white ink for highlight really put this design on a whole new level.
A Red Rose
Red roses symbolize romance and love which is likely why so many people choose them for their flower tattoos! This design is unlike most, however, as it has been tattooed in a completely original style. Find yourself a tattoo artist with a point of view and you could easily end up with something this spectacular.
Very Fine Violets
How dreamy are these violet flower tattoos? Often, artists will use black lines and then shade them in but here we find a softer look thanks to the absence of them. Violets have been considered a symbol of modesty since antiquity.
Peonies are a symbol of good fortune. We know that’s definitely the case as this is one of the most beautiful tattoos we have ever beheld. The black background really acts to make the colors in this design pop.
A Beautiful Bouquet
Why get just one type of flower when you can have multiple flower tattoos? We find vibrant colors across the spectrum here with a cute little ladybug on top to make this extra sweet.
Orchid for the Win
Here’s the most delicate orchid tattoo you will ever see! Orchids symbolize love and luxury and both feel apparent in this design. This tattoo is one of the smallest we’ve shown you but you can go even smaller!
Micro tattoos are extremely popular among flower tattoos as they look like tiny treasures. This is one example done in black ink but we’ll share more like it as this list goes on.
A Whole Scene
One of the most stunning flower tattoos on this list, this masterpiece features all sorts of floral goodness along with one of the most beautiful hummingbirds you will ever lay your eyes on. If you’re interested in a half-sleeve tattoo, florals are clearly a wise way to go!
Flower tattoos done in a watercolor style are a match made in heaven. These expressive poppy flowers are such a dream come true. In literature, poppies have long been associated with sleep and peace (think of the famous scene from The Wizard of Oz).
The Bird of Paradise flower has one of the most unusual blooms of any plant. The buds look like birds! We love this take on the bud and it’s one of the most unique flower tattoos on this list!
What do you think of this black ink hydrangea tattoo? We think it’s a very sharp-looking design. Most flower tattoos go full color but you can see that black offers sophistication.
Here’s another poppy tattoo but as you can see it’s been done in a totally different style. It’s reminiscent of decorative arts and illustration. If you’re interested in understated flower tattoos, you could do something similar!
Here’s another micro tattoo and it’s so small and delicate that we’d bet it was done using the stick-and-poke method which is simply a machine-free tattoo done by hand. For the smallest designs, consider finding an artist who specializes in this type of tattooing.
Here for the Drama
Marigold and Narcissus flowers look so dramatic in this tattoo! We find the gold and orange on the petals to contrast in a big way with the green and blue leaves. It makes the entire design truly look dynamic.
Pink roses symbolize sweetness, grace, and feminity. We find all of those qualities in these flower tattoos look so breathy with their delicate blush color. We imagine a great many folks would love to have something similar.
Here are some teeny-tiny flower tattoos of lilacs and forget-me-nots. These super fine tattoos have a subtle symmetry that offers plenty of balance.
Check out the color choices for this truly remarkable tattoo with flowers that are out of this world! This natural scene feels both fresh and timeless with a storybook style that meets new-school sensibilities. Bravo!
Do you see the image hidden in these flower tattoos? We don’t want to spoil the surprise but take a look at those colorful shapes and see if you see anything looking back at you. The pops of color really help balance out the moody black of the floral illustration. A real winner!
Traditional flower tattoos are very graphic like this one and the artist has chosen some interesting colors of ink to help update the design for a more contemporary look. If you love old-school tattooing, you should request something similar.
Giant flower tattoos are a delight if you have the patience to sit for one of them. We find these luscious lilies to be perfectly placed on the shoulder blades for a clever look that accentuates the natural shape of the body.
Larkspur & Marigold
Larkspurs symbolize an open heart and marigolds represent the power of the sun. We think both look so cute in these flower tattoos that are super stylish and imaginative.
A Touch Abstract
Black, blue, and orange are clearly a winning color combo. We find two poppy flower tattoos here but also a lot of abstract imagery in the form of “brushstrokes” and round shapes that look like the sun and moon. What a delight!
These stunning flower tattoos with black and red details look like they come straight from the Art Deco period. If you want to find the sweet spot where graphic meets minimalism, something similar will serve you very well.
This lotus tattoo looks like meditation in visual form. Take a deep breath and appreciate the intricacies of the flower paired with the simple line and dot elements.
Do you have a picture book that holds special meaning to you? There might be an illustration of flowers in it that will work as a subtle nod to your childhood favorite. These simple yet evocative red flowers look like child’s play in the best way.
A Handful of Flowers
These very minimal flower tattoos are such a dream with color that’s applied to look almost like paint, we find it light, bright, and full of natural beauty. You don’t have to commit to a giant, complicated tattoo to make a statement.
What do you think of this take on a dandelion? We think it’s exquisite. Find yourself a tattoo artist with a love for design and you could walk out with some truly inventive flower tattoos.
Just a World of Flowers
Did you expect to see the continents covered in blooms this way? We sure did not and we were so shocked when we first encountered this amazing tattoo. Black ink fill makes the beautiful colors of each flower truly shine.
Life & Death
How amazing are the flowers placed on top of this skull? This is an example of neotraditional tattooing at its finest!
How stunning are these pansies? This tattoo is dedicated to the person’s mom which feels even more special. Did your parental figure always keep a certain type of flower in your family’s garden?
This tattoo is still very fresh and we can expect the yellow smiley face to be clearer once the tattoo has healed. For your flower tattoos, you can go completely cartoonish and whimsical. There’s no need to take flowers so seriously!
Freesia flowers symbolize trust and companionship. These flower tattoos are some of the most delicate on this list. Look how finely the color has been applied to the blossoms.
These stylized rose flower tattoos look fresh surrounded by the rectangular border. Orange roses symbolize life and vitality!
Put Them In a Vase
By adding an element like a vase to your design, you can attract even more visual interest. If you have a beautiful vessel in mind, let it inspire your tattoo to give your flowers something to sit inside.
Some flower tattoos are truly museum-worthy. We find this breathtaking design with a flower you don’t see very often, at least not in tattoo form, the Chinese Milkvetch. We’re in love!
One of the most beautiful flowers on the planet, the Spider Lily, translated very well into ink. We write this often, but we’ll say it again, red ink is your friend. It always looks fantastic and adds so much life to your flower tattoos!
How sweet are these little blue blooms? The lines are so very fine on these flower tattoos that we’re almost positive it was done machine-free and by hand. What a dream!
We’ve spotted a bit of a trend with these black flower tattoos where a color block of some sort has been added. We absolutely love this look and hope this trend continues as it really does interpret how we see the world in such a unique way.
Check out the colors chosen for this mesmerizing flower tattoo. The aqua blue paired with the orangish-red are a match made in heaven. Black ink adds tons of depth and drama for an overall winning design.
Just a blue rose on fire! This is the drama you cam for in the flower tattoos. In color theory, blue is associated with mystery which only adds to the interest in this inexplicably burning flower.
What’s being called 3D Tattoos are having a big moment today. We find so many of these designs and we must say this one with a rose is one of our favorites.
If you’re looking for very graphic and stylized flower tattoos, consider designing an ornamental representation of your favorite blooms. You can look to architecture and graphic design for inspiration.
Fairest Pink Peony
This is one of the most beautiful flower tattoos we have ever seen. It’s so pretty it punches you in the guy and steals your breath! Wow. Delicate, sharp lines and expert shading really make this tattoo one of the very best on this list.
No, you will not find any flowers this wacky and neon in real life but that does not mean you still shouldn’t dream! Express yourself by requesting colors and design ideas for your flower tattoos that are personal to you.
Fade Into You
The ombré is strong with this one! How lovely does this delicate fade from orange to red look on the petals of this rose? We imagine the effect would look good for most flower tattoos.
A Nice Touch
Here’s another example of an ornamental design which is an abstract interpretation of a flower. Isn’t this the most perfectly sophisticated and understated design you’ve ever seen?
How lush is this Gerbera Daisy? Take a close look at the outline and you will discover the thinnest of white lines going around this entire design. It makes this flower tattoo looks like it’s floating over the arm and not actually on it!
We did not expect to see any Little Shop of Horrors love today but we suppose we should have seen it coming! We find the monstrous Audrey II among some truly beautiful buds. How fun and imaginative!
By far, Sunflowers and Roses are two of the most popular blossoms for flowers. We have seen many Sunflower tattoos but none like this one! It offers a very geometric take with such uniformity it teeters on the edge of being ornamental. More like this, please!
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Floral on the Forearm
If you’re looking for flower tattoos that will fit your forearm (which is one of the most popular locations), consider something that stretches down it like this as opposed to designs that wrap around the arm. We love the black background next to those soft pastel colors of the flowers and leaves. So much drama!
There you go! What did you think of these flower tattoos? We hope you found inspiration for your very own designs and that you’ll have something to take to your tattoo artist for reference. There is no right or wrong way to conceive of your flower tattoo. Find photos of the actual plants or look into flower symbolism to help inform your decision and result in an ultimately meaningful design.
- 0.1 Painted On
- 0.2 Fine Lines
- 0.3 Big Red
- 0.4 Black and Grey
- 0.5 Bold and Gold
- 0.6 Blue Smoke
- 0.7 With Skull
- 0.8 Framed
- 0.9 On the Hand
- 0.10 Deliciously Dark
- 0.11 Details
- 0.12 As Fresh As They Come
- 0.13 Red for the Win
- 0.14 Still Life
- 0.15 Stylish
- 0.16 Neo-Traditional with a Snake
- 0.17 A Subtle Stunner
- 0.18 Needing Some Nature
- 0.19 A Slice of Life
- 0.20 The Blend
- 0.21 Traditional
- 0.22 On Fire
- 0.23 A Dream
- 0.24 Red and Black
- 0.25 Bold Will Hold
- 1 Learn How to Flaunt Florals with These Beautiful Flower Tattoos!
- 1.1 Lovely Lilacs
- 1.2 A Red Rose
- 1.3 Very Fine Violets
- 1.4 Poetic Peony
- 1.5 A Beautiful Bouquet
- 1.6 Orchid for the Win
- 1.7 Micro Realness
- 1.8 A Whole Scene
- 1.9 Watercolor Poppies
- 1.10 Paradise
- 1.11 Sharp Hydrangea
- 1.12 More Poppy
- 1.13 Micro Magic
- 1.14 Here for the Drama
- 1.15 Pink Roses
- 1.16 Tiny Buds
- 1.17 The Whimsy
- 1.18 Art
- 1.19 Neotraditional
- 1.20 Going Big
- 1.21 Larkspur & Marigold
- 1.22 A Touch Abstract
- 1.23 Art Deco
- 1.24 Lovely Lotus
- 1.25 Illustrative
- 1.26 A Handful of Flowers
- 1.27 Just Dandy
- 1.28 Just a World of Flowers
- 1.29 Life & Death
- 1.30 Pansies
- 1.31 Cartoon Smiles
- 1.32 Freeing Freesia
- 1.33 Orange Roses
- 1.34 Put Them In a Vase
- 1.35 Chinese Milkvetch
- 1.36 Spider Lily
- 1.37 Feeling Blue
- 1.38 Bold
- 1.39 Color Choices
- 1.40 On Fire
- 1.41 3-D
- 1.42 Go Ornamental
- 1.43 Fairest Pink Peony
- 1.44 Express Yourself
- 1.45 Fade Into You
- 1.46 A Nice Touch
- 1.47 Gerbera Daisy
- 1.48 Audrey II
- 1.49 Sunflower Power
- 1.50 Floral on the Forearm
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