33 Rose Hand Tattoo Ideas That Are Blooming with Excitement

Tattoo trends come and go but some ink remains a constant. Rose hand tattoos, however, have always been a popular choice. From traditional designs to new interpretations, rose tattoos are some of the most requested designs for tattoo artists. Different color roses symbolize many different things from white for hope to red for love. Thus, we find many rose hand tattoos in many different colors. Despite this fact, the most popular color for rose tattoos is black ink!

We wanted to discover the trends with these rose hand tattoos so we looked to social media to gather the latest, inspired designs to share with you. We stumbled across many interesting and intriguing designs and are so excited to show them to you so that you can get a better idea of the direction you want to go with your rose hand tattoo. Check out what the kids are doing these days and get inspiration for your next tattoo below!

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A Light Touch

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In general, there are two modes for your rose hand tattoo. One of the most popular is to get a large rose bloom that covers the back of your hand. But, that’s not the only way to go. If you’d like a lighter feeling design, you can go with a small rose or two like the above example. It feels more romantic than the other style and that could potentially be the best fit for you.

Black and White

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Here’s a very cool placement that is an update to the standard that you are about to see a whole lot of. We find the stem of the rose extend all the way down to the fingers in a very dramatic and beautiful design. Look closely and you will see that the artist has chosen white ink for highlight. If you want a rose hand tattoo that stands out from the pack, think of creative placement on the hand to make a statement.

Big and Bold

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Okay, folks. Drumroll please. We have reached the most popular style of rose hand tattoos. It features a big blossom that covers the majority of the hand. If you want something that’s big and bold and can’t be missed, this would be the ideal option for you. Black ink is a popular option and if you’re feeling it, by all means, lean into it.

Full Color

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On the other end of the spectrum you can choose to really explore color with your rose hand tattoo. This red blossom with beads of water seeming to drip from it is a showstopper. If you’re not afraid of a little color, choose your favorites to feature in your tattoo.

For Real

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We find a beautifully tattooed rose hand tattoo here that approaches photorealism. The artist clearly has a talent for making designs that look absolutely real. If this is something you are after, do your homework to find the right artist for you. Most reputable artists will have a portfolio of work for you to look at before you pull the (tattoo gun’s) trigger.

Traditional

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Are you a fan of traditional tattooing that celebrates older methods of design? Tattoo fanatics seem to love exploring the more traditional designs that feature bold shapes, thick black lines, and vibrant color. If you know about Sailor Jerry and Ed Hardy, you might be inclined to go for a throwback like this rose hand tattoo. These timeless designs will never get old.

Neo-Traditional

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If you like the traditional sort of Americana style tattoos, you can marry old a new with a design that borrows from old traditions but improves on them for something that feels fresh and current. In the above example, you will find nods to tattoos of yore but also an application of colorful ink that’s more current. You will get the best of both worlds.

Stylish

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Many tattoo artists are skilled designers who have so much talent for creating signature designs in their one-of-a-kind style. Many artists have what’s called “flash” which is essentially a portfolio of their original designs that they will happily tattoo on your body. Look through your artist’s flash for inspiration and ask for a few changes so that it will be a good fit for you.

Keeping It Simple

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You do not have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to your rose hand tattoo. In fact, sticking to the basics can often result in a tattoo that’s easily recognizable and very cute. If you are after something that’s composed of just a few black lines, you can totally have that done without a ton of commitment or time spent getting tattooed.

Micro-Moment

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Micro tattoos are one of the biggest trends today. A few years ago, it was all the rage to have a well composed sleeve that’s planned out, continuous, and cohesive. Today, folks are more inclined to get a variety of small designs that they acrue along the way. If you’re interested in a sweet, modestly sized design, consider going micro with a tiny rose like this.

Another Little Banger

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Really, a little rose hand tattoo can go a long way. For whatever reason, smaller tattoos like this one read as whimsical and fun. If you’re not looking forward to spending hours under the needle, something similar could be the right way for you to go.

Here for the Drama

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Look at that shading! It’s unconventional and looks completely fresh and current. There’s a slight ombré effect happening that seems to flow seamlessly from one petal of the rose to the next. Green and red already contrast making for a visual pop that looks so fantastic.

Thumb Placement

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Another popular spot, other than the back of your hand, for rose hand tattoos is on the thumb. The flat portion of real estate that sits above your thumb is prime for a blossom. If you’re wanting something sized at the medium range, this placement could be the best option for you.

What Dreams Are Made Of

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We all know that black and pink is a winning color combination and if you had any doubts about that this should prove it to you. A delicate, pale pink is married with darker petals that looks so lucsious and visually appealing. If you’d like something softer, buck the trend of red rose hand tattoos and choose pink instead.

Get Weird With It

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Okay! If you want to add elements to your design that express your unique point of view, don’t be scared away from truly doing you. We find a snake and a skull tangled up in this rose hand tattoo and while it is idiosyncratic, it still harkens back to classic motifs that have been popular for decades.

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Dark and Twisty

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This is one of the moodiest rose hand tattoos on the list. We find a black and grey rose that has a ton of think lines and shading worked into it. If you’re here for the drama, something similarly as detailed and chaotic could be the right way to go.

Oversized

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If you’re someone with a “go big or go home” mentality, this rose hand tattoo could be a great direction to take your design. The rose is so large that it covers not only the back of the hand but also creeps up onto the wrist. This one is almost abstract in its approach.

It’s Electric

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Unconventional ink colors will always be a fun upgrade in our book. Blue and gold stun in this neon rose hand tattoo. Further, black, grey, and red inks have been used for the leaves, making this entire design look otherworldly. Play with color and you will not regret the results.

Pixel Rose

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Pixel tattoos had a moment several years ago and while that trend has faded we believe it’s a good option for your rose hand tattoo. If you’re not afraid to get a little geeky, go this route for a playful video game-inspired design.

Stunning

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Here’s another one of the photorealistic rose hand tattoos that looks so perfectly natural. It’s a far cry from the previous design but it looks so dreamy and romantic. Black and grey read as classic and timeless. But, you can go with color in a similar style if you want something that pops more.

Traditional in Black

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Here’s another design inspired by traditional tattooing that really looks bold. If you do not have any interest in color but want to make a big impact, ask your tattoo artist to be heavy-handed with that black ink. This is one of the most dramatic rose hand tattoos on this list that feels equally as beautiful as it does metal.

Singular Style

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Here’s a very fun take on traditional tattooing but taken to a whole new level. This rose hand tattoo looks fresh as the basic shapes in the design have been taken to their most basic of forms. Find an artist with a unique point of view for a singular design that is all your own.

Small Tattoo, Big Impact

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We are huge fans of the less conventional rose hand tattoos that feature a little rose on the back of the hand as opposed to a really big one. This one looks like it came from a beautiful book of botanical illustrations. You don’t have to go big if that’s not your speed.

Clean Bold Lines

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By forgoing any shading or color, you can create a really interesting design for your rose hand tattoo. Focus on the thick black lines and nothing else is the name of the game if you’re wanting something minimalist like this.

On Fire

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We don’t know why but flames instantly bring more drama to any tattoo. We find some fun ones around this black rose hand tattoo. If you want to heat things up, you know exactly what to do.

Silhouette

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A silhouette of a flower looks so classic and poetic. If you’re not married to the idea of a more traditional rose hand tattoo, you can go bold and black with a silhouette of the flower which gets the point across in a truly unique and elegant way.

Rose Noir

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Black and grey rose hand tattoos are so very popular and it is easy to understand why, especially with this example. The rose looks so real hovering over a grey background. There is a sort of film noir vibe to this one that looks like it could have been a still from a classic movie.

Creepy

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You have seen a skull resting inside a rose hand tattoo but have you seen a skull completely worked into the tattoo’s peddles? This is an offbeat one that turns up the creep factor. Mashups of designs like this are becoming increasingly popular today. We understand that something similar will not be for everyone but we wanted to share with you to know that the sky’s the limit.

Rainbow Rose

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If you love color, why not get a prideful rainbow rose hand tattoo? There’s plenty to love about the way the gentle colors blend into one another. This can be seen as a pride tattoo or just a celebration of color. Did you notice that the artist strayed from using almost no black ink here? The result is a more ethereal design.

With Thorns

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The thorns have been turned up to ten in this handsome rose hand tattoo. They offer a bit of an edge next to the softness of the blossom. We did not see many rose hand tattoos that played with thorns like this and it could be the perfect opportunity for you and your tattoo artist to get creative.

Make a Splash

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We find a watercolor effect dripping into this rose hand tattoo that is big and red. While watercolor tattoos are popular today, we did not stumble across many for this particular sort of design. That does not mean that they are not out there! If you love a watercolor tattoo, work with your artist to make a very fun, splashy design.

Wink

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An eye in a rose hand tattoo? Why not! Unconventional pairings are almost always a good idea when it comes to tattoos. After all, you do not want the same tattoo as any of your other friends. Go ahead and put that eye in your rose hand tattoo for something that reads a bit more creepy and a lot more fun.

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It Could Be Sweet

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We leave you with one of the more delicate rose hand tattoos on this list. If you want something that’s cute and sweet, a tattoo that covers your entire hand is not going to be the way to go. Something small with some lovely color is a great way for you to go.

There you go! We hope you enjoyed these rose hand tattoos and found some great ideas for your own ink. It’s always a great idea to do your homework before meeting with your tattoo artist so that you have a good idea of what you want to request. If you liked these rose hand tattoos, keep reading for even more floral goodness.

Get Inspired by These Small Rose Tattoos!

On the Ankle

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The ankle is a most popular spot for small rose tattoos. We find a sharp little cutie above and we think something similar will appeal to a bunch of folks!

Delicate & Lovely

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Here’s a sweet small rose tattoo with a bit more detail. Take a look at the shading on the bloom and the texture that’s been applied to the leaves! Beautiful!

Rose Noire

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Fancy yourself a touch goth? Consider getting an all-black small rose tattoo that offers plenty of drama. It looks like a gorgeous silhouette!

Micro Realism

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Micro tattoos are a huge trend and one of the most popular subjects for them is a rose. These very small designs make a big impression.

Ornamental

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You can go a different direction with your small rose tattoos by treating flowers like you would ornamentation. In this wrist tattoo, we find roses that look more like something you’d find in wallpaper, china, or an illuminated manuscript.

Hidden Away

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One of the biggest advantages of small rose tattoos is that they are relatively easy to conceal should you need to disappear your ink. This tidy black one is simple yet elegant.

In-Line

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Single-line tattoos are a huge trend at the moment. We found this lovely rose, created from just one line, and thought it looked rather clever. Something similar could be perfect for you.

For the Fam

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Rose tattoos with a word worked into their stems are hugely popular right now. This means if you want your small rose tattoo to appear different, you should avoid this one. If you don’t mind being in good company, it could be a great option for you!

That Devil in the Details

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Wow! Take a moment to marvel at all of the detail in this small rose tattoo. It has been expertly shaded and looks so moody and beautiful!

Like a Flower

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The rose itself is not all that big in this tattoo but the added text does take up a good bit of real estate. If you are considering a quote or some text to go along with your small flower tattoo, you could do no better than this.

Quite Fine

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Take a look at how crisp the lines of this amazing tattoo appear. If you want your small rose tattoo to look similar, consider finding a tattoo artist who is well-versed in stick and poke tattooing.

Tucked Away

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Behind the ear tattoos are super popular these days as they can be as visible or invisible as you would like. We think this handsome rose is a winning choice for the placement.

Romance

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How amazingly beautiful is this stunning hyperrealistic tattoo appears. For it to be so small, it is still filled with tons of detail that really make it stand out.

Mini Rose Tattoo

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Here’s one of the smallest micro tattoos on this list. It’s done in all black which makes for a mysterious and chic tattoo.

Rad & Red

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Another way to take your small rose tattoo is red ink. Red ink looks evocative and romantic when compared to just classic black. We think many people would love something similar.

The Boldness

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For a bolder look, consider a bolder line for your tattoo. A think line will make a huge impression. Further, tattoos like this hold up better over time and will fade less.

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On Fire

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A symbol of burning passion, a flaming rose could be the perfect small rose tattoo for you. This one looks rather haunting!

Sharp

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This is actually a friendship tattoo that’s shared between two friends who are both Geminis! We love the idea of juxtaposing two ideas like this!

Grecian

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This small rose tattoo has an Ancient Greek element that looks handsome. Consider incorporating architectural or patterned imagery for added intrigue.

Rosie Forever

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Here’s another example of friendship tattoos! We find the roses worked into the infinity symbol.

Delightfully Delicate

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How sweet is this small rose tattoo? It’s so tenderly applied that it barely looks real! For something similar, find a tattoo artist who you can trust and let them work their magic!

Framed

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Adding a “frame” or border around any tattoo is going to make it look more stately and interesting. We especially love the way the parallel lines balance out the organic lines and shapes of the rose.

Rose Meets Diamond

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Here’s an original idea that puts the rose inside of a diamond. It’s unlike any other small rose tattoo on this list!

Black & Red

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Red is such a fantastic color for tattoos! We find it here in the form of a sun which looks totally romantic. We have tattoo envy!

More Fire

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Here’s another flaming rose! This one appears even more haunting than the last one as the flame is done in almost a nude orange which is hardly visible. How brilliant!

Color on the Collar

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Blue roses symbolize mysteries and attaining the impossible! We found a cute pair of small rose tattoos on the collarbones here. A word of caution: tattoos on your collar bones hurt a ton so be prepared for extra sting if you go with this placement.

In Bloom

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We find a gorgeous red rose in different phases of bloom. It’s such a gorgeous tattoo that likely symbolizes something important to the person with it.

Golden

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Yellow roses are symbols of friendship and cheer. We love how this teeny-tiny one glows!

Extra Crispy

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For really sharp, thin lines, consider finding a tattoo artist who enjoys tattooing in the stick and poke method which is a technique that is done by hand without a tattoo gun. Just a needle and some ink!

Pretty & Pink

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A graphic, cute, little pink rose is just what you need! Pink roses symbolize gratitude. We think this person has a lot to be thankful for in this adorable, small rose tattoo.

Watercolor

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The watercolor technique has been a huge trend for years now. People can’t get enough of this style of tattoo that looks more like a painting than an actual tattoo. It also allows you to experiment with even more colors!

An Impression

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Here’s another small rose tattoo that’s highly stylized. It looks like it could be a watercolor tattoo or even a sketch one. The moody black looks fantastic next to the hints of red.

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A Love Letter

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Here’s a precious idea of a love letter attached to a rose. If you’re a hopeless romantic, this could be the perfect tattoo for you!

How fabulous are these small rose tattoos? We hope you feel inspired by these dazzling designs and that you have an idea for your next tattoo. Rose tattoos are exceedingly popular because they are sophisticated and beautiful. Tattoos that celebrate nature will always be in style and you will love your floral ink for the rest of your life!

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