22 Unique Flower Tattoo Designs That Are Anything But Garden Variety

There's a reason that flower tattoos designs have always been some of the most popular art to get inked. The versatile flower tattoo is something that just about anyone can appreciate, and whether it's your first tattoo or an addition to an ever-growing collection, it's something that you're sure to always love.

"A lot of clients think of flowers as basic, over-done designs when they first come in," says Nashville-based tattoo artist Mia Graffam of Victory Tattoo. "But the great thing about floral tattoos is that you could do a million of them and still make each one different." From bright, splashy watercolors that are popular with more modern artists to traditional Sailor Jerry-style flower designs, the good old-fashioned flower tattoo might be worth a second look. All it takes is a clear vision for what style of tattoo you want.

"Some of my tattoos are illustrative botanical designs or bold, American traditional roses and Forget-Me-Nots," Graffam says. "These can come across as a very graphic, strong style, but it's also timeless. Another popular thing I'm seeing lately is flower arrangements; flowers in vases or urns or rosebuds being held in hands."

If you're looking for something a bit more minimalist or delicately detailed, Graffam also recommends the finely-dotted flower designs that are gaining popularity at tattoo shops around the world. "Fine-line tattoos and stippling are also at the forefront right now when approaching floral designs." Stippling involves using tiny dots instead of more traditional shading in a tattoo, creating a uniquely textured effect.

If you're thinking about going for a flower tattoo but you aren't sure which style is right for you, these gorgeous — and entirely unique — designs are sure to give you just the inspiration you need.

1. Color Realism Flowers

Equal parts romantic and creative, a color realism tattoo mimics the look of a traditional painting in a way that's still really modern.

2. A Small Wrist Tattoo

If you're not ready to commit to a larger piece, a small flower looks perfect right on the wrist.

3. Detailed Dandelions

If you're the type of person who sees the beauty in the weeds, you might like a dandelion tattoo — roots and all.

4. Watercolor On Black

Instead of making the flowers the focal point of your tattoo, use them to fill the inside of a silhouetted shape.

5. A Finger Flower

You'll get to admire your tattoo every day if you get it on the front or side of your finger.

6. White Ink

White ink tattoos are incredibly trendy, so it automatically elevates a floral design.

7. A Full Floral Sleeve

Cover your entire arm in blooming flowers.

8. A Floral-Covered Skull

Balance the beauty of the flowers with something a little more badass.

9. Something Close-Up

Show off the layers of flowers like peonies by getting a tattoo that's up close and personal.

10. Botanical Print Styles

If you love the look of antique botanical prints, take a hint from old posters or textbooks when planning your floral tattoo.

11. A Geometric Rose

Fill a flower with modern, geometric designs to make it feel more current.

12. A Lotus Flower

Lotus flowers are associated with healing and rebirth in Hindu and Buddhist religions, so this tattoo is just as meaningful as it is beautiful.

13. Geometric Dotwork

With intricate dots, geometric diamonds and classic peony shapes, this type of tattoo is one that will really stand out.

14. Something Abstract

Take a cue from Picasso and go abstract with your flower tat.

15. A Hand Holding A Flower

This popular traditional design can be modified to be as detailed or as simple as you like.

16. A Dainty, Minimal Design

If you want to keep your tattoo hidden, something small like this delicate lilac design is the perfect choice.

17. Something Black & White

Forgo the color in favor of something basic black and a bit more subtle.

18. A Flower In A Vase

If you're looking to get a larger piece, a decorative vase adds even more to your flower tattoo.

19. Half & Half

Split your flower in half across both arms for a truly unique look.

20. A Unique Bouquet

With a feather as an anchor and moody-hued flowers surrounding it, this bouquet is not your typical flower tat.

21. A Forearm Flower

Wrap a blossoming flower front row center around your forearm.

22. A Quirky Cactus

Roses not your thing? This cute cactus design takes your love of houseplants and makes it permanent.

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