Rose tattoos can have different meanings depending on the color and how it is portrayed. In this photo, the rose tattoos on the rib cage have very dark red colors symbolizing love and passion.
When the flower is represented as a rosebud, it means beauty, girlhood and youth. It can also stand for pure and lovely. A single rose represents simplicity and a bouquet of roses in full bloom can mean gratitude. Pink roses symbolize grace and gentility while the dark pink ones stand for appreciation. Yellow roses signify joy and gladness while orange roses denote enthusiasm and desire. Lavender is known to symbolize love at first sight and enchantment.
It is also interesting to note that the number of roses can denote several meanings. One rose means love at first sight, two roses connote "you are the one" and three roses want to say "i love you". More roses stand for more meanigs, 10 roses saying "you are perfect" and 12 roses proposing "be my steady".
Tattoo done by Inkblot Studio, Ames, Iowa