Tulip Tattoo Meaning, Design & Ideas

When looking for your next tattoo, you have a million options. If you are looking for something represent characteristics about yourself and traits you hope to attain, floral tattoos are a great way to represent this notion.

The great thing about the floral tattoo is that there is a different meaning for every flower and every color of those flowers. This means you can pretty much find any meaning you like or pick a flower you love to get tattooed on your person. Today we are talking about the tulip and what it represents for those thinking of getting it tattooed on your body.

The tulip is a beautiful flower and is a flower that every woman loves to see in a bouquet. It is a powerful symbol and we will be going over what it symbolizes and what it represents for those getting the tulip tattoo. We will also discuss the different variations of the tulip tattoo that we have seen, or different tattoo styles used to create this tattoo. By the end of the post we hope you have a better understanding of what it means to have a tulip tattoo and what this flower represents in terms of characteristics and traits.

About the Tulip

This flower’s origins are present in Turkey and Persia centuries ago. Tulips played a significant cultural role for these countries. Tulip comes for the Persian word that means turban. Europeans mistakenly gave this flower its name because the Turkish would have tulips in their turbans.

As soon as the popularity of tulips started to increase in Europe, other areas of the world started taking to tulips as well. In the 17th century, there was a thing called “tulip mania” in the Netherlands. They were so popular that prices were steadily increasing in these areas and it caused the markets to crash. These days, tulips are grown all over the world, but some varieties of tulips have been dubbed “Dutch tulips” in reference to their love for this flower.

Tulip Tattoo Meaning

The tulip is one of the most loved and recognizable flowers on the planet. Tulips seem to be the perfect flower. They aren’t too romantic, too bright, too big, too small or too elegant; they happen to be just right. The tulip is like that favorite pair of jeans you have or that favorite meal your mom makes for you. It just brings comfort into your life.

Overall, the primary significance of the tulip is perfect love. As is the case with most flowers, their shapes or colors will be what carries that meaning. When you get into the different colors of the tulip, the meaning starts to evolve into different characteristics. For example, white tulips are used to express forgiveness or to claim worthiness. The color white might have similar meanings with other flowers, but the tulip carries its own unique meaning.


With all the different meanings and sentiments regarding the tulip, it’s no surprise they continue to be one of the more popular flowers and subjects for tattoos. Because these flowers come in so many different colors, they can be used for a variety of different occasions. This is also another time someone might get the tulip tattoo. Tulips might remind this person of a happy time or a moment in time they would love to remember.

Tulip Tattoo Variations

We touched on this already, but the tulip comes in many different colors. Every color carries its own significance and when paired with the tulip, it only enhances the symbolism. In addition to color, there are images that can be paired with tulips that can take on a whole new meaning when asked. Your best bet is to ask the person with the tattoo. They will be able to tell you what it means to them, but these examples below will at least give you a few good ideas.

Black Tulip Tattoo

The black tulip tattoo represents strength and power. This shade of mystery is one of royalty as well. Believe or not, black tulips do exist, but they are a rare hybrid of tulip. Creating the jet-black tulip is a difficult task but there are many colors of tulip that are very close. These include dark red or a really deep purple.

Pink Tulip Tattoo

Pink tulips just give you a very nice feeling when you see them. For those with the pink tulip tattoo, they are trying to get that feeling whenever they look at their tattoo and it’s a great idea to do it that way. The pink tulip symbolizes good wishes, caring and attachment (although not as strong as the color red).

Yellow Tulip Tattoo

Yellow flowers used to symbolize characteristics like hopeless love and jealousy. However, times have changed, and modern interpretations of the color yellow have been updated. The yellow tulip tattoo meaning revolves around cheerful thoughts and hope. Yellow is also a color that represents friendship. Someone might have a yellow tulip tattoo as a reminder of a friend lost. They might even get matching yellow tulip tattoos to represent their friendship with someone.

Red Tulip Tattoo

Red tulips, like in many flower, symbolize a deep love. It’s about passion and romance. In addition, the tulip is the flower of 11th wedding anniversary. By getting the red tulip tattoo, you are saying you feel passionate about someone or something. You might even get it for your significant other to show how you feel or as a representation of a marriage that has made it 11 years at that point.

If you do a little research, you will find that tulips grow in many other colors and each of those hues carry their own significance. So, make sure when you get your tulip tattoo, you pick a color that is a representation of how you are feeling. Also make sure to pick an artist that has some experience in tattooing flowers.

You will learn the most by taking a look at their portfolio or Instagram account. If you need help finding someone to ink you up, let us know because we can send a recommendation as well.

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