Skulls and guns have their place in the tattoo world, but some classics are a little more soft and feminine.
Flowers are probably the most common tattoo out there, and the most versatile!
You can have a lovely bouquet climbing up your arm on its own, or winding itself around a skull to soften an otherwise grim image.
Flowers are a nice touch on a name tattoo, or to fill out a sleeve.
But did you know every single flower has its own special story and meaning?
Beyond their visual appeal and lovely scent, flowers have been used symbolically by different cultures for hundreds of years.
If you stop and think about it, you probably have your own associations with different flowers, maybe roses for romance and tulips for friendship.
Because the world of flowers is so dense (and so luscious!) we’re going to focus on one very popular flower tattoo, the beautiful plumeria flower.
You may not recognize the plumeria flower (AKA Frangipani) by name, but you’ve definitely seen them.
These are gorgeous, elegant little buds that bloom in variations of white, pink, and yellow.
They have sturdy petals that curve into a slightly cupped shape, giving them a distinct appearance.
Not only do they look beautiful, plumeria flowers smell amazing.
Because they sometimes cross-pollinate with other flowers, each plumeria has its own lovely scent.
Some are spicier or jasmine scented, while others have a fruitiness to them.
If you’re looking to make the nicest smelling flower garden on the block, these blooms are a must!
Because of their lovely shape and fragrance, plumeria is one of the more common flowers to find in a Hawaiian Lei: a garland of flowers made into a loop.
These garlands are often presented to people when either arriving in or departing from Hawaii as a gesture of affection.
Plumeria Flower Meaning
While plumeria is associated with Hawaii, they do not require tropical heat to grow!
These flowers were not even originally from Hawaii, they just like it there.
Plumeria Flowers In Hawaii
In the 1860’s a German botanist brought plumeria over to Hawaii.
Though the plants are hearty and will grow in most places with temperatures above 40˚F, they did especially well in the warm volcanic soil Hawaii had to offer.
Now, the flowers are a treasure to the Hawaiian people and grow in all kinds of gorgeous color variations.
You may have seen romantic images of Hawaiian women wearing these flowers in their hair, but did you pay attention to which side they wore their flower on?
In Hawaii, wearing a plumeria on your left ear means you are seeing someone, married, or otherwise not available to date.
Your right ear means you are single and looking to meet new people.
Now that’s a convenient and classy way to make it clear you are looking for love!
As you may have guessed, the plumeria is a celebratory flower in Hawaii.
It is a positive symbol of beauty and grace.
Plumeria Flowers in Hinduism & Buddhism
One interesting characteristic of the plumeria flower is its longevity.
The trees they grow on can live for hundreds of years, and will even produce flowers once they’ve been uprooted.
Plumeria flowers can also withstand extreme heat, up to 500˚!
Because of this heartiness, they are seen as a symbol of long life and even immortality in Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Plumeria Flowers in Vietnam
Plumeria flowers have anti-inflammatory qualities, and have been used in healing balms and beauty potions because of this.
They are harder to find in Vietnam than in other areas of the world, so they are a well-respected flower and seen as a symbol of healing.
Plumeria Flowers in Nicaragua
The plumeria, known in Nicaragua as Sacuanjoche, is their national flower.
In this area of the world, the most common variety is white with a yellow center. Because they bloom in May, they are seen as a symbol of new life.
As you’ve probably guessed, there are any number of reasons why a person may get a plumeria tattoo.
Maybe you’re someone with deep ties to Hawaii, or a Buddhist looking for the secrets to eternal life.
The plumeria is a citizen of the world, so you can interpret its beauty in your own way.
Common Themes in Plumeria Tattoos
These designs are typically seen as feminine, but who doesn’t love a little floral beauty in their lives?
These tattoos work best with more modern, hyper-saturated designs.
Getting a flower known for its striking colors just wouldn’t make sense in black and grey.
Some women opt for plumeria tattoos on the sides of their torso.
This can be a way of enhancing your feminine curves.
Another attractive option is a plumeria thigh tattoo.
If you’re looking for a more masculine option, bicep and sternum tattoos can be a great way to bring balance to the feminine energy of a floral design.
Plumeria Tattoo Styles
Black & Grey Plumeria Tattoos
Illustrative Plumeria Tattoos
Dot-work Plumeria Tattoos
Watercolor Plumeria Tattoos
Graphic Plumeria Tattoos
Realistic Plumeria Tattoos
Sketchy Plumeria Tattoos
Single Needle Tattoos
Contemporary Plumeria Tattoos
Plumeria Tattoo Ideas
There’s no reason not to get a plumeria tattoo.
They have positive associations worldwide and can stand on their own or complement other designs.
Check out our plumeria tattoo gallery for some design inspiration!
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Simple Plumeria Tattoos
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