The 14th (15th and 16th if counted individually) tattoo I had done was the String of Roses on my left arm.
The tattoo was done on 20th December 2014 by Elliott at Mantra and took around two and a half hours to complete.
Each rose was drawn first by Elliott and then positioned on the arm where it would fit. Due to this being the last large space there was no compromise on the positioning.
The design was based from a drawing I did and showed for a guide but as always I like Elliott to put his spin on things.
Roses are not only a beautiful flower but have been popular choice for both men and women for a tattoo since the 1930’s; but what does the rose symbolise? Your first thought may be in regard to its delicate beauty or its representation of love, inner and outer beauty and whilst you would be right there is also so much more to this beautiful flower.
The rose in tarot is considered to be the symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings.
Red roses historically have been considered the symbol of true love or passionate love especially when presented as a single stem, but they can also represent sacrifice or memorial.
Mine, they signify some of the sacrifices I’ve made in life but also signify some memorials to those who were once in my life and now are not. They are also expressive of my promise and hope for new beginnings from time to time. While there are only three roses the number does not signify the number of sacrifices nor the memorials.
When the filling in phase begins there will also be some stems on some of the roses, these will be complete with thorns. When contrasted by thorns will symbolize defence, loss, and even thoughtlessness.
As for “did it hurt?” The honest answer is yes. There will always be some pain with any tattoo and anyone who claims otherwise is lying. The level of pain, the severity and the discomfort varies from person to person, placement to placement and even down to how well you slept the night before or even what you ate the night before. In the case of this tattoo the discomfort level would be around about a 4 however some areas, especially up towards the arm pit were very sensitive and I would say it was up around 7 or 8. Most of the time I had more pain in my lower back from lying on my front (I have a back problem) than from the tattoo.