27 Breathtaking Watercolor Flower Tattoos

Here are 27 breathtaking watercolor flower tattoos, from Stay Glam: 

One of the hottest new trends in the tattoo world right now is watercolor flower tattoos.

When you see how truly stunning they are, it’s not very hard to see why. With beautiful shades and colors, and a wide range of designs and ideas to work with, they’re a versatile idea that is as pretty as it is unique.

We think we’ve found a few ideas that you might like to take a peek at …


The humble peony is one of the oldest flowers to be used in the Eastern culture. You can understand why peony tattoos would be such a great hit. The style of the flower itself gives way to stunning watercolor flower tattoos, beautiful soft petals in marvelous shades of pink and peach. These days, peony tattoos are often seen with Japanese style koi carp tattoos. Also, for such a delicate and feminine flower, is often depicted as rather masculine, said to depict a total disregard for consequences.

Peony Flower Watercolor Arm Tattoo Idea

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This cute and small hand tattoo is a perfect way of showing how subtle these watercolor delights could be, and in the humblest of places too. You may not even have considered having your watercolor flower tattoo quite so visibly on your hand, but as you can see, it doesn’t need to stand out too much.

Pink Flower Watercolor Hand Tattoo

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The arum lily really is a beautiful one (and it was also the flower for the writer of this post’s wedding, we must add), and comes in a wide range of colors. This gives you plenty of opportunities to play around with your watercolor flower tattoos. The original meaning of the beautiful lily was said to have come from Ancient Greek times, at the time called the Madonna Lily, found in white. At the time it was considered to have come from the Queen of Gods, Hera, and was then said to symbolize the Divine Feminine.

Flower Watercolor Wrist Tattoo Idea

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Primarily known as a feminine tattoo, tulips come in so many colors that there are endless ways to use them in watercolor flower tattoos. Those who appreciate the sun will also appreciate a tulip tattoo, as it is a flower which constantly bends and moves its head in order to get the best view of it, making brilliant use of those powerful and sunny rays. For many, the simple flower is a symbol of beauty. It holds many more meanings than that, particularly flexibility – the tulip bends to meet the sun.

Watercolor Tulip Spine Tattoo Idea for Women

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Poppy tattoos are used all over the world these days, primarily to symbolize the remembrance of those we lost in war, but poppies, especially their use in mythology, has been around for many years. Roman and Greek traditions depict that the poppy is a symbol of death, but in a romantic light – more in the sense of eternal sleep. Of course, eternal sleep can have another beautiful and poignant meaning – a sense of peace, another beautiful meaning behind a truly wonderful flower.

Pink Poppy Flower Watercolor Arm Tattoo Idea

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The one thing you will need to remember when choosing your watercolor flower tattoos is the place in which you are going to have them. From far away, for example, a dark purple blush of ink could look very much like a bruise,and tattoos such as these ones will peek out from beneath top and bra straps, A tattoo is for life, and that’s something it is wise to remember.

Anemones Flowers Watercolor Tattoo Idea for Women

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The humble orchid means so many different things in so many different cultures, but we must remember it for the beautiful and delicate flower that it is. It requires very specific surroundings in order to thrive, which is quite different from the old Japanese meaning. They were often said to symbolize strength and warriors.

Watercolor Orchid Flower Tattoo Idea for Arm

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The one thing you should be aware of when it comes to foot tattoos is that they hurt … quite a bit. These watercolor flower tattoos are beautiful, you can’t deny that, but the bonier areas of your body are always going to be the most painful places to have inked. You will also need to bear in mind that the shoes and socks you wear will rub on the skin. This can actually have an impact on how long the tattoo actually lasts. Constant rubbing will cause it to fade, and that will mean a touch-up every now and again. You know what that means – more pain. Just saying.

Watercolor Flower Foot Tattoo for Women

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Carpe Diem means “seize the day” in Latin, but “seizing the day” isn’t something you’re really going to want to do when it comes to getting inked. This is something that will be on your body forever, unless you go to drastic measures to have it removed, such as having laser removal. For the record, that’s a very painful process.

Watercolor Flower Tattoo with a Quote

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The same can be said for the tattoos you choose to have with your friends – these are beautiful, and we definitely aren’t taking anything away from that. Jake sure your friends are your real friends before you go getting matching inks. That tattoo will be a constant painful reminder of a friendship gone by otherwise.

Watercolor Flower Couple Tattoo For Friends

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Although the rose tattoo is associated with various cultures, Eastern tattoo art, for example, it is most definitely an Americanized tattoo. You can have it personalized in so many ways too, these watercolor flower tattoos being just one of them. For the most part, these stunning rose tattoos are used to depict beauty and love, and you can change the color or shade of the flower itself to mean a different thing. Thorns can even add a new twist on the design, adding a ‘spiked’ meaning to the entire design.

Flowering Rose Watercolor Flower Arm Tattoo

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A flower that is used to depict wealth and elegant, this light blue peony is a stunning way to show off watercolor flower tattoos, although the flower itself is often used in red and pink shades. The Japanese may call them the “king of flowers”, and we’re seconding that.

Light Blue Peony Arm Watercolor Flower Tattoo

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Cherry blossom tattoos are often used in Japanese style designs, and work as a perfect metaphor for life. The petals of the tree look beautiful, but beauty fades quickly and life soon moves on, the petals falling and the cycle starting all over again.

Watercolor Flower Twig Tattoo Idea

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If you wanted a cute and dainty place to home your new watercolor flower tattoos, you could do a whole load worse than the tiny space behind your ear. With your hair worn down, no one would ever know it was there. Tie your hair up in a ponytail, however, and you treat people to a cute and colorful display just like this.

Small Behind the Ear Twig Watercolor Flower Tattoo Idea

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As well as showing how fleeting life is, this cherry blossom arm design is the easiest to personalize, enabling you to twist and contort the branches into intricate designs to suit a wide range of places. It means that you can use it all over your body, even using it as a “filler” style tattoo for full sleeve or leg pieces.

Small Watercolor Flower Arm Tattoo Idea

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The meaning of the red poppy combined with remembrance actually comes form a very poignant poem by John McCrae. It was called “In Flander’s Fields”. It was about World War 2 and all the brave souls we lost in the war. We definitely think this stunning tattoo idea pays respect enough.

Poppy Watercolor Flower Tattoo Idea for Spine Back

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There are a few things you may need to bear in mind when it comes to watercolor flower tattoos like these. They are a relatively new concept and style, and that means that long-term fading isn’t known about. Some people suggest that the lack of an outline will mean the tattoo itself can bleed a lot easier. Other tattoo artists will also suggest regular touch-ups to ensure the color or vibrancy doesn’t fade.

Small Peony Watercolor Flower Foot Tattoo

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The idea behind these watercolor flower tattoos is to mimic the style of a watercolor painting. An artist can get super creative with designs such as these, and there are no “lines” are such to stay within when coloring in. No two watercolor tattoos will be the same, and that’s what has made them so popular these days. Everyone is striving to have something a little more different and unique.

Pink rose Watercolor Flower Arm Tattoo Design

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Also known as Lisianthus, eustomas are quite the beautiful and vibrant flower, even in these watercolor flower tattoos. Their large and funnel-shaped flowers make for really beautiful ink designs, and they’re quite difficult to take care of. This would symbolize something fragile and delicate.

Pink Eustoma Watercolor Flower Tattoo Idea for Arm

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A great way to personalize any tattoo, particularly these watercolor flower tattoos, is to add a quote. Do you have a favorite quote? Perhaps your parents or grandmothers used to say something that has stuck with you over the years? The only thing left to do is pick a font, and that’s often the hardest part when picking text-style tattoo designs.

Watercolor Flower Quote Tattoo Design

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Any tattoo will come with its fair share of maintenance, but with really vibrant tattoos such as these watercolor delights, you may need to go back for a touch-up sitting to ensure the colors are as beautiful as they should be. The more colorful the tattoo, the more the chance you’ll need to go back for a little maintenance.

Pink Orchid Flower Watercolor Tattoo Idea

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When you go for your tattoo, always make sure you’re wearing the right kind of clothes. This may sound like an odd thing to say, but you will want to make sure you are comfortable throughout the duration of the tattoo, as well as the journey home, and later on that day too. You will be in pain – a needle has been stabbed into your skin a few thousand times. The looser and more free-flowing your clothes are, the more comfortable you will find yourself.

Pink Poppy Flower Watercolor Tattoo

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Do tattoos hurt? Yes, of course they do, but how much they will hurt will change from person to person. Everyone is different, everyone has different pain thresholds, and it has even been suggested that women have a higher threshold of pain than men do. You should definitely be under no illusions when it comes to the pain factor of getting inked, and prepare for that – during the tattoo itself, and also afterwards.

Watercolor Flower Back Tattoo Idea for Women

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When getting tattoos on highly visible places, such as your wrists or hands, you will need to be aware that it can have an impact on your life. Although the equality surrounding tattoos and piercings in the workplace is evening out, there are still some businesses who won’t employ someone with visible body modifications. Could your dream tattoos hinder your career? It’s definitely something to think about.

Watercolor Pink Flower Tattoos for Wrist

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Another thing you’ll need to bear in mind with arm and leg tattoos is how much you’re going to have them in the sun. Sunlight, and particularly tanning, can have an effect on how long your ink lasts, and it’ll fade quicker if you don’t care of it. There are creams and lotions you can buy designed for tattooed skin in the sun, but just making sure you use a strong enough SPF factor will do a good enough job if you’re not prolonging your skin to lots of it.

Beautiful Watercolor Flowers Tattoo Design

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Magnolia trees are beautiful ones, and their petals are soft, pink and white in color, and said to depict three things – life, beauty and nature. Trees are a great idea to use within a family-orientated tattoo, as well as within these watercolor flower tattoos also.

Magnolia Watercolor Flower Leg Tattoo Idea

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There are quite mixed symbolic meanings behind the humble iris tattoo, and although some believe it to mean death – befalling everyone – there are other more positive meanings behind the body art work. There are generally three petals in iris tattoos, and some think these stand for the past, present, and future. Because of this, they have become a tattoo that is often associated with hope.

Watercolor Flower Spine Tattoo with a Quote

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We think these 27 watercolor flower tattoos are all beautiful in their own little ways, but there are so many possibilities when it comes to picking something entirely personal to you. Have a chat with a few artists and see what they’ll help you to come up with. It pays to remember that these people are artists – they’re not just good for stabbing your skin with the ink, they’re also great for coming up with truly breathtaking art. Maybe it’s time to leave the ball in their court for a while?