There are many popular floral tattoo designs around however, with these images many are often drawn to them for personal reasons as well as the actual symbolism behind them. This may be because a particular flower provokes strong memories of a lover or a special time in one’s life or simply because one likes the look of it. When it comes to the dandelion tattoo many of us are drawn to this because of the connotations it has with our childhood when it played a big part in the fun and carefree days of our youths. As a child, how many of us could resist walking past a dandelion without stopping to pick and blow on one? Therefore, for sentimental reasons alone this may be the floral tattoo for you as a permanent reminder of the simple joys that still exist in the world and which have not been lost as we have grown older.

Despite the French translation of the word, which literally means ‘pee in the bed,’ the Victorian language of flowers offers more positive symbolism. Much of the symbolism in today’s floral body art derives from this era when flowers were used to express sentiments that could not be expressed in public due more reserved convention at that time.  In this respect, a dandelion tattoo, may signify wishes coming true however additional symbolism depicts the dandelion as Love’s oracle as well as giving it connotations of faithfulness and even coquetry. As a weed the dandelion is one of the hardest to get rid of due to its deep seated roots and fly away seeds so it is well-known to weary gardeners for its tenacity. Therefore as body art, it could also be used to signify an obstinate or persistent individual. Additional interpretation, particularly when dreaming of this flower, can include more negative connotations and the dandelion can also warn of the presence of enemies, a loved one’s deceit or even be a portent for misfortune.

There is another meaning for the dandelion tattoo that may be of interest to you if your family has military connections, particularly if you grew up as an ‘army brat’ as the dandelion is actually the official flower for the children of army personnel. This is because like the seeds of this flower, which blows where the wind takes it and takes up root anywhere, army kids tend to move around a lot as they grow up. However with the rooting and uprooting that each move brings, this allows them to set their “roots” wherever they go and wherever they end up.

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