If you are looking for a body art design that will definitely have longevity then you will not go far wrong if you opt for floral images as these continue to be popular, predominantly with women, and look absolutely beautiful when inked on the skin. This is a very versatile design that can be customized to suit the individual but there are so many different flowers to choose from you are sure to find one that suits you perfectly. Another popular trend in recent years which makes this design more personal for the individual is the use of birth flowers. Each different month, has a flower representing it so birth flowers actually relate to the month you were born and can be used on their own or accompanied by another image such as your zodiac glyph or even your date of birth. For example if you were born in the month of May you would perhaps opt for a Lily of the Valley tattoo which is a beautiful design that is also highly symbolic.

The symbolism behind a Lily of the Valley tattoo relates back to the Victorian’s secret language of flowers which was used in a more conservative era as a discrete way to show one’s emotions and declare affection for admiration for a loved one. This is also referred to in modern times as floriography and can still be used to express sentiments via flowers in the old fashioned way with a bouquet or for the very modern concept of body art. This originates from a combination of ancient cultures, folklores, literature, mythologies and religions, as well as the distinguishing characteristics of the individual flora and fauna. According to this concept, lilies in general symbolize beauty, elegance and sweetness however the meaning can alter slightly for different colours and species. The lily of the valley conveys innocent attributes such as sweetness, humility, purity and chastity but it also is a symbol for peace as well as representing the return of happiness.

As body art, the lily of the valley tattoo is not one of the most commonly requested floral designs however while this is very simplistic in appearance, it is this fragile simplicity which adds to its allure and makes it a truly beautiful choice of tattoo. If you want a more elaborate design then you could add additional images of a related theme such as butterflies or birds as well as other flowers if desired. As a design on its own, I personally like it for the foot or ankle but I have also seen some pretty images of this nature inked next to the belly button, on the shoulder and also on the hip.

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