The Victorian language of flowers has seen something of a revival in recent years thanks to the popularity of floral body art and most of the symbolism relating to these designs originate from this centuries old practice, which is also known as floriography. During that conservative era, flowers were used as a means of communication in which various types of flower and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. This allowed individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken as this was deemed inappropriate in those times.  Therefore, many women who want floral tattoo designs will study the symbolism behind their chosen flower and this will influence their decision as much as the beauty of their chosen image. If you are interested in a magnolia tattoo, then you may simply like the simplistic beauty of such a flower however according to floriography, the magnolia symbolizes benevolence, love of nature and magnificence.

This is actually an ancient species of flowering plant whose origins can be traced back over twenty million years, in times before bees flew around pollinating the flora of our planet. In fact the magnolia’s flowers actually developed to encourage pollination by beetles and too avoid damage from these pollinating beetles, the petals of its flowers are extremely tough as a result. As body art, this could be another reason to get a magnolia tattoo, if one wanted to use an image that reflected a robust or resilient personality. The species itself was named after a famous French botanist, Pierre Magnol in the early 18th century and its flowers are unique in that they do not have traditional petals and sepals. They are instead composed of complex structures called tepals, and these Magnolia blossoms will vary in colour from very plain or cream to more vibrant colours.

Let us take a look at the differing colours of magnolia that could be used to depict this particular flower when transformed into body art. One of the most common colours for a magnolia tattoo is pink and even these range in colour from pale pink to bright fuchsia as well as various shades in between. However, perhaps the most commonly recognized colour for this species, as its name suggests, is white or cream. Again these will vary considerably from pure, stark white to creamy blooms with a yellowish tinge. My personal favourite when it comes to using this flower as body art, is the much rarer purple version which can be illustrated in subtle shades of lilac or a brighter more vivid shade of purple. This looks stunning when inked on the female skin, and adds a more individual touch to the more widely recognized versions of this flower. Even rarer are the yellow versions and varieties such as the pale butterfly or rich goldfinch species with their contrasting red colour seeds, also look great as body art. You may even wish to use multiple images of this flower in a variety of different colours as some species have one color at the base of the flower that gradually blends into another color at the top of the flower. Pink and white blossoms are another popular combination here.

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