The demand for floral body art shows no sign of ceasing and as a result there are now more designs than ever for you to choose from it this type of tattoo appeals to you. Flowers not only look visually stunning when inked on the skin but they are also profoundly symbolic images so you can find one that expresses your personality or character attributes perfectly. On the other hand, you may simply choose such an image because you like the look of it so the symbolism behind the design may be irrelevant to you personally. One of my personal favorites, both aesthetically and symbolically, has to be the water lily tattoo which is very similar to the ever-popular lotus flower. This particular flower features highly in religious and spiritual folklore and mythology all around the world, however it is particular significant in the East.

The water lily has earned a reputation in the West too, where it has been referred to as ‘God’s favorite flower’ thanks to the perfection of its distinctive and very beautiful form. However it is in Eastern countries such as Japan, China, Thailand and India that it is most revered to the same extent as the rose is to many of us in the Western world. Like the “Rose of Sharon” – a flower that blooms in the desert – is the symbol of Christ, the water lily rises from the mud as the symbol of the Buddha in many parts of Asia. A pink flower of this nature in particular, is especially sacred as this is the symbol reserved to represent Buddha himself. Different colors of a water lily tattoo design will also alter the meaning slightly from culture to culture. In Asia, white signifies mental purity, red represents compassion and matters of the heart, while blue is a symbol of intelligence and wisdom, and purple relates to mystical insight and intuition. In India, the color code is similar but a little different with white water lilies signifying purity, blue for goodness, and red for enlightenment.

Water lilies were often illustrated in traditional woodblock prints in Japan, and these depictions have heavily influenced the work of Japanese tattooists in Japan who have adapted these designs to make beautiful body art images. To the Chinese, the water lily has been a religious symbol that also served as an inspiration for many poets and artists in China over the centuries. The exquisite beauty of a water lily tattoo looks absolutely stunning when inked on the skin and these work well as small, medium and large designs on their own or in conjunction with other images.

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