Flower Tattoos – Tribal Hibiscus Meanings
Flower tattoos are increasingly popular amongst women. You can find beautiful, colorful and elaborate flower tattoo designs that look incredible on a woman’s back, arm or stomach. Choosing a delicate flower, like the hibiscus flower, can add to the feminine and sexy curves of a woman. The hibiscus is an exotic tropical flower that has a range of symbolism and meaning.
The Hibiscus is a beautiful large flower that makes a perfect feminine tattoo design. It is large, highly visible with five or more petals and is trumpet shaped. You can find it in pink, white, orange, purple or yellow. It can be consumed and is often used as a mild medicine because it is high in vitamin C and is a diuretic. The most common way of consuming it is in tea.
This flower has a large significance in a few cultures but is most often tied to Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Hawaii uses the symbol of the hibiscus as its state flower. Tahitian women are often depicted wearing a red hibiscus flower. They wear the flower behind their ear when they want to show their admirers that they are ready for marriage. You can find many tribal tattoo styles of the hibiscus flower from Polynesian cultures which are unique and beautiful.
The Polynesian pacific islands are known for their beautiful tribal styles of art and tattoos so it is no surprise that one of the most popular ways of depicting the hibiscus flower is as a tribal tattoo design. These flower are often integrated into large tribal tattoo designs to add the balance of femininity. Most tribal tattoos are done with no color, but if color is assigned to the flower it is most often red.
There are also Asian cultures that attach rich symbolism to the Hibiscus flower. In India this flower is often associated with the Hindu Goddess Kali. She is often depicted with the Hibiscus flower in paintings and these flowers are offered up as gifts to her. This Hindu goddess is associated with violence, empowerment and death. She is most prominently, the goddess of time and change. If your hibiscus flower is to be associated with Kali then consider adding the color blue and red which are often associated with the goddess.
Some other meanings to consider when getting your hibiscus flower tattoo:
- In Korea it symbolizes immortality.
- Malaysians consider it to represent courage, honor and life.
- In China it means virginity, gentleness, fame, and wealth.
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