Although most people will often choose a tattoo for its aesthetic appearance, there is a story behind every tattoo. This story is what makes the wearer get that tattoo so that they can have something to remember that particular thing for eternity. Sunflower tattoos just like any other tattoo come in different types and designs. The meanings of these tattoos are also as many as the designs if not more. Knowing the various meanings associated with this tattoo will help you decide whether to get one or not.
Sunflowers are a symbol of the wearer’s personality and those who choose to have a sunflower tattoo over the many other designs available what to show their optimism in life. People with this type of tattoo are thought to be jovial, bright and adaptable. These people believe in living life to the fullest and always being as happy as the sunflower. People with this tattoo are also thought to be down to earth and will stay connected to their roots even if they come across immense success or wealth.
The sunflower is known to be a symbol of constancy, and so it can be used to show things that one would wish to last for infinity. Examples of some of the “until infinity” that this tattoo can be used to represent include; everlasting friendship, constant loyalty, and also remembrance. Many people will also get this tattoo to remind them of a loved one who passed away and so that they can emulate some of his or her positive traits. When drawn for this purpose, this tattoo will symbolize an eternal bond between the wearer and the person that the tattoo is supposed to represent. Family and friendship ties are the two most common bonds that sunflowers can represent.
A sunflower tattoo can also be used to show that the wearer is waiting for the return of a loved one. This meaning is drawn from the Greek lore of Clytia and Helios, the god of the Sun. According to the story, the two were separated by some stressful situations in life and so Clytia was always looking at the sun waiting for her love to return to her. She was then transformed into a sunflower so that she could continue staring at the sun for eternity. Due to this one can have this tattoo to show that they are staring at the sun waiting for a loved one to return.
In some cultures, the sunflower tattoo can be used to show the worship of the sun god. In Aztec and Native American cultures, the sun god is represented by the image of the sunflower. Having this image inked on you might be used to mean that you have faith in the sun god, or you worship him. Other meanings that are associated with this type of tattoo include faith, focus, vitality, healing, good luck and nourishment. However, just like any other tattoo the sunflower can mean anything that you want it to say as the wearer.
The Best Colors for Sunflower Tattoos
Color matters a lot in any tattoo that involves flowers and no matter how good the design might be if you go wrong with the color choice your tattoo may end up looking awkward. Contrary to what most people might think there are many color options to choose from for your sunflower symbol. However, the following are the most popular ones and perhaps also the most attractive ones.
· Yellow: Yellow is the actual color of the sunflower and so choosing it will make the tattoo more realistic. However, there are different shades of yellow, and so you should be keen with what you choose. Most tattoo artists understand colors well, and so they should be able to get the right sunflower yellow for you.
· Pink: The Pink sunflower is a symbol of femininity. Although you will probably not find one in nature, some ladies would prefer to have their sunflower inked in pink rather than the usual yellow. Besides from the symbolic meaning that can be given to a pink sunflower it is also unique.
· Black: Black works well for this tattoo especially for those who do not like a very colorful tattoo. A black sunflower would be more ideal for men as it is not as feminine as the other colorful sunflower tattoos.
· White Ink: Some people often refer to this type of tattoos as colorless due to their appearance but what gives them their colorless appearance is the white ink that they are drawn in. Besides from looking trendier white ink is also considered to be a more aesthetically appealing tattoo color.
Sunflower Tattoo Sizes
Due to the design of the sunflower and the appearance of this image you can have it inked in almost any size that you wish. The only limitations to the size of the tattoo are placement area, types of sunflower tattoos and maybe the creativity of your tattoo artist. Generally there are three different sizes that you can choose from. The sizes are:
· Small Sized Sunflower Tattoos: These are normally simple designed sunflowers and are mostly placed on the wrist, ankle, behind the ear or in any other small place in the body. For this small tattoo to look their best a good idea would be to go for a single flower instead of a bunch or cluster of sunflowers. These tattoos can be as small as an inch.
· Medium Sized Sunflower Tattoos: The medium sized are far much bigger than the small tattoo but they are also not mammoth in size, and so they cannot be described as big tattoos. These are the sort of tattoos that are mostly drawn on the upper arm or the legs.
· Large / Huge Sunflower Tattoos: If you love sunflower tattoos then this size of tattoos are the best way to show this. The big tattoo can be whole body tattoos, chest tattoos or back tattoos. Here you will be not limited to the type of sunflower that you can draw. You can have one huge sunflower, or you can have a bunch of sunflowers drawn on your back. With these big sized tattoos, you might be forced to combine the sunflower with other images for the tattoo to look beautiful.