Lily tattoo designs aren’t mainstreams but they’re still popular. Lily and lotus flower tattoos are almost similar. They’re also associated with the creation of gods and goddesses belonging to ancient religions.
That said, it symbolizes everything that’s pure, beautiful and eternal.
A lily tattoo is popular among women but there are men who are also tattooing this type of design.
The bloom of this flower is inspirational to human beings because it blossoms anywhere. The opening up of its petals may symbolize about the human soul’s opening up to the wish of the divine.
In a variety of different cultures, the symbolic meaning of lily flower can differ from one culture to another. In Egypt, for instance, the flower represents fertility. Chinese, on the other hand, considers lily as a symbol of innocence and abundance. Greeks considered lily flower as a symbol of sexuality.
The lily flower is beautiful and can hold different symbolic meanings.
But your own lily tattoo design may or may not represent the meanings we’ve mentioned above.
However, the use of this design is usually associated to Christianity and faith.
Lily flower tattoos can be tattooed in a variety of different designs and colors. The pink and purple lily are the two most popular color choices for lily tattoos. You can also have the flower inked white but the white ink doesn’t stand out on this skin as much as pink and purple color. Lily tattoos are also great when done in blue, orange or other colors. Since there are so many different types of the lily flower, there are a variety of different color patterns that can be used. The lily tattoo can be designed in many different sizes and be portrayed alone or with other elements and symbols. You can place lily tattoos anywhere on the body. Some of the common places are: shoulder blade, back, hip, chest area, ankle, calf, upper leg (if adding crawling vines), and neck.
Lily flower tattoos can be etched in multiple ways also. You can show the petals only or opt for an entire flower tattoo. You can integrate a dragonfly or a butterfly in the designs or any other important symbols that have a deep meaning to you. The options are endless. Many tattoo lovers have included fairies, hearts, and stars to their lily tattoos.
Lily tattoos can symbolize: faith, hope, renewal, birth, promise, purity, becoming, passion, fertility, chasity, motherhood, cleansing, transitioning, remembrance, innocence, elegant, graceful, wealth, exotic, love on faith, love in God, Virgin Mary, and femininity.
However, in the end, your own tattoo represents what you want it to. Choose wisely!
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular tattoo design with lily flower as the focal point.
- 1 Lily Tattoo Designs and Meanings
- 2 Additional Lily Flower Tattoos
- 2.1 6. Lilies With a Scull
- 2.2 7. Lily With an Anchor
- 2.3 8. Lily Tattoo with Stars
- 2.4 9. Colorful Lily Tattoo with Butterflies
- 2.5 10. Beautiful Black Lilies
- 2.6 11. Amazing Calla Lily Tattoo
- 2.7 12. Sweet Foot Lily Design With a Butterfly
- 2.8 13. Lily Tattoo on the Side
- 2.9 14. Elegant Blue Lily Design
- 2.10 15. 3 Different Colored Lilies
- 2.11 16. Cute Lily Design
- 2.12 17. Orange Lily Design
- 2.13 18. Large Lily Tattoo on the Back
- 2.14 19. Stargazer Lily Tattoo Design
- 2.15 20. Unique Lily Tattoo with Blue Stars
- 2.16 Final Thoughts
Lily Tattoo Designs and Meanings
1. Water Lily – Pure and Eternal
If you’re spiritually inclined, then water lily tattoo may help you express that.
Water lily grows in muddy surroundings. Thus, it signifies freedom from your attachment to the material things that you desire.
In Egyptian culture, water lily is known as the blue lily of the Nile and it symbolizes cleanliness and modesty. To illustrate this meaning, you can have a water lily that blossoms in the muddy waters.
The flower’s petals are similar to the sun’s rays providing life and light to the whole world. But the petals may also symbolize death and resurrection. To represent this meaning, you may opt for a bright water lily tattoo that’s in full bloom.
If you want to show the world that you’re protected from the evil spirits and/or demons, you can show a blue water lily. But this tattoo design may also express love.
Or you can have a yellow water lily to repel all bad/evil spirits. Native Americans used this type of water lily for that purpose.
Your water lily tattoo shouldn’t be made because of those meanings mentioned. A water lily tattoo may be chosen because it’s simple and it has aesthetic value.
2. Tiger Lily Tattoo – In Vogue
Having a tiger lily may symbolize religion. Some tattoo artists would work on showing flames that burst from the petals of a tiger lily.
You can place this tattoo anywhere on your body. Since this tattoo design is usually in vibrant colors, you should consider having it etched on the most conspicuous part of your body.
But just because it’s a flower doesn’t mean it has to be vibrant. Some who love this tattoo opted to get it done in black and white. This design is unique but attractive.
A lily tattoo can be manly as well. The Greeks held the lily as a symbol of high sexuality and eroticism, the long pistil of the flower suggesting a phallus and the pollen symbolizing fertility.
Go to a tattoo artist who can design a tiger lily that looks hunky, rather than feminine. Have it inked on your arm. Or to make it look more rugged, get a lily tattoo design with a barbed wire.
3. Stargazer Lily Tattoo – A Hybrid Lily
It’s another variety of lily flower belonging to the Oriental group of lilies. This variety has bold colors. The edges of its petals are bright white. Its inner part has pink hues with red spots.
Should you wish to show your immense wealth through a tattoo, having a stargazer lily tattoo design with pink shades can do the job for you. However, if you wish to have a design that symbolizes peace and purity, opting for a white stargazer lily is a good option.
Stargazer lily tattoos may have simple and colorful parts. However, there are tattoo artists who make this design more interesting by adding muted colors. Check out our huge list of lily tattoo designs and meanings.
The result will always depend on the creativity of a tattoo artist and the person wearing it. If you don’t want the flower to be the focal point, you can add a butterfly or a dove to the design. Or you can include a sun and a moon in the design.
The vibrant colors of stargazer lily are the reasons it’s a hot favorite amongst lovers of flower tattoos. It can easily attract attention and it looks real.
4. Calla Lily Design – Pretty and Feminine
This flower denotes purity, grace, modesty and beauty. There are several designs that you can opt for. If you wish to have an elaborate lily tattoo, you can go for a bunch of lilies in a chain with intricate designs.
Some artists may include delicate tendrils to make the entire design more attractive. If you’re religious, you can put the flower across the arms of Virgin Mary. Then, opt to use different hues and patterns. But muted colors may also be appealing.
This design isn’t only popular in women but more and more men are loving it because of its exotic look and deeper meanings.
5. Lily Tattoo on Foot
If you’re looking for a design that looks good on your foot, consider having a lily tattoo there. It beautifies the look of your feet. What’s more is that you can easily conceal it if you need to.
When opting for a lily tattoo foot design, make sure that its placement is quite unique. One of the best places to have it is on your ankle. You can easily hide it or display it if you want to. The design can be small or large, depending on your preference.
You can also opt for a lily tattoo that extends to your little toe. There’s no need to have an identical tattoo on both feet but it’s a really nice idea.
Just like any other tattoo designs, opt for a lily tattoo that relates to you. You can include your zodiac sign to your design or have another flower beside or underneath it.
Or you can opt for a butterfly and a lily tattoo. These two images are both feminine tattoos that represent beauty and grace. Butterfly is a source of inspiration and known for its transformation. It actually indicates rebirth of a soul. And if you combined it with lily flower, these two make an attractive design. The sheer elegance of these makes it the best tattoo design for girls seeking a feminine tattoo design for their feet.
But before you get a lily tattoo on your feet, you should know that getting inked on the bones is extremely painful. A touch up is often done to make sure the result looks nice.
Additional Lily Flower Tattoos
6. Lilies With a Scull
7. Lily With an Anchor
8. Lily Tattoo with Stars
9. Colorful Lily Tattoo with Butterflies
10. Beautiful Black Lilies
11. Amazing Calla Lily Tattoo
12. Sweet Foot Lily Design With a Butterfly
13. Lily Tattoo on the Side
14. Elegant Blue Lily Design
15. 3 Different Colored Lilies
16. Cute Lily Design
17. Orange Lily Design
18. Large Lily Tattoo on the Back
19. Stargazer Lily Tattoo Design
20. Unique Lily Tattoo with Blue Stars
Lily tattoo designs can have many different meanings and symbols. They can also be placed anywhere on your body.
The meaning of your lily tattoo may not be the same as the meanings we’ve discussed above. That’s because the purpose of any type of tattoos is to express individualism and art. Some opt for it because it’s simple yet it has a grand stature.
Whatever the reason for having a lily tattoo, this design is ultimately perfect for both men and women, regardless of their age.
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