Roses are one of the oldest tattoo options; they have been popular since the beginning of the 20th century.
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A rose also often represents femininity and lots of men, especially sailors, used to get a rose tattooed on them to symbolise their girlfriends or mothers.
The rose is one of the most popular flowers and has been immortalised in art and literature; it makes sense that the rose is also captured in tattoo art as well.
However, rose tattoos can very easily become tacky, or just plain badly done.
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Or you could end up with roses tattooed all over your arse like Cheryl Cole.
Seriously, what was she thinking?
But when rose tattoos are done right they can be just beautiful, whether they're little...
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Here are a few more lovely rose tattoos.
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