Once relegated to the fringes of society, tattoos have become a fixture in mainstream culture. Everywhere you turn, people are getting unicorns, skulls, and other designs tattooed onto their bodies. For those looking for a simple but elegant image to etch into their skin, peony tattoos are stylish and beautiful flowers that can be incorporated into almost any type of body art.
Peony Tattoo Ideas
In Japan, peonies are commonly included as part of a more elaborate design. They are often used in combination with images of koi fish, tigers and mythical animals, designs which were popularized by the Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s rendition of Suikoden. Many Japanese people would cover large expanses of skin with giant images that included many decorative elements.
However, like other flowers, peonies look great on their own. Here are a few peony tattoo ideas:
•A water scene with peonies cresting on the waves
•A single peony on the back of the hand and accompanied by words
•As part of a garden scene including a variety of other flowers
•A skull with peonies popping out from the eye sockets
•A branch of peonies that span one side of the body or the width of the lower or upper back
Peonies grow in a range of colors, but don’t be afraid to experiment with color in your design. Sometimes using unusual colors not native to the plant like electric blue or fuchsia can make your tattoo unique. Using multiple colors on one flower image can also produce some impressive artwork. Work with a talented and imaginative tattoo artist who can help you develop a one-of-a-kind tattoo that reflects your tastes and personality.
Peonies are perennial plants that are native to southern Europe, North America, and Asia. There are an estimated 25 to 40 species, but this is difficult to confirm because the boundaries between the different species are unclear. These flowers are very fragrant, bloom in spring to early summer, and come in several colors including lavender, pink, white, yellow, and red.
The Symbolism of Peonies
The word peony is derived from the name Paeon, who was a physician to the Greek gods. In Greek mythology, Paeon was a student of the Greek god of healing and medicine Asclepius. For one reason or another, Asclepius became jealous of Paeon who narrowly escaped the god’s wrath by being turned into a peony flower by Zeus, the king of gods.
In China, the peony is known as the flower of riches and honor. Considered to be a national emblem in China, it is often featured in Chinese art including tattoos. The Japanese regard the peony as the King of Flowers and it is a symbol of honor, bravery, daring, wealth, and good fortune in the country. While considered a primarily masculine symbol, it also used in some cases to represent feminine fertility and beauty.
The state flower of Indiana is the peony. In the Language of Flowers, the peony means bashfulness or shame because of the myth that nymphs hid in the flower’s petals. This is also the flower given for 12th anniversaries.