There are few more personal ways to commemorate a person’s passions, family and friends than tattoos. From simple black and grey line work, to vibrant colors and intricate designs, people use tattoos to express their individuality and show the world what they care about most.
As time goes on trends and styles change, and tattoos are no different. In this article we will take a look at a design element that has become increasingly popular in recent years: the daisy.
This simple flower can hold endless significance for different people, although it is often associated with spring, new life and innocence. Like all tattoos, the meaning behind the design is dependent on the individual. For some people a tattoo commemorates a parent’s love, while others use their ink to honor a lifelong friendship or display their cultural heritage.
Whatever the case, these unique pieces are sure to turn heads.
Black & Grey Daisy Tattoos
Black and grey work eschews the bright colors of other styles in favor of a simpler, classic look. When properly executed, this style can give a piece a timeless quality and create a sophistication that other designs lack.
These daisy tattoos are excellent examples of what a talented artist can do with a limited palette.
This is an interesting piece that uses black and grey shading to great effect in creating a realistic tattoo.
The white highlights in the ribbon, crystals and parts of the flower help to make this tattoo pop while the placement on the forearm and arrangement of the different design elements help to create a balanced composition.
Crystals are an important theme in natural medicine and occult practices and this tattoo could represent the wearer’s appreciation for the mystical characteristics of the natural world.
This is a lovely little black and grey tattoo that packs a lot of interesting aspects into a small package. The expert shading and use of contrast brings these flowers to life, while the fine line work provides definition to the piece.
The composition is also worth noting. The use of the wrist’s natural lines allows the design to progress: each of the flowers develops from a closed bud all the way to a mature daisy in full bloom. All of these different factors serve as a testament to thoughtfulness and skill of the tattoo artist.
This larger black and grey piece incorporates some different design elements to create an interesting tattoo. At the center of the piece is a large daisy that uses black and grey shading to create a realistic image of these lovely flowers.
The artist uses over lapping layers of illustrative features like filigree, loops and stippling to create a frame for the flower. The piece sits on the outside forearm of the wearer, allowing them to display their love for these flowers while utilizing the natural shape of the body to enhance the overall composition.
Color Daisy Tattoos
While some people prefer the subtlety of black and grey work, others need bright colors to properly express their personality and individualism.
These colorful daisy tattoos are a great example of the different styles that can incorporate vivid color into a design.
Whether they are watercolor pieces or new school interpretations, these lovely designs show what a bit of color can do.
This is a great tattoo that uses bright colors and bold lines to create an American Traditional style piece. One of the more striking features of this tattoo is the expert level achieved in the gradation of colors, most notably on the flowers.
The transition from a deep purple all the way to pale pink on the flowers is a detail that allows the artist to show off their skill.
The subtle use of white for highlights on the tips of the flower petals and on the metal of the grenade helps the design pop and increases the contrast. This neo-traditional piece uses contrasting design elements (flowers and weaponry) to create an interesting juxtaposition of design as well as meaning.
Daisy Bouquet Tattoos
For some people one flower simply isn’t enough. Flowers come in bunches, why shouldn’t tattoos? These lovely bouquet tattoos invoke spring and new beginnings and can work as wonderful additions to existing work as well as standalone pieces.
This large black and grey piece is a great example of what can be achieved without the use of bright colors. The well balanced composition gives each of the different flowers space, while preserving the rose as a focal point.
The use of different shading styles, particularly the fine stipple work, creates a texture that gives this tattoo a level of depth, while utilizing negative space and blank skin to create contrast.
The placement on the upper arm allows the wearer to show off their love of these flowers that undoubtedly hold special meaning for them.
This is a lovely little tattoo that uses a subtle but interesting style to create a unique piece. The central placement on the sternum draws attention to the piece and will ensure people will recognize the importance of these flowers to the wearer.
The restrained use of stipple shading and a simple design, as well as the incorporation of a single letter, evoke images of turn of the century lithographs.
This tattoo, most likely a memorial of some kind, is a great example of how a simple design can still turn heads.
This is another lovely piece that uses black and grey instead of color to create a great tattoo. The simple, fine line work is on display here as well as an expert use of stipple shading to add depth to the design.
The use of negative space is also interesting: the blank skin in the petals and some of the larger leaves at the center of the piece allow the design to breathe and enhances the contrast.
The placement on the upper shoulder also incorporates the shape of the arm into the overall composition and further helps create an aesthetically pleasing tattoo that serves as a testament to the meaning these flowers hold for the wearer.
Here is one more black and grey daisy design that manages to make an interesting tattoo without the use of bright colors. This large tattoo, prominently place on the ribs, uses shading to create texture on the flowers that helps set them apart from each other without looking disjointed.
Another interesting aspect is the lack of shading on the hand holding the flowers. This use of negative space and lack of detail help to create a subtle contrast and ensure that the flowers themselves remain the center piece of this tattoo.
This is a nice piece that will serve as a permanent reminder of the wearer’s appreciation for the botanical world.
Delicate Daisy Tattoos
The daisy is a small flower that is a great subject for simple, delicate designs. Fine line work is growing in popularity, especially among ladies, and the daisy is a favorite design for this style.
These lovely pieces display the precision of the artist and can add a feminine touch to any canvas.
This simple design utilizes creative composition and placement to create a one of a kind tattoo. The stipple shading used highlights the restrained approach the artist took in designing this piece. The placement on the forearm allows the design to wrap around adding to the composition.
Also, the way the two ends don’t meet is an interesting feature that helps set this piece apart from other designs and draws the eye around the piece.
This is a great example of how thoughtful consideration for placement as well as small but significant design details can help turn a simple design into an interesting tattoo.
Dreamy/Surrealistic Daisy Tattoos
Art is about expression, and some people have a more abstract and imaginative way of expressing themselves, and these lovely tattoos show what is possible when realism is not the highest priority.
The use of vivid colors, overlapping images and distorted perspective can all make for an interesting and one of a kind daisy tattoo.
This is an interesting tattoo that takes a flower and incorporates a double helix into the design. The use of different styles of shading, particularly the stipple work on the flower petals and the whip shading on the leaves, helps to differentiate and better define the two portions of the tattoo.
The double helix, the visual representation of DNA, is an interesting addition to this tattoo and no doubt holds personal significance to the wearer.
The small roots growing from the bottom of the tattoo are another small detail that set this piece apart from other floral tattoos.
Geometric Daisy Tattoos
Geometric designs have been around since the beginning of time and have been incorporated in tattoos for almost as long.
These designs make use of geometric shapes to create interesting pieces that stand out against the smooth, organic lines of the body. Add daisies to this aesthetic and some unique tattoos are sure to develop.
Large Daisy Tattoos
Go big or go home. While not for everyone, there is no doubt that one of the easiest ways to make a tattoo stand out is to make it big.
These pieces take this philosophy and apply it to these lovely little flowers, with interesting results.
This is a wonderful piece that is full of interesting details that help create a one of a kind tattoo. At the center of this design is the face of a woman, weeping.
Black and grey shading is simple but effective: it gives the face the look of being drawn in pencil, lending an organic feel to the piece. The face is framed by daisies, forming a crown of flowers on top the woman’s head.
Subtle geometric designs on the throat and forehead, as well as swirls in the eyes, evoke images of the Scandinavian solstice tradition of midsommar and pagan rituals.
This is an interesting piece that is sure to draw the attention of anyone that catches a glimpse of it.
Ornamental Daisy Tattoos
These interesting pieces take daisies and incorporate different ornamental aspects to help them stand out from simpler designs.
Some of them use fine line accents to highlight the flower while others use stipple shading and other elements and techniques like realism to make these interesting tattoos pop.
Realistic Daisy Tattoos
Some people prefer the effect that is captured when a photo realistic design is placed on the skin. These tattoos use attention to detail and expert application to make striking designs that can be mistaken for actually flowers sitting on the wearer’s body.
They are a testament to the tattoo artist’s skill and technique.
Tattoos of a Daisy with an Animal
Often times a design will incorporate different elements that are important to the wearer to create a unique tattoo.
The special bond that is formed with a pet is frequently commemorated with a tattoo while others use animals as a way to represent specific personality traits or characteristics.
These tattoos are great examples of utilizing animals to create unique designs.
This is a great piece that uses excellent shading to create a photo-realistic tattoo. The use of grey wash to create contrast in this piece is striking: the fully saturated black of the jaguar’s sports and the lightest tones on its face are perfectly executed.
This shading technique also gives the image a depth that is remarkable; it almost feels like you can reach out and pick the daisies from the tattoo.
The attention to detail in the fur of the animal, the stars that add another layer of highlights as well as the consistency of the color gradients all help to make this a stunning, one of a kind tattoo.
Tattoos of a Daisy with a Skull
Another common tattoo element is the skull. They are often used to represent the fleeting nature of life and the one common destination we all share.
Skulls with daisies create an interesting juxtaposition and can further elaborate on the finality of life: we are all young and innocent when we enter the world and we all will eventually die.
This is a great tattoo that uses black and grey to create a realistic image. The level of detail achieved in the skull is exceptional and creates a texture that is almost life like: every ridge, pit and crack in the skull can be seen.
The content of this tattoo is also interesting. Flowers are a symbol for life, and skulls are perhaps the most striking representation of death. The incorporation of these two disparate images creates and contrast and juxtaposition that hints at a deeper significance for this tattoo.
Tattoos of a Daisy with a Word or Quote
Inspiring words can help us remain strong and persevere through difficult times, so it makes sense that significant words and quotes are often incorporated into tattoos.
These pieces are good examples of how text can be successfully used along with these lovely flowers to create unique tattoos that hold deep meaning for the wearer.
Tiny Daisy Tattoos
Some people prefer small, subtle pieces over more dramatic tattoos, and daisies are excellent subjects for this style.
These restrained pieces allow the wearer to express themselves without drawing the attention that larger pieces do.
Matching tattoos are a great way to commemorate the strength of friendships or relationships, and these tattoos are a good example of this trend. While fingers and the palms of hands are notoriously difficult to tattoo, this artist did a great job of packing color and incorporating small details to these pieces.
The yellow in the flowers pop and the simple, fine line work on the stems help the daisies stand out. These are lovely little tattoos and are sure to remind the wearers of each other for a long time to come.
Traditional Daisy Tattoos
These tattoos use traditional daisy images to create simple, lovely tattoos. Most of these pieces use black and grey, or limited color palettes, to create classic designs that capture all of the elements that make these small flowers so endearing.
Daisy Tattoo FAQs
What does a daisy symbolize?
Flowers represent life in just about every culture around the world, and daisies are no different, however these lovely little flowers have some more specific symbolism as well.
In Celtic traditions, daisies represented purity and innocence, and according to legend God would sprinkle daisies on the graves of infants that died.
In Scandinavian traditions, daisies represent childbirth, motherhood and spring, thanks to their association with Freya, the Norse goddess of fertility and beauty. They were often given to new mothers.
Despite the different connotations these little flowers hold in different cultures, in modern times these daisy tattoos can be given new meaning by the wearer. These tattoos serve as a testament to the different significance these flowers can hold for different people.