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The dragon and rose tattoo is a popular style rich in meaning. Many people choose this tattoo to represent their personalities, but it also looks beautiful. Combining the powerful dragon with the beautiful rose creates a stunning tattoo.
Here’s our guide to everything you need to know if you want to get a tattoo in this style.
Dragon and Rose Tattoo Meanings
The dragon is one of the most popular tattoo styles. The dragon is often paired with another symbol, which greatly affects its meaning, as with the dragon and rose tattoo.
Whether you choose a rose with a Japanese dragon tattoo or a Chinese dragon tattoo , the meaning behind the tattoo is of power and passion, perhaps to reflect your personality or convey something important in your life.
Dragons represent strength and power. The rose, while on its own symbolizes love, is transformed when combined with the dragon, becoming even more intense.
Best Dragon and Rose Tattoo Styles
There are many rose and dragon tattoo designs. You may want a blue dragon tattoo or black dragon tattoo along with a rose, and there are plenty of styles to choose from. Here are some that you might like:
Dragon and red rose
The classic dragon and rose tattoo features a black dragon and a bright red rose that stands out against it.
Dragon and purple rose
Not all rose tattoos are red. Some prefer the dragon alongside a purple rose, which is not as common but equally beautiful.
Just because it features a rose does not mean the tattoo must be colorful. All-black-ink designs are very common for this tattoo style, which can sometimes give it a more masculine feel.
Best Designs For a Dragon and Rose Tattoo
This tattoo has an almost endless range of styles to choose from. Here are some of the best that we’ve come across:
Full arm length
This beautiful dragon and rose tattoo stretches along the length of the arm. While the dragon makes up the background, the beautiful red rose dominates the foreground. (Credit: @lilcatinkportfolio)
This stylistic tattoo features the dragon perched on the rose, with the red petals contrasting beautifully with the black body and wings. (Credit: @alexsalazarcre8ive)
Against the moon
This black dragon is rich in detail, and the fact there is no color does not take anything away from the beauty of the design. (Credit: @tattooeunb)
Small black dragon
This small dragon is another black ink tattoo without the need for any red colors, and the bold design is beautiful as it is. (Credit: @2511tattoo)
Another option is to contrast very bright red petals against the black of the dragon, as is the case with this stunning tattoo. (Credit: @horihiro24)
What Are the Best Places to Get a Dragon and Rose Tattoo?
When you are considering where is the best place to get your tattoo, here are some suggestions for popular places to help you decide:
This long, winding dragon goes right up the arm, weaving around beautiful rose petals on its way. You could also get a sleeve dragon tattoo with a rose. (Credit: @eastmanilaink_ca)
The beautiful dragon in this tattoo is perched on top of a purple rose, and the bright green provides a beautiful additional splash of color. The thigh is the perfect place for a large tattoo design like this. (Credit: @jdgrimtattoo)
While the back is perfect for large and dramatic tattoos, it’s also ideal for more subtle designs like this one, where the rose stem is in line with the spine. (Credit: @tippi.tattoo)
The fierce dragon head above the rose in this tattoo is rich in detail, resembling something from a fantasy movie, and the swirling background adds an atmospheric feel. (Credit: @jimmyvalderaz1980)
Other Tattoo Ideas
You may like the idea of a dragon tattoo but without the rose. In this case, there are lots more dragon tattoo ideas to choose from, which you can find out about in our guides:
The dragon and rose tattoo has long been a popular choice for people who want to show their passionate side.
Whether it has a particular meaning for you, or you simply love the combination of the powerful dragon with the passionate rose, this could be a great choice for your next tattoo.