40+ Best Sunflower Tattoo Design Ideas (Meaning and Inspirations)

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Flower tattoos are always stunning and beautiful. But, one particular flower tattoo takes the spot as one of the most beautiful flower tattoo designs; the sunflower tattoo. Such a tattoo is always very vibrant and eyecatching, and if you’re looking for such a design, then look no further.

In the following paragraphs, we’ll explain the meaning and symbolism behind the sunflower tattoo. We’ll also show you some of the best sunflower designs you can choose, adjust to your liking, or be inspired by. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Sunflower Tattoo: Meaning And Symbolism Explained

Just like any flower, the sunflower carries an abundance of meaning and symbolism as well. Some of the meanings were ascribed by the common people thousands of years ago, while others stem from myths and ancient legends. But, regardless of the origin, the symbolism of a sunflower is very much alive and present to this day. Let’s take a look at some of the most common meanings of a sunflower (tattoo);

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Joy And Happiness

Because the sunflower is mostly known for its ability to turn towards the Sun and follow it as it moves across the sky, it is commonly associated with bright colors, happiness, summer, joy, and overall positive things. Sure, the heliotropism characteristic is extremely interesting, but the fact that the flower is yellow, big, and bright itself shows that all of us can be someone else’s, or our own sunshine and source of warmth and happiness.

This is such a beautiful metaphor and analogy, so why not carry it on your body as a constant reminder of life’s true joy and happiness. Carrying a sunflower tattoo means you always look on the bright side of things, which is an incredible trait to have.

Love

Even though one may associate flowers like a rose with love, many people also associate the sunflower with love and romance. While a rose shows passion and lust in love, the sunflower symbolizes a genuine, unspoiled, and everlasting love between two people. Such interpretation is believed to originate in the story of Clytie; a stunning water nymph from Greek mythology. Clytie was known for being in love with Helios (Greek god of the Sun, or the personification of the Sun), who was not in love with her, unfortunately.

However, Clytie remained hopeful about her love for Helios, and possibly his love for her. But, since her love was unrequited, the nymph eventually turned into a heliotrope/sunflower, so she can always face and follow the Sun, or in this case the love of her life, Helios.

Friendship

We are not sure where this belief or meaning stems from, but at one point people decided that yellow flowers, like the sunflower, represent good and long friendships. And we are totally approving of that meaning, so we decided to include it in the list of sunflower symbolism.

So, if you want to honor your long and happy friendship(s) and keep your friends close to your heart even if they’re not with you, then go for a sunflower tattoo. It will always remind you of the great times you had, and will hopefully get to experience years to come. Some friends tend to even get matching sunflower tattoos, so next time you’re hanging with your friends, try recommending this idea to them as well.

Intelligence, Longevity, and Good Luck

In some cultures, sunflower symbolizes things like longevity, intelligence, vitality, and good luck. For example, in Chinese culture, the royalty consumed sunflower seeds in order to achieve the highest levels of intelligence and possibly immortality. The flower itself remains a symbol of good luck and a long, happy life. So, by getting a sunflower tattoo you good be having a good luck charm to protect you and make your life long and happy.

Sunflower Tattoo: 40+ Best Design Ideas

1. Delicate and Realistic Sunflower Tattoo

Delicate and Realistic Sunflower Tattoo
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Such a tattoo design is perfect for those who want a small, delicate tattoo that is enough to grab one’s attention but is not the centerpiece of one’s personality and appearance. This tattoo is done with a lot of detailing, shading, and features beautiful yellow and green tones. It is rather realistic and almost a bit celestial in appearance. Because the tattoo is small, it might not cost you much, but since there’s coloring and detailing, this may increase the total tattoo price significantly.

Best body placement – forearm, shoulder, neck, ankle, hand, etc.

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2. Black & Grey Sunflower Tattoo

Black Sunflower Tattoo
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If you’re looking to get a sunflower tattoo, but you’re not a fan of colored ink, then you should go for this outline, detailed black and grey tattoo design. This tattoo is just as striking as any colored sunflower, mostly because it is done so beautifully, and you can tell the artist was committed to every detail. The tattoo is medium-sized and has no color, which means it may not be too expensive, but considering how time- and labor-intense it may have been, we could say it was costly as well.

Best body placement – forearm, shoulder, calf, bicep, upper back, chest, ankle, etc.

Other design ideas

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triangles sunflower tattoo
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3. Sunflower Field Tattoo

Sunflower Field Tattoo
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If you’re looking to get a compelling and wholesome tattoo, we recommend you go with this amazing sunflower field tattoo design. Even though the tattoo isn’t big, it is wonderfully executed, with incredible detailing and coloring. The sunset adds depth to the tattoo and enhances its meaning and symbolism. The two pictures work perfectly well together, making them work as a unity or one tattoo.

Best body placement – forearm, chest, upper back, side of the abdomen or the rib area, etc.

Other design ideas

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sunshine Sunflower Tattoo
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4. Blooming Sunflower Tattoo

Blooming Sunflower Tattoo
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This incredibly sweet tattoo is excellent for those who want to showcase the blooming and development of their romantic relationship or a friendship. It is truly in line with the meaning of a sunflower, and the design itself conveys the warmth and joy of this flower and what it symbolizes. The tattoo is delicate, and each part is small in size, which makes it a perfect design for those who are not in favor of loud and bold tattoo designs.

Best body placement – bicep area, forearm, shoulder, side of the abdomen or the rib area, side of the neck, bottom of the neck, central upper back, etc.

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Blooming Sunflower Tatto
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5. Van Gogh Sunflower Tattoo

Van Gogh Sunflower Tattoo
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If you’re a fan of Van Gogh’s paintings, you probably know that he loved sunflowers. These flowers appear in so many of Van Gogh’s paintings, and it seems that many people are inspired to use them as a design idea for their tattoos. We believe these are an exceptional choice for a tattoo since they don’t only show your love and appreciation of sunflowers and what they stand for, but also that you’re a fan of exceptional art.

Best body placement – forearm, inner and outer bicep area, upper back, calf, chest, abdomen area, etc.

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6. Large and Bright Sunflower Tattoo

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If you want your tattoo to make a statement, but still be beautiful and meaningful, then go for this large and bright sunflower tattoo design. The exemplary design is not completed and it’s a concept. However, it perfectly shows what a large and bright sunflower tattoo should look like. The colors need to be vivid and alive, and the whole accent is on the yellow and the green. Such tattoos are suitable for both men and women, but because of their size and color scheme, they may be more on the expensive side.

Best body placement – sleeve area, central upper back, calf, upper thigh, forearm, across the chest, etc.

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Ladybug and sunflower
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7. Sunflower and Butterfly Tattoo

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Another beautiful design idea comes from the combination of the sunflower and a butterfly. Both delicate in nature, the flower, and the insect complement each other wonderfully and emphasize the symbolism of each other. These tattoos are often smaller and delicate, but there are bigger variations as well. You can adjust the detailing, shading, and color to your liking if the exemplary tattoos that seem too bright, for example.

Body placement – forearm, sleeve area, bicep area, upper thigh, upper back, etc.

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Butterflies chasing the sun
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8. Sunflower Tattoo Design For Men

Sunflower Tattoo Design For Men
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We’re well aware that the aforementioned design ideas are pretty feminine, even though some men can also pull them off. However, some sunflower designs are suitable for manly men as well. The exemplary tattoo shows how a sketch-design works excellent with the sunflower design. It still carries the wonderful symbolism of the flower but is in line with the masculine energy. You can of course adjust the design to your liking, or go for a colorless sunflower tattoo to avoid the completely feminine vibe.

Best body placement – forearm, bicep area, upper thigh, calf, upper back area, chest, etc.

Other design ideas

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9. Unique Sunflower Tattoo

If none of the aforementioned designs speak to you, we recommend you check out some of the more unique sunflower tattoo designs. The designs are versatile and suitable for both men and women. It is up to you to choose the most suitable one for your requirements, or simply get inspired by them. Either way, we hope you like them or at least consider them for your next tattoo.

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Unique Sunflower Tattoo
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Transgenic sunflower
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Three men show sunflower hand in hand
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A man fell in love with sunflower
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Final Thoughts

We hope that our design selection for sunflowers tattoos was helpful if you’re after such a tattoo design. These tattoos are simple, yet effective, and very striking. Depending on the size, they can be delicate but also bold and attention-grabbing. This just shows that despite being a simple flower, sunflower tattoos can suit anyone and any kind of energy.

For more information about the cost of sunflower tattoos, in regards to size, color, and details, make sure to talk to professional tattoo artists. They will provide detailed explanations, as well as recommend the best body placement for each type of tattoo (and take into consideration your pain tolerance).

Still have questions about tattoos? Check out Tattoo: Everything You Need to Know About Tattoo (2021 Updated)

Also Read: Best Flower Tattoo Designs To Make You Bloom. Top Ink Ideas

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