Orchid tattoosare very popular with women and occasionally with men as well. For those who wear it as art, the orchid is very significant and very symbolic. Since the orchids come in many shapes, colors and sizes, the tattoo versions are very versatile and can be colored almost anywhere on the body.
Asian cultures in particular.
Of the nearly 28,000 species, orchids, cymbidium, dendrobium and vanilla orchids are the most popular. Although it grows in the wild, it is still a very expensive flower if you want it in your own home. And despite the price tags, the orchid is one of the most popular house plants next to the peace lily.
Orchid Symbolism and Cultural Meaning
The orchid is usually associated with human sexuality, in part because of the flower’s similarity to male and female sexual anatomy. The old Greek word “orxhis” translates today as “testicles.” A group of orchids were not named as a bouquet, but as a “satyrion”, and that stands for female anatomy, reproduction and fertility.
The Greeks also referred to the orchid as the “flower of greatness.”
For thousands of years, different cultures have used the orchid for a variety of purposes. In places like China, Africa, Germany, and Egypt, the orchid was used as a love potion and aphrodisiac. Many East Asian cultures appreciate the orchid as a symbol for something precious and rare. It is believed that the Aztecs drank with vanilla orchid and with chocolate to give them strength and power.
Some cultures have found that the orchid can determine the sex of their children. It was believed that if the father ate the flower it would guarantee a male child, while if a woman ate the flower it would guarantee a female child. This is one of many examples of the flower’s sexual symbolism and its close links with fertility.
Orchid meaning as tattoo motifs
- The orchid takes on any number of meanings on the respective place and time. Below are some of the many meanings that have been associated with the flower.
For women, the orchid most often provides the idea a “rare and delicate beauty.” In Victorian England, men often gave orchids as gifts to women whom they had romantically pursued. Many women believe that the orchid tattoois a great way to represent their beauty and femininity; They look fantastic on any woman, especially those with a dark complexion.