Poppy tattoo designs are gorgeous and very popular mostly among women. The symbolism of the poppy varies greatly from country to country, but most of them share at least one common meaning for this beautiful flower. Poppies have opposite significances, meaning passion and love, but also death and passage because of their red, blood-like color.

Ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman civilizations linked it with deep sleep due to the sedative effect of the plant’s seeds. The Egyptians used this flower as a part of their funeral and burial ceremonies.

The Victorians gave the flower a variety of meanings based on the color, including consolation for loss, deep sleep, and extravagance. For Chinese and Japanese people, the red poppy flowers represent loyalty between lovers but they are also tied to death. Other colors represent success and beauty in Eastern cultures. For the Romans, the poppy flower symbolized everlasting beauty, fertility, supernatural powers and wealth.

What do poppy tattoos symbolize?

Poppies are a popular tattoo design and symbolize various meanings, depending on the culture and context. Here are some common meanings associated with poppy tattoos:

  1. Remembrance: Poppies are often associated with remembrance, particularly in Western cultures. The red poppy is a symbol of the sacrifice made by soldiers during wartime and is often worn on Remembrance Day or Veterans Day.
  2. Sleep and Dreams: In Greek and Roman mythology, poppies were associated with sleep and dreams. The opium poppy contains a sedative that can induce sleep, and it was believed that the poppy could bring about vivid and prophetic dreams.
  3. Beauty and Elegance: Poppies are also associated with beauty and elegance. The delicate petals of the poppy flower and its vibrant colors make it a popular choice for those who want a tattoo that is both beautiful and meaningful.
  4. Resurrection: In some cultures, poppies are associated with resurrection and new life. This is because the poppy flower blooms quickly after being dormant for a long time, symbolizing new beginnings and growth.

Overall, poppy tattoos can have a range of meanings, depending on the individual and the context. If you are considering a poppy tattoo, it is important to choose a design that is meaningful to you personally.

The meaning of a poppy tattoo can be related to the above-mentioned symbols so it can represent love, prosperity, beauty, deep sleep or honoring someone loved who has died.

We selected the most beautiful poppy tattoo designs and compiled a list for your inspiration.

Poppy Tattoo by hwahongtattoo

Poppy Tattoo on wrist

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Poppy Tattoo by blackcattattooekb

Poppy Tattoo on side.

Photo: blackcattattooekb

Poppy Tattoo by merry_pop_ink

Poppy Tattoo on side.

Photo: merry_pop_ink

Poppy Tattoo by bestatulevnik

Poppy Tattoo on arm.

 Photo: bestatulevnik

Poppy Tattoo by blackrebel_ink

Poppy Tattoo on leg.

Photo: blackrebel_ink

Poppy Tattoo by rosannevanspaendonck

Poppy Tattoo on leg.

Photo: rosannevanspaendonck

Poppy Tattoo by lisafer.tattooer

Poppy Tattoo on back.

Photo: lisafer.tattooer

Poppy Tattoo by seppe_tattoo

Poppy Tattoo on back.

Photo: seppe_tattoo

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Poppy Tattoo by goldfishtattoo

Poppy Tattoo on collarbone.

Photo: goldfishtattoo

Poppy Tattoo by sunnyinktattoo

Poppy Tattoo on arm.

Photo: sunnyinktattoo