The flax flower has a wide range of different meanings ranging from wisdom all the way to religiosity and creativity. The flower is very dainty, making it the perfect option for a small feminine tattoo.
Floral tattoos are very often preferred by women and this is certainly true of smaller, daintier flowers that have not yet cemented their status as a traditional floral tattoo and which are commonly chosen by men as an addition to a larger piece.
Often when more uncommon flowers are chosen it is because of a deeper meaning behind them, such as a special connection to a loved one, for example, if was someone’s favorite flower or had a connection to their name, or because of the symbolism behind it.
Here we will explore the symbolism behind flax flower tattoos to help you decide if they are the right floral option for your next tattoo!
What is the History of Flax Flower Tattoos?
Despite their simplicity, elegance and daintiness, the flax flower does not have a particularly pronounced history in the world of tattoos. They have not created a cult following and are not regarded as a traditional floral tattoo. For this reason they are still considered to be unique and more uncommon tattoo options.
This makes them a great choice if you are looking for a floral tattoo that not everyone has. If the symbolism behind the tattoo suits what you are looking for then you can enjoy the fact that you have a unique and meaningful tattoo.
Although the flower does not have any particular history within the world of tattoos this is not the case in society. In fact, it is believed that the flower dates back to the Stone Age when it was first cultivated in the Mediterranean and is said to be one of the first plants (aside from crops) to be purposely grown by people.
The word “flax” has a Germany origin and is a reference to the use of the plant and how it is used in fabrics and as a material in cords. However, its scientific name, “Linum“, is a reference to “linen”, the fabric that the plant is used to make.
Throughout history this plant has had many uses, which is perhaps why it was cultivated so early. For example, apart from being used to make fabrics, this plant is also used to make oil, is a good source of fiber and a good all-around food and even is simply a beautiful decorate plant.
What Do Flax Flower Symbolize?
Because the flax flower has been around for so many years it is common to see it pop up all over the world in so many different contexts each giving it a slightly different meaning and symbolism.
However, because the plant has so many different uses the mention of the plant often varies and is not necessarily a direct reference to the flower itself.
For example, in the Bible there are several mentions of flax but in reference to the fiber made from the plant as linen.
This linen was then used to clothe the saints as it was deemed the only material appropriate as they were so righteous. This is then what gives the flax flower its symbolism of religiosity and righteousness.
Additionally, the flax flower has strengthened indirect symbolism of religiosity as flax was used as the material for a wick held by the virgins in Jesus’ parable explaining the importance of preparing yourself physically and spiritually for the future.
In Greek culture, however, the flax flower is a symbol of imagination and creativity. This is because the Greek name “Linus” is a reference to the figure of Linus who was thought to be an eloquent speaker and a beautiful musician.
It is said to be a connection to the muses and is often given to someone before they need to make a speech or undertake a creative project to help them succeed.
What Do Flax Flower Tattoos Mean?
Because it is one of the oldest domesticated plants in existence, the flax flower means domestication. It can be a reference to a well-crafted life, a home or family that you have created or even the life that you have made for yourself. A flax flower tattoo can be a pat on the back for yourself.
Flax flower tattoos can also be a reference to a religious way of life, given their connection to religion, in particular to Christianity. They can be a symbol of preparing yourself to enter a new phase of your life under the following of God.
Another meaning behind this tattoo is also endurance. This is again connected to the fabric made from the plant, as the Ancient Egyptians used to wrap their dead in linen to preserve them.
Where Do Flax Flower Tattoos Usually Go?
Because the flowers are so small, dainty and simple this tattoo works very well when part of the stem and a few leaves are included. For this reason your tattoo will be slim and rectangular in shape. This makes the ankle or the forearm the perfect placement if you want to accentuate the shape of the tattoo.
Another great area is the rib cage, especially if you want to be able to cover the tattoo.
If you want a more rounded area, such as the chest, upper arm or shoulder then consider getting just the flower (or a couple of flowers) on a larger scale, without the stem.
Characteristics and Styles of Flax Flower Tattoos
The soft blue hue of this flower adds the perfect elegant touch. Opt for a delicate fine line tattoo using color only for the petals to truly bring out the beauty of the flower. A botanical style tattoo will allow your artist to capture all of the details of this beautiful flower.
If you want to opt for a larger tattoo, perhaps without the stem, then consider using a watercolor technique. This will allow you to keep the color but keep the tattoo soft and feminine, avoiding harsh and overly bold coloring.