The rose can be inked with or without its thorns. In the 1940s, sailors used to had rose tattoos inked on them with the name or the initials of the beloved whom they had left at home. The rose also means the purity and Love. The rose tattoo is neither masculine or feminine as both men and women have the rose tattoos inked on their bodies. The rose tattoo can also be in memory of some dear person who has parted from life. The commonest color of a traditional rose tattoo is red although there are other color variations of the tattoo, each color implying a different meaning of beauty.