As far as popularity is concerned, the rose tattoo is right up at the top of the list. People have inked roses of all sorts on their bodies for a long time. The reason for this varies but mostly, the rose is synonymous with love. From early times, roses have been given to the significant other as a sign of affection. They also have been used to express apology, happiness, congratulations and the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. They can be inked in the fully bloomed state or even as a budding flower. But what color should be used? Below is a brief list of the colors of the rose and their meanings.