Flowers are a common tattoo subject--particularly in women--because they are attractive, often colourful, and rife with mythological and cultural associations. Whether you are an avid gardener, a devotee of jasmine perfume, or simply a flower enthusiast in search of a picturesque tattoo subject, the beauty and multiple uses of jasmine offer a tantalising array of tattoo possibilities.
Commission a tattoo artist skilled in complex black-and-white designs to give you a tattoo of a jasmine plant done in the style of an old-fashioned, pen-and-ink botanical illustration, with the plant's scientific name written underneath the illustration. There are several varieties of jasmine, according to the Purdue University Agriculture website's Guide to Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, including poet's or white jasmine (Jasminum officinale) and royal, Spanish or Catalonian jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum). Make sure the photo or illustration you provide for the tattoo artist matches the scientific name. Royal jasmine has larger flowers and is the variety most often used for perfume, according to the Purdue Guide. This tattoo design would be especially appropriate for a perfume-maker or a botanist.
Exercise a little artistic license and design a tattoo showing a jasmine plant as a vine twining around your arm, punctuated with bursts of white blossoms. According to Purdue University's Guide to Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, jasmine is a "vine-like" plant that can grow to be about 30 feet tall. A jasmine vine tattoo would also be suited for placement on a person's leg or even covering a large portion of her body, starting at the ankle, "growing" along the calf, thigh and lower back, and ending on the shoulder blade.
Flower and Poem
Ask the tattoo artist to create a design incorporating a jasmine flower and a poem or line of poetry. For example, if you are interested in Hindu poetry or mythology, the artist could adorn your arm with a poetic armband tattoo consisting of a jasmine flower separating two lines from a twelfth-century Hindu poem, as given on a website for the George Mason University project "Women in World History." In the poem, the poet Akkamahadevi is lamenting her separation from and wanderings in search of the deity Siva: "loving my lord white as jasmine / I wandered through unlikely worlds."
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