Rose stencils are one of the most searched for flower tattoos online. The rose design is a classic American tattoo that has been popular since before the turn of the century. Worn by men and woman alike rose tattoos have many meanings depending on the details of the design. For example a rose with a pitchfork means an assassin, and a rose with a blood drop is for a fallen loved one.
Not all rose tattoo designs have deep meaning, often a rose is a first tattoo choice simply because little meaning is assigned it. When getting a first tattoo many people find it's easy to get a tattoo like a flower or something innocuous so no great stand must be taken. Another reason the rose has been popular for so long is the act that they can look nice large or small, color or black and gray.