Last Updated on June 5, 2020
Roses may be red, and violets blue, but have a sunflower and you’ll never be blue. This bright and cheery blossom has always been linked with positivity, thanks to its vibrant color and unique characteristic.
Known in science as heliotropism, it’s the sunflower’s ability to follow the sun. Recent studies suggest that this happens because it’s the flower’s natural circadian rhythm. Inasmuch as people have our own biological clocks, so do these yellow blooms. That’s why you’ll notice young sunflowers ‘tracking’ the sun as it rises in the east and sets in the west when they’re still young, but not so much when the plants have reached maturity.
However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t continue to do it. They still do, but more at dawn, when they face east. This process assists them during growth to ensure healthy, large blooms. Think of them as the earth’s organic solar panels. And just like their man-made counterpart, they heat up. This helps attract bees for pollination. Amazing, right?
If you’re young and wild, these yellow sun catchers make the best ink. You can make them any size you want or in any style. But while no one would object to an unconventional bloom, it would be great to keep the sunflower’s signature cheery hue. On those days when you’re feeling down, their petals will remind you that you just need to find a little sun.
Have a best friend you want to be reminded of despite the distance? Let cute sunflower tattoos be your personal symbol for friendship and loyalty. They’re like an instant pick-me-up. In fact, you can’t go wrong in picking the sunflower as your first ink. After all, like all the other flowers – roses, dandelions, lilies – they’re versatile and will look absolutely amazing on anyone.
Here are some stunning sunflower tattoos to perk up your day.