To make it simple, a general symbolism for carnations are love and admiration, fascination and distinction. The flower that bloomed from ancient times, more than 2000 years ago, now has gained many myths, legends, and symbolism. Each color of the flower carries a distinctive meaning. For white carnations, it’s believed to represent pure love and good luck. Dark red would aim at deep love and affection, where simply red symbolizes admiration. Purple suggests capriciousness; impulsiveness, and unpredictability, while pink variation holds much higher significance than the others; it’s believed pink carnations were the first to grow on Earth, growing from the Virgin Mary’s tears. Therefore, they would continue to represent the mother’s, undying love. Before getting your carnation tattoo beautifully inked down forever make sure to double check the meaning you are looking for!