Roses are renowned for their beauty. Therefore, some men and women may choose rose tattoos for this reason alone. However, these styles of tattoos do have hidden meanings. Some view roses as symbols of romance, while others may reference roses as symbols of secrecy. In the medieval age, meetings would be held sub rosa (under the rose), which meant that they were secret and that the things which were discussed were to remain between the attendants. Sailors have also been known to choose rose tattoos in honor of their female love interests. According to sailor lore, the rose, with its long stem, echoes the female form.