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The cherry blossom is a beautiful flower that grows on cherry trees and that is closely related to the rose (cherry fruit comes from another kind of tree). Cherry blossoms, which are most commonly found in Western Asia and Eastern Europe, have become popular cultural and social symbols in China and Japan, across different forms of art, including tattoo art.

Cherry blossom tattoos are often inked in the style of vines that wrap around the body or as the entire tree with blooming flowers. The most common places to get a cherry blossom tattoo are the shoulder, back, lower back, the side, foots and legs.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Tattoos

In Japan the cherry blossom is known as Sakura and its symbolism represents two things:

The cherry blossom tattoo reminds the wearer that all things, good and bad, will pass. The tattoo gives comfort in times of hardship or grief, or reminds the wearer to appreciate the good things around them.

A common symbol is of a falling cherry blossom petal or a blossom in the snow. This symbol is repeated throughout Japanese literature and poetry.

Cherry Blossom Foot Tattoo

Chinese Cherry Blossom Tattoos

In China cherry blossoms symbolize feminine power. This power is due to a woman's beauty, sexuality, and ability to use these gifts as a way of maintaining dominance over a man. The cherry blossom is often seen in Chinese medicines as a herb that can inspire love.

Because of this symbolism, tattoos inspired by the cherry blossom have become popular designs that acknowledge womanly power and sexuality. A cherry blossom tattoo may be perfect for a woman who wants to celebrate and declare her independence. Women wear this tattoo to represent a change in life, a reward for overcoming an obstacle, or to even emphasize their beauty.

Men vs. Women

Swallow Cherry Blossom TattooThe most common cherry blossom tattoo style has bold colours, defined edges and is almost cartoonesque. Another style is a softer approach: soft colours and tones, gentle bends, and realistic design can make the blossoms seem to have the translucent quality of a watercolour painting.

It is easy to get a cherry blossom tattoo that represents your personal style. Both men and women (a lot more women than men though) have incorporated cherry blossom flowers into their tattoo designs, but usually the design combinations are a bit different.

Dragon Cherry Blossom Tattoo Women often mix cherry blossoms with:

Cherry blossom tattoos are the most common flower tattoos for men to get. Cherry blossoms or cherry trees are commonly mixed with more masculine symbols to soften the femininity, such as:

Geisha Cherry Blossom Tattoos

Cherry Blossom Tree Tattoos

Cherry Tree TattooMost cherry blossom tattoos include a branch, but complete cherry tree tattoos are popular as well. Some are big and solid, others wilted and fragile.

Cherry trees carry greater symbolic meaning in Japan and China:

Celebrities With Cherry Blossom Tattoos

The only celebrity I can think of with a cherry blossom tattoo is Aubrey Fisher from LA Ink. If you know more please let me know.

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