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Cherry tattoos are a popular choice among young women. While a cherry first appears to be an innocent symbol, its true significance is based around fertility and sexuality.
The cherry, which is rich in colour and juicy in consistency, relates directly to the life giving power and fertility of a women. The cherry is also said to starkly resemble the fullness and colour of a woman's lips, which is a very alluring feature of the female form.
Cherries go well with many different tattoo styles, although they work best if they have a retro flavor. Many women get a single cherry as a cute, feminine and small tattoo. Cherries can be inked simply as a plain cherry, one that has burst open and is leaking juice, or even a cherry that is in flames or equipped with devil horns and a pitchfork. The simple design is versatile and can be incorporated into virtually anything.
Cherry Tattoo Meanings
Cherry tattoos are often used to represent a combination of:
Cherries have a deep, red, ripe juice that flows out of them when bitten. The flavor is intense and the colour is strong, and it has also been looked at as a symbol for the first sign of love. It has a strong erotic significance and is considered to have various representations of sexuality.
The meaning of the cherry tattoo also varies according to whether the cherry is on the tree or has been plucked from the tree. A tattoo that depicts a cherry still on the tree, is said to represent the innocence and purity of a woman. It is a symbol for virginity, purity or chastity.
However, when the cherry is depicted after it has been removed from the tree, its significance changes. A cherry that has been plucked from the tree or a dripping cherry pierced by hands or the mouth represents the loss of virginity and correlates to a woman's lost innocence, lust, and ability to inspire lust.
Cherry Tree & Cherry Blossom Tattoos
Cherry blossom tattoos are more popular than cherry tattoos and they have a very symbolic meaning in Japan and China. Please note that the cherry fruit does not grow on the same tree as the cherry blossom.
Learn more about Cherry Blossom Tattoos.
Old School Cherry Tattoos
Many of today's cherry tattoo designs are inspired by the father of old school tattooing, Sailor Jerry. Sailor Jerry was a famous tattoo artist, who owned a tattoo shop in Honolulu for over forty years. He was highly skilled and his traditional designs are now very trendy.
These traditionally inspired designs, including snakes, swallows, eagles, nautical stars, dice, wild cats, sparrows, skulls, scroll banners and cherries are chosen as an acknowledgment of the rebellious nature of the history of original tattoos.
Popular Additions To Cherry Tattoos
Since cherries are a simple design, they can be altered and tattooed in a way that will create a variety of representations. Cherries are very easy to use as the primary focus of a tattoo or as a colourful symbol to add flair to an unrelated design.
- One popular option is a cherry design that is surrounded by flames. This design depicts the idea of female fertility and sexuality that has been set ablaze. a cherry surrounded by flames represents lust or passion.
- Scroll banners
- Chinese or Japanese characters (kanji)
- Flowers (blue roses)
Cupcake tattoos often include cherries. I'm not sure about the meaning of cupcake tattoos, maybe they are just meant to be pretty and sweet...
While cherry tattoos are already sexually charged symbols, the placement of the tattoo can make a great difference in its interpretation. A cherry tattoo on the hips, lower back, chest, or on any other area that is covered by clothing, exemplifies the cherry as a symbol of lust and fertility.
Other placements, including those on the arms,wrist, legs, bikini area and upper back can also be sexy, these are less mysterious and add a fearless, flirty feeling to the tattoo.
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