Cherry tattoos are a popular choice of tattoo for women. While a cherry appears to be an innocent symbol, its true significance is based around fertility.
The cherry, which is rich in color and juicy in consistency, relates directly to the life giving power of a women. It is said to resemble the fullness and color 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. They can be inked simply as a plain cherry, one that has burst open and is leaking juice, or as 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 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 color is strong, and it has also been looked at as a symbol for the first sign of love.
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.
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.
Since cherries are simple in 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 colorful symbol to add flair to an unrelated design.
Here are some classic designs:
- A cherry surrounded by flames. This design depicts passion.
- The cherry in the form of a skull.
- Cherries combined with stars.
- Another popular combination are swallows and cherries. Usually the swallow is holding the fruit in its beak.
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...
Here's our gallery of cherry tattoos and designs: