Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.
Cherry Tattoos: Everything You Want to Know
Cherries are one of the oldest cultivated fruits, so they're a very old and familiar image. There are over 400 different varieties of cherries across the world, so you might want to take regional variations into consideration when choosing your favorite design.
If you're considering a cherry tattoo, then you'll want to read this article first. Here you'll find:
- design options,
- placement ideas,
- a discussion of a cherry's symbolism and meaning,
- and lots of photos of cherry tattoos.
Cherry Tattoo Design Options
Cherry tattoos can be designed in many different styles.
- You may portray the cherry alone or with associated symbols. (With Japanese symbols, for example, or a cupcake with a cherry on top or cherry pie with whipped cream.)
- These tattoos can be done in a variety of different colors and sizes. The cherry doesn't have to be red! Although most are, many people choose to have them inked in green, blue, yellow, white, or black.
- You often see cherries accompanied with a tattooed word, like "sweetness" or "innocent."
- I've seen cherry tattoos in a wide variety of different sizes—some larger-than-life and some quite small.
- Many tattoo artists have put their own creative twist on the cherry tattoo. Make sure you look at as many photos as possible before you make your choice.
Where to put a cherry tattoo?
Of course, you can put it anywhere, but the cherry tattoo is often placed in sexual places. Many get the cherry on the hip, butt, stomach, or groin area. They are also often inked on an ankle, neck, or lower back.
Cherry Tattoo Symbolism
The cherry tattoo is very symbolic and has a variety of different meanings. Although the cherry most commonly is associated to sexuality and virginity, there are more meanings that don't represent the sexual nature, like:
- Innocence, Chastity, Virtue, Virginity, Purity
- Love or Sexuality (Cherries have been a longtime symbol of a successful relationship. You may see couples choosing matching cherry tattoos.)
- Sweetness, Freshness (Anyone who has tasted a cherry knows how sweet it is. Many cherry tattoos incorporate sweetness-related phrases in the design. These tattoos include words like "sweet" or "delicious.")
The cherry will always be linked to virginity and sexuality. This is an example of why it is so important to understand what your tattoo represents and symbolizes. It has been this way for a long time, but this doesn't always have to be negative.
What Does a Cherry Tattoo Mean or Represent?
- The cherry tattoo is seen as a sexy design because of its association with virginity. The cherry has been a longtime symbol of a woman's sexuality.
- Historically, cherries have been significant to a few different cultures, none more than Japan. Cherries, cherry blossoms, and cherry wood are all significant to the Japanese. Cherries are often depicted in traditional Japanese art. Samurai used to use cherry blossoms and cherries to represent their readiness to die. It's not uncommon to see samurai tattoo designs with cherries.
- The cherry has also been associated with Christianity as well. Christians view cherries as the "Fruit of Paradise." You see many cherries depicted in early Christian art. One early painting shows baby Jesus holding cherries, reflecting his purity and innocence.
- When a cherry is still on the stem, it symbolizes youth.
- If it's covered in whip cream or chocolate, it might symbolize playful sexuality.
- A burning cherry symbolizes deep desire and passion.
- Cherries without stems might represent the loss of innocence or loss of virginity.
Is a cherry always symbolic or sexual?
The cherry will never shake its association with sexuality. This is something you may want to think about. Sexuality usually comes to mind first when someone sees a cherry tattoo.
Cherry tattoos are not always chosen for their symbolic meaning. Some people choose the cherry simply because it makes for a beautiful or cute tattoo. Cherries have been used in fashion for many years. You may want to choose the cherry tattoo for purely decorative reasons. Remember, in the end, your cherry tattoo design represents what you want it to.
© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 20, 2012:
Klingonkorra, great to hear from you again! That sucks. Great question. The crown is a symbol of royalty, wealth, authority, strength, and power. The crown is one of those tattoos that can work in many different ways. The crown tattoo can also represent Jesus, God, Christianity. The lion tattoo may also appear with a crown. Cherries with a crown, I would think it would be a symbol of feminine power. The cherry symbolizes femininity, sexuality, ect. That would be my guess. Now, your tattoo is much closer to the right meaning, it is his loss:)
Klingonkorra on August 12, 2012:
Me and my ex-boyfriend got ourselves a pair of cherry tattoos in a Rockabilly music festival in England... yes, I said ex. He found himself a 17 year old girl to screw me over with. But the cherry tattoos remain.. and they´re so big that they could be apples, not cherries. But I have one question, our cherries' design has a crown on top of the stem, any idea what that could symbolize?
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on February 07, 2012:
*Frank, always good to see you. A very simple design that is small and cute. Perfect for a woman. Thanks and take care.
*AE, always a pleasure to have you come by. They really do make a great ankle tattoo. It is simple, but yet erotic in a sense. Best wishes.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 04, 2012:
Cherry tattoos are beautiful, esp. on the foot..Thank you.Loved your presentation and history..
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 04, 2012:
Cherries are simple and nice great hub :)
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on February 04, 2012:
*Dinkan, thanks for taking the time to drop by and check out this article. Appreciate your time, comment, and votes. Take care.
*Gypsy, it is always great to have your input. I believe cherries are a great tattoo choice for a woman. They are cute and easy on the eye.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 04, 2012:
Love those cherries can just smell and taste them now! As tattoos they look great.
dinkan53 from India on February 03, 2012:
Well presented hub with beautiful photographs. The cherry tattoo is just cute and excellent. Voted up, beautiful and interesting.