After decades of popularity, cherry tattoos still remain one of today’s hottest tattoo designs. Whether fanciful and sweet or old school in style, there are countless design options to choose from. Primarily chosen by women, cherry tattoos are not only chosen for their personal meanings, but also for their versatility in size and ability to be place almost anywhere on the body.
Symbolism of Cherry Tattoos
Cherry tattoos, most notably, represent fertility. As a result, they have evolved into a sexual symbol commonly appearing on hips and around the female groin area. More seductive versions are flaming cherry tattoos, which symbolize burning desires. While cherry tattoos featuring whip cream or chocolate enhance messages of sweetness, cherry tattoos with stems refer to the freshness of the cherries (coming from one of many age-old methods to selecting the freshest cherries in a grocery store). Alternatively, cherries provide such important health benefits that some people simply choose to get cherry tattoos to signify health and wellbeing. From another perspective, when chosen to represent the meaning of dreams, cherry tattoos featuring several cherries, in a bowl or off of a tree, symbolize success in love.
Colorful Cherry Tattoos
The most popular ink color used for cherry tattoos is red; however, there are a few unique colors appearing in nature that can introduce a whimsical twist to customized cherry tattoos. Here are some alternate color choices and a few of the many cherry varieties they can represent.
Red Cherry Tattoos: Bing cherries (most popular sweet cherry)
Black Cherry Tattoos: Bing cherries when fully ripened (sweet cherry)
Yellow or Pinkish Cherry Tattoos: Rainer cherries (mild and sweet)
Bluish-Yellow Cherry Tattoos: Royal Ann cherries (used to make maraschino cherries)
Green Cherry Tattoos: Maraschino cherries (manmade and candied to be both sweet and colorful)
Cherry Tattoos and Fashion
Cherry tattoos and their various styles have become so popular that they have even made their way into the fashion industry. Appearing on underwear, t-shirts and sleepwear, cherry tattoos have also found their way onto the skin of celebrities such as singer Ashlee Simpson (cherry tattoo on right ankle) and model Nikki Fiction (webbed cherry tattoo on shoulder).
General Information About Cherries
Cherries are available from May until August and are grown in twenty countries. In the United States, sour cherry varieties are grown in the East and sweeter varieties are mainly grown in California. Tart-tasting cherries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants when compared to other fruits. Cherries also contain up to nineteen times as much beta carotene as blueberries and strawberries while also boasting vitamins C and E, iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber and folate. Cherries do not ripen after harvest and will keep their freshness in the refrigerator for only about two days – cherry tattoos, however, last much longer!
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