Fruit tattoos come in various shapes, themes, sizes and colors. However, the majority of these designs have two similarities: graceful, curving lines and they are predominantly inked using each fruit’s natural colors. A delicate grape vine traveling along one’s lower back, a fuzzy peach positioned at the nape of one’s neck, or deep red raspberries placed near one’s bikini area are all design possibilities; but, the most popular fruit tattoos involve strawberries and cherries. Most often chosen by women, both of these both represent fertility while also suggesting sexual temptation.
What Do Fruit Tattoos Mean?
Over the centuries, fruits have evolved as symbolic entities in various cultures and religions. Below is a list of many common fruits and some of the various meanings that fruit tattoos can represent.
Apples: knowledge (state fruit of Minnesota, Vermont and Washington: also a symbol for New York, which is known as “The Big Apple”)
Bananas: comedy (also a phallic symbol)
Blackberries: bad omens in folklore (state fruit of Alabama and Kentucky)
Cherries: fertility (state fruit of Utah)
Coconuts: good fortune
Cranberries: peace (state fruit of Wisconsin)
Grapes: religion and royalty
Mangos: joy of life (in India, a symbol of unconditional love)
Oranges: good fortune in Chinese cultures (state fruit of Florida)
Peaches: longevity (state fruit of Georgia and South Carolina)
Pineapples: hospitality (unofficial state fruit of Hawaii)
Plums: good fortune in Chinese cultures
Pomegranates: fertility, righteousness
Raspberries: kindness, fertility
Strawberries: righteousness, fertility (state fruit for Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina)
Watermelons: fondness of summer (many also believe the watermelon to be a symbol of racism)
Revealing Fruit Tattoos
Depending on one’s personality, fruit tattoos can take on various themes. Tricksters may choose comedic banana tattoos. A sweet southern belle may choose a “Georgia peach” fruit tattoo to express her love of, and connection to, the southern lifestyle. A teacher may choose an apple tattoo design to reveal his or her passion for education while a wine lover may be drawn to delicate grape vines. Whatever personality or passion, fruit tattoos can be a subtle way to reveal the person within.
Sexy Fruit Tattoos
Strawberries and cherries are the most popular design picks for women seeking sexy fruit tattoos. Topped with whipped cream or oozing juicy centers, these fruit tattoos are commonly positioned near the bikini area to symbolize sexual temptation. Other “tempting” locations for these fruit tattoos include the chest, abdominal, buttock and ankle areas.
Fruits in Mythology and Religion
There are many religions and age-old myths that are connected to various fruits. Here is a short list of alternative meanings for some particular fruit tattoos.
- As referenced in the Bible, the “forbidden fruit” is an apple.
- In Norse religions golden apples symbolize eternal youth.
- Celtic mythology mentions apples as symbols of immortality.
- To ancient Romans, pomegranates represented the sacredness of marriage.
- An old Tahitian legend states that the coconut tree formed from an eel’s head. The eel’s lover, the goddess Hina, placed his head by a stream after her disapproving brother chopped it off. It eventually grew into a coconut tree.
- A Buddhist legend states that in 528 B.C. Buddha sat under a fig tree and achieved enlightenment. The fig tree has symbolized enlightenment ever since.
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