Let’s talk a little about the cherry tattoo. It’s gaining a rise in popularity among young women because it’s a cute and sassy choice. But, what is the symbolism and history behind the cherry tattoo? Well first, the history. The cherry tree is among the oldest of all cultivated fruit trees, and it occurs naturally in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It has since been planted in much of the temperate zones around the world. Interestingly, the common cherry is part of the rose family. The tree has long been revered for both the beauty of its blossoms and the deliciousness of its fruit, which has been cultivated since at least 300 BC. In China, the cherry flower is a prominent cultural symbol, and in Japan, the flower has come to represent the Samurai class. In both China and Japan there are annual festivals that celebrate the cherry tree. The symbolism behind the cherry tattoo has a lot to do with a females fertility. Certain fruits have strong fertility symbolism, and a deep red, ripe, juicy cherry is perhaps the most prominent example. In appearance, cherries have long been said to resemble a lover’s lips, and when you bite into a cherry, the fruit gives the appearance of bleeding. There has long been an erotic connection to the fruit of the cherry tree! Thus, a cherry tattoo can mean the stripping away of virginal attributes or a representation of lust.
Here’s an example of cherry tattoos. Just two cherries on a stem waiting to get picked and eaten. The person who gets this must really love cherries either by themselves or in cocktails. I Just cannot see any other meaning behind it. But if there is one I would sure like to hear it. As far as a tattoo goes, its a nice looking one though.
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