Cherry tattoos are an old standard of ink enthusiasts. With a long history and sexy symbolism it is no wonder that they are a favorite. With such a basic design the possibilities are limitless; color, location, and design enable it to symbolize so much. So why are cherry tattoos so great?
First consider the symbolism of cherries–lust, desire, and fertility. The dark, bright red of a cherry is the highly desired color of feminine lips. The ripe red cherry symbolizes the female fertility. Still hanging on the branch, un-plucked, the cherry is a symbol of purity and virginity. The placement of the tattoo adds to the meaning; cherries are very commonly found the hip or inner thigh of a woman. A cherry is also a slang term for virginity referring to a certain part of female anatomy, which is related to these symbolic meanings of the cherry tattoo.
You can adjust the symbolic meaning of the cherry by selecting a particular design. For example, cherries still attached to the stem suggest the idea of freshness and innocence. With whip cream, the cherries are made sweeter. Flaming cherries symbolize a burning desire. You are not limited to these themes; they are simply some common styles which represent something of the personality. Some people may choose cherries simply to symbolize the good health and well being associated with eating antioxidant rich cherries.
Coloration is an essential factor in choosing your cherry. Like real cherries, the tattoos are found in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Some people prefer that the tattoo resembles their favorite variety of cherry, while others choose a color based on their own tastes. Cherries are usually red, from dark red to bright red to a light pink; but even green or yellow cherries are possible. Like any tattoo, the color is up to you and not dependant on nature. A peculiar coloring makes your tattoo that much more unique and indicative of your personality.