By Peter Brat
Cherries are seen as an object of lust, fertility and desire. The deep, ripe red cherry represents the fertility of a woman and the femininity of her ways. It is a symbol of purity when still hanging upon the branch. A cherry is also a slang term for a virgin, which can be another symbolic meaning associated with the tat. The type of cherry design you choose can also alter the symbolism.
For example, the cherries with the stem still attached show freshness and innocence while flaming cherries can symbolize a burning desire and cherries with whip cream can signify sweetness. Cherry tattoos can also symbolize health and well being due to the many health benefits associated with eating cherries. The fruit has also long been said to resemble a lover's lips, and when you bite into it, the fruit gives the appearance of bleeding. Thus, there has long been an erotic connection to the fruit of the cherry tree.
However way you chose to have it inked, be it fanciful and sweet, old school or edgy, there are countless design options to choose from. You are not limited to these variations mentioned, they are simply the most common styles and what they represent. Women opt for cherry tattoos not only because of their personal meanings, but also for their versatility in size and ability to be place almost anywhere on the body.
For more designs and ideas for your Cherry Tattoos.