Tattoo Ideas With Japanese Cherry Blossoms

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Tattoo Ideas With Japanese Cherry Blossoms
The colour contrast in cherry blossom trees makes them good for tattoos. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Japanese cherry blossoms are a popular but timeless tattoo. The beauty of a real cherry blossom tree paired with the cultural meanings make this a graceful and elegant tattoo option for both men and women. There are many ways to interpret a Japanese cherry blossom tattoo. Each person and each unique body can wear the Japanese cherry blossom in her own way.

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Body Contour

Cherry blossoms and cherry blossom trees are a great tattoo option to compliment the natural contour of your body. The human body bends and curves in specific feminine or masculine ways, depending on body type. The tree trunk and branches of the cherry blossom tree can be twisted and stylised to go along the ribs, spine, shoulders, chest and hips. The tattoo can curl from the back of the body to the front, or along a natural curve such as down the ribs and across the waist. This idea is especially beautiful with cherry blossom trees that are losing their flowers. As the tree branches bend across the body, a trail of dying flowers can fall, extending the tattoo.

Colour Scheme

Cherry blossoms are a brilliant mix of pink, red and white. The trunk and branches of the cherry blossom tree are typically dark brown and black with grey undertones. This gives the tattoo artist an opportunity to contrast the dull shading of the tree with the stark beauty of the flower petals. You can choose to go with a subtle outline or shading complimented with sharp, bright flowers or you can keep both the tree and the flowers delicately coloured and understated. Depending on your personality and mood, you can work with the tattoo artist to let the colours speak for themselves.

Japanese Scenes

Japanese cherry blossoms are a popular and meaningful tattoo, but they rarely stand alone. In Japanese tattoo tradition, wearers might receive whole body suits of tattoo art, covering the entire front and back of the body down to the legs and up to the neck. Instead of getting the complete bodysuit, you can begin an arm or leg sleeve, incorporating cherry blossoms and other related imagery. In the Japanese tattoo tradition, sunsets, clouds, water and waves, coy fish and colourful dragons are common items in a complete scene.

Writing and Meanings

The Japanese cherry blossom tattoo carries its own meaning, even much different from the meaning of the same flower in Chinese tattooing tradition. In Japan, the cherry blossom signifies transience. The cherry blossom blooms quickly, lives a short and beautiful life, then dies just as quickly as it came. Japanese Buddhists relate this to the short, beautiful lives that we live as human beings. Consider this meaning when getting your cherry blossom tattoo. You can include Japanese script or English text from the Buddhist tradition expressing individuality, transience, suffering, survival and the temporary nature of existence.

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