The National Cherry Blossom Festival occurs each spring, at the end of March into early April, in Washington, D.C. In celebration, we wanted to discuss all things cherry blossom tattoos that capture the excitement around the approaching spring season, warmer temperatures, and even more gorgeous flowers to enjoy. Cherry blossoms are so synonymous with spring that they are considered symbols of renewal and rebirth.
The symbolism makes them even more attractive as potential tattoos. Cherry blossom tattoos come in all shapes and sizes. Many decide to go for their delicate pink blossoms while others prefer to stick with just black ink. There’s no right or wrong way to go about your design! The important thing to keep in mind is that tattoos are the ultimate form of self-expression so just make sure you’re expressing yourself to the fullest when designing your ink.
Get Inspired and Find Exciting Ideas for Your Cherry Blossom Tattoo Below!
Small and Sharp
If you’d like a delicate cherry blossom tattoo, consider something small done with tiny details that capture the eye. Thin lines look so sharp and neat.
Understated in Black
While colorful cherry blossom tattoos are the way most people go, it’s not the only direction you can turn. Consider going black and grey for a sophisticated look.
This design shared from South Korea is inspired by Asian paintings, the tattoo artist shared. It certainly brings to mind Japanese gardens as depicted in landscapes.
Wow! This cherry blossom tattoo looks so real that you can touch it. The artist has expertly applied color to give the elements texture. Find yourself an artist who specializes in realism for positive outcomes.
Floating In Air
While most cherry blossom tattoos include a branch, you can have your blossoms dancing on a breeze. It offers an ethereal and dreamy quality.
Petite with Butterflies
Wow! Take a look at all of those tiny details including the wings of the butterflies that will take your breath away. Designs this delicate are often the result of the stick and poke method that is completed by hand with a single needle.
Neo-Traditional and Stylish
Hallmarks of traditional tattooing include thick lines, bold colors, and simple shapes. This neo-traditional cherry blossom tattoo borrows from those elements and creates something fresh and new with them.
A Single Blossom
If you are interested in a smaller cherry blossom tattoo, consider just focusing on one bloom. We think the above example turned out really well.
Micro Buds with Libra Constellation
Micro tattoos are a huge trend today. We find some teeny-tiny blossoms here flanked by the Libra constellation. It’s a cute combo that looks splendid.
This is such a dramatic and stylish cherry blossom tattoo that covers this person’s entire shoulder. Take a look at how the leaves are done in varying greys. The blossoms also have this ghostly outline around them which looks so fantastic.
The Whole Tree Experience
Why do a branch when you can go for the whole tree? If you’d like an entire tree, it’s clearly possible and would also look great on a forearm or even thigh.
This is a tiny, geometric design that’s been inspired by a cherry blossom. It’s an abstract interpretation that’s great fun even if it is out of left field.
With Your Friend
If you know you want a cherry blossom tattoo with something extra, why not include your pet or your favorite animal? Cherry blossoms seem to go with everything.
A Kiss of Pink
The tattoo artist who completed this tattoo managed to find the absolute perfect pink for the job. We love how close it is to this person’s skin tone and causes a dramatic effect on the petals of the flowers.
Go your own way! Work with an artist to come up with interesting and creative ways to come up with a design that’s singular and one-of-a-kind.
In a Frame
A great way to add definition to a tattoo and to make it pop is with a frame. You can ask your artist to color in or outside the lines for a cool effect that will bring you plenty of compliments.
So Much Detail
Here’s one of our favorite cherry blossom tattoos on this list. There is so much unique detail going on here. The colors are blended gorgeously and the shapes of the flowers is truly remarkable.
An Entire Back Piece
If you’re the type to go big or go home, consider an entire back piece to show of your cherry blossom tattoo. Black, grey, and pink inks look so good together.
A Whole Sleeve Scene
The person who shared this image noted that it was inspired by Hokusai’s Amida Waterfall. It’s definitely been interpreted in a super color-saturated design that will transport viewers to Japan.
Watercolor tattoos have been popular for years now and the demand for them shows no signs of slowing. We find the signatures of the style with pink “paint” that seems to bleed just like watercolor. The result is a tattoo that is full of movement.
A Love Potion
Love potion and spell tattoos are all the rage right now. We find a cute little love potion flanked by some pretty, pink cherry blossoms with this one.
Here’s a gorgeous botanical wreath with lots to love. It’s been delicately applied without a drop of black ink which makes it look so light and fresh.
Bold Color Choices
“In Japan, [a cherry blossom] represents both femininity, delicacy, fertility, spring, youth, and innocence as well as hope, power, and love,” the artist who shared this image explained.
A Blossom Dagger
The sky’s the limit so shoot for the stars with your ideas so that your tattoo is unlike anyone else’s. We find a dagger flanked by cherry blossoms. We don’t know why and we don’t care. It looks fabulous.
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Your Big Fan
We leave you with a cherry blossom tattoo that’s also a bit unconventional. We find the blossoms inked in blue on this handsome fan. What a dreamy result for this cool concept.
There you go! Do you have the perfect idea for your cherry blossom tattoo now? We certainly hope you found some excellent options and ideas to bring to your tattoo’s design. Remember, you want to express your own point of view so come up with something original that borrows from an existing tattoo but never steal it completely.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Get Inspired and Find Exciting Ideas for Your Cherry Blossom Tattoo Below!
- 1.1 Small and Sharp
- 1.2 Understated in Black
- 1.3 Art-Inspired
- 1.4 Hyperrealism
- 1.5 Floating In Air
- 1.6 Petite with Butterflies
- 1.7 Neo-Traditional and Stylish
- 1.8 A Single Blossom
- 1.9 Micro Buds with Libra Constellation
- 1.10 Shoulder Drama
- 1.11 The Whole Tree Experience
- 1.12 Blossom-Adjacent
- 1.13 With Your Friend
- 1.14 A Kiss of Pink
- 1.15 Unconventional Color
- 1.16 In a Frame
- 1.17 So Much Detail
- 1.18 An Entire Back Piece
- 1.19 A Whole Sleeve Scene
- 1.20 Energetic Watercolor
- 1.21 A Love Potion
- 1.22 Cherry Wreath
- 1.23 Bold Color Choices
- 1.24 A Blossom Dagger
- 1.25 Your Big Fan
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