Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cherry Blossoms – What Exactly Do They Stand For?

When you think of some of the most popular tattoos for girls you might think of angels, butterflies, and blossom tattoos.  What you may not know is that the cherry blossom holds great meaning in different parts of the world.

The cherry blossom is generally related to East Asia’s culture, but lately it is spreading over the western part of the world.

Depending on where you travel, the cherry blossom can signify a special meaning.  Here are a few places where they are most commonly found and what they signify there.

China – in China the cherry blossom can symbolize power and love.  They are great for women who have a high respect for freedom.

Japan – in Japan the cherry blossom symbolizes the transience of life, meaning the state or fact that it lasts for only a short time.  This is a major theme in Buddhism.  The cherry blossom tree is known
for its short but brilliant blooming season, a natural process that metaphorically describes human life.  A fallen cherry blossom symbolizes a fallen samurai who sacrificed his life for the Emperor.  Every year in Japan they hold a flower-viewing celebration called hanami, where individuals will come and hold feasts under the cherry blossom trees, or sakura.  This tradition is thousands of years old.

United States – in 1912, Japan gave more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States.  This was to honor the growing bond between the two countries.  In Washington, D.C., the cherry blossom trees "symbolize friendship between nations, the renewal of spring and the ephemeral nature of life," according to the U.S. National Park Service.

Many men have also been wanting cherry blossoms to accent their tattoos.  By changing the design and color, this popular tattoo can worn by men and women.  The most common kind of cherry blossom is called, Somei Yoshino, and is mostly white with a hint of pink.

Normal placement for cherry blossom tattoos are on the back moving diagonally going up the ribcage.  But, some other unique placement is also wrapped around the arm, shoulder, or thigh. 

At Lucky Bamboo Tattoo, the tattoo artists are highly experienced and each specialize in their own specific styles of tattooing.  Visit their website at to view the artist’s portfolios and find which artist is perfect for you.  Call the studio at 801-497-9700 to set up and appointment for a consultation, or send your ideas to 

Celtic Style Tattoos and What the Style of Art Means

Some of you may know that the Celts have an amazing talent in the world of art.  This style of art started in Iron Age Europe from 1000 BCE onwards.  The Celtic style was found in many artifacts that included: pottery, jewelry, and artwork.
When you look at a piece of Celtic art you will find spirals, crosses, and triquetra.  Each mean something different and has great significance. 

Spirals – a single spiral signifies the radiation of spiritual energy.  Depending on your view it can mean something different, either inward or outward.  Double spirals mean balance, like the existence of the equinox.  Triple spirals symbolize female strength and energy through different stages of development.

The Cross – when you see a cross within a Celtic piece of art it represents the passageway between earth and heaven.  When it is combined with a circle around the cross it means eternity. 

Triquetra – now this symbol is connected with nature, mysticism, and religion.  Depending on the religious beliefs it can represent something different.  It resembles three leaves where each leaf is the symbols three corners.  This is a popular symbol if you have Celtic origins.  Now if you have Christian beliefs it can represent the ‘Holy Trinity’ (God the father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit).  There are also other representation depending on your beliefs, but these are the most common.

Included on this blog are some Celtic style tattoos that some of the artists at Lucky Bamboo Tattoo have created!  If you are looking to receive a Celtic style tattoo it is best to schedule a consultation with one of our tattoo artists.  We want to bring you the very best in tattooing and this means finding the perfect tattoo artist for you.  Visit our website at to take a look at all of our tattoo artist’s portfolios.  You can email us at with your ideas for a tattoo or call the studio at 801-497-9700.