30 November 2006

HNT #9

Note: I took the picture in the mirror, so it's actually backwards. The tattoo is on my left breast.

The sigificance behind it:

Chinese Cherry Blossom

For the Chinese the cherry blossom is a very significant symbol of power. Typically it represent a feminine beauty and sexuality and often holds an idea of power or feminine dominance. Within the language of herbs and herbal lore of the Chinese the cherry blossom is often the symbol of love.

Japanese Cherry Blossom

For the Japanese the cherry blossom holds very different meaning. The cherry blossom is a very delicate flower that blooms for a very short time. For the Japanese this represents the transience of life. This concept ties in very deeply with the fundamental teachings of Buddhism that state all life is suffering and transitory. The Japanese have long held strong to the Buddhist belief of the transitory nature of life and it is very noble to not get too attached to a particular outcome or not become emotional because it will all pass in time.



Alice said...

Lovely placement Avah, I'm sure it hurt like a bitch.

Lizzie said...

Beautiful, beautiful- both the artwork and the meaning :)

and I agree with alice- perfect placement, but damn, that must have hurt!

FritzVonT said...

Gorgeous! I'm not a big fan of tattoos, but that one is very nice!

Oh, and um...what it's on is very nice too! If you don't mind me saying...

IgnoreThoseKids said...

Nice! We are shopping for tattoos, keep us up to date!