Dice, cherries and swallows... what do these symbols mean?
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Aug. 25th, 2009 | 10:45 pm
posted by: kittycat_black in kittycatblack
People often ask about the significance of symbols such as the dice and cherries in my jewellery designs. Well, beside the fact that they are fun, striking shapes, I decided to include a little more about the history of the symbols seen in many of my jewellery designs.
Kittycat Black is primarily about fun so the key is to not take too much, too seriously. That said, a lot of symbols that pop up in alternative culture, and therefore alternative fashion, actually have quite an interesting background. The following descriptions have been summarised from "The Vanishing Tattoo - Tattoo Symbol Index". This site covers many, many more symbols than I have listed here and it's a fantastic read. Check it out for yourself!
As a tattoo symbol, the cherry has come to represent feminine chastity and purity as the fruit ripens on the tree. Once plucked, however, a cherry represents the loss of innocence and virtue. A cherry tasted, its flesh pierced by appetite, is a virgin no more. A cherry surrounded in flames speaks of unquenchable desire, passion and lust.
For more than a century the swallow has been a favorite tattoo motif for sailors. It's often a sign that land is near. During migrations that can be thousands of miles in distance, swallows are known to travel far out to sea, but would alight on boats when close to land - a welcome sign for the sailor hoping for landfall. It's a tradition for sailors -- after logging 5,000 miles at sea -- to sport the swallow (or depending upon your belief, the bluebird) tattoo. Two swallows proclaims 10,000 sea miles. And a swallow with a dagger through its heart is a memorial for a friend lost at sea.
Independence, quick recovery and freedom of thought, that's the spirit of the domestic feline, of which there are an estimated 600 million worldwide. The cat's famed agility - almost always seeming to land its feet after falling from great heights - has earned it a reputation for having nine lives. The Black Cat may symbolize a belief in feminism, independence from male domination, or an admiration for Pagan or Wiccan spiritual beliefs. There is also a strong element of the erotic, sensual and sexual in
the black cat tattoo.