When people think of tattoos, the first image to come to mind is not likely to be a sugary sweet food item; however, cupcake tattoos seem to be popping into modern culture with increasing vigor. Unlike many other pieces of body art, cupcakes do not bear a specific symbolism all unto themselves. Instead, people tend to associate these pretty little confectioneries with their own personal meanings, and over time they have come to represent everything from kindness, femininity and innocence, to freedom and overcoming physical obstacles. One thing most wearers can agree on is, with their pillowy cake and super sweet frosting, cupcake pieces represent the all of the good things in life.
Many cupcake tattoos feature a mostly realistic image of these little treats. They are, of course, small, round, pink and covered in sprinkles. However, given the unusual nature of the imagery in body art, most people tend to add a bit of cartoon flair to their pieces. For instance, the sprinkles may consist of things like bats, skulls and black cats; they may bear either angel or demon wings; or they may have wheels at the bottom, and flames shooting out from behind. Other cartoon-styled pieces may depict the cupcake as a living creature. Most of these tattoos show a happy, adorable cake with large, dewy eyes and smile on its face – it may even be doing a bit of a jig – while others may appear on the evil side, with large fangs, long hands with sharp claws, and a bit of blood dripping from its teeth.
Other styles of cupcake tattoos may show the sweet in a pure black silhouette – sometimes with brightly lit candles jutting out of the top; others may morph the cake into different shapes, like diamonds, hearts or blossoms placed atop a stem. It is not uncommon to see cupcake pieces that are mingled with other relevant symbols. For instance, you might see one being crossed by a banner that states a name, date, or even a quote such as “life is sweet,” or “bite me.” The cupcake may be pierced by a sword, surrounded by flowers or stars, or topped with a cherry bomb or fairy. One of the more interesting ideas would be to create a sort of anatomical cupcake – the cake being cut in half to reveal a realistic skeleton or human organs.
Although cupcake tattoos are fairly uncommon, and thus, not easily classified, their increasing popularity will undoubtedly make them one of the newest, most charming images in the book of body art symbolism.