Sometimes this job makes me feel like Alex Trebek. When you read my patented brand of light-hearted educational pieces, it just seems like I have all the answers. Well, let me break the fourth wall here – I don’t. I was recently assigned a piece about cherub tattoos and it made me realize that I don’t know exactly what a cherub is. Rather than presenting you with all the pertinent information as if I already knew it, this time we’re learning together.
The first step to learning is admitting ignorance – something I urge you to do at every possible turn, dearest Tattoodo readers. The second step is always Wikipedia. According to the greatest and most expansive collection of knowledge ever assembled (on Earth), a cherub is an unearthly being who attends to god. So, they are the Smitherses to god’s Mr. Burns.
Following the seraphim (another word I don’t know the exact meaning of and can’t be bothered to click on a link to clear up right now), cherubs are the second highest order of angels. Originally, they were the protectors of the Garden of Eden. Nowadays these cute little guys are just up there chilling in heaven with the big boss man and the rest of the angels, but doing so in the most adorable style.
The depiction of cherubs is often human baby-esque. In fact, the imagery associated with Cupid is that of a cherub. As Cupid comes from mythology that predates Christianity, it is not hard to assume that his depiction may have been cribbed for that of cherubs. And that’s just fine, because the results are so cute.
We’ve collected a nice handful of cherub tattoos for you to look at in hopes that it makes you realize that I did not do a good job of informing you of just what a cherub actually is. Admire their childlike beauty as you gaze upon depictions of these angels in tattoo ink.
Aren’t these tattoos just adorable? If you want to learn more about cherubs, we’re not going to try to stop you.