For centuries the Kewpie doll has continued to symbolize joy. This happy little fairy's persona has transformed into radical tattoo ideas.
The first Kewpie illustrations appeared in Ladies' Home Journal in 1909. Its creator, Rose O'Neill worked as a writer and illustrator in New York City. The Kewpie came to Rose in a dream. In her dream, she envisioned these wide-eyed, chubby babies bouncing around her blankets while she slept. When she woke, Rose took to illustrating the first images of Kewpies.
Kewpies are friendly little round fairies meant to teach people to be happy and kind and they also have the power to heal a troubled heart. The tremendous popularity of the first Kewpie illustrations led to a series of paper dolls called Kewpie Kut Outs; followed by comic strip-style stories about Kewpie. Their immense popularity led to the first German-made bisque dolls in 1912.