Pineapple Tattoos

History and Symbolism

It is hard to imagine today, but there was a time when pineapples were so scarce and expensive in Europe that one pineapple would cost the equivalent of several thousand dollars in today’s money.  In the 17th century it was common to rent a pineapple which would be used as a centre piece at dinner parties, usually placed on a pedestal as a status symbol and indicator of wealth and generosity. The fruit was usually not eaten until it was almost rotten, it was mostly royalty and the social elite who would actually serve ripe pineapple to esteemed guests. 

Europe’s love of the tropical fruit became enshrined in various works of art and sculpture, from kings having pineapple paintings and furniture commissioned to the middle class covering their walls with pineapple wallpaper and having pineapple sculptures at the entrance of their house, it was  tradition to have these sculptures in the entrance of the plantations, today these are still common in many home entrances as a sign of being welcomed and for aesthetic reasons.

Why Pineapples are Called Pineapples

Pine – Because pineapples look like pine cones.
Apple – At the time that pineapples were introduced to Europe, it was common for Europeans to call foreign fruits ‘apples.’
Ananas In many languages, the name for pineapple is ananas or a variation of ananas. Ananas is also an alternative, though little used, English name for pineapple.

Life of a Pineapple

The pineapple is made up of about 200 flowers, the ovaries of each flower turns into a berry then fuses together to make the whole pineapple, once the pineapple is fully developed the hardened scales is what is left of the flowers. In the wild a pineapple can live up to 50 years and still maintain its fruit.


There’s a lot tattoo artists can do with a simple pineapple concept, and with the popularity of pineapple tattoos on the rise there’s a huge amount of quality work being done, we’ve gathered some of the best out there in all styles, colours and sizes. If you’re thinking of getting one then check out these creative tattoos for inspiration and ideas.

Cory Cartwright  Impulse Ink, ACWORTH, GA.  Twitter Tumblr Facebook 

Max Bonneau Enlight Tattoo Shop (Private) Quebec City, Canada Facebook Instagram

Aaron Springs Red Dagger Tattoo Studio, Houston, Texas Facebook Instagram Website

Katie Shocrylas(KSHOCS) Private Tattoo Studio, Vancouver, BC Instagram Tumblr  Facebook  Website

Katie Shocrylas (KSHOCS) Private Tattoo Studio, Vancouver, BC Instagram Tumblr Facebook Website

Katie Shocrylas (KSHOCS) Private Tattoo Studio, Vancouver, BC Instagram Tumblr Facebook Website


Daniil Kostarev Babayaga Tattoo Studio Canggu Bali Instagram

Mia Joyce Creative Body Art, Coventry UK Facebook Instagram

Bahadır Cem Börekcioğlu Karınca Tattoo, Istanbul, Turkey Pinterest Instagram Facebook

Doy Seoul Inkedwall South Korea Instagram

Ellen Mermaid Inc Tattoo North Cornwall  Facebook Instagram

JonBoy West 4 Tattoo, Manhattan, NYC Instagram Twitter Website

Frauke Katze, Coco Schwarz, Hamburg, Germany Instagram Facebook


Steven Blance Inkredible Kreations perth, scotland Facebook Instagram

Jan Axel Kajaste Art Helsinki, Finland Facebook Instagram Website

Timmy B NiteOwl Tattoo, Northampton Massachusetts Instagram

Melissa Scott Apostle Tattoo Hartlepool, England Instagram

Zack Spurlock Anonymous Tattoo Savannah GA Instagram Website

Luca Degenerate Loxodrom Tattoo BERLIN Faceboook Instagram

Felipe Rodrigues São Paulo, Brazil Facebook Instagram


Rom Carlizza ANNECY INK, Annecy France Instagram Facebook

Felipe Kross The New Black, São Paulo, Brazil Facebook Instagram


Robert Pavez Stockholm-Sweden Instagram Facebook Twitter Vimeo Inkonsky Website

Dan Lior Jaffa Tattoo, Tel Aviv, Israel Facebook Instagram

Okan Uckun Golden Arrow Istanbul, Turkey Facebook Instagram Website

Emrah Ozhan Gristle Tattoo Brooklyn, NY Instagram Website

Tyler Harrington State of Grace Tattoo. San Jose, CA Anchor Rose Tattoo Instagram 


Alex Zampirri Heart & Soul Tattoo Pennsylvania Instagram Tumblr

Alex Zampirri Heart & Soul Tattoo Pennsylvania Instagram Tumblr

Hanna Clark Rain City Tattoo Collective, Manchester, England. Tumblr Instagram

Roger McMahon Resurrection Tattoo Austin, TX

Dave Wah Baltimore, Maryland Stay Humble Tattoo Company Baltimore, Maryland Instagram

Jonathan Tagliafico Tao Bond Street Buenos Aires, Argentina Instagram

James Cumberland Sunday Tattoo Jacksonville Fl Facebook Instagram

Boshka Grygoriew-Alvy Good Times Tattoo  Shoreditch, London Instagram