A cherub tattoo typically symbolizes innocence and purity. It can also be a symbol of love, joy and hope. The image of a cherub is most often associated with the angelic figure in many cultures and religious texts. It is thought to be a guardian of the human soul that looks over and protects us. In some traditions, cherubs are thought to be the messengers of the gods and are often seen as the protectors of young people. For this reason, they are commonly used as a symbol of protection. A cherub tattoo might be chosen to serve as a reminder that someone is watching over you and guiding your path.