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Man Horrified After Discovering Tattoo Tribute To Favourite TV Show Has Unfortunate Double Meaning

A man has been left horrified after finding out his pineapple tattoo in tribute to a TV show has a secret double meaning.
Credit: DMYourRightT**/Reddit & Alamy

A man has been left horrified after he found out his pineapple tattoo inspired by his favourite TV show has a secret, saucy double meaning…

If you want to get a tattoo, there are a few important things to consider first.

It’s essential to remember that inkings are permanent – so you want to make sure you like them, and will keep liking them, forever.

But it’s also worth remembering that thorough research into your tattoo design is key.

This week, one man learned the hard way that a seemingly innocent tattoo design can have a rather scandalous double meaning.

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A man shared the tattoo he got to a Reddit forum, explaining his embarrassing mistake.

The inking was intended as a reference to the TV show Psych.

The show, which ran on NBC between 2006 and 2014, was a detective comedy-drama television series on NBC.

Its official description on IMDb reads: “When a novice sleuth convinces the police he has psychic powers, he and his reluctant best friend are hired on as consultants to help solve complicated cases.”

The show had a strange affiliation with pineapples, due to an improvised scene with the fruit during the pilot episode.

Pineapples became an emblem for the show and ended up cropping up in almost every episode as a sort of Easter egg for viewers.

The Redditor and Psych fan therefore got a huge tattoo of a pineapple, with a text overlay reading: ‘I Know You Know’, which is the name of the show’s theme tune.

Pineapple tattoo
A Psych fan got a tattoo of a pineapple, without knowing it has a double meaning. Credit: DMYourRightT**/Reddit

However, it has since transpired that the inking isn’t quite as innocent as it initially seemed.

In fact, according to Men’s Health, an upside-down pineapple is actually a signifier for members of the swinging community.

Urban Dictionary explains that: “The pineapple represents hospitality and welcoming.

“A pineapple is placed on a porch or mailbox by swingers to signify that a swinger party is going on. A pineapple is turned upside down when a person is in search of a swinger party.

“Originally it was turned upside down in the individual’s shopping cart. But pineapple popularity has made it accepted on clothes and other items.

“Swingers use this symbol to identify each other in public.”

And it seems this meaning of pineapple tattoos is alive and well, with the hashtag #upsidedownpineapple currently at over 360 million views on TikTok.

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The Redditor captioned his post: “Long story short, it’s a Psych™ reference that I just love, but more than that it’s 100% a swinger thing(Oop). Didn’t realise it at the time, and my heart goes out to swingers, but sadly I’m not part of the lifestyle. Any help?”

One person laughed: “Might just be easier (and cheaper) to become a swinger.”

While another (sensibly) suggested: “Get a tattoo next to it that says ‘This a reference to the popular television series Psych, which aired on USA Network from 2006-2014.

“The pineapple is a reference from this show and a favourite of mine, hence the tattoo.

“I only recently became aware that pineapples, usually inverted, are a common symbol to denote one’s self as a swinger.

“I myself have chosen to be monogamous and therefore this pineapple is not an indication of my participation in the swinger lifestyle. Rather, I am a fan of the popular USA Network series Psych which ran from 2006-2014.'”

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.