Brighter pinks are youthful, fun, and exciting, while vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red; they are sensual and passionate without being too aggressive. Toning down the passion of red with the purity of white results in the softer pinks that are associated with romance and the blush of a young woman’s cheeks. It’s not surprising that when giving or receiving flowers, pink blossoms are a favorite. Pink is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted. For women who are often overworked and overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.
HOW THE COLOR PINK AFFECTS US PHYSICALLY
Bright pinks, like the color red, stimulate energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. They also encourage action and confidence. Pink has been used in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic behavior.
THE MEANING OF PINK AROUND THE GLOBE
The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. In Japan, the color pink has a masculine association. The annual spring blooming of the pink-blossomed cherry trees (the Sakura) is said to represent the young Japanese warriors who fell in battle in the prime of life (the Samurai). Jaipur City is a foremost tourist attraction in India because of its superlative forts, grandiose palaces, vivacious temples, multicolored bazaars, pulsating streets, and its distinguished pink color to which the city owes its oft-used name “The Pink City”. The Chinese had not recognized the color pink until they had contact with Western culture and the Chinese word for pink translates as “foreign color.” Marrakesh is another city associated with the color pink. It is sometimes refered to as the “Rose City” because of its salmon-pink colored buildings and the red clay of its terrain.
RELIGIOUS & MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS WITH PINK
Pink signifies happiness and joy in Catholicism.
POLITICAL ASSOCIATIONS OF PINK
A pink triangle is frequently used to represent gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. The origin of the pink triangle goes back to when Nazis labeled their prisoners in concentration camps. Men who had been jailed because of supposed homosexuality had to wear the pink triangle on their clothing. In more recent times, this symbol is a sign of pride.
INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT PINK
In 1947, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli introduced the color “hot pink” to western fashion. She dubbed the shade “Shocking Pink,” though today the color is more well-known as “magenta.” First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, who loved and wore pink so much it became known as “Mamie Pink”. Pink encourages friendliness while discouraging aggression and ill-will. Since the color pink is said to have a tranquilizing effect, sport’s teams sometimes use pink to paint the locker room used by opposing teams. Some studies of the color pink suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around the color. Pastries taste better when they come out of pink boxes or served on pink plates (it only works with sweets). Pink makes us crave sugar.
PINK AS A SIGNATURE COLOR
Pink: Known for her punk rock appearance, Pink is a talented singer-songwriter. Carrie, Sex and the City: This fictional TV character, portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker, loves fashion and frequently dresses in pink. Elle Woods, Legally Blonde: Played by Reese Witherspoon, this fictional movie blonde loves everything pink.
COMPANIES OR BRANDS IDENTIFIED WITH PINK
T-Mobile — The Magenta “T” is easily recognized as the symbol for T-Mobile Thomas Pink — With a wonderful reputation for the finest luxury shirts and accessories, Pink has become an international success story with stores in the UK, US, Europe, and Far East. Owens Corning Insulation.
POPULAR PHRASES THAT INCLUDE PINK
Tickled pink: to be happy In the pink: in good health — this phrase hasn’t always had this meaning. Pinking shears: scissors with serrated blades
A pink elephant: term to describe hallucinations during intoxication Pinkie finger: the smallest finger on the human hand
Pink slip: notice that employment is ending
Pink collar: refers to a particular class of jobs once only filled by women .
QUOTES ABOUT PINK
“Pink is the navy blue of India.” –Diana Vreeland
“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.” –Elizabeth Taylor
SONGS WITH PINK IN THE TITLE
Mr. Pink Eyes by The Cure on the Lovecats single
Pink by Aerosmith
Pink & Blue by OutKast on The Love Below
Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen
Pink Cashmere by Prince on The Hits 1
A Pink Dream by The Cure on the Mint Car single
Pink Elephant by Cherry Poppin’
Daddies Pink Houses by John Cougar Mellencamp
Pink Maggit by Deftones
Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini .
A TASTE OF PINK
A tropical citrus fruit, named because it grows in grapelike clusters, Grapefruit is a cross between a sweet orange and a pummelo. It came to Florida from the Bahamas in 1823. There are two main varieties: seeded and seedless. They are also split into color classifications: white (yellowish-white flesh) and pink (flesh ranges from pale yellow-pink to bright, ruby red). Pink grapefruit has a higher amount of vitamin A. The skins of all varieties are yellow, though some have a pink blush. Cotton candy was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, candy makers from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. They invented a device that heated sugar in a spinning bowl that had tiny holes in it. It formed a treat that they originally called “Fairy Floss.” As the bowl spun around, the caramelized sugar was forced through the tiny holes, making feathery candy that melts in the mouth. -Enchanted Learning.com
PINK AND OUR SENSE OF SMELL
Victoria’s Secret PINK® Eau de Parfum Spray. Bright. Effervescent. Sophisticated. Sexy. Modern. Confident. Playful. Dab it on. Expect the unexpected. Grapefruit: A tart, citrus scent. A great refreshing summer scent. Aromatherapy benefits: Balancing, refreshing, cheering. Peony: A scent as sweet and fragrant as the flower itself. A great spring and summer scent. Aromatherapy benefits: Soothing, Romantic, calming, uplifting. -Scent It.com “Bubblegum” was the original scent of the pink colored Magic Scents Crayons from Binney & Smith Inc., introduced in 1994 with mostly food scents. However, there were numerous reports that children were eating the food-scented crayons, so the food scents retired and replaced with non-food scents. The scent for the color pink became “shampoo.”
You do not specify whether pink is the subject of your essay or if your description constitutes just a segment of a longer essay on another topic. My attempt below considers the alternatives:
If pink is the subject of your entire essay:
Your essay should obviously commence with a thesis statement in which you divulge what the main theme of your paper is and what you wish to convey about the colour in your writing. The statement should be specific so that your audience is aware of the direction your essay will take. You could, for example write, 'We live in a world rich in color, but some colors are more significant than others. The color pink is a perfect example of such significance. It has, throughout history, retained its allure and is symbolic of the good, the bad, the mysterious, the mundane, the extraordinary, the practical and the metaphysical.'
Each following paragraph in your essay can then describe and discuss the color within the themes / main ideas you specified in your thesis statement. Your second paragraph may, for instance, provide a visual image of what pink looks like and what defines its allure. Your audience should be able to see the image in their minds since the descriptors you use convey the color as you see it. In this regard, you may depict it as 'pale red' or 'a bit of red tainted with massive dollops of white mixed in,' or 'oodles of white with just a tint of red blended in.' Whichever descriptors you use should be effective and enable the reader to see what you want them to see—your vision of pink.
In each consecutive paragraph you can discuss the different symbolic associations and meanings pink conveys. Each paragraph would obviously deal with a different perspective. The conclusion of your essay should tie in with the introductory paragraph and convey a sense of completeness.
If the description is part of a longer essay on a different topic:
In this regard, your task should be somewhat easier. In this instance all you need to do is to use descriptors similar to the ones I've used in the second paragraph to describe it. If you need a more lengthy piece as part of an essay with a different theme, you could describe the color by mentioning its appeal to the senses. How would pink look, taste, smell, sound, or feel and what kind of emotion or mood would it convey? If someone should, for example, say, 'I feel pink today,' what kind of image would that evoke? Or imagine someone speaking of a 'pink sound.' Would it be harsh and jarring or soft and soothing? This approach can obviously also be used if pink should be the topic of your entire paper.
There are many variables you can choose from, but whatever you attempt, be creative! I have listed a number of websites you can visit for help and ideas. All the best!