Upside Down Pineapple

Updated: MARCH 30, 2022

An upside-down pineapple is a symbol that represents swinging or the swing lifestyle. The symbolism of the upside-down pineapple likely stems from the pineapple’s association with welcoming homes and friendship. By turning the pineapple upside-down, swingers subvert the traditional meaning of this symbol. By showing an upside down pineapple, those in the lifestyle can show others that they are open to partner swapping. Common representations of the upside-down pineapple include on t-shirts, stickers, magnets, badges, pins and hanging on a door. Even a real upside-down pineapple in a shopping cart can be a way to cruise for other swingers. The symbol may be especially common on cruise ships.


While an upside-down pineapple is the traditional symbol for swinging, pineapples sitting the right way up can also get linked with swingers. For example, a swinger may wear a dress with a pineapple print to show their affiliation with the community.


Upside down pineapples can be a great way for members of the lifestyle to identify one another and form connections. This symbol may not be well known outside the swinging community. However, the symbol gained significant ground in mainstream consciousness when it began trending on TikTok in 2022.

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According to a 2018 survey, about 2.5% of Americans identified as swingers, and 4.75% said they had been swingers at some point. For those seeking other like-minded people, the upside-down pineapple provides a cheeky way to let others know they are interested in connecting.

While there is no upside-down pineapple emoji, it’s largely understood by members of the swinging community that the traditional right-side-up pineapple emoji stands in for the common swinging symbol. Swingers may use the pineapple emoji in posts to social media communities or chat rooms. For example, a couple may post on a cruising community asking whether anyone is traveling on the same cruise and interested in meeting up for a drink. If they add the pineapple emoji to this message, it indicates they are open to sex if the meeting goes well. If members of the lifestyle see the post, they may directly message the couple and plan a meeting on board. This practice is especially common on mainstream cruises, rather than swinging cruises where it's common knowledge that most passengers are receptive to swinging.

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