Scorpions – the mere mention of such a relatively small arachnid can instill fear in the hearts of so many. With such a fearsome reputation, it’s no wonder then that scorpion tattoo designs are popular among ink lovers. Well, of course, the scorpion in tattoos has other appeal besides its venomous reputation.
First, we have to clear up an important fact of nature. Out of the 1,752 known species and subspecies of scorpions, only 25 species are known to contain venom in sufficient amounts to kill a human being. If you know someone who knows about scorpions, you can ask for advice about which one suits your desired imagery with the tattoo. Venomous scorpions include fat-tailed scorpion, yellow scorpion and Arizona bark scorpion while their non-venomous kinds include the striped back scorpion.
As can be expected, the scorpion tattoo designs are popular mainly because of the many symbolisms associated with the arachnids. Depending on who you ask, the scorpion tattoo will have varying meanings although the following are the most commonly used. Or better yet, you can assign your own symbolism for the scorpion, say, as a symbol for a second chance at life after being bitten by a venomous scorpion.
- Dream analysts link scorpions to poisonous attitudes, hidden traps and impending trouble.
- Ancient Egyptians regarded the scorpion as the guardian of life after death, thus, its association with the goddess Selket.
- African aboriginal lore also associates scorpions with life because their stings were considered to have healing properties. But since the sting can also cause death, the arachnid was also feared for its venom.
- Other symbolism for the scorpion include attachment, resilience, energy, vitality and mysticism.
Indeed, contrary to popular opinion, scorpion tattoo designs are not as fearsome in their symbolism. However, that does not mean either that there are no negative associations – scorpions are also symbolic of rebellion, aggression, retaliation and stealth. It all depends on your perception.
The beauty of designs for scorpion tattoos is that you can choose two paths in the styles. First, you can depict scorpions in true-to-life rendition of the arachnids from their limbs to their stings. This will result in an easily recognizable image of a scorpion no matter where it is placed in the body.
Second, you can play around with the scorpion tattoo designs by putting your own spin on them. Your choices can include stylized designs, tribal touches and even abstract art that only hint at the scorpion without giving it away immediately.
Rainbow of Shades
Yet another good thing about choosing from designs of scorpion tattoos is that the choices of colors are varied. Scorpion colorations can range from the palest yellows to the fiercest blues and reds as well as the blackest black with many species having more than one color on their exoskeletons.
For example, the common striped bark scorpion ranges in color from yellow to tan while the tricolor burrowing scorpion has mahogany, tan, and yellow. Just search through books on scorpions with pictures and then choose one from which the tattoo artist can copy.
Indeed, the scorpion tattoo designs offer so many possibilities that you should start thinking of getting one yourself. You may well end up as the Scorpion King.