Scorpion Tattoo Meanings, Ideas, and Unique Designs
Although scorpion tattoos are not that mainstream, they are popular. They are mainly worn by men, but some women may like them as well.
Like with all animal tattoos, a scorpion tattoo represents the traits and attributes of the scorpion. Someone who gets this arachnid tatted on their body might want to send the message that they are deadly, stealthy, and not to be messed with. In addition to representing the scorpion's characteristics, this tat could also be a symbol of a variety of other meanings, such as the zodiac sign Scorpio.
In this article, I will discuss scorpion tattoos and their meanings, and provide photos of several different designs. I hope this article will help you find some unique ideas for scorpion tattoo designs.
What Does a Scorpion Symbolize?
Because the scorpion is associated with so many different things, the personal characteristics that it represents can vary.
- Passion and fierce sexuality
- Intimidation and fear
- Toughness and great strength
Scorpion Tattoo Meanings
- When mating, the male scorpion does a seductive sex dance to impress the female. A scorpion tattoo can represent male sexuality and arousal.
- Tribal scorpion tattoos are said to protect against evil spirits.
- A scorpion tattoo on a woman could symbolize strength and the ability to take on anyone regardless of their size, status, or position. This is because even though the scorpion is small, it is not afraid to fight and defend itself.
- A scorpion and rose tattoo represents two living things that are not to be judged by their covers. The scorpion is small, yet intimidating, and the rose is beautiful, but can hurt someone with its thorns. Both the scorpion and the rose should be admired from a distance. Getting a tattoo with a scorpion and rose means that you are someone who cannot be judged and that people should be wary when trying to get close to you, either physically or spiritually. A scorpion with a rose tail could mean that you are a double-edged sword: you can sting, but you can also be pleasant.
- A scorpion tattoo in the gay community is a symbol that the wearer is HIV positive.
- A Russian scorpion tattoo could mean a number of things depending on how the scorpion is depicted. If the claws are open, the scorpion tattoo represents a Special Forces member who has seen combat. A scorpion might also indicate that the wearer has spent time in prison (done time in the box). The scorpion may also be a symbol of drug addiction. If the stinger is up, it means that the wearer is still using drugs. Stinger down means the wearer has quit.
- Many people choose the scorpion because it is their Zodiac sign, and there are a number of specific meanings associated with the Scorpio.
- If the tattoo is worn by a Cuban or Mexican gang member, it indicates that the wearer is a contract killer or enforcer. It is thought that the number of squares that make up the tail of the scorpion indicates how many people that person has killed.
- Loyal, Dignified
Scorpion Tattoo Mythology and Symbolism
Many ancient cultures believed the scorpion was symbolic.
- In the Mayan culture, scorpions were related to surgery because scorpions numb their victims before a kill.
- In Buddhism, the scorpion can be found in many ancient weapons and amulets.
- According to many religions, the scorpion is associated with bad omens and is symbolic of evil.
- Scorpions have played a vital role in Egyptian history and mythology, and Egypt is where most of the dangerous scorpions in the world reside. The Egyptian goddess Isis used gigantic scorpions to protect her as she searched for her lover's body, so scorpions can symbolize protection. People also prayed to the Egyptian scorpion goddess Serket to ease the pain of childbirth, thus the scorpion's association with maternal sacrifice. Egypt also had two kings named King Scorpion, who were known to be dangerous or "poisonous."
- In Greek mythology, the scorpion symbolizes a fighter with quick speed who delivers deadly results. This is one of the more popular meanings of the tattoo. If you are a fighter, a boxer, or something of that nature, then a scorpion tattoo can represent that. It can also represent a fight for life, such as surviving an accident or cancer. This association originates from the myth of Orion being attacked by scorpions. Orion was a giant who angered Artemis, so she called on scorpions to kill him. When she found out that her anger was misguided, it was too late. To honor Orion, she placed him among the stars. This is why we have the Orion constellation.
- The scorpion is also associated with Scorpio, a zodiac sign. The scorpion is the eighth sign of the Western zodiac. Those who are born from October 23 through November 21 are Scorpios. The Scorpio represents struggle and resistance. It also represents victory in life as well.
Scorpion Tattoo Ideas
When it comes to distinct designs, the scorpion is sure to fit the bill. It's fierce-looking and deadly.
- The stinger is usually the focal point. Many people like to concentrate on the stinger by adding a bomb, a flame, or a rose to it.
- You could have the scorpion done in all black with red eyes to make the eyes pop.
- You can incorporate other symbols, such as a pair of dice if you are a gambler or a car if you are a racer or car enthusiast.
- Try getting the word "scorpion" tattooed in Chinese characters.
- You can have the tattoo artist draw a constellation in the shape of a scorpion. These are usually done in a dark blue or in black.
- Skeletal scorpions are popular, as are scorpions with skulls.
- You could include a banner with writing on it.
- Some people like to include Roman numerals as part of the scorpion design.
Scorpion tattoos are usually small, but they come in all shapes and sizes, and can be done in a variety of colors, such as black, brown, blue, red, and tan. In my opinion, the best scorpion tattoos are the designs with detail and shading.
Make sure you take the time to view a variety of designs before you choose one to get inked. Also, do some research into what your tattoo design will represent. You can make up your own meaning, but make sure that that meaning is clearly conveyed in the art.
Scorpion Tattoo Ideas for MenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Scorpion Tattoo Locations
Scorpion tattoo designs are usually small, but some designs look better large—this will depend on the location on your body. Because of the creatures elegant curved tail, the image of a scorpion can be very alluring if placed on a curvy part of the body.
The Most Popular Body Placements for Scorpion Tattoos:
- Shoulder blade
Scorpion Tattoo Ideas for WomenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Facts About the Scorpion
- The scorpion is easily identified by its two front claws and a stinger. If you are looking for an intimidating design, the scorpion screams it.
- There are a variety of scorpion species around the world.
- Part of the arachnid family and closely related to spiders, they are believed to be over 400 million years old.
- The scorpion has a bad reputation, and it has been this way for thousands of years. In most cases, though, it is not as deadly to humans as one would think, and the stings are said to be no worse then a bee sting. There are scorpions that have the ability to kill humans with just one sting, but there are not many of those in existence.