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Scorpion Tattoo Meanings, Ideas, and Unique Designs

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Scorpion shoulder tattoo

Scorpion shoulder tattoo

Although scorpion tattoos are not that mainstream, they are popular. They are mainly worn by men, but some women may like them as well.

As 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
  • Endurance
  • Perseverance
  • Protection
  • Death
  • Defensiveness
  • Treachery
  • Evil
  • Loyalty

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.

Scorpio Traits

Positive Traits

  • Devoted
  • Loyal, Dignified
  • Sensitive
  • Focused
  • Brave
  • Ambitious
  • Intuitive
  • Sensual

Negative Traits

  • Jealous
  • Resentful
  • Secretive
  • Manipulative

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. They 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 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.

  • Hand
  • Ankle
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Side
  • Chest
  • Shoulder
  • Shoulder blade

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 than 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.


al on September 24, 2019:

i think i’m late here

Lemar on November 04, 2018:

I have a scorpion tattoo on my right shoulder

dragon emperor on March 23, 2018:

do scorpion tattoo bring good luck?!

The Scorp on September 09, 2017:

My, "LORD" will judge me on my actions and reactions. Not some silly tattoos. I might have,

some that have meaning, others have faith, more have culture, even more have more have fate.

mary on January 25, 2016:

Have any of you read what bible says about tatoos.

ParthaRaj on July 27, 2015:

Owesome....i did not know the acctual meaning when I made a scorpio tatto on my hand..i did it because it is my zodiac sign but when I come to know the meaning I really feel good..thanks.

nekkie veal on April 26, 2015:

I have a scorpion tattoo on my chest she is holding a red rose on the tail and holding two diamonds in her claw the diamonds are my kids birthstone colors and the red rose she holding represents her love and heart so all in all my tattoo means don't mess with my jewels my kids and don't mess with my love if you do I will bite you lol

BENNIE on December 28, 2014:

These tattoos scare me in Mexico.

lovedoctor926 on April 09, 2013:

The blue scorpion tattoo looks really cool. The rest of the designs are neat. Since the scorpion represents pain, death and courage, it would also be a good choice or more meaningful for someone who has been through hell and back. this was pretty awesome!

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on April 09, 2013:

Karen, great question. There are a variety of different ways that you can look at this. First, the heart represents love, desire, family, ect. The scorpion represents death, pain, toughness, but also strength, fragility. If you combine these symbols as a tattoo, it could symbolize lost desire, pain of love, a protected heart. Remember Karen, in the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. The experts can say what they like, but it only holds deep meaning within the wearer of such a tattoo.

Karen119 on March 03, 2013:

I have a question about symbolism. A tattoo of a scorpion piercing a heart. I would like to know what the symbolism is in that? Thank you!

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on February 22, 2012:

*Phoebe, thank you so much for taking the time to come by and read this article. I really do appreciate your comment. Take care.

*Brett, always good to see you pal. I am glad you shared that Brett. Those who haven't had a tattoo should realize that it is important to not jump into getting inked. Very important to think things out and get a tattoo that you want, that you like. Glad you made that point.

Brett C from Asia on February 21, 2012:

I found this hub interesting, as I actually have a scorpion tattoo. It took me 3 months to finalize the design, as I wanted something unique and drew it myself. Not sure about all the reasons, but can relate to a few lol.

Socially sharing, up and interesting.

Phoebe Pike on February 21, 2012:

This hub was very interesting. I don't see a lot of hubs about scorpion tattoos, but out of the ones I have seen, this is, by far, the best.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on February 20, 2012:

*Gypsy, always great to hear from you my dear. I am not fond of scorpions either. They make for a wicked tattoo though.

*Alastar, thanks for taking the time to drop by. Trust me, I agree. They are very wicked and scary.

*Sueswan, always good to hear from you my friend. lol That is what I would think. I don't know. I did also like the blue one, more then any other.

Sueswan on February 19, 2012:

Hi Lyricwriter,

When I think of passion, a scorpion would be the last thing that would come to my mind. lol. I like the shade of blue of the scorpion tattoo.(source- tatoosdesignlive)

Voted up and awesome.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on February 18, 2012:

Only seen a scorp tat one time on a guy and it looked like a prison one. These pics are alright with the meanings and all but they're still kinda creepy. No offense meant of course, one person's creep is another person's cool.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 18, 2012:

Another great job well done! Like the hub, hate scorpions but the tattoos are awesome.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on February 18, 2012:

*Acaetnna, thanks again for stopping by and checking another article out. It is always greatly appreciated.

*Alocsin, thanks for taking the time to stop by. Yes, they have a few good tattoos on this article. Best wishes.

*Donna, it is always a pleasure to have you come by. I appreciate you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment. See you around.

*Server3d, thanks for taking the time to view them. Hope to see you by again. Take care.

*Frank, lol, whatever floats your boat Frank. I appreciate you either way. See you soon.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 18, 2012:

Good article,, but now I change my mind, I'd rather have the frog tattoos.. LOL thanks for sharing thelyricwriter

sever3d from London on February 18, 2012:

Like the first one. Bit advanced but still good one.

Donna Cosmato from USA on February 17, 2012:

Your tattoo hubs are always so informative and such a visual treat! Great job; thanks for sharing.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 17, 2012:

Wow, these are so fierce, especially the top one. My favorite is the tribal one though, from the Alabama Democrat. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

acaetnna from Guildford on February 17, 2012:

Awesome - I just wish I could manage to put one on my body!!! I appreciate this awesome hub though!