The Scorpion Tattoo
The most interesting thing about a scorpion is the sting in its curving tail. Without that deadly stinger, it would be a fairly innocuous little creature.
It’s very interesting to see how the scorpion’s sting is represented in various scorpion tattoos. Some tattoos for example, incorporate what appears to be a small exploding bomb at the end of the scorpion’s tail. Others concentrate on depicting the needle-sharpness of the scorpion’s stinger.
Like a curled fist, the partially coiled scorpion image seems to indicate that its wearer is a fighter, someone to be reckoned with, someone not to cross. The arms, shoulders and the back are the most popular spots for a large scorpion tattoo.
On the other hand, a small scorpion on a woman’s foot or ankle is both attractive and intriguing – it’s the type of tattoo that works as a reminder that while the scorpion might be small, he is mighty and should be feared. In a small but unobtrusive way, the wearer sends a signal that even the small and quiet can be forceful and sometimes deadly.
The most popular areas of the body for the smaller feminine tattoos include the arms, the back and right above the ankle, which is where women often choose to locate the scorpion tattoo.
Scorpion Tribal Tattoos
Besides realistic scorpion tattoos there's also a wide variety of scorpion tribal tattoos. The scorpion was a popular symbol used in the tribal tattoo art of many different cultures.
A tribal scorpion tattoo had the function of an amulet, protecting against:
- The sting of scorpions.
- Evil spirts.
Here are some examples of scorpion tribal tattoo designs: