As a member of the same class that includes spiders, scorpions tattoo designs are very striking and unusual. They've existed on Earth for more than 400 million years, proving that they are resilient, versatile and strong.
Although they have developed a reputation for being exceedingly dangerous, the fact is that only 25 of the more than 1,400 scorpion species on the planet have venom that is capable of harming humans.
Still, there's no denying the fact that scorpions are scary to look at - and it's not surprising that they are chosen by many people for their body artwork.
Most people don't need a description when it comes to scorpion tattoo designs; the image of a fearsome, eight-legged creature immediately springs to mind. Large, menacing claws and a tail that curves up over the scorpion's head are also par for the course. At the tip of that tail is a stinger that can inject lethal venom into the creature's prey.
Since there are so many different species of scorpion, they come in a dazzling range of different colors, although they all share the same basic "design." In other words, scorpion tattoos don't come in a single variety.
If you've ever seen a scorpion up close, you know how freaky-looking they really are - and it's easy to see why people try to steer clear of them whenever possible.
The Meaning Behind the Scorpion
Many different meanings have been attributed to scorpion body art through the years. The most obvious meaning revolves around evil. Many times, people use the scorpion as a depiction of evildoing.
Many people view the scorpion with foreboding, so it is often used to ward others off or to keep unwanted people away. Black scorpions are almost always used to embody pure evil; if someone has a black scorpion tattooed on their body, you can be sure that they're paying an homage to the creature's evil reputation.
Another interesting meaning that is often attributed to the scorpion is protection. While many people only see pure evil when they see a scorpion, others see a strong protector and feel soothed by its presence. Therefore, it's not unusual at all for the scorpion tattoo design to be used as a protective force, or as a talisman against evil. This is undeniably ironic, but there's plenty of evidence for it in modern culture.
Finally, the scorpion is also occasionally used to represent human sexuality. When you combine all of its meanings - evil, protection and sexuality - you end up with a confusing yet titillating motif.