Despite the beautiful, intricate delicacy of these gossamer constructions, and the positive super hero imagery of Spiderman and Spiderwoman, spider web tattoos have fallen into disrepute as tattoo designs because of their negative connotations. Originally they were symbols of industry, patience and flexibility associated, in Greek mythology, with Arachne, famed for her talents as a spinner and weaver, but who overstepped the mark when she committed hubris and challenged the goddess Minerva to a contest.
As goddess did, Minerva wrought revenge and turned Arachne into a spider. For some time now, however, spider web tattoos have become one of those coded signifiers that denote a number of negative qualities.
Scorpions are creatures of great antiquity and have horrified and fascinated the human race since it was first born and, whilst they may seem unlikely subjects for tattoos, the number of people searching for a printable scorpion tattoo on-line is testament to the popularity of this fearsome creature.
Distinguishable at a glance from the rest of its arachnid family, it has a complex structure and shape which is often difficult to capture in ink and, when searching for printable art work, care needs to be taken that the design is a realistic and faithful facsimile or your tattoo will be a big disappointment.
The most immediately recognisable part of the scorpion’s body is its highly flexible tail, which, of course, contains its venom. They have four pairs of walking legs, like spiders, but the second pair of legs sport two powerful pincer-like claws, rather like crabs, while the first pair have little flipper-like feet.
Three hundred and ninety million year old fossils have shown that scorpions have altered very little structurally for the unknown aeons of their existence – […]