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Scorpion Tattoos: Ideas, Meanings, Designs, and Aftercare

Scorpion tattoos don’t generally rank among the most common tattoo designs seen in body art, yet they still remain fiercely popular among tattoo enthusiasts. Even though men are more likely to don scorpion tattoo designs, women have also been known to sport the design. As with most animal and other symbolic tattoos such as tribal artwork and zodiac symbol tattoos, scorpion tattoos carry deep meanings and are a literal representation of all of the scorpion’s most interesting traits. Those seeking to ink the scorpion on their body clearly want to convey to others that they are strong, dangerous, and should not be played around with. Along with these common literal traits, the scorpion also symbolically represents a wide array of other meanings, very much in the same way the zodiac sign for Scorpio does.

What is the Meaning of a Scorpion Tattoo?

Along with danger and ferocity, scorpion tattoos can also symbolize:
  • Endurance
  • Death
  • Protection
  • Fear and Intimidation
  • Deep and Fiery Sexuality and Passion
  • Strength and Tenacity
  • Perseverance
  • Evil
  • Loyalty
  • Treachery
  • Defensiveness

What Do Scorpion Tattoos Represent?

Scorpion tattoos mean a lot of things. In particular, the tattoos take on both the literal and the deeply symbolic nature of the creature. For example, tribal scorpion tattoos are rumored to ward against evil spirits, while a general scorpion tattoo design can symbolize male arousal and sexuality because of the seductive dance that the creature does to impress its female counterpart. On a woman, a scorpion tattoo could represent strength and her ability to go up against anyone regardless of size, place in society, or position. Even though scorpions are pretty and tend to be on the smaller side, they are both mighty and fearless. Scorpion and rose tattoos convey to others that living things should not be judged by their appearances. Even though both are very beautiful, both the scorpion and the rose can bring about great pain and should be admired from afar. Those with scorpions and roses tattooed on their body send a message to others that it may be difficult to get emotionally or physically too close to them. Many individuals choose to get a scorpion tattoo simply because it is their zodiac sign, as these individuals are also known to be Scorpios. Scorpios are said to be devoted, loyal, sensitive, focused, brave, ambitious, sensual, intuitive, jealous, secretive, and resentful, among others.

Scorpion Tattoo Ideas

There are many different variations of the basic scorpion tattoos. If picking the right scorpion tattoo feels overwhelming, you may want to schedule a consultation with your tattoo artist. Some interesting scorpion tattoo ideas are:
  • Having a flame, or a rose inked onto the end of the scorpion’s stinger
  • A scorpion that is inked using all black and then finished off with red eyes
  • Adding in other symbols along with the scorpion such as a tribal tattoo, dice, roses, or a race car
  • Opting to get the word “scorpion” written in Chinese characters instead of having a physical scorpion drawn onto your body
  • A scorpion made entirely out of stars-as in a scorpion constellation
  • A scorpion inked with a variety of colors, or with a banner of words surrounding it, or inked in a simple, yet classic black and white style
  • A scorpion that intermingles with the Scorpio zodiac sign
  • A scorpion that is holding a sword to convey power
  • A stunning and symbolic scorpion tribal tattoo
Scorpion Tattoos Even though scorpion tattoos are usually very small, they can still be inked in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Think outside of the box and go for reds, browns, blacks, blues, and even yellows and greens. As with any tattoo, it’s best to always do your research before sitting down to get your scorpion tattoo.

Scorpion Tattoo Designs for Men

Men can benefit from stronger and larger variations of the scorpion tattoo. For example, a 3D scorpion inked just above the bicep will not only convey strength, but it also symbolizes power. Likewise, some men might like a large and menacing scorpion colored in all black on their bicep, shoulder, or collar bone. The possibilities, designs, and locations are endless.

Popular Locations For Scorpion Tattoos

Some of the more popular locations for scorpion tattoos are:

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Basic Tattoo Aftercare

Taking care of your new scorpion tattoo is simple and easy to do if you closely follow the directions for aftercare that your tattoo artist gives you. An easy way to make sure that your scorpion tattoo lasts a lifetime is to:
  • Keep the bandage on for at least one hour after you get your tattoo.
  • After you take off the bandage, wash the area thoroughly with warm or hot water and a mild, liquid, unscented soap.
  • Pat the area dry with a clean paper towel.
  • Apply a thin layer of product such as A&D Ointment or an unscented, natural lotion.
  • Keep the tattoo clean with a mild, unscented liquid soap and water.
  • Repeat the process for one to two weeks.
  • Stay out of the sun and avoid soaking your tattoo in pools, Jacuzzis, oceans, or bath water.
  • Use sunblock on your healed tattoo.
  • Take good care of your skin as well as the tattooed area.
  • Schedule a follow-up with your tattoo artist if the tattoo needs touching up.
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