Scorpions are small, but potent. They are often a symbol of duality; that is to say, you may appear harmless and unassuming, but in reality, you are a force to be reckoned with. Keeping in the theme of duality, scorpion tattoos have long been used as a form of protection — not only from the actual, physical sting of this creature, but also from the ‘sting’ of evil spirits, and powerful human beings. On the other hand, they can also be seen as a weapon to be used for either protection of purely for malice.
The majority of scorpion tattoos are done in black and gray, as this shows them to their best dramatic advantage. These monotone images can also be mixed with hints of color for a more sensational appearance; perhaps a scorpion hiding nestled in the bud of a rose, or spotted in blue to give the appearance of drops of water, formed in the shape of a scorpion. Full color scorpion tattoos, however, allow for more detail. Whether you decide to place the scorpion in a bright setting, or by itself, there is a plethora of color to choose from. Naturally, scorpions or either black, tan or gold in color; some people, though, prefer to use more vivid colors such as neon green (which can easily be mingled with either the ‘hazard’ or ‘bio hazard’ symbols for a unique design), crimson red, purple, or a bright and metallic blue.
Most scorpion tattoos have a realistic appearance; one of the most commonly used varieties is the ’emperor scorpion’, which is a light black and gray color (with a slight hint of brown around the tail), and has a rather slender body with large, pointed claws. You can also use these otherworldly creatures in a more unrealistic fashion. The ‘red claw’ scorpion, much like its name, is red and brown in hue and can be morphed into the image of a bright red flower, or gem. The ‘Asian forest scorpion’ is often pitch black, and almost appears to be covered in shiny leather. You can take a unique approach with this type of scorpion and make the venomous tail into the shape of a cat o’ nine tails, or a riding crop.
Most people cringe at the idea of scorpions. Though small, these figures can be menacing. When it comes to body art, scorpion tattoos will likely have the same effect, and be both beautiful and intimidating to those who can bring themselves to look.