Why go for a Scorpion Tattoo

A scorpion is often related to the dark and hence intimidates people. Therefore, a scorpion tattoo is loved for its striking and intriguing design. Men and women who love mystery and enigma will definitely love to have Scorpio tattoo designs done on their bodies.

Scorpio tattoo designs for girls and guys are more or less the same. Girls can have smaller and delicate Scorpio tattoos on their wrists, ankles or arms whereas the Scorpio tattoo designs for guys comprise of brighter and exotic colors. Guys can even have large Scorpio tattoo on their arms or upper backs.

An advantage of the Scorpio tattoo is that it can be adorned on any part of the body and it will never fail to capture attention and interest. It can be made on the arms, shoulders, legs, abdomen, back or even feet.

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. The most popular spots for a large scorpion tattoo are the arms, shoulders and the back.

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 Scorpion in mythology

The scorpion has long been a popular tattoo symbol in many different cultures, including a number of traditional tribal tattoo styles in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The Scorpion, long an emblem of treachery, death, danger, pain, wickedness, hatred and envy - is all due to the sting of its tail, which is generally considered to be fatal, in particular for small animals, children, the weak and the elderly. From all over the world, Scorpion legends tell of the stinging tail serving as a weapon and for protection. Scorpion amulets are still worn for protection in places like Tibet and Egypt.

In ancient Egypt, there was an Egyptian scorpion goddess that was thought to help ease the pain of childbirth (if women prayed to her appropriately). The scorpion, therefore, stood a lasting symbol of maternal sacrifice.

The scorpion was also associated with the ancient Egyptian god of the desert, called Set.

In Greek mythology the scorpion has his own mythological tale. It’s said that when Orion, a giant who was more than human but less than a God and the son of Poseidon, incurred the wrath of Artemis, she called upon a scorpion to attack him. The scorpion’s sting made Orion immortal in the form of the constellation of Orion.

Another story goes that when Medusa was slain by Perseus, the blood that leaked out of Medusa’s neck turned into snakes and scorpions.

Astrologically speaking, the 'Scorpio' is the eighth sign of the zodiac. It rules over the time period October 24th to November 22nd. Early Christians believed that sexual temptations were irresistible during that period.

The Scorpion mating dance is exotic (if not erotic) and those born under Scorpio have a reputation for both eroticism and rather exotic tastes in the boudoir, in addition to notoriously prodigious sexual appetites!

More current myths and legends see the Scorpion as a favourite combat figure, starring as weapon wielding guards or devouring monster insects. You will see Scorpion Men in comics, games and animation, all battling to the death for supremacy in the imaginations of kids of all ages.

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