Spider Web Tattoos And Meanings-Spider Web Tattoo Ideas And Pictures

SPIDER WEB TATTOOS


Although they are commonly portrayed in the wrong way, spider web tattoos are still a popular tattoo choice. Spider web tattoos are classified as an old school tattoo design. Even though the spider web tattoo represents negative elements, it can also symbolize positive attributes. Spider web tattoos are commonly found on men and they are often included in themed tattoo designs. Spider web tattoos are most commonly inked on the elbows.

In this article, we will discuss spider web tattoos and spider web tattoo designs. We will talk about spider web tattoo meanings and also the history behind the spider web tattoo. You will also have the opportunity to view all the different spider web tattoo designs in the article. Lastly, we hope that you are able to leave inspired and with ideas for your next tattoo.









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SPIDER WEB TATTOO HISTORY


One of the most criticized tattoos of the past and present is the spider web tattoo. For the most part, the spider web tattoo has been associated to racism, prison, murder, gangs, and violence. The spider web tattoo is commonly linked to anything negative in nature. However, in modern times, the spider web tattoo is associated to positive meanings. The spider web tattoo has a rich history and we will take a closer look at this popular tattoo symbol.









The spider web tattoo has been a longtime symbol of incarceration. The spider web tattoo has served as a symbol of serving time behind bars for decades. The spider web tattoo began to gain popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, as more and more inmates began to get it inked to mark their time served. In fact, as far as prison tattoos go, the spider web ranks just below the famous "teardrop tattoo". Just as the spider web tattoo can, the tear drop tattoo represents time spent behind bars.








Although the spider web tattoo can be used to symbolize time spent in prison, there is a much more darker history to this tattoo then most know. The spider web tattoo was also a symbol of white supremacy groups. Spider web tattoos were inked on the elbows to symbolize their loyalty to their group. Spider web tattoos gained popularity in prison systems all across the United States during the late 1900s. Even in modern times, the spider web tattoo is still a popular prison tattoo. But in the late 1970s, to wear such a tattoo would come at great cost. Many white supremacy groups had rules when it came to the spider web tattoo. Some groups required that you would have to kill a minority before you could wear such a tattoo. This link has gave the spider web tattoo a negative perspective and rightfully so.









Even though the spider web tattoo has been viewed as a symbol of prison and racism, in modern times, it is not as negative. In fact, the spider web tattoo can be associated to several positive meanings. When you take a moment to view the spider web, it is truly a work of art. It is almost like the web's creator is an engineer. It is then that we can find the true meaning surrounding all the negativity behind the spider web tattoo.









The spider web has been associated and linked to the Native Americans for centuries. The spider web is also linked to the dreamcatcher and Spider Woman, whom is a Native American character. Spider Woman was a very important figure to several different Native American tribes. Spider Woman would weave protective webs over the cradleboards of all the newborns, By doing this, the newborns were protected from all that is bad. As a tattoo, the spider web can symbolize protection.









The spider web tattoo can symbolize both positive and negative meanings. If you are thinking about getting a spider web tattoo, you must be aware of how it will be viewed by others. The public's perspective on spider web tattoos is negative and probably will for years to come. We shouldn't judge someone for wearing this tattoo though because it doesn't mean that they are a racist, criminal, or a former inmate. Today, the spider web is appreciated for its true value as a popular tattoo symbol and it should. But even so, if you choose the spider web tattoo, don't be surprised if you are labeled. This is something you have to take into consideration.

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SPIDER WEB TATTOOS AND ASSOCIATED SYMBOLS


As you have read, the spider web tattoo represents both positive and negative meanings. It is important that you learn and fully understand all the meanings behind the spider web tattoo design. Below, you can find a list of meanings associated to the spider web tattoo.



  • Incarcerated
  • Death
  • Beauty
  • Design
  • Magical
  • Protection
  • Safety
  • Prison
  • Radical
  • White Supremacy
  • Evil
  • Creative







As you have already read in this article, it is very important to know what the spider web tattoo can stand for and represent. It may take decades, if not longer, for the spider web tattoo to shake such negative associations. It is possible that it never will. Understand, if you are choosing the spider web tattoo, you may be viewed as a racist. It may not be true, but it is something that you should beware of.









The spider web tattoo can also be designed with several different symbols. Of course, the most popular is the spider. The spider is commonly seen with spider web tattoos. The most popular spider chosen for the spider web tattoo is the black widow. The black widow is a deadly spider. The black widow is famous for its bright red hourglass symbol located on its back. The female black widow is also known for eating her mate once she no longer has a need for him. The black widow tattoo may represent death, evil, power, or strength. It is also possible that one may choose the black widow tattoo to symbolize a near death experience.









Besides spiders, there are a few different symbols that can be considered for spider web tattoos. Since spider web tattoos are usually inked on the elbows, someone may consider getting a star inked on the ball of the elbow. You could use a few different symbols, such as a heart, diamond, or a skull. Since spider webs and spider tattoos are often viewed as a dark symbol, such tattoo designs may include graves, vampires, or other Gothic symbols.









There are some important things you should remember before you go to get tattooed. Make sure you take the time to research your tattoo and understand what it fully means. The spider web tattoo is one of those tattoo symbols that holds both positive and negative meanings. You don't want to get a tattoo and find out later it means the complete opposite. Don't rush to get inked if you are not sure! So many people get tattoos on impulse. Truth be told, most of them regret that decision later on down the road. Remember, this is something that you will wear for the rest of your life. Even with our technology today, not all tattoos can be fixed. Make sure you are completely satisfied with your choice before you get inked. If you feel that the spider web tattoo is not for you, please feel free to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for your visit.

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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

thelyricwriter..you did it again..beautifully written, well done research..this has been so educational..one of my many favorites in the series...thanks for sharing..


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

KJ, once again thanks for taking the time to read it. It is a tattoo one should consider carefully. It really shows why it is important to research your tattoo before getting it inked on. Thanks again and best wishes.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

This is a very interesting hub. Thank you for sharing this information. I learned something new today. I've never noticed the spider tattoo on anyone. Thanks for sharing


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

once again you are on top of your tattoo game!


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

This is very interesting. I think it's tough to fight preconception, I heard a lot about people still seeing it as a negative symbolism. So yeah, if anyone wants to do it, it's better to think it over twice. I personally like it, spider web itself is a nature wonder. Great hub!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I did not know about that association between the spider web and prison. I always thought it was just another tattoo picture. Thanks for the knowledge. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I like the web with the heart..All are beautiful..Voted up my friend..


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Love those spider web tattoos.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

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