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Crab Tattoos And Crab Tattoo Designs-Crab Tattoo Ideas And Meanings

Updated on August 17, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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The Crab Tattoo

One tattoo that you may want to consider is the crab tattoo. Crab tattoo designs are a common tattoo choice in coastal areas around the United States and around the world. The crab is also a common tattoo design among sailors. For these sailors, the crab represents their life as they risk everything to catch crabs and make a living. For these brave men and women, the crab represents their world and way of life.

Crabs are interesting creatures, one that is well known for the epic side dance. The crab is able to cover itself within a shell. Crabs hide in the shell for protection. All together, there's a variety of different species of crabs. The crab tattoo can portray any type of the associated crab species. Crab tattoos bring plenty of different options for tattoo artist and the wearer.

The crab is also a symbol of the Zodiac, the symbol of Cancer. Some men and women choose crab tattoo designs to represent that they were born in the Cancer constellation. Cancer crab tattoo designs usually portray the Cancer symbol, as you can see in the crab tattoo design pictures.

Crab Tattoos

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Crab Tattoo Designs

Crab tattoo designs can be designed and altered in a variety of different ways. The crab tattoo can portray the crab alone or with other tattoo symbols and elements. Crab tattoos can depict the crab in several different postures as well. Crab tattoo design sketches can be done in nearly all sizes as crab tattoos can nearly be inked anywhere on the body. It all depends on what type of crab tattoo your looking for.

Crab tattoo design colors can very from one tattoo design to the next. Most people think of "red" when they think of a crab or crab tattoo. Truth be told, crab tattoo designs come in many different colors, such as red, blue, yellow, orange, and green. If you wanted a pink crab tattoo design, it can be done. Size, shape, and color vary, so you have many options to consider with the crab tattoo.

As you briefly read above, crab tattoo designs can portray the crab doing just about anything. Also, we see that crab tattoos are designed with different symbols and elements, some associated to the theme, others that aren't. I've seen crab tattoo design for women with flowers, fish, feathers, stars, hearts, sand castles, shovels, and buckets. Crab tattoo design for men may contain eyes, tribal art, Celtic art, hourglass, flames, sharks, stingrays, or candles. Point is, if you want it added to your crab tattoo, do so. There's several associated symbols that can work with the crab tattoo also, such as the compass, nautical star, mermaid, ship, ship wheel, swordfish, or other maritime symbols.

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Crab Tattoo Meanings

The crab tattoo is symbolic and can represent meaning to the men and women that wear such a tattoo. The crab has been a symbolic animal to a variety of different cultures throughout the world. Remember though, in the end, your crab tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. Below, you can find the many crab tattoo meanings.

  • Transformation
  • Rebirth
  • Regeneration
  • Trust
  • High Status
  • Prosperity
  • Wealth

Crab Tattoo Designs

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Before You Get Your Crab Tattoo

Before you get your crab tattoo, there are a few things that you should consider. Always make sure that you take the time to research your crab tattoo, just as you are now. Any tattoo you choose, take the time to understand what it represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked without knowing what your tattoo fully symbolizes, so always do your tattoo research.

Tattoos are meant to last a lifetime, choose your tattoo design carefully. Make sure you take the time to view dozens of crab tattoo designs or more. Any tattoo you choose, take your time and choose a design that your sure to love. The more crab tattoo designs you look at, the better. This will also give you ideas and inspiration for your own tattoo.

Never rush to get tattooed. Men and women are constantly making this mistake, one you'll regret for years. You don't want to go through the process of wearing an embarrassing tattoo design. Tattoo cover ups and laser removal cost extra money and time. You want to make the right choice the first time around. If you second guess a tattoo, wait it out until your completely sure.

Thanks for taking the time to read our article on crab tattoo designs. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave us a comment. If you need our help, we'll be glad to assist you. Would you like to see more information in our tattoo articles? Give us your opinion. This website was created to give you free information on tattoos, tattoo design, meanings, ideas, and more. If we can make your experience better, please let us know.

If you feel that the crab tattoo is not for you, please take the time to view more tattoo symbols and designs below. Just follow the links below! As always, thank you for your time. If you enjoyed our article, please share it with your friends. Feel free to leave a comment and come back anytime! Thanks again!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Patty, thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. Absolutely!! That's a sign of a good tattoo artist, one that's able to make a crab tattoo appear as it is dancing. I've had the chance to actually watch them "side dance" and it really is something. Great choice Patty, thanks again for your time.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I like the crab tattoo at the top of the page; he looks as if he is doing ballet!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for the comment Alastar. It surprised me as well. When I researched crab tattoo designs, it surprised me that there was so many. This tells me that it is a popular tattoo. Then I discovered that most of them are worn by sailors and fishermen. Then thought, if it's a symbol that represents your life, why not get it inked. I'm always thankful Alastar, take care.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Saw this crab tat one on the e-mail and wanted to soon check it out as to why peeps would want one outside of the astro sign and the different styles. You answered all as usual my friend and the crab tats can be as cool and decorative as any other.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks Ruby. LOL, yeah, another tattoo that you don't hear a lot about, but crab tattoos are cool in their own little way. At the least, something different!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never seen a crab tattoo. ( Haven't dated any sailors. Ha ) They are colorful. Thank you again....

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia





      Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. Crab tattoos come in many colors, I too like the darker shades. I like the tribal crab tattoo designs, those are unique and creative.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Love them! Thank you!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi lyricwriter. Another fine hub from one who clearly knows his subject.


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was a new one. I've never seen a crab tattoo. Keep this series going; it's a great niche.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I like this collection the ones with less color and more lines.. those are cool.. thanks again for sharing my friend :)