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Updated on September 16, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Octopus Tattoos

One unique tattoo that you may find interest in is the octopus tattoo. Octopus tattoos are not a mainstream tattoo but there is a popularity for the unique tattoo design. Octopus tattoo designs can be designed in various sizes, but they look much better as a larger style tattoo. This is because of all the shading and detail work that is needed with the octopus tattoo. Just like most animal tattoos, the octopus represents attributes and traits of the octopus. Due to the symbolic nature, the octopus tattoo can be very meaningful to those who wear such a tattoo. Many octopus tattoo designs are very colorful and striking. If your looking for a colorful tattoo, you may want to consider the octopus tattoo.

Octopus Tattoos And Designs

One popular modern day aquatic tattoo symbol is the mysterious octopus or squid. The octopus is a very unique creature and often misunderstood. Octopus tattoos can be worn bo both men and women. Octopus tattoo designs come in a variety of different designs, sizes, and colors. Octopus tattoos look great large and small. Due to this, the octopus tattoo can be designed nearly anywhere on the body. In this article, we will discuss octopus tattoo designs, octopus tattoo meanings, and you will also be able to view several octopus tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you will walk away with some great ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo project.

In modern times, the octopus tattoo is a popular decorative tattoo. Men and women usually chose tattoos for two main reasons, symbolic purposes or decorative body art. Octopus tattoos can be very colorful, unique, fashionable, and detailed, all reasons that it is popular. Since it is rare to see two exact octopus tattoos, it gives you the chance to sport a tattoo no one else wears. The octopus tattoo is the type of tattoo that looks good in all sizes. With exotic and vibrant color schemes, the octopus tattoo can be absolutely stunning.

Just to clear the air, octopus tattoos and squid tattoos are basically the same. Some people refer to this creature as an octopus while others call it a squid. In this article, we will refer to them as octopus. The octopus has a rich history in symbolism. The octopus has been mentioned in mythology time and time again. One famous squid is the Kraken. There has been books and movies based on this creature. The Kraken was a giant squid that attacked ships and vessels. Giant squid and octopi have been reported throughout history, some as much as 60 feet or more. Some men and women may consider an octopus tattoo portraying an octopus sinking a boat or vessel.

As you read above, there are several variations of the octopus tattoo. One popular variation is the full back octopus tattoo. This octopus tattoo covers the entire back area. The arms of the octopus can be portrayed only on the back or they can be designed around the neck, arms, sides, stomach, groins, or legs. The arms can reach all these areas from the back position. You can do a lot with octopus tattoos. You can use a variety of different color schemes with your octopus tattoo. Your octopus can be designed in water, perhaps with blue water shading. You could use a variety of blue colors, light to dark. You may want to design appropriate symbols with your octopus, such as jellyfish, seahorses, or ocean plants. Octopus tattoos may portray no water at all, which is common. Such tattoos may portray flowers, stars, or other aquatic animals. When it comes to octopus and squid tattoos, they give you the ability to create something unique only to you. In saying that, one meaning behind the octopus tattoo is that it represents your inner-self.

As far as the octopus in such tattoos, there are many ways that they can be designed unique as well. Octopus have the ability to change color, which is a defense mechanism. They can actually change their color to portray the environment they are in. This is actually an illusion, but none the less, it works. Due to this, octopus can be designed in various colors and patterns. Octopus tattoos can be very vibrant and detailed, which make for a gorgeous tattoo. Octopus are also able to spray a cloud of black ink to ward off predators or to escape. Octopus are actually very flexible and agile. This is due to the fact that the octopus is invertebrate. This means that the octopus has no spinal cord. This is also the reason that it lives at the bottom of the ocean.

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Octopus Tattoo Meanings

Since the octopus has been symbolized for many years, there are a variety of different symbolic meanings behind the octopus tattoo. Anyone of the meanings listed below can describe the octopus tattoo. Keep in mind, in the end, your tattoo represents what you want it to. Below, you can find the meanings of the octopus tattoo.

  • Adaption
  • Secretive
  • Mysterious
  • Intelligent
  • Change
  • Regeneration
  • Vision
  • Fertility
  • Complexity
  • Insight
  • Diversity
  • Inner Image
  • Protection
  • Agility
  • Illusion
  • Independent

More Octopus Tattoo Meanings

The octopus is a very intelligent creature of the sea. The octopus is able to use its brain to process complex thoughts. Their able to think and react to a variety of different situations, symbolizing that they are intelligent. Their ability to change color and spray ink are only two of their defensive mechanisms. Octopus are also able to regrow their arms, which represents regeneration. Male and female octopi have very little differences in body structure. In the tattoo world, there is none. One interesting fact about the female octopus is that they can lay up to 150,000 eggs, symbolizing fertility. Male octopi can show off their "colors" when tempting to attract a female. Octopus are very independent and they are known to eat their own species.

Make sure you take the time to view all the different octopus tattoo designs on this page. This can help you find ideas for your octopus tattoo design. As you already read, you can do a lot with octopus tattoos. You may have a specific color that you want to go with or a specific pattern for your octopus tattoo design. Remember, any ideas or advice that I give is my personal opinion. It is up to you whether you listen or not. In saying that, I believe vibrant exotic colors look great. Orange looks great on the octopus, but not in the light blue water. If I was to go this route, I would use dark blue water.

Octopus tattoos for men look great in orange, red, and green. If you go green, go dark and use a bright yellow for detailing. Yellow, pink, and orange look great with a vibrant shade, as a bright color. Pink and black go great together for any female octopus tattoo. Since several designs include water, I would suggest only adding a little water compared to designs that have the octopus surrounding by water. The detail and color are very important to your octopus tattoo. I would suggest a tattoo artist that is great at detailing. Remember, you can include anything with your octopus tattoo. Appropriate symbols include sea shells, jelly fish, or other aquatic animals. I believe that octopus tattoos look better in large designs compared to smaller designs. However, as long as it is detailed right, either looks great. The important thing is to find what you like and get exactly what you want.

There are some very important things that you should remember before you choose your octopus tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you fully understand what it symbolizes and represents. You don't want to find out later that it stands for something totally different. Don't rush to get inked! I always try to suggest this because men and women do this all the time. Don't get inked on an impulse. Those who do get tattooed without thinking usually have regrets about this choice later on down the road. Yes, not all of them, but most of them. If your not completely sure, give it more time. If you feel that octopus tattoos are not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. Thank you for your visit.

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you both for your comments and time. Hyp, at first, me neither. As I began to research, I was very surprised. KJ, your so funny. LOL Thanks for dropping by, your making me hungry:)

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      8 years ago from Florida

      thelyricwriter...loved the research/info..very beautiful pic....great job.....

      only problem, I now have a craving for " Calamari "...hehehe..

      off to the Olive Garden....

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These are so amazing. I have never before even thought of an octopus tattoo. I love these misunderstood creatures. Thanks for a fascinating Hub.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia





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      Thank you all very very much! These are some wildly tattoos here. If I could, I would get one. But if I got my way, I wouldn't have room for any more tattoos:) I get a lot of comments anymore and I try my best to keep up with them. I always read them and answer any questions. I always appreciate the comments, they are wonderful. Gypsy, that means a lot. I appreciate you doing that for me. Shows that I have the best friends ever:) Best wishes to all.

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      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh migosh, you just look at those faces =) They are cute and mean at the same time. What a treat!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      They are something to see in the ocean and I guess people do enjoy them as body décor also. Interesting how much people do love these tattoos.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Amazing designs and talented artists who produce these awesome symbols.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Boy I love these wild and colorful octopus tattoos. Hey, Ricky I wanted to tell you I'm posting your tattoos to Google + too and lately quite often people are commenting about how they like the tattoos. You're getting popular. Hope all is well with you and your family. Hugs from Riga.

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Waaahh amazing!! Octopus tattoos. Beautiful!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, great and interesting hub, loved all the beautiful photos of those colorful octopus !

      Well done ! Vote up and more !!!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      wow these are amazing I had a field day clicking on the small pics voted amazing my friend :)

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is one of my favorite animals so I'd remember if I'd seen it before on a tattoo. Alas I haven't. Voting this Up and Beautiful though.

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      8 years ago

      These are interesting facts on the octopus. very creative designs and all the way to the buttocks? amazing! voted up!


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