Snakes are a very popular choice for those looking to get a tattoo, and much of that has to do with the variety of symbolism associated with serpents. In many cultures, snakes represent rebirth due to the fact that they shed their skins and start over with a fresh one. In other places around the world, serpents represent romantic passion and fertility. However, there are definitely some darker things associated with snakes; many times in Western cultures, snakes are thought to be vindictive and vengeful, possibly a result of their venomous qualities. In Christianity, the snake is a symbol of sinful temptation. Snakes can be a symbol of protection and assertiveness, or a metaphor for a sly person. This versatility in meaning leads to many different kinds of people to get snake tattoos.
If you are interested in getting some serpent-inspired body art, check out some of these great examples below.
Snake and Skull Tattoo
This snake wraps itself around a human skull in an artist’s interpretation of a literary mark.
Snake Eating Its Tail Tattoo
This snake circles around itself to eat its own tail, a symbol of beginning anew.
Colorful Snake Tattoo
Bright colors make this toothy snake extra formidable.
Snake Heart Tattoo
In this tattoo, two snakes join together to form a heart.
Striking Snake Tattoo
This snake tattoo shows the serpent in mid-strike with a background of flames.
Black and Yellow Snake Tattoo
This yellow and black pattern is a formidable combination.
Striking Viper Body Art
This truly amazing snake tattoo looks highly realistic!
Tribal Snake Tattoo
Red flames and a snake head add another dimension to this tribal tattoo.
Hunting Snake Tattoo
This snake tattoo shows its prey in its grasp.
Hip Snake Tattoo
The shape of this snake fits perfectly on a woman’s hip.
Brown Snake Tattoo
This coiled brown snake tattoo appears ready to strike
Bold Snake Tattoo
This snake tattoo, coupled with a hand of cards and a skull, pays respect to a lifestyle of living on the edge.
Red and Black Snake Tattoo
This black-on-red patterned snake sits ready to strike at an unsuspecting butterfly.
Harley Davidson Snake Tattoo
By combining motorcycles and a large snake, this tattoo appeals to those who live dangerously.
Colorful Snake Tattoos
This green and black snake tattoo looks very realistic due to attention to detail and amazing shading.