Snakes are both feminine and masculine, so they can be designed in such way to fit on a woman’s body, as well as on a man’s body. The duality of this symbol is truly fascinating. Although this creature is considered evil and sinful by the majority of the population, few know how sacred it is in Africa, for example. Just because of the Christian belief regarding Eve and the apple, the snake got a really bad reputation. However, many cultures see it the opposite way. Among the most popular meanings for snakes are birth, magic, hidden, renewal, mystery, defense, protection, transition, infinity, sexuality, fertility and transformation.
Due to the regular process of shedding, the snake is considered a symbol of healing and renewal. The god of Medicine and Healing, Asclepius, always had a staff with a snake on it. This is because people used to see a snake’s venom as both medicine and poison. If you recall, numerous drugstores used to have a sign of a snake on their signs. In addition, the Chinese people consider the snake to be secretive, while the Egyptians depict it as eating its own tail, which symbolizes the Circle of Life and Death.
Types of Snake Tattoo Designs
- 1 Types of Snake Tattoo Designs
- 2 Pain Expectancy vs. Your Personal Tolerance
- 3 Take the Aftercare Stage Seriously
- 4 Break Your Piggy Bank for a Tattoo
- 5 1. The snake and flowers combination
- 6 2. Incredible 3D snake art on back
- 7 3. A tiny serpent on hand
- 8 4. Realistic black and white snake
- 9 5. Snake art instead of a ring
- 10 6. A twisted snake going up
- 11 7. A very detailed snake design on ankle
- 12 8. A snake hides skilfully between flowers
- 13 9. The snake with two different patterns
- 14 10. Fun, old-school serpents on legs
- 15 11. Crawling up the ankle
- 16 12. The outline of a precious tattoo
- 17 13. Traditional black and white snake design
- 18 14. Snake tattoos on ankles
- 19 15. A snake in gradient colors
- 20 16. Snake art and a real snake
- 21 17. A corn snake on ribs
- 22 18. Traditional snake design on leg
- 23 19. A snake as hand accessory
- 24 20. The loss of innocence and beauty
- 25 21. Solid black snake with rose patterns
- 26 22. Medusa and her serpents
- 27 23. Expressing duality with snakes
- 28 24. Snake’s body worn as bracelet
- 29 25. Rib tattoo of flowers and snake
- 30 26. A forearm snake tattoo
- 31 27. Connecting to the divine in two different techniques
- 32 28. Put a snake on it
- 33 29. Caduceus, the staff of Asclepius
- 34 30. Black snake and other symbols
- 35 31. A perfectly inked snake bracelet
- 36 32. An alchemy combination with a snake
- 37 33. Twisted snake on one’s wrist
- 38 34. A black and white association
- 39 35. The symbolism of the Ouroboros
- 40 36. Pretty Ouroboros on wrist
- 41 37. Holding a bouquet of flowers
- 42 38. Empowering femininity in symbols
- 43 39. A small snake tattoo on thigh
- 44 40. Contrasting symbols and non-colors
- 45 41. Contrasting symbols and non-colors – Part 2
- 46 42. Cycles of the Universe
- 47 43. Large snake tattoo on chest
- 48 44. A metaphorical forearm tattoo
- 49 45. The communion between man and nature
- 50 46. Guardianship over burial sites
- 51 47. Moon phases and a serpent
- 52 48. Underboob tattoo with meaning
- 53 49. Snakes associated with water
- 54 50. Shoulder pads made of snake
- 55 51. Colored snake on stomach
- 56 52. Snake and flowers outlined
- 57 53. Snake art on a woman’s thigh
- 58 54. A decorative snake on forearm
- 59 55. Protect and guard the humans
- 60 56. Snake eating itself times infinity
- 61 57. Utter Decay and Death
- 62 58. Snake going up the spine
- 63 59. The snake goes round the globe
- 64 60. The classic Bible story
- 65 61. Somewhere between the moon and the stars
- 66 62. A serpent bites a rooster
- 67 63. Mighty cobra in a frame
- 68 64. Venomous snakes on Medusa
- 69 65. A cobra on the back
- 70 66. Infinity times two
- 71 67. Long snake on an arm
- 72 68. A really furious serpent
- 73 69. Two snakes as dual beings
- 74 70. A snake goes under the skin
- 75 71. Going round and round in infinity
- 76 72. Snakes on legs
- 77 73. A huge composition on leg
- 78 74. Feminine traditional snake
- 79 75. The head of a snake
- 80 76. Snake watching over the world
- 81 77. Forearm modern snake design
- 82 78. A black and red combination
- 83 79. He human power over the serpent
- 84 80. Snake caught in the circle of life
- 85 81. A truly unique representation
- 86 82. Snakes caught in a barbed wire
- 87 83. Black and white everywhere
- 88 84. Fresh snake tattoo on hand
- 89 85. Huge side body piece
- 90 86. Figure Number One
- 91 87. A snake that circumvents
- 92 88. Wild roses and a snake
- 93 89. Flowing snake on ankle
- 94 90. Up and down, black and white
There are multiple types of snake tattoos, such as tribal, king cobra, rattle and coiled snake. They are usually associated with roses, daggers, lions, skulls, dragons and so on. There’s virtually no limitation to the style you choose for snake tattoos or the elements that you would like to combine with them. As for location, people tend to choose arms and legs for such design, but that’s not a general rule.
Pain Expectancy vs. Your Personal Tolerance
Snake tattoos aren’t more or less painful than other types of tattoos. The pain level will be according to the chosen body area. Your ribs, ankles and chest might hurt you more than your arms, legs or back. The size of the chosen tattoo is also very important. As time passes, the pain will seem higher because your body’s tolerance is beginning to decrease. If you are going for a large tattoo, you can finish it in two sessions.
Take the Aftercare Stage Seriously
Snake tattoos tend to be quite detailed, so you have to keep them intact. Invest in self-healing strips or take care of your tattoo on a regular basis. Skipping the most important steps, namely washing and applying cream, will not go unnoticed. Also, remember to stay away from public pools, sauna, intense physical activity and dusty environments. You can cover your tattoo with clothes if they are not synthetic and you skin can breathe.
Break Your Piggy Bank for a Tattoo
A snake tattoo is a classic, so you’ll have to choose a great design and an even greater tattoo artist. Expect to pay around $100 per hour if you opt for a large tattoo or a lot less for a smaller one. If you add some color and ask for a customized design, prepare to supplement your tattoo money! Always choose quality over cheapness when it comes to a tattoo that will accompany you for the rest of your life!
1. The snake and flowers combination
2. Incredible 3D snake art on back
This snake design might not be hyper-realistic, but it’s definitely 3D! It spreads on a woman’s shoulder and back, in a dazzling way.
3. A tiny serpent on hand
This tiny serpent crawls on a woman’s hand, twisting its body without a particular pattern.
4. Realistic black and white snake
Snake tattoos aren’t limited by size or style, so you can even opt for a large design that spreads on your chest, neck and arm.
5. Snake art instead of a ring
Unlike rings, you cannot lose a tattoo. If that tattoo is snake art, then you got the perfect combination!
6. A twisted snake going up
7. A very detailed snake design on ankle
8. A snake hides skilfully between flowers
One of the meanings of a snake is hiding and lurking in the shadows. The flowers in this design accentuate this woman’s feminine side.
9. The snake with two different patterns
Since we cannot talk about hues in this tattoos, then we can say this snake has two different patterns for some unknown reason.
10. Fun, old-school serpents on legs
This chick has chosen to ink both her legs with a similar serpent. It is colored, old-school and really fun to look at!
11. Crawling up the ankle
12. The outline of a precious tattoo
13. Traditional black and white snake design
14. Snake tattoos on ankles
Snake tattoos positioned on one’s ankle tend to be pointing up. This one in particular has unusual patterns that are more appealing to the eye than they bare meaning.
15. A snake in gradient colors
16. Snake art and a real snake
The snake tattoo from this person’s leg is hyper-realistic. If you don’t look close enough, you might not see the difference between the real one and the inked one.
17. A corn snake on ribs
This chick chose a rather short corn snake for her ribs. It compliments her body though.
18. Traditional snake design on leg
If you want a fierce snake with some poisonous features, then you can opt for a design like the one above.
19. A snake as hand accessory
20. The loss of innocence and beauty
Love, affection and beauty are the meanings of a rose. When combined with a snake, the rose loses its powers and gives in to the snake’s temptations.
21. Solid black snake with rose patterns
22. Medusa and her serpents
This tattoo refers to the legend of Medusa and her hair made of snakes.
23. Expressing duality with snakes
24. Snake’s body worn as bracelet
25. Rib tattoo of flowers and snake
26. A forearm snake tattoo
27. Connecting to the divine in two different techniques
Aesthetically speaking, this tattoo isn’t among the greatest ones because it combines two different tattooing techniques that don’t exactly merge with one another.
28. Put a snake on it
A snake tattoo on a finger acts as a really nice accessory that you cannot lose.
29. Caduceus, the staff of Asclepius
Asclepius is the Greek god of Medicine and Healing. This particular symbol means Renewal and Transformation.
30. Black snake and other symbols
The snake is a symbol that can be easily combined with other symbols. Since there’s a significance in every culture, the other symbols can be very varied as far as their meaning goes. This tattoo looks quite occult though.
31. A perfectly inked snake bracelet
This bracelet is a pleasure to look at. It is inked perfectly, with straight lines and high detailed ornaments.
32. An alchemy combination with a snake
33. Twisted snake on one’s wrist
34. A black and white association
Snake tattoos can be seen as symbols of duality. So, what better way to express that than a white snake tangled with a black snake?
35. The symbolism of the Ouroboros
This is the cycle of Death and Rebirth, similar to the symbolism of the Ouroboros, except it is represent with the help of a skull accompanied by a snake.
36. Pretty Ouroboros on wrist
A snake eating itself with a pretty design on it is the best way to combine meaning with looks.
37. Holding a bouquet of flowers
38. Empowering femininity in symbols
39. A small snake tattoo on thigh
40. Contrasting symbols and non-colors
41. Contrasting symbols and non-colors – Part 2
42. Cycles of the Universe
When a serpent goes round on an ankle or wrist, it refers to eternity or the cycles of the universe.
43. Large snake tattoo on chest
44. A metaphorical forearm tattoo
45. The communion between man and nature
46. Guardianship over burial sites
Snakes are also seen as protective symbols. They are considered protectors of the underworld in the Greek-Roman ideology.
47. Moon phases and a serpent
Snake tattoos can quickly become much more. This combination of the moon phases with the serpent is one good example.
48. Underboob tattoo with meaning
49. Snakes associated with water
50. Shoulder pads made of snake
The way this guy chose to position his snake tattoo looks like he’s got shoulder pads. This is a cool idea that not many people put in practice.
51. Colored snake on stomach
This colored snake looks really nice, feminine and sexy too. However, the stomach is a very sensitive area to ink, so think twice before you go through with it!
52. Snake and flowers outlined
53. Snake art on a woman’s thigh
54. A decorative snake on forearm
55. Protect and guard the humans
56. Snake eating itself times infinity
This representation is a clever one! This guy adapted the classic snake eating itself symbol to the other infinity classic symbol. His idea resulted in a cool forearm tattoo.
57. Utter Decay and Death
Both images have come to symbolize the complete physical and spiritual destruction of a being. However, only Western societies tend to see them in this way.
58. Snake going up the spine
A back tattoo, this one compliments the woman’s body. It looks like it’s crawling up to her neck.
59. The snake goes round the globe
60. The classic Bible story
The temptation of the apple and the tempter are brought together in colorful design. This tattoo is situated on a man’s neck and extends behind his ear.
61. Somewhere between the moon and the stars
A snake also symbolizes change or the circle of life itself. If you look at the above tattoo, you can see how it’s infinite and part of the universe.
62. A serpent bites a rooster
This neo-traditional piece looks amazing. The color, the design and the location and size of this tattoo are impressive. However, there is no particular meaning associated with a rooster and a snake.
63. Mighty cobra in a frame
64. Venomous snakes on Medusa
Medusa was believed to be a monster who had venomous snakes on her head. If a human would look at her face, she would turn them into stones. She makes a great back piece with an whole legend behind it!
65. A cobra on the back
A rather rudimentary tattoo, this one depicts a regular cobra.
66. Infinity times two
This girl has cleverly combined the design of one snake in two symbols of infinity.
67. Long snake on an arm
68. A really furious serpent
69. Two snakes as dual beings
When two snakes are part of the same image, they refer to duality. Snakes are both good and bad. In positive stories they create the world, in others, they cause flooding, devastation, and even death.
70. A snake goes under the skin
The tattoo artist who inked this design is a true professional and a talented one! He gave the impression that the snake is literally going under this man’s skin.
71. Going round and round in infinity
Beautiful and feminine ankles must be decorated with something. If wearing jewelry is not your style, then you can opt for snake tattoos.
72. Snakes on legs
73. A huge composition on leg
74. Feminine traditional snake
As you probably noticed, there aren’t many colored snake tattoos. However, the traditional style tends to offer the best colored versions of such tattoos.
75. The head of a snake
76. Snake watching over the world
77. Forearm modern snake design
78. A black and red combination
A fairly common design, this one stands out thanks to the black and red combination.
79. He human power over the serpent
80. Snake caught in the circle of life
81. A truly unique representation
The idea of this tattoo is not unique, but the way it is represented, is!
82. Snakes caught in a barbed wire
83. Black and white everywhere
84. Fresh snake tattoo on hand
85. Huge side body piece
If you desire such tattoo, you have to be committed to it. Such huge piece is visually a masterpiece, but it will take time to get it done, as well as pain and money.
86. Figure Number One
87. A snake that circumvents
88. Wild roses and a snake
89. Flowing snake on ankle
90. Up and down, black and white
This snake represents duality and infinity at the same time. I guess there will be no time when duality will no longer exist. This is the beauty of deep meaning!