Traditional Snake Tattoos

Snakes are widely considered to be powerful and ferocious animals, having the ability to hunt prey far larger than themselves. A traditional snake tattoo can symbolise this whilst also remaining one of the most classic motifs in the traditional style. The snake has always been a prominent subject in art throughout history all over the world. A snake tattoo can represent any number of both positive and negative characteristics dependant on the wearer's preference.

When viewing the symbolism of snakes within Native American cultures, the rattlesnake is considered a sacred animal with the link to both rain and lightning. Conversely, within the Japanese context, the snake represents the spirit more than the physical, used as a symbol of protection, good luck and wisdom. When viewed within Christianity, the snake is linked with the Garden of Eden, representing temptation with the forbidden apple. For this reason, a snake tattoo can symbolise a negative connotation to sin.

A traditional snake tattoo is often designed in a coiled stance, showing a defensive position where the snake is able to strike with speed and ferocity. This can find meaning in warding off any evil or misfortune in the wearer's life. A snake tattoo is a fantastic way to incorporate other animals into the design. When done so, these are usually tattooed in a battling stance, showing that intelligence can conquer brawn. Alternatively, tattooing a snake and dagger together can further bolster the notion of the snake's strength. The snake being stabbed could symbolise the removal of the negative traits of a snake.

Furthermore, with snakes being able to shed their skin, this can represent new beginnings in the wearer's life. With traditional snake tattoos being able to range in size and position, they work well in almost any placement of the body, making them a great go-to design.

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