With their otherworldly appearance, deadly killing ability, and beautiful coloration, snakes have enthralled humans since the dawn of time. The legless reptiles appear throughout literature and religious texts across almost all cultures around the world. They’re also quite common in tattoo iconography across basically all tattoo styles. Skilled artists have been able to use the flexibility of the snake to their advantage, as snake tattoos are able to wrap around almost any body part in a pleasing manner. Let’s take a look at some of the more famous, or infamous, snakes throughout the years.
One of the few places in the world without snakes is the island of Ireland, but don’t think that the lack of snakes means that people weren’t still intrigued by them. In fact, there had to be an origin story as to why the Emerald Isle was so lucky. St. Patrick — you know his name because of the binge drinking bozos you encounter every March 17th — had a particular distaste for snakes and made sure that they were all driven out of Ireland. Thanks, Patrick!
Snakes are all around us…. Wait, we aren’t trying to scare you. The point is that snakes are an integral part of our culture, including our tattoos. It’s probably best to just embrace the slithering reptiles for their beauty and strangeness. Or else you may find yourself in the death hug of an angry anaconda.