56 Crab & Other Odd Crustaceans Tattoos

Watch your step in the sand this summer; But don't fear GETTING PINCHED by crustaceans ink!
Crabs are interesting creatures, well known for their epic side dance; reminding us that not all paths lead directly to our personal dreams. Sometimes a sideways approach is necessary . . . shifting your focus to what's all around you because your inner senses are trying to guide you through another way. The crab loves to use unorthodox methods in getting there, but its always successful in its goals.
Crabs are social for the most part and communicate with their body; also by waving their pincers. Known to collaborate and work together for protection and food; the crab reminds us that community is vital for our growth.
However equally important is a time of introspection and seclusion. Able to cover itself and hide within its shell for protection; the crab can also signify hanging onto emotions in a way that causes undue stress. Allow yourself to release your fear so that you can grasp the new gifts that are being offered right now. Like the crab, know when to withdraw and discern what is right for you.

With its ability to protect itself with its exoskeleton and its ability to adapt to the environment as well as being omnivorous; crabs could be found on land, in oceans and in freshwater. The crab is said to symbolize great strength and power in gripping and holding and it also signifies prosperity, success and high status in Chinese symbolism. Crab symbolism includes protection, rebirth, and deep emotions. Crabs cast off their shells for new ones which is called molting, and this is the symbolism of rebirth. If the crab is your animal, you're certainly sensitive, shy and self-protective and trust must be earned. You enjoy exploring new challenges in life; constantly doing your inner work and deconstructing yourself; rebuilding who you are.
The crab has been a symbolic animal to a variety of different cultures throughout the world. Heikegani is a species of crab native to Japan, with a shell that bears a pattern resembling a human face which many believed to be the face of an angry samurai hence the nickname Samurai Crab. It is locally believed that these crabs are reincarnations of the spirits of the Heike warriors defeated at the Battle of Dan-no-ura as told in The Tale of the Heike.

There is a vast variety of different species of crabs. The crab tattoo can portray any type of the associated crab species. Crab tattoos bring plenty of different options for the tattoo artist and the wearer. Size, shape, design and color vary, so you have many options to consider with the crab tattoo. Remember though, in the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it to.
CHECK OUT THESE TRADITIONAL, NEO-TRADITIONAL, HEIKEGANI (Samurai), UNCONVENTIONAL, STEAMPUNK, WATERCOLOR, DOT, PASTEL, OFF-THE-WALL, & DOWN-RIGHT-CUTE CRUSTACEANS: TRADITIONAL & NEO-TRADITIONAL CRAB DESIGNS
crab with an eye
⇑ Artist:  Matt Houston, instagram.com/matthew_houston
matt houston
⇑ Artist:  Matt Houston, instagram.com/matthew_houston
crab by jimsylvia
⇑ Artist:  Jim Sylvia
realistic crab
⇑ Artist:  Ricardo Contreras Tattoo
mysterious creature
⇑ Artist:  Jeff Ensminger, Austin, TX
Jaime Coelho
⇑ Artist:  Jaime Coelho, Portugal
David Tevenal
⇑ Artist:  David Tevenal
Myke Chambers, Philly Northern Liberty Tattoo
⇑ Artist:  Myke Chambers, Philly Northern Liberty Tattoo
Andrew F Sharpe
⇑ Artist:  Andrew F Sharpe
Liz Venom from Bombshell Tattoo
⇑ Artist:  Elizabeth Venables (Liz Venom from Bombshell Tattoo)
Jonathan Montalvo
⇑ Artist:  Jonathan Montalvo
Sam Warren
⇑ Artist:  Sam Warren
Michelle Kaim
⇑ Artist:  Michelle Kaim

HEIKEGANI (Samurai) CRABS
samurai crab
⇑ Artist:  Andrew Lindenboom, instagram.com/andrew_tattooer
samurai crab
⇑ Artist:  Seth Wood, Temple Tattoo in Oakland, CA
crab skull
⇑ Artist:  Adam Underwood
tripple eyed crab
⇑ Artist:  Mike Rubendall, Long Island NY
girly crab
⇑ Artist:  Alberto Cuadra
David Tevenal at Memento Tattoo & Gallery in Columbus, OH
⇑ Artist:  David Tevenal at Memento Tattoo & Gallery in Columbus, OH
blue ink crab
⇑ Artist:  Gin Hicks, Samurai Crab tattoo
Luke Stewart, Japanese Heikegani Crab Tattoo
⇑ Artist:  Luke Stewart, Japanese Heikegani Crab Tattoo
Luke Stewart tattoos heikegani-crab
⇑ Artist:  Luke Stewart, Japanese Heikegani Crab Tattoo
Jeffrey Meyer at Unbreakable Tattoo in Studio City, CA
⇑ Artist:  Jeffrey Meyer, Unbreakable Tattoo in Studio City, CA
crab in a skull
⇑ Artist:  Madison Pierce

UNCONVENTIONAL, ORNATE, OFF-THE-WALL & DOWN-RIGHT-CUTE CRABBERS
crab skull
⇑ Artist:  Dave Tevenal
snail crab
⇑ Artist:  Jason Stephan, jasonstephan.com
Deno, instagram.com:denotattoo
⇑ Artist:  Deno, instagram.com/denotattoo
Deno, instagram.com:denotattoo
⇑ Artist:  Deno, instagram.com/denotattoo
crab creature
⇑ Artist:  Tayri Rodrguez
aqua crab
⇑ Artist:  Ryan Cooper Thompson, Kansas City MO
crab eye
⇑ Artist:  Seth Wood, crab-eye-heart-weird-tattoo
rose cancer
⇑ Artist:  Chopstick Tattoo, New School Rose Cancer tattoo
rose crab
⇑ Artist:  Kim-Anh Nguyen Rose-Crab
crab eye
⇑ Artist:  Martin Mallo
humanized crab
⇑ Artist:  lucafont.com
Marcin Aleksander Surowiec
⇑ Artist:  Marcin Aleksander Surowiec, www.facebook.comrawtattoo
Marcin Aleksander Surowiec
⇑ Artist:  Marcin Aleksander Surowiec, Cancer Crab
jody dawber
⇑ Artist:  Jody Dawber
watercolor blue crab
⇑ Artist:  Kelly Peake, Watercolor Blue Crab tattoo
crooked moon crab
⇑ Artist:  Jonas, Crooked Moon Tattoo in Helsingborg, Sweden
blue crab
⇑ Artist:  Unknown, found on rebelcircus.com
blue crab tattoo
⇑ Artist:  Elyse Schmidt, blue-crab-tattoo
alex strangler
⇑ Artist:  Alex Strangler, dolorosa-studio-city-tattoo CA
alex strangler
⇑ Artist:  Alex Strangler, dolorosa-studio-city-tattoo CA
gracie gosling
⇑ Artist:  Gracie Gosling @graciegoslingtattoos
castle hermit crab
⇑ Artist:  Annie Frenzel, Castle hermit crab tattoo
billy hay
⇑ Artist:  Billy Hay
andrew mcleod
⇑ Artist: Andrew Mcleod, Chapel Tattoo
rachi brains
⇑ Artist:  Rachi Brains, Black Throne Tattoo in Brisbane, Australia
annie frenzei
⇑ Artist:  Annie Frenzel
jonas uggli
⇑ Artist: Jonas Uggli, Göteborg Classic Tattooing in Göteborg, Sweden
janelle
⇑ Artist:  Janelle @thedolorosatattoo

STEAMPUNK CRAB DESIGNS
segej rakov
⇑ Artist:  Segej Rakov Tattoo
robotic crab
⇑ Artist:  Jamie Kuhn Wikheim, robotic crab tattoo
frej lind
⇑ Artist:  Frej Lind, RoyalArchTattoo
marc skiles
⇑ Artist:  Marc Skiles, 13shadestattoo.com