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
crab with an eye

⇑ Artist:  Matt Houston, instagram.com/matthew_houston

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matt houston

⇑ Artist:  Matt Houston, instagram.com/matthew_houston

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⇑ Artist:  Jim Sylvia

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realistic crab

⇑ Artist:  Ricardo Contreras Tattoo

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mysterious creature

⇑ Artist:  Jeff Ensminger, Austin, TX

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⇑ Artist:  Jaime Coelho, Portugal

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⇑ Artist:  David Tevenal

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⇑ Artist:  Myke Chambers, Philly Northern Liberty Tattoo

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⇑ Artist:  Andrew F Sharpe

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Liz Venom from Bombshell Tattoo

⇑ Artist:  Elizabeth Venables (Liz Venom from Bombshell Tattoo)

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Jonathan Montalvo

⇑ Artist:  Jonathan Montalvo

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Sam Warren

⇑ Artist:  Sam Warren

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Michelle Kaim

⇑ Artist:  Michelle Kaim

HEIKEGANI (Samurai) CRABS

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samurai crab

⇑ Artist:  Andrew Lindenboom, instagram.com/andrew_tattooer

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samurai crab

⇑ Artist:  Seth Wood, Temple Tattoo in Oakland, CA

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crab skull

⇑ Artist:  Adam Underwood

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tripple eyed crab

⇑ Artist:  Mike Rubendall, Long Island NY

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girly crab

⇑ Artist:  Alberto Cuadra

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David Tevenal at Memento Tattoo & Gallery in Columbus, OH

⇑ Artist:  David Tevenal at Memento Tattoo & Gallery in Columbus, OH

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blue ink crab

⇑ Artist:  Gin Hicks, Samurai Crab tattoo

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Luke Stewart, Japanese Heikegani Crab Tattoo

⇑ Artist:  Luke Stewart, Japanese Heikegani Crab Tattoo

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Luke Stewart tattoos heikegani-crab

⇑ Artist:  Luke Stewart, Japanese Heikegani Crab Tattoo

Jeffrey Meyer at Unbreakable Tattoo in Studio City, CA
Jeffrey Meyer at Unbreakable Tattoo in Studio City, CA

⇑ Artist:  Jeffrey Meyer, Unbreakable Tattoo in Studio City, CA

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crab in a skull

⇑ Artist:  Madison Pierce

UNCONVENTIONAL, ORNATE, OFF-THE-WALL & DOWN-RIGHT-CUTE CRABBERS

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crab skull

⇑ Artist:  Dave Tevenal

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snail crab

⇑ Artist:  Jason Stephan, jasonstephan.com

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⇑ Artist:  Deno, instagram.com/denotattoo

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Deno, instagram.com:denotattoo

⇑ Artist:  Deno, instagram.com/denotattoo

crab creature
crab creature

⇑ Artist:  Tayri Rodrguez

aqua crab
aqua crab

⇑ Artist:  Ryan Cooper Thompson, Kansas City MO

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crab eye

⇑ Artist:  Seth Wood, crab-eye-heart-weird-tattoo

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rose cancer

⇑ Artist:  Chopstick Tattoo, New School Rose Cancer tattoo

rose crab
rose crab

⇑ Artist:  Kim-Anh Nguyen Rose-Crab

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crab eye

⇑ Artist:  Martin Mallo

humanized crab
humanized crab

⇑ Artist:  lucafont.com

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Marcin Aleksander Surowiec

⇑ Artist:  Marcin Aleksander Surowiec, www.facebook.comrawtattoo

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Marcin Aleksander Surowiec

⇑ Artist:  Marcin Aleksander Surowiec, Cancer Crab

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jody dawber

⇑ Artist:  Jody Dawber

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watercolor blue crab

⇑ Artist:  Kelly Peake, Watercolor Blue Crab tattoo

crooked moon crab
crooked moon crab

⇑ Artist:  Jonas, Crooked Moon Tattoo in Helsingborg, Sweden

blue crab
blue crab

⇑ Artist:  Unknown, found on rebelcircus.com

blue crab tattoo
blue crab tattoo

⇑ Artist:  Elyse Schmidt, blue-crab-tattoo

alex strangler
alex strangler

⇑ Artist:  Alex Strangler, dolorosa-studio-city-tattoo CA

alex strangler
alex strangler

⇑ Artist:  Alex Strangler, dolorosa-studio-city-tattoo CA

gracie gosling
gracie gosling

⇑ Artist:  Gracie Gosling @graciegoslingtattoos

castle hermit crab
castle hermit crab

⇑ Artist:  Annie Frenzel, Castle hermit crab tattoo

billy hay
billy hay

⇑ Artist:  Billy Hay

andrew mcleod
andrew mcleod

⇑ Artist: Andrew Mcleod, Chapel Tattoo

rachi brains
rachi brains

⇑ Artist:  Rachi Brains, Black Throne Tattoo in Brisbane, Australia

annie frenzei
annie frenzei

⇑ Artist:  Annie Frenzel

jonas uggli
jonas uggli

⇑ Artist: Jonas Uggli, Göteborg Classic Tattooing in Göteborg, Sweden

janelle
janelle

⇑ Artist:  Janelle @thedolorosatattoo

STEAMPUNK CRAB DESIGNS

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segej rakov

⇑ Artist:  Segej Rakov Tattoo

robotic crab
robotic crab

⇑ Artist:  Jamie Kuhn Wikheim, robotic crab tattoo

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frej lind

⇑ Artist:  Frej Lind, RoyalArchTattoo

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marc skiles

⇑ Artist:  Marc Skiles, 13shadestattoo.com

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Inked Artist, Graphic Designer, Senior Designer HarperCollins Publishers that toggles between NYC and NJ on a daily basis. Creator DAZZLELETS bracelets; Love to draw portraits, write, create... and take care of my dogs.

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