Have you ever been unable to see the joy that someone else sees in a specific slice of the world? That’s how I feel about lizards. But some people love the little creatures enough to adorn their bodies with lizard tattoos.
My friend Jill just got a pet lizard, a bearded dragon named Radio Edit, and clearly she loves it, but I just don’t get it. Thankfully, I didn’t have to feign interest long when she was showing it off — Jill accidentally spilled his food (a bunch of worms) into the litter box adjacent to the cage and watching her try to get them out put a genuine smile on my face.
Lizards are, as all of us are keenly aware, a suborder of the order of reptiles known as squamates. Their most interesting biological feature is their ability to regenerate lost tissue, most specifically their tails. Often, a lizard’s tail is a different color than the rest of their bodies in order to draw a predator’s attention away from their mid-section and vital organs. When a predator strikes a lizard’s tail, they can simply shed it through a process known as autotomy.
I gotta give it up for the evolutionary design of these little critters. After all, lizards have been roaming the earth for around 200 million years, which is way more than a lot of life present today. And they’re mostly harmless to humans, save for the Komodo dragon which has been known to stalk and kill people, which make them the perfect pets for a supervillian. But other than that, I just don’t get keeping lizards as pets.
I try not to judge other’s tastes too harshly – if people can find joy in lizards, this joy should be celebrated. And what better way to celebrate this true love than with a lizard tattoo? We’ve wrangled up some pictures of people with tattoos that proudly show love to the lizards of the world.
While I may not get the lizard love, these people with totally bitching lizard tattoos have more than enough of it to go around.