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The Best Bug Tattoos of 2016

The Best Bug Tattoos of 2016

Tattoo Ideas1 min Read

Here are some astounding pieces of body art to bug out to.

Try not to scream and by all means, please do not spray your device with Raid. Your screen is filled with pictures of tattoos, not actual creepy crawly bugs. We here at Tattoodo love tattoos with six-to-eight legs and exoskeletons, so we have put together a sample of pieces featuring insects as well as arachnids by some of the best tattooists in the world. So break out your ariel nets, forceps, and light traps for an entomological study of some great tattoos. 

A closeup of Otheser's (IG—otheser_dsts) moth tattoo.#blackandgrey #geometric #minimalist #moth #Otheser
A closeup of Otheser's (IG—otheser_dsts) moth tattoo.#blackandgrey #geometric #minimalist #moth #Otheser

Because of how their wings invite elaborate embellishment, tattoos of moths and butterflies are phenomenal. We love it when they alight on flowers with proboscises sipping pollen or when bordered in elegant geometry. Looking at them is like being drawn to a flame.

Blackwork praying mantis tattoo by Adam Vu Noir. #AdamVuNoir #blackwork #disturbing #uncanny #weird #portrait #prayingmantis #insect
Blackwork praying mantis tattoo by Adam Vu Noir. #AdamVuNoir #blackwork #disturbing #uncanny #weird #portrait #prayingmantis #insect

It's simply amazing how many bugs have crawled, flown, or wormed their way into the world of tattoos. Thus far, we've seen excellent specimens ranging from bees, common house flies, grasshoppers, and mosquitos to more exotic ones like stag beetles and praying mantises. Regardless of what your favorite insect is, there is a perfect style out there with which to illustrate it. 

We couldn't leave out the arachnid family from this post, they're the best bugs of all! Whether you're into the deadly look of spiders or the danger embodied by scorpions and their poison-tipped tails, there are a slew of talented artists out there to tattoo one of these creepy little critters on your skin. We think they look awfully menacing in black and grey by the way. 

Kane Trubenbacher's (IG—kanetrubenbacher) kill black and grey tattoo of a scorpion. #blackandgrey #delicate #KaneTrubenbacher #scorpion #small

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We hope you found these bug tattoos as beautiful and skin-crawling as we did. If you want to see more of these world-class tattooists' illustrations of insects and arachnids, make sure to visit their Instagrams, all of which are listed in the captions, and until our next exhibit, keep collecting and studying, you bug-catchers of the tattoo world.


Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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