5 Amazing Octopus Tattoo Design Ideas That Will Leave You in Awe

Octopus tattoo design idea
If you're not the one to shy away from doing what's extreme, an octopus tattoo will surely mesmerize you. Buzzle gives you 5 amazing octopus tattoo design ideas that will leave you speechless.
"I am a canvas of my experiences, my story is etched in lines and shading, and you can read it on my arms, my legs, my shoulders, and my stomach."
― Kat Von D
A truly unique concept for a tattoo, octopuses are more intelligent than any other invertebrates due to the fact that they share both short- and long-term memory. They also have a keen eyesight, have excellent sense of touch, and can regenerate a lost tentacle. In order to move about, they either crawl by walking on their arms, or swim headfirst with the arms trailing behind.

Before you decide to get an octopus as your tattoo, it is essential to learn about them, don't you think? Possessing a rich history in symbolism, the creature has been mentioned in mythology time and again―the legendary sea monster, Kraken, and the giant octopus-like monster from Ainu folklore, Akkorokamui.

Getting an octopus tattoo can mean adaptation, regeneration, intelligence, mystery, agility, and insight. Even though there are many meanings associated with the animal, the design and elements you choose for your tattoo will make way for your own interpretations. Here are a few octopus tattoo design ideas that might help you make a decision for your next tattoo.
Full Back Octopus Tattoo
Full back octopus tattoo
This full back tattoo of the octopus is breathtaking. Along with the jelly fish under the ocean with coral reef and a wrecked ship, the tattoo looks absolutely gorgeous. The combination of colors used for the tattoo really complement one another, making the design work so wonderfully. Of course, doing such an extensive tattoo is time-consuming, and expensive. So, be absolutely sure that this is what you want before making a commitment.
Octopus Tattoo on Shoulder and Arm
Octopus tattoo on shoulder and arm
As the design of an octopus will require a large area, you can choose to use your shoulder and arm for the placement of the tattoo. As you can see in the image above, the head has been inked with the tribal design, and the rest of the body is kept as realistic as possible. You can keep the tentacles fairly straight, or have them expand in eight different directions.
Octopus Thigh Tattoo
Octopus thigh tattoo
If you're not keen on showing off your tattoo too often, how about getting it inked on your thigh? It can be easily concealed, and gives you the opportunity to flaunt it whenever you like. Basically, it's not out there for everyone to gawk at and make comments on. Now in the image provided above, there is an anchor included behind the octopus. Again, as per your preference, you can either maintain the octopus design as it is, or choose an element that complements the design.
Forearm Octopus Tattoo
Forearm octopus tattoo
Wanna go all-out? Getting a tattoo on your forearm is not for the timid. First of all, the time it'll take to cover the entire forearm and the money you will have to put into it will be tremendous. Secondly, since the octopus is massive to begin with, you are taking a huge risk for the future (job interviews). On the other hand, you do like the idea of a forearm tattoo but aren't sure about making it all big and bold, ask your tattoo artist to reduce the actual size of the design.
Octopus Tattoo on Lower Back
Octopus tattoo on lower back
Mostly, women get tattoos on their lower backs; and mainly it is either flowers, a tribal design, butterflies, stars, or something close to it. Now that we're talking about an octopus design, you can choose to turn the tables on recurrent designs for this location. And since you have a large space to work with, you can decide how large or small the design should be.
A design, or even the idea of getting a tattoo, doesn't always begins with a message or a meaning. At times, all a person needs is to bring out the feelings he/she experiences on the inside. So, whatever your reason may be to get an octopus as your tattoo, wear it with honor and a sense of pride. After all, it will be a part of you; and that's something to be proud of.