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Seashell Tattoos

Seashell Tattoos
Seashell tattoos are the best designs for those of you who are marine fans and love the aquatic life with no bounds. Read about some of the popular designs of the same in this article.
Aparna Jadhav
The sea is a beautiful place, and the aquatic animals are truly the wonders of evolution. Out of all these creatures, mollusks and seashells are the most unique and beautiful. While walking on the beach, everyone likes to pick these seashells to either observe them or collect them. They have a wonderful way of survival, and each year of their life adds a new crest on their shell. Seashells are also known for their individuality, as no two seashells have the same design. Many people like to get these designs inkeded on them for several reasons. Some, because it reminds them of the sea, some as a memory, while others as a simple style quotient. Whatever the reasons are, seashell tattoos look very attractive and trendy.
Different Designs
There are millions of designs and colors that these tattoos come in. This is because there is a wide variety of shapes and sizes in seashells, along with many color sequences. There is a common understanding that every design has to have a meaning or a significance.
  • Starfish and Seashell:
    These are very common designs, and are preferred by both men and women. If you want to combine them to make one design, like a starfish along with a seashell, it looks beautiful in variegated colors. Getting a black ink tattoo for this design would look good too, but only if the size of these designs is small. Starfish makes a very artistic design, and you can accompany it with a scallop shell. Scallops are used for inking as they are very prominent, and look good when colored, as well as in black.
  • Pilgrimage Seashell:
    This shell is large and is similar to a scallop shell, but has vertical lines over the horizontal ones. These are very definitive and look attractive when made into large designs. A shaded black pilgrimage shell on the arm, neck, or even the lower back looks very trendy when it is singular. When this design is made, try not to combine it with any other, as the individuality of the design is lost. Pilgrimage seashells can be made into tribal designs, as in the old days, they were drawn by many tribal people for different reasons.
  • Nautilus Seashell:
    Another seashell which is very often used in body art designs is the nautilus. The peculiarity of this shell is that it too has a very unique shape, and has variable sizes to choose from. These tattoos can be made in an artistic fashion or in a geometric manner where the shape of the shell is symmetrical. A chambered nautilus is also a great design. These designs can be small and drawn in tiny areas like the wrist, feet, ankle, etc. The black ink tattoos look much better than the colored ones when the designs are small. The Celtic style of drawing can be used to make this design look more attractive for the men.
  • Conch Seashell:
    Conches are the large-sized seashells which generally get washed onto the beach. They are very rare, and are often found in the sea beds, but never on the beach. They belong to a species of snails, and thus are large and vertical in shapes. Because of their uniqueness, many people like to opt for conch seashell tattoos. They look magnificent when they are made on the back, and the tattoo artist can do a lot over this design.
With all the designs mentioned above, you can always combine your names and other scripts as they look very authentic and classy with text. With these various ideas, hope you have made your choice of a body art.
Zentangle stilisierte black sea shell.
19th century engraving of a conch shell