An octopus isn’t a very popular tattoo. This may be explained by the ambiguous nature of its meaning, one of which is strongly associated with evil forces. Even when depicted not as a monster, but in the most positive connotation, it will heat up the imagination by its odd and mysterious look. But now, there is a growing popularity for their unique tattoo design.
Octopus and Buck Skull Tattoo
An octopus and a buck skull over a watercolor lightning cloud of black, grey, and red covers the wearer’s torso.
An underwater battle between an octopus and a diver in robotic armor is depicted in this shoulder tattoo.
King of the Underworld
A skull as the head and snakes as the tentacles are used in this octopus tattoo design to look like Hades, king of the Underworld.
An octopus rendered to show texture crawls over the wearer’s shoulder.
Alien-Hybrid Octopus Tattoo
This tattoo, covering the wearer’s nape, depicts an alien-looking octopus design.
Giant Pacific Octopus
A life-like black and white tattoo of a Giant Pacific Octopus is shown in this photo.
An octopus is shown with a bottle of rum and an anchor in its tentacles.
Octopus and Mermaid
An octopus and a mermaid are drawn having a conversation.
Octopus and Scuba Diver Skull
A black and white tattoo of an octopus is curling around a skull of a scuba diver is illustrated.
Who gets octopus tattoos?
People, who are fond of everything mysterious and enigmatic, often choose sketches of octopuses for their tattoos. If you have your inner underground world, your thoughts and consciousness run deep into issues of knowledge such a tattoo is for you.
Scuba Octopus and Name Scroll
A girl’s name is written in the scroll carried by this octopus wearing a scuba helmet.
Swimming Octopus Tattoo
An octopus seems to be swimming on the wearer’s shoulder.
Octopus VS Crab
A blue octopus and a crab with an eye on its shell fight over a skeleton scuba diver in this color tattoo.
Octopus and Hunter Tattoo
In this photo, an octopus brawls with a hunter underwater.
Davy Jones Tattoos
Davy Jones is the octopus-faced captain of the ghost pirate ship, The Flying Dutchman, and her undead crew.
Cartoon Elephant-headed Octopus
This cartoon octopus tattoo design uses an elephant’s head for a sense of fun and humor.
Besides, people who accept their hypocrisy may choose this sea inhabitant for their tattoo, considering its meaning. Persons, whose lives are closely connected with the sea, often get octopus pictures on their bodies, as they believe in its protective force.
Elephant-headed Octopus Color Tattoo
This color octopus design, however, portrays the elephant-headed octopus with a more serious style for this chest piece.
Benthic Octopus and Anchor
A benthic octopus is portrayed carrying an anchor in this simple tattoo.
Dancing Octopus Tattoo
An octopus looks like it’s dancing on the owner’s forearm.
Attacking Octopus Tattoo
The octopus in this piece looks like it was fighting with an unseen enemy.
Octopus Portrait Tattoo
An octopus is illustrated inside an elaborate filigree frame.
Black and Purple Octopus Tattoo Sleeve
This octopus tattoo design uses a lot of blue and purple to emphasize the underwater theme.
Blue and Yellow Octopus
A blue and yellow octopus slithers across the wearer’s shoulder blades is this photo.
As to the gender of people, who get octopus tattoos, this symbol is universal. Both boys and girls tattoo octopuses on their bodies.
Tribal Octopus Tattoo
The tribal style was employed in this simple but striking octopus tattoo design.
Octopus in Skull Tattoo
On the girl’s hip is a tattoo of an octopus hiding inside a skull with its tentacles squirming around.
Meaning of Octopus Tattoos
An octopus has always been considered as a patron of the sea depths, who causes horror and evokes admiration. On the one hand, it terrifies people by the impenetrable darkness arising from the ink cloud emitted by a frightened octopus. This marine animal is a symbol of the underworld and evil forces.
Cartoon Octopus and Pirate Ship
In this color tattoo, a cartoon giant octopus tries to pull down a pirate ship, like the mythical beast, the Kraken.
Eyes Wide Open
A wide-eyed colored octopus is done in the traditional style in this tattoo.
Realistic Octopus Tattoo Sleeve
This octopus tattoo sleeve showcases a life-like portrait of a Giant Pacific Octopus in full color.
Octopus in Bloom
The octopus tattoo of the girl has flower-wreathed tentacles and a stylized sun for the head.
This color octopus tattoo design uses shades of blue and negative space to achieve a simple chrome-like look.
Blue Octopus and Diver Tattoo
A completely colored in blue octopus is wrapped around an uncolored diver for a striking contrast of color and negative space.
On the other hand, it represents the concept of immortality, as it has three hearts. Sailors often chose the image of octopus for their tattoo as they believe that it can protect them from troubles, which can happen when they are out at sea.
Octopus and Crying Girl
A crying girl’s face and an octopus come together in a collage for this sleeve tattoo design.
Octopus and Treasure Hunter
A diver holds a glowing green gem, with an octopus lying in wait in front of him.
Octopus VS Diver Pair Tattoo
On this pair piece, a harpooned octopus is drawn on one foot, a diver wrapped in the tentacles tentacles
Octopus Battle Wraparound Tattoo
A negative space depiction of a diver and an octopus is done over a colored in the background for this wraparound sleeve tattoo.
In some cultures, an octopus is associated with the underground and the afterlife. Cretans believed that octopus is a symbol of the beginning of creation and mystical center of the universe.
Octopus No. 37
An octopus is hiding inside a scuba helmet with the number “37” in this tattoo.
Peek-a-Boo Octopus Tattoo
A pastel purple octopus peeks its one eye through the window of a black scuba helmet.
A line shaded scuba diver escapes with a safety line from a dotwork octopus in this picture.
Now, people pay attention to the shape of the animal, which resembles a spiral and that’s what witnesses say about time and its eternity. Octopus also means the process of development and progress. The famous deity Cthulhu, who looks like an octopus, symbolizes wisdom and power. In addition, the spiral can mean astral travel.
Octopus Scuba Diving
In this tattoo, a dark-shaded octopus appears to be scuba diving wearing a helmet.
An octopus sleeps upside down across the wearer’s back.
A pirate ship is being pulled down by giant tentacles coming out of angry waves.
However, you can design the sketch of an octopus tattoo in the way you consider as the most appropriate for you and put in it your specific private meaning.
Octopus and Steering Wheel
A detailed giant octopus has a discarded steering wheel in its tentacles.
Octopus and Ship Portrait Tattoo
A mottled octopus hangs from a ship portrait in a steering wheel frame.
Octopus Tattoo Girl
A realistic black and white octopus is tattooed on this girl’s hip and side of the leg.
Aztec Octopus Tattoo
An upside-down octopus with an Aztec disk in its tentacles is illustrated across the wearer’s back.
Octopuses have often ascribed the negative qualities, mainly due to the fact that it is able to change color and release a cloud of ink in case of danger. These qualities in a man may take the form of hypocrisy, the desire to avoid unpleasant situations.
Octopus and Bubbles
In this photo, the girl’s octopus tattoo has bubbled for added details.
Swimming Scuba Octopus Tattoo
An octopus is illustrated swimming with a scuba helmet.
Shaded Octopus Tattoo
With tasteful shading to add to the line art, this will be a good octopus shoulder tattoo for both men and women.
In this picture, the octopus’ realistic side profile is the focus of this upper arm sleeve tattoo.
But you should remember that it is an octopus that has one of the largest brains. So, this fact allows supposing that the octopus is credited with wisdom and originality of thought.
Octopus and Siren Tattoo
A siren holding a spear in both hands is being embraced by octopus tentacles.
Japanese-style Demon Octopus
A Giant Pacific Octopus is done in the traditional Japanese-style and made to look like a demon.
Purple Japanese-Style Octopus
In the tattoo above, the purple octopus is painted in a more comedic manner, with big round eyes and a shocked expression.
Wraparound Negative Space Octopus Tattoo
The octopus sleeve tattoo above only has most of the tentacles colored in for shading.
Red-eyed Octopus Tattoo
A small, red-eyed octopus sits on the collarbones of the wearer.
Deep Sea Giant Octopus Tattoo
In this image, a giant deep sea octopus lies in wait of an unknowing diver.
“Built For Speed”
For this tattoo design, an octopus is wrapped around a pirate’s skull under the quote “Built for Speed” with “LOCAL ONLY” written below.
Octopus Compass Tattoo
An octopus wraps around a compass, with black and red dots and paint stains around it.
Octopus and Steering Wheel Anchor
Tentacles are wrapped around an anchor with a steering wheel design on this octopus sleeve tattoo.
Style of octopus tattoos
The image of octopuses in tattoos is a relatively rare, but memorable thing. They are depicted in all colors and contexts, and still look great. It is better to tattoo octopus in a large size, because small pictures won’t embody all the details of an octopus’ shape and appearance.
“Blurred” Octopus Tattoo
In the tattoo above, the octopus has colored a certain way to appear “blurry”.
Pointillist Octopus Tattoo
Rather than solid coloring, pointillism was used on this girl’s octopus tattoo to show depth of perspective.
Watercolor Cloud Octopus
An uncolored octopus is drowned over a blue and purple watercolor cloud in this picture.
The word “insistence” is written on a scroll among the octopus’ tentacles that are wrapped around an anchor.
The octopus in the above tattoo has a bumpy surface. The red dots and black paint blots carry on the bump/circle theme.
This black and white tattoo has spots all over the octopus’ body.
Bubbling Blood Octopus Tattoo
This tattoo was designed to make it look like the inside of the octopus was colored in bubbling blood.
Paint Smear Octopus Tattoo
In the image is an octopus tattoo done in a sketch style is overlaid red paint smears and fleur de lis.
Line Shading Octopus and Anchor
The line shading technique was employed on this octopus and anchor tattoo sleeve.
Lighthouse Octopus Tattoo
In the picture above, an octopus with a lighthouse for a head is stylized on top of stormy night seas.
Ethnic-style Octopus Tattoo
This ethnic-style octopus tattoo uses heavy outlines and is filled in with patterns of circles and spirals.
PB&J Octopus Tattoo
An octopus is depicted with an eaten PB&J sandwich, the peanut butter and jelly jars still in its tentacles.
Kraken VS Moby Dick Tattoo
This tattoo showcases a battle between two of the most famous deep-sea monsters of literature: The Kraken VS Moby Dick.
Cartoon Purple Octopus Tattoo
A purple base and blue highlights imitate being underwater in this octopus tattoo design.
Sugar Skull Octopus and Cross Bones Tattoo
An octopus depicted with a sugar skull head and small crossbones below grace the wearer’s calf.
The most common styles for octopus tattoo:
- • Black-and-white; A black and white skull octopus tattoo is rendered on the wearer’s shoulder blade.
- • Dotwork; This tattoo is of a round-headed octopus with dotwork detailing.
- • Realism; A realistic blue octopus tattoo with 3D water droplets takes up the wearer’s upper arm.
- Blackwork; A close-up of an octopus’ face is done in blackwork.
- Graphics; In the tattoo above, the octopus tentacles are rendered using graphics-style art.
• Aquarelle.A traditional style octopus tattoo is colored in using aquarelle.
Women prefer to depict octopuses in realistic, dotwork and graphic styles. They also make octopuses in different colors, such as blue, rose, red, violet, etc. Men also don’t neglect colorful pictures.
Dotwork Realistic Octopus Tattoo
A realistic octopus tattoo done in the dotwork style floats on the wearer’s ribs.
Vibrant Octopus Tattoo
This octopus sleeve tattoo is colored in with vibrant orange, purple, and mauve.
Stylized Dotwork and Line Octopus Tattoo
This stylized octopus shoulder tattoo employs both dotwork and lines for extra details.
Octopus Tentacle and Fish Bone Portrait
Black and white filled octopus tentacles cover the wearer’s collar bones in the tattoo above.
Detailed Octopus Tattoo
A realistic octopus was shaded in to mimic details like wrinkles and textures.
Mandala Octopus Tattoo
On the girl’s thigh is an octopus tattoo done in the mandala style.
Octopus Chandelier Tattoo
An octopus on a chandelier of delicate lace-work pattern and jewel and bead-like accents make up this sternum/underbust tattoo.
The Girl With the Octopus Tattoo
A big neon pink octopus tattoo occupies the wearer’s side down to her thigh.
Female representatives often combine octopuses with different flowers, heart (an organ), or depict them as cartoon creatures.
Neon Indigo Octopus Tattoo
On the wearer’s shoulder is a neon indigo octopus tattoo with purple details.
Staring Octopus Hand Tattoo
The octopus tattoo on the girl’s hand seems to stare at who looks at it.
Adam & Eve
In this tattoo design, a negative space circle with octopus tentacles carries the heads of Adam & Eve.
Sketch-Style Octopus Tattoo
A small blue octopus draped on an anchor is illustrated using a sketch-like style.
Men, in comparison, choose for themselves brutal pictures of octopus, where it is a real monster, which can destroy everything on its way. Only sometimes they prefer calm creature. They combine octopuses with images of skulls, divers, ships, and even keys.
Blind Octopus Tattoo
A detailed rendering of an eye-less octopus adorns the wearer’s forearm.
Spotted Pointillist Octopus Tattoo
Pictured above is a sleeve tattoo design that uses pointillism to create the detailing of the spotted octopus.
Hindu-style Octopus Tattoo
This octopus tattoo design is done in the Hindu-style.
Octopus Mehndi Tattoo
The image above shows a mehndi tattoo of an octopus. Mehndi tattoos are made from henna and will fade in a short period of time.
Body Parts for Otopus Tattoos
People place octopuses on different parts of their body. The main condition is having enough space to depict this sea creature with all the details and elements of its appearance. Small octopus tattoo won’t look amazing and surpassed, but it must look so.
Red Octopus Tattoo
The girl’s octopus tattoo is colored a vibrant red, with a sky blue shadow for contrast.
Line Shading Octopus Tattoo
The shading of this octopus tattoo design was done in different lengths, angles, and concentration to give dimension.
Green-eyed Octopus and Anchor
The octopus in the tattoo sleeve above has green eyes and has an anchor in its orange tentacles.
Resting Octopus Tattoo
A black and white octopus is resting above bright blue waves.
A lot of beautiful octopuses are created by tattoo-masters for their clients. Looking to the photos of ready-made tattoos, it is easy to say which parts of the body have the most popularity for octopus tattoos.
Here are the body parts, which are the most appropriate for the octopus tattoo:
- Shoulder; A small pastel purple watercolor octopus tattoo is inked onto the wearer’s shoulder.
- Back; Above is a black and white tattoo of a Giant Pacific Octopus resting in a coral reef.
- Blade; A dotwork octopus is overlaid a red triangle background in this tattoo design.
- Underbelly; A detailed, bright orange and blue octopus tattoo is located on this girl’s underbelly and side.
- Chest; On the girl’s chest is a line-shaded octopus tattoo.
- Forearm; This tattoo of a skull with octopus tentacles coming out from the top with a 12-sided dice is done with black and dark purple watercolors.
Above is a black work detailed octopus tattoo.
An octopus done in the traditional style is holding a broken steering wheel.
- Foot. A small blue octopus tattoo spans the foot of the wearer.
So, octopus tattoos are for courageous, intelligent persons with strong character and indomitable willpower. The owner of such a tattoo won’t be unnoticed.