Snake tattoos have been a popular design since the dawn of tattooing. And it’s no wonder why. It’s one of the oldest symbols in existence. In fact, the snake’s image is found thousands of years before the written word appeared. Depending on culture, climate, and religion, the snake was seen as a friend or foe, a force both positive and negative. The snake’s phallic shape has long made it a symbol of fertility, as well as the fact that many species of snakes mate in large balls of intertwined individuals, and the young emerge from eggs. Conversely, the widespread distribution of poisonous snakes have long made men have a healthy respect for the power that snakes have. The snake tattoo is literally one of life and death. A pair of snakes coiled around a staff is the symbol used by medical professionals, an icon that originated in Greek myth. Asclepius, the god of medicine, observed one snake healing another with herbs, and thus was the art of medicine born. Now, what does a snake coiled around a soccer ball mean? I don’t know, maybe it’s a symbol of this person’s strength in soccer playing. But, I do know one thing. It’s a great example of what can be done with a snake tattoo and a little imagination.
Here’s a girl with a large and threatening cobra that winds from the small of her back and then up over her left hip. I like snake tattoos like this one. The head of this snake looks a bit cartoonish but overall it still looks damn good. It is a good piece of artwork that has been well executed. Good job.
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