Beetle Tattoos – Tattoo Ideas, Artists & Designs


Have you ever seen “The Mummy?” Not the old Boris Karloff thing from the 30s, but the phenomenal Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz movie from 1999. It’s pretty much the perfect movie. There’s comedy, action, romance, and just enough horror to make things a little spicy. There is something for every taste. Over the years, I’ve probably watched “The Mummy” 30 times and honestly, that’s probably a safe guess.

There’s a scene that stuck with me the first time I saw it, and to this day I’m scared every time I see it. Even as a grown man, I always hide my eyes when this happens. I’m of course talking about the beetle scene.

It’s horrible. I want to say publicly that no matter what other failures I have endured, and there are many, I will always consider my life a resounding success if I end up never having a bug crawling under my skin. I can’t imagine a more gruesome way to die than a bunch of bugs getting under your skin and eating you from the inside, but more than that, living after that seems like a fate worse than death.

That being said, I’m going to do my best not to turn this whole website into unpaid therapy like I’ve done in the recent past, so let’s focus on the real beetle, shall we? The Scarabaeidae family is, simply put, pretty damn massive as there are over 30,000 different species of beetles in the world.

Some of the defining characteristics of beetles are their sturdy bodies (no body shame!), clubbed antennae, and legs designed for burrowing, as many of them live much of their lives underground. The most notable feature of beetles, or at least what we traditionally think of, are the prominent horns found on the males (and some females) of many species in the family. Most, but not all, beetles are often referred to colloquially as “dung beetles” since, well, you know why. They are mainly scavengers that feast on carcasses, food scraps or excrement.

The reason scarabs were even included in “The Mummy” is the same reason we consider them an important motif in tattoo art – the scarab was widely used throughout ancient Egypt in the form of scarabs. amulets and seals printing. The reason for their prevalence is not fully understood, but there is probably a link with the Egyptian god Khepri. Instead of a face, Khepri has a scarab strapped to his neck and was the god of the rising (or morning) sun.

The industrious beetle motif has been used in art far beyond Egypt, as depictions are seen throughout the Middle East, Japan, the Mediterranean and, for some reason, on a bunch of Journey albums. And as you will see in the gallery below, there are a ton of beautiful beetle tattoos. Not bad for a creature that eats shit all day, right? Enjoy these beetle tattoos.


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