I was super excited this morning when I sat down to write an article about frog tattoos. There were so many that I had seen recently that I wanted to share with you, dear Inked reader, that I practically jumped out of my chair on occasion. Then, as I began to peer through the gallery below, my heart sank and I had a startling realization – I have no idea the difference between a frog and a toad.
What if half of the “frog tattoos” I collected ended up being toads. Hell, what if there wasn’t even a frog in the party? Besides Kermit, of course. I know it’s a frog because its full name is “Kermit the Frog”. Although…what if he was just trying to take advantage of the frogs’ popularity while actually being a toad? Dating can be quite difficult when “ugly as a toad” is a popular idiom. Again, women often talk about how they ended up kissing frogs. And he’s in a committed relationship anyway…
Where was I? Oh yes! Frog and toad tattoos! According to the world’s most trusted source of information, the interwebs, there are two key differences between frogs and toads. The first relates to the legs, as frogs have large, long legs (which is why they are so good at frying and eating), while toads have shorter, stockier legs. For this reason, frogs like to jump to get around while toads tend to mosey. The second main difference is in their skin. Frogs are smooth and almost slimy, while toads tend to have dry skin dotted with warts.
Frogs hold a special place in the mythology attached to traditional Japanese tattooing. The Japanese word for frog, Kaeru, also means “return”, so frog tattoos are considered to bring luck and fortune. You will often find frog tattoos wearing small coin necklaces. It’s not that they’re trying to show bling, it’s that the wearer is trying to manifest good fortune with the ink.
So maybe frogs are a little better than toads, right?
ALL GLORY TO HYPNOTOAD!
Oh, turns out we were wrong. Toads are where it’s at. Or, and listen to me here, maybe we can just love them both? Check out this gallery of our favorite frog and toad tattoos!