Squid Tattoos South Burlington VT
Squid Tattoo Designs - If you're looking for a tattoo that covers a lot of symbolic territory, then the squid or octopus may well be the motif you're looking for. Naturally intelligent, creative and flexible, the squid also acquires its mystique from the watery environment in which it lives. Add to that the squid's chameleon-like ability to change its color, or disappear in a cloud of black ink when frightened or attacked and you have an enigmatic phantom of magic, wonder and transformation. The mysteries of the untamed sea contribute to the sense of wonder and mystery that surrounds this creature.
As a denizen of the deep, it takes on much of the symbolism of water itself - the psyche, emotion, fluidity, and intuition. To that, add strategy, secrecy, and the power of reason, all attributes that were in action when the giant squid first rose from the deeps to hit the Cinemascope screen in the film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954).
It's true, the squid and octopus are voracious predators, occasionally turning on themselves. For reasons no one has figured out, they will devour themselves, starting with their tentacles and ending with their death. There are hundreds and hundreds of different species of squid and octopus (289 discovered so far), inhabiting every ocean and sea that covers our blue planet. They range in size from a few inches to enormous denizens of the deep. The giant squid reaches lengths of over 40 feet (60 feet has been reported) and their only predator is the great Sperm Whale of Moby Dick fame. The North Pacific Giant Octopus can weigh up to 150 pounds with arms that span nearly 20 feet. Like the great Kraken of Pirate's of the Caribbean fame, these eight-armed wonders can fuel the imagination, and not a few nightmares!
Squid don't have a spine, which makes them 'invertebrates', and which also accounts for their agility, grace and flexibility. Without much of a solid structure, they're free to 'go with the flow'. No wonder that they are escape artists extraordinaire. A squid as a totem guide would be a reminder to loosen up, to give up old and calcified habits, to try something new for a change.
The squid's ability to disengage a limb when under attack earns it the right to stand as a symbol of 'jettisoning excess baggage' from our lives. It reminds us that our life's journey moves forward more expeditiously when we continue with only what we truly need. Of course, the octopus can grow back that limb, making it a symbol of regeneration.
As a master of camouflage, its symbolism grows more mysterious. The squid can literally disappear before our eyes. And if that tactic doesn't work to evade predators, it ejects a dense black cloud of ink behind which it makes its escape. Squid as illusionist - it's all part of the mystery surrounding this bottom-dwelling creature of the sea.
Clearly, it's beneficial to know the breadth and depth of a symbol's many historical meanings - bef...