I’m planning on getting a spider web drawing of a friend tattooed, but since I’m choosing it based on its art and size, I’m not sure of its meaning. Do spider web tattoos stand for anything?
What Does A Spider Web Tattoo Mean?
A spider web tattoo can mean several things.
Arguably, it’s most known as a prison tattoo. It served as a symbol of serving time behind bars in the 1970s and 1980s and was popular as such for decades.
It also stood as a symbol of white supremacy groups – which is even darker than the previous meaning. White supremacy groups had rules when it came to the spider web tattoo – they would be inked on the elbows to symbolize loyalty and some groups would even require a murder of a minority before you could wear such a tattoo.
For Native Americans, a spider web tattoo is associated with a Native American character called Spider-Woman. Spider-Woman would weave spider webs over the cradleboards of all newborns, protecting them from all that is bad – so for them, a spider web tattoo means protection.
Other meanings and symbols are associated with the tattoo.
These days, your tattoo’s meaning would depend on you, but it’s still a good idea to know what they can symbolize.
I might have to rethink my design. Thank you very much! This has been really helpful.