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21 Irresistible Shrimp Tattoo Ideas That’ll Have You Hooked

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Would you ever get a shrimp tattoo? Whether you’re thinking of getting your first ink or growing your collection of sea and ocean-themed tattoos, you might be interested in experimenting with shrimp tattoos. Shrimp tattoos will inform the world of your love of shrimp, but they’re much more than meets the eye, too.

A shrimp tattoo represents a myriad of meanings, but you can see your shrimp as a symbol of fertility, abundance, and good fortune. After all, shrimp are a great way for you to showcase your wisdom, creativity, purity, and harmony. With that out of the way, we’ve prepared some of the most stunning shrimp tattoos to share with you.

1. A fine-line shrimp tattoo on the arm

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When you want to get a shrimp tattoo but don’t want to sacrifice your style, opt for a fine-line tattoo. Fine-line tattoos are typically made with a lining needle which means they’re thinner, more intricate, and more delicate than “regular” tattoos. Fine-line tattoos are on trend, too.

2. A simple shrimp tattoo on the wrist


With a simple shrimp tattoo on the wrist, you don’t need to worry about waking up one day to regret your decision to get a tattoo of a crawling sea creature. Shrimp tattoos are adorable, regardless of what everyone might think of them.

3. A statement shrimp tattoo on the shoulder and back

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When you’re 100% sure that you’re on board with getting a shrimp tattoo, you might as well go all out. Get a statement tattoo that stretches from your shoulder to your back and see what happens.

4. A sticker sleeve shrimp tattoo


What about a sticker sleeve tattoo? Sticker sleeves are getting more and more popular, and they’re a great way for you to get a bunch of smaller, simpler tattoos that work wonderfully together. So, a shrimp tattoo might be the exact motif you’re missing on your sticker sleeve.

5. A small shrimp tattoo on the back of the shoulder

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Back tattoos can be both impressive and intimidating, depending on your aesthetic. Before you book your appointment, make sure you know whether you want to get a smaller, simpler shrimp tattoo or a tattoo that covers your entire back.

6. A traditional tattoo of a cowboy shrimp with a gun on the thigh

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We can’t forget about traditional tattoos! With a traditional tattoo, you get bold black outlines and vibrant colors that make pretty much every tattoo motif pop. Whether you opt for a shrimp tattoo, a fish tattoo, or something completely different, you can truly pack a punch with a traditional style.

7. A traditional shrimp tattoo with hearts and flowers

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With that out of the way, traditional tattoos can be even cuter! Whether you add a couple of hearts to your shrimp tattoo or complete the overall design with a couple of traditional flowers, you’re guaranteed to walk out of the tattoo parlor with a smile on your face.

8. A traditional colorful tattoo of a mantis shrimp

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Mantis shrimp are not *actual* shrimp, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use them for your next inking appointment. Mantis shrimp are bigger, better, and a little more versatile than shrimp, and that’s why they make for the perfect tattoo motif, too.

9. A matching tattoo of shrimp hearts

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What about a matching tattoo of shrimp hearts? Shrimp happen to be the perfect shape for heart tattoos and that’s why they’re a popular motif for matching tattoos, too!

10. A tiny red shrimp tattoo on the bicep

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Black shrimp tattoos might be effortless and elegant, but you can experiment with red, blue, or even pink shrimp tattoos, too. Whatever your style might be, you can match your shrimp to the rest of your tattoos.

11. A shrimp tattoo on the back of the arm

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A shrimp tattoo on the back of the arm? Absolutely!

Arm tattoos are awesome because you can conceal or reveal them whenever you want to, depending on the look you’re going for. After all, arm tattoos are some of the most popular tattoo placements out there.

12. Another shrimp tattoo on the back of the arm

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And that’s why we’ve got another back-of-the-arm shrimp tattoo for you! At the end of the day, you can match your shrimp to the rest of your tattoos or opt for a placement that allows your shrimp to shine.

13. A tiny red shrimp tattoo on the inside of the arm

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A tiny red shrimp on the inside of your arm might not be on your tattoo bucket list, but that needs to change ASAP!

14. A tattoo of shrimp ingredients on the forearm

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Wait, what? When you’re a fan of shrimp dishes and shrimp cocktails, you might want to get a tattoo that showcases your obsession with all things shrimp. What better way to do that than with a tattoo of all the different shrimp ingredients?

15. A shrimp tattoo on the palm

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A shrimp tattoo on the palm of your hand sounds super strange, but bear with us.

Palm tattoos get a bad rep because they’re rumored to fade away within the first year of getting them. While palm tattoos do fade away more quickly than tattoos on other parts of the body, that shouldn’t sway you away from making your dreams come true and getting a shrimp tattoo on the palm of your hand.

16. A small shrimp tattoo on the chest

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We can’t get enough of small shrimp tattoos! With a smaller tattoo, you can control the placement and come up with a design that’s simple and subtle. We suggest opting for a chest tattoo, too.

17. A shrimp tattoo on the wrist

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Wrist tattoos are almost always on display and that might be the reason why people are scared of getting them. With that in mind, though, wrist tattoos are perfect for showing off your ink and expressing your style with permanent body art.

18. A shrimp tattoo on the foot

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Foot tattoos are *a lot* different from wrist tattoos. Foot tattoos are hidden away for the most part, and that’s why they’re perfect for people who are afraid of experimenting with tattoos. A shrimp tattoo on your foot might not sound like a big deal, after all!

19. A mantis shrimp tattoo on the chest

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We’ve got another mantis shrimp tattoo coming your way! Whether you’re tattooed from head to toe or you want to start your inking journey with a shrimp tattoo, go for a chest tattoo and see how you like it.

20. A subtle shrimp tattoo on the leg

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When picking the right placement for your tattoo, you don’t need to go with the most common body parts everyone else goes with. What about a leg tattoo? A shrimp on the leg might be your way of paying homage to these curious creatures!

21. A little shrimp tattoo on the ankle

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What about a shrimp tattoo on your ankle? This tattoo is a combination of a blackwork tattoo and a negative space tattoo, both of which would work wonderfully for someone who prefers modern styles. That being said, it’s also super simple and subtle!