30 Dark & Scary Spider Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023
Spiders are not everyone’s favorite eight-legged creepy crawlies, but there is something very magical about them. They often symbolize patience and persistence because of their technique of spinning a web and waiting patiently for their prey. Just like snake tattoos, spiders are equally badass, which is why they’re such a popular element to incorporate into a tattoo.
But before you go and get your own spider tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the coolest, most remarkable, and creepy-looking spider tattoo ideas of 2023. You’ll surely be inspired with the perfect idea of which tattoo style to get, as well as where to get tattooed on your body.
With that said, let’s begin.
Blackwork Spider Tattoo On Man’s shoulder
This long-legged spider could be a black widow, either way, it’s a very well-done piece. The way the legs are creeping onto the shoulder so subtly, yet in such a realistic way, is awesome. I think a shadow under the legs would have made this piece even better.
Spikey Blackwork Spider On Web Tattoo
The position of this tattoo is perfect for the triceps ;the length and composition of the tattoo fit like a glove. @apso_tattoo is a Korean artist wjp focuses mainly on blackwork and black and gray tattoos, and as you can see here, did an amazing job of both placement and execution of linework and blackwork.
Amazing Blackwork Spider Forearm Tattoos
Matching tattoos that aren’t really matching. The way that they complement each other on opposite arms is awesome. If you look closely, it seems as if there is a white highlight in the spiders. but this has actually been created by leaving open spaces. I love it when people get two similar tattoos, the artist is good at his solid black packing, very smooth.
Blackwork Spider Tattoo On Woman’s Triceps
I love how the spider’s form flows with the client’s triceps; the slenderness of its body is the right shape for the area. It’s amazing how it looks like it’s walking down her arm, very creepy but also very cool and flawlessly done.
Hanging Blackwork Spider Sternum Tattoo
The sternum is a very sexy place on the body to get tattooed, especially when it’s something that hangs down onto the stomach. I like how solid the black is, and there are negative spaces that create the illusion of fur or “fluff” on the spider. The alignment works well with the curvature of the client’s sternum. Credit to the artist for this.
Huge Masculine Blackwork Spider Tattoo On Man’s Calf
This tattoo is massive, it may not seem like it from the picture, but if you look at how far down and up it reaches, you can imagine just how big it is in your head. The misty look the artist created with the black ink is awesome because it makes the spider look like it’s coming out of the shadows, very creepy but also really cool.
Blackwork Spider Tattoo On Woman’s Ribs
Another great blackwork spider tattoo. The ribs are a great area because there is plenty of space to go large. I like how the spide is crawling onto the client’s stomach. You wouldn’t know what you were looking at from a front view so it will be a nice little surprise when viewed from the side. Go check out @zerokid_tattoo for more amazing blackwork inspiration.
Crawling Blackwork Spider Tattoo On Triceps
As you can see, blackwork is a popular style for spider tattoos. The reason is that a lot of the time people get the black widow species, characterized by their long crab-like legs and plump abdomen. I like the little white highlights in the legs; they’re a nice contrast against all the black ink.
Gorgeous Fineline Spider Knee Tattoo
If you were looking for some knee tattoo inspiration, then this one is just for you. There’s a lot going on here, but that doesn’t necessarily make it look messy. The knee is a great place for this tattoo, especially because there are two spiders almost framing the knee. I love how fine the spider web is, and the artist incorporated the same technique to adorn the spiders, which brings the entire piece together. Credit to the artist.
Gorgeous Spider Spinning a Web Tattoo On Woman’s Forearm
As scary as spiders can be, there’s something sweet and gentle about this blackwork spider tattoo. The way she’s spinning her web that wraps around the client’s elbow is absolutely amazing, the artist did a really good job. I like the wispy dotwork webs under the spider’s legs, it gives the tattoo movement and almost seems like the spider is gliding on her own web, a really stunning piece by a great artist. Have a look at his IG for more.
Neo Traditional Spider Girl Tattoo
Lettie Lynch is a Neo Traditional artist hailing from Reno, Nevada. Her color packing and bold line work are phenomenal, and as you can see here, she knows how to design really cool tattoos. There’s something about spiders that seems to give off very feminine energy, so the fact that she incorporated a woman’s face into this piece is outstanding. Great job.
Masculine Monstrous Dotwork Spider Tattoo
The webs on the spider’s legs are so finely done and without any error, which can be tricky to accomplish because you need a steady hand or lots of experience. Regarding placement, the tattoo is acting as a gap filler which is great when you have many random pieces rather than a full sleeve, this way you can work up to filling your arm with things you love.
Spider Tattoo On Woman’s Stomach
Stomach tattoos are sometimes an artist’s worst nightmare because it can be difficult to tattoo when the client is constantly breathing and moving their abdomen. This artist clearly has some extreme talent because there isn’t a single thing that I can say is wrong with this piece. From placement to execution, this is one badass tattoo made by a great artist.
Blackwork Doll Head Spider Tattoo
Do you remember that creepy toy from Toy Story? The one with the doll head and spider legs? This tattoo reminds me of that. A tattoo like this can be considered “dark art” because it has a terrifying feel to it. What’s really nice about this piece though are the subtle hints of shading that contrast with the dark shading in the legs. Overall a great tattoo from design to the final work of art.
Abstract Black Widow Triceps Tattoo
I like the charcoal effect; it’s very abstract but also stays with the requirements of the blackwork style. The way the legs extend, creates a downward motion that flows with the form of the client’s triceps. Because the client’s skin is pale, the black ink contrasts and almost appears to glow on her arm. Kudos to the artist for this lovely tattoo.
Spider and Chrome Tribal Tattoo
The liquid-looking effect is actually what the artist refers to as “chrome tribal,” which is quite a cool style. Because the spider is so contrasted, the chrome effect almost looks like the spider is diving into liquid because of how light it is. I like the placement; the triceps is a good area to place something that will wrap around or flow with the shape of the arm.
Haunting Dotwork Skull Spider Tattoo
What an amazing piece of art, the artist truly went above and beyond when creating this creepy crawly tattoo. It’s also quite a massive piece because it takes up most of the client’s side of the calf. This is a magnificent placement option because the shape of the design flows with their leg. The Black and Gray dotwork is a nice complement to the fine lines and light shading. Beautifully done tattoo, Nate is the type of artist that like to hand draw designs, go check out his Instagram for more of his style.
Custom Blackwork Spider Tattoo On Ankle
This tattoo was custom designed for the client, and wow, what a great piece. Because the design is vertical, it creates a downward motion that works really well on the ankle. I love the hints of white highlight; it stands out against the dark shading. Good job on this one!
Monstrous Full Sleeve Spider Tattoo
Wow! As scary and creepy as this tattoo is, you can’t help but stare at it in awe. The way the spider only has one menacing eye staring down gives me goosebumps, but in a good way. I love that the artist used various styles to create this awesome tattoo, and I’m sure the client is happy to show off their badass sleeve.
Fineline Blackwork Spider Ankle Tattoo
How realistic is that web? Because it’s so thin, the blackwork stands out in the foreground, while the web accentuates the spider. The design looks like it was made for the ankle, which is such a nice place to put this piece. It fills in the gaps well, and because the webs extend onto the existing work, it ties all of the client’s tattoos together.
Realistic Black and Gray Spider On the Ankle
How cool is that negative space spider web and the shadows under the spider’s legs? It gives this tattoo a 3D effect and looks like the spider is crawling up the client’s leg. If you’re into dark art tattoos, kryaga.tattoo is your guy. His work is absolutely phenomenal, and he has more creepy crawly creatures you can gain inspiration from on his IG.
Blackwork Fineline Spider Tattoo on Shoulder
The line work in this piece is phenomenal; there are no inconsistencies and the varying line weights work well together.. I really enjoy the pepper shading; it was a great choice because it contrasts with the thin lines of the web and adds texture. Don’t the spider legs flow so nicely with the rounded shape of the shoulder? The artist is known to create cute Neo Traditional tattoos, but she’s got a lot of other unique tattoos you could draw inspiration from.
American Traditional Spider and Web Tattoo
I love it when people get bold tattoos on their forearms; it’s such a visible area, and there’s enough space to go wild with your design. The bold lines in this tattoo were most likely done with a round shader to get the thickness to be consistent rather than double lining the entire piece. American Traditional tattoos are one of my favorite styles because of the dark, grainy shading that would never work for any other style besides this one. sunhan.tattoo is an Old School artist that does not use any color in his designs. Check them out for more American Trad inspo.
Masculine Terrifying Monster Spider Tattoo
I don’t like to think that there’s such a thing as a feminine or masculine monster because they’re all scary, but this one definitely has a more masculine feel to it. The alien-like face is terrifying and definitely straight out of a nightmare. Regardless of how scary this piece is, the artist truly did an amazing job. There are no blowouts, and the pepper shading the artist used works really well with the design. I love how the body and legs all look like they’re melted into each other; the addition of white ink was a good choice as it brings out all the crevices.
Phantom Troupe Spider Tattoo
Any anime fans out there? If you’re a fan of Hunter x Hunter, then this is the spider tattoo you’ve been looking for. I love the wispy legs and fine lines creating the webs on the spider’s legs. This is a classic blackwork piece characterized by solid black packing and gradient black pepper shading. This is a gorgeous tattoo, credit to the artist.
Dotwork Skull Spider Calf Tattoo
Everything about this tattoo screams fineline and dotwork, but then there are hints of blackwork too. I love that the artist used dots for the web rather than thin lines, it suits the overall design really well. What’s cool is that the tattoo is on the side of the calf and doesn’t wrap around too much, so when the client stands to the side, you get a full view of this unique tattoo.
Alien-Like Spider Tattoo On Forearm
Is it a spider? Is it an alien? Who knows? What I do know is this is both bizarre and awesome at the same time. If you’re a fan of the Alien vs Predator movies, this tattoo kind of gives off a Facehugger vibe, which is super terrifying because we all know what they do! The line work is pristine, and the overall design is very symmetrical, which can be tricky to accomplish if you’re not an experienced artist. Clearly sadgirltattoo knows what she’s doing.
Blackwork Fineline Skull Spider Thigh Tattoo
As you can see, skulls are a common addition to spider tattoos; often they’re used as the head or the abdomen of the spider, whereas the artist used the skull as a replacement for its body. The fine lines are really well done, the only thing is that they’re very light so they might not hold well during the healing process. Thigh tattoos are always a great addition to anyone’s tattoo collection, there’s so much space to work with and any sort of framed or shaped piece.
Vibrant Neo Traditional Spider Tattoo
I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say this, but how cute is this spider? Even with its crab-like legs and big fangs, this tattoo is absolutely adorable. The red and brown are so vibrant, and the addition of the white adds that pop the tattoo needed. As you can tell, this is quite a big tattoo because it takes up most of the client’s side of the calf. Neo Traditional is a wonderful style because there’s nothing you can’t turn into a Neo Trad piece. If you’re wanting to adopt this tattoo for inspiration, why not give the artist’s IG page a follow? There’s a lot more where this came from.
Neo Traditional Spider Filler Tattoo
The last tattoo on the list, and it’s a stunner. Another Neo Traditional tattoo for you to admire, it’s quite a common style for spider tattoos. This piece is acting as a gap filler, and as you can see, the client has committed to the style, so this new addition works well with the original designs. I love how the color gradient and how crisp the linework is, especially the solid black patterns in the body.
We hope you enjoyed these spider tattoos and didn’t get too much of a fright when looking for your next piece, until next time, happy inking!