Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) impacts about five percent of people worldwide. It's one of the most common phobias and many afflicted with it report having uneasiness, as well as panic attacks when around spiders. Many evolutionary psychologists have theorized that arachnophobia comes as an instinctual protection against venomous spiders. However, the chances of being seriously harmed by a spider are relatively low. Only 12 of the roughly 43,000 species of spiders are deadly, making an encounter incredibly rare.
Even though the likelihood of being bitten by a deadly spider is unlikely, spiders of all kinds can be pretty unsettling. Yet, many tattoo collectors have an affinity for them. Spiders are one of the most popularly tattooed creepy crawlers on the planet and one of the most commonly interpreted species is the black widow. Black widow spiders are known as Latrodectus mactans and belong to a genus of widow spiders. They're recognized for their distinctive black and red coloring, with female spiders having a red hourglass-like marking on the underside of their abdomen. Female black widows are not only significantly larger than males, they can live up to 3 years while males only live 3-4 months. Female black widows are often known for eating their mates after sex, which inspired the trope of a woman who kills off her husband(s) and lovers.
If you're not afraid of spiders or looking to face your fear head on, take a look at 30 of our favorite tattoos from talented artists around the world. Then let us know if you'd dare get a spider tattoo in the comments section on social media.