I'm thinking of having an octopus tattooed on my other arm, so of course I'm searching around online for designs I like. There's a cornucopia of octopi on Etsy, so here's a rundown of the best ones I found.
So, let's not beat around the bush. This one is mine. It's the first thing I painted with interference colours, and I'm still proud of it. I'd love to see it go to a good home.
This take on the sock monkey is adorable. The colours in the stripes, and the expression on his face, compliment each other perfectly to make a very desirable toy or collectible.
Octopus - water Art card
This art card with 3D elements is a beautifully abstract representation of tentacles. The artist has stripped down the main features of an octopus to make the subject recognisable, whilst not figurative.
Another plush, but in a totally different style. There's something cute about this nesting octopus, and yet slightly threatening in her face. When I look at her, I can't decide if she's benevolent or dangerous. Whichever it is she's beautifully made, with perfect detailing.
Octpus Suction Cup Ring
This jewellery made from real octopus tentacles is something you either love or hate. Personally, I love the texture of the silver, and the way the suckers are used to hold the turquoise. If I could have one thing from Etsy, it would be one of these rings.
Giant Tentacle Necklace
To finish with, here's an extremely gaudy necklace I nearly bought, until Ian saw it over my shoulder and decided he wouldn't go anywhere with me if I wore it. The mixture of colours used in all their jewellery are exactly the sort of clash I enjoy, whilst the use of tentacles is eye catching and bizarre.