Originally, the spider web tattoo was a common prison tattoo that symbolized racism and/or signified that a person was "caught up in the system." These tattoos were frequently on a person's elbow, neck or knee. In the modern tattoo world, the spider web's meaning depends on the wearer.
The spider web tattoo is also considered a form of the dream catcher tattoo. According to the Anishinabe people of Canada, the web was significant because the spider women would cast a magical web to protect their children. When referencing Japanese culture, the spider web can be both a good and bad sign. If the web is seen during the day, it means good luck. Inversely, a web seen during the night signifies misfortune.