Grasshopper & Locust Tattoo Design Meanings — A ‘plague of locusts’ is perhaps our most common reference to the grasshopper family, and gives this insatiable insect a horrifying reputation. Walt Disney did his best to anthropomorphize this creature in the guise of Jiminy Cricket, the comical and wise sidekick of Pinocchio, serving as his official conscience. In heraldry, nobility and wisdom were two of the grasshopper’s attributes, emblematic of great warriors and destroyers.
For the Ancients, the mysteries of the cosmos were explained in legends about creatures large and small, the grasshopper being one of the smallest and also among the earliest to arrive on the mythical stage. Evidence of its role in the cultural life of human societies can be found in art, mythology, religion and literature dating back thousands of years.