Dragon Tattoo Photos and What They Mean
Dragons are one of the most popular mythological creatures. They are fire-breathing, winged beasts that descend from various legends and tales.
There are two different types that you'll commonly see: the Eastern and the Western. The Eastern dragons of the orient are seen as benevolent creatures who are the protectors of life, fertility, and good fortune. Western ones tend to be evil creatures that destroy villages and guard hoards of treasure.
As a tattoo, these creatures are usually represented in the Eastern style. They are normally seen in black and commonly drawn with flames and fire. However, Japanese and Chinese dragons are usually pretty ornate and can be in color or in black and white shades.
It's up to you what you want for your tattoo.
This is a popular design for both men and women. Everyone finds their own symbolism behind the dragon.
These tattoos can mean different things to different people. What design you choose depends on how you see this mythical creature.
In general, men tend to choose dragon tattoos to represent:
- Raw power and force
- Wisdom and reason
- Protectors of sacred items
Many men tend to associate with dragons themselves, which is why they get them for tattoos. Some men see themselves as guardians over loved ones, and since this creature symbolizes protection, it fits the mold of a guardian.
In general, women tend to use these tattoos to represent:
- Protector of life
Because women are those who give birth, they can be seen as a creator of life. Women can associate with the mythological being in terms of protection and children; in most cases, mothers will protect their children until the end. Women may see themselves embodied in the strength of the dragon.
Type of Chinese Dragons
Chinese dragons are symbols of power and mystery, similar to what they are in Western legends where they evoke fear and worship in man.
Although there's a bloodthirsty ferociousness in dragons, oriental cultures see the mythical beast for its benevolent features. It is the most common symbol of identity for Far Eastern cultures.
Types of Oriental dragons include:
- The Horned Dragon: The mightiest one
- The Celestial Dragon: Supports the heavens and protects the Gods
- The Earth Dragon: Rules the earth
- The Spiritual Dragon: Controls wind and rain
- The Treasure Dragon: Keeper of precious metals and gems
- The Winged Dragon: Only one depicted with wings
- The Coiling Dragon: Lives in the oceans
- The Yellow Dragon: Hornless and known for knowledge
Chris Garver: Japanese Dragon Tattoo
Men usually put the tattoos on their:
Women usually place the tattoos on their:
- Nape/ Upper Back
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