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The Case For Dragon Tattoo Designs

Dragons are a creature much revered. Whether protecting castles, fighting knights, parading in the Orient, or flying to a lair high atop a peak, this iconic figure has been heralded as a protector and feared as a monster. But regardless of the homage being paid, dragon tattoo designs are a part of mainstream tattoo repertoire because of the mystery that surrounds this oft fire-breathing beast.

Dragons have history and tradition in many societies, especially in those of Medieval Europe and those of ancient Oriental origins. In fact, both of these cultures have contributed much of the lore corresponding to the Eastern and Western dragon.

On one hand, the Eastern dragon is understood to represent the characteristics of courage, honor, and strength. Seen as divine protectors, Eastern dragons are also esteemed as bearers of essential life water and life sustainers. On the other hand, Western dragons are viewed as the evil counterpart of the Eastern dragon. Known for their savagery and brutality, the Western dragon is often associated with evil, and even the Devil.

The freedom of using dragon art for tattoo designs is beneficial for both the one who is getting a tattoo and the one who is inking the design. The sheer variety this beast offers is the primary reason its popularity has grown in recent years.

Dragons are a favorite design among tattoo artists because of the variety afforded to them. Design, detail, and coloration are all aesthetic liberties that the artist can take with dragon tattoos, and these tattoos also look great on the skin, wrapping around various parts of the body.

Dragon tattoos can be done as armbands, on the lower back, ankles, shoulders, chest, or just about anywhere else. Among the most requested dragon designs are tribal dragons, Japanese dragons, fire-breathing dragons, Jade dragons, Red dragons, and mythological dragons. Often these intricately created pieces of art become masterpieces of color and complexity.

Shrewd attention should be given by both the wearer and the tattooer to what type of dragon is being portrayed. Because of the literal and figurative differences between the Eastern and Western dragons, minute differences in detail of color, appearance, and motif can make huge differences in translation of meaning or portrayal of intention.

Among all the creatures and beasts tied to myth and fantastical belief, dragon tattoo designs are by far the greatest in demand. Winged or unwinged, Eastern or Western, feared or revered, dragon images faithfully adorn bodies all over the world.


bony said...

In Oriental myth, the dragon could not be more opposite to its Western counterpart. Dragons in Oriental art do not have WINGS nor do they necessarily breathe fire, although FLAMES erupt from their limbs. They are not creatures of EARTH, but rather combine elements of the air and WATER and are equally at home in the OCEAN or the CLOUDS. Al- though strength and power are represented, the dragon above all is a reconciliation of opposites, a combination of YIN AND YANG. Also unlike the Western dragon, the Oriental dragon is not a cunningly malevolent beast. Instead it is strength combined with wisdom and is benevolent. It is also not unusual to see a dragon clutching a BALL. a PEARL, or a jewel in one of its claws. This item is essentially the closed-lotus form seen in various Buddhist designs including those in temples and on grave markers. It represents the spiritual essence of the universe, by which the dragon controls the winds, rains, and even the movement of the planets, and he protects it from those who might usurp those powers. Like other Japanese tattoos, the choice of a dragon is an aspiration to these same qualities of wholeness and wisdom. It is one of the more popular of Japanese-style tattoos and they are depicted with great variety in terms of body position, degree of hostility in aggressive or passive position of the claws and jaws, and in their environment.

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