Dragons have always been part of legends of cultures around the world since ancient times. Whether they are feathered Quetzalcoatls or fire breathing beasts, we humans have always seen them with awe, making dragon tattoos a popular choice for tattoo lovers across the globe.
Dragon tattoo designs have almost infinite options to choose from whether the size, significance, or the color combinations used in the design, you can never fall short of ideas while planning for a dragon tattoo.
Dragon tattoos symbolize many things such as strength, wisdom, power, intellect, passion, and desire. Moreover, these tattoo designs are very flexible and can be combined with any other tattoo design such as skull, wolf, tiger etc. and can be easily placed anywhere over your body.
Irrespective of the cultural interpretations, dragon tattoo designs are very popular among both men and women. A man wearing a dragon tattoo symbolize toughness and vigor. While a woman wearing it signifies independence and mental strength.
Let’s look at the two most famous dragon tattoo designs:
Chinese dragon tattoo
These promising creatures are regarded as symbols of vigorous power and extraordinary fortune. In Chinese mythology, it is said that dragons got their body parts from different animals such as head from a camel, eyes from a rabbit, ears from a bull, horns from a deer, body from a snake, and claws from an eagle.
According to Chinese belief, the water dragon is the guardian of water bodies and the fire-breathing dragon brings rains, bolts of lightning, and symbolizes fertility. Also, there are other types of Chinese dragons, the yellow dragon, the earth dragon, the horned dragon, and the celestial dragon, they signify good fortune, power, health, wisdom, symphony, and kindness.
Japanese dragon tattoos
There are many popular Japanese dragon tattoo designs based on legendary Japanese dragons like, Fuku Riu who symbolize good luck and fortune, Ri Riu who symbolize mystery, and Sui Riu who is considered to be rain dragon
In Japanese culture, dragons are regarded as angels who use their powers to help others. Apart from this, Japanese dragon tattoo designs signify various things such as a sleeping dragon design signify that the person is calm but can be lethal if provoked. An uprising dragon design signifies a journey of life towards success.
Japanese dragon tattoo designs also have other meanings such as fate, destruction, fearlessness, sexual desire, persistence, intelligence, manliness, and strength.
Tattoo artists add their abstract touches to these dragon tattoos by making them either cartoonish, realistic or dramatic. You can have these beasts printed on you in various colors and patterns. They can be painted in black or can be colorful by using bright colors, and can easily mold as per your body structure to enhance your muscularity.