What are Dragon Tattoos?
Dragons are mythical creatures popular both in eastern and western cultures. There are many
stories and legends on the powers of these creatures. Interestingly, dragons personify very different characteristics in eastern culture than
they do in western culture.
In eastern cultures, dragons are symbols of all that is good and fortunate. Eastern dragons depict benevolence, abundance, vision and
In western cultures dragons are depicted as dangerous and menacing creatures. Hence, many legends and stories in western mythology talk
about and glorify dragon slayers and dragon tamers. This difference in perception also extends to tattoos. Eastern dragon tattoos thus look
very different from western dragon tattoos.
Which dragon tattoo to choose - Eastern or Western
This depends on your personal choice and what you want your dragon tattoo to depict. If you are looking for a colorful and complex dragon
tattoo, an Eastern tattoo is the way to go. Eastern dragon tattoos often depict dragons in lots of detail. Much emphasis is given to the features
because each part of the dragon is from another creature. For example: dragons are supposed to have the eyes of a demon, neck of a snake, claws
of an eagle and a body covered in scales. The number of toes on the dragon are of special significance: Indonesian dragons have four toes,
chinese dragons have five each and Japanese dragons only have three. Besides these characteristics your eastern dragon tattoo could also have
personal meaning attached and could symbolize strength, benevolence or abundance.
Choose a western dragon if you want to make a statement about being a tough guy or gal! Western dragons typically have large bat like
wings and four limbs. Western dragons could also have a medium. For example: they might be water dragons or air dragons. You could depict
this on your tattoo. Western dragon tattoos are fun and are very free form. This is why you may encounter very non-threatening baby dragon
tattoos or far more menacing and large dragon tattoos.
Reasons to pick a dragon tattoo
The good thing about dragon tattoos are that they can be adjusted in size depending on the body area you want to cover and still have
significant impact. They can be reproduced with stunning detail or with just a few simple lines. Since dragon shapes are so distinct there can
never be any confusion regarding what your tattoo is exactly. You can combine your dragon tattoos with various other symbols or words to create
your own unique vision.
Channel the various powers attributed to dragons and decide on a personal dragon tattoo. This special tattoo can then hold special meaning
that only you can interpret while the rest of the world sees an awe inspiring piece of work.