Tattoos with the image of a dragon are popular owing to their unusual appearance which is at the same time inspiring fear and awe. The image of a dragon on a tattoo shows deep impact which Japanese and Chinese cultures had on the western tattoos throughout nearly two centuries. In the east the dragon symbolizes four elements - Earth, the Wind, Fire and Water - and four parts of the world - the East, the West, the North and the South. It at the same time is a symbol of water, the earth, the sky and the underground world.
Dragons are known from time immemorial. These huge, winged, fire-spitting beings remind prehistoric animals - the dinosaurs living on the earth millions years ago. However the dragon appeared thanks to human imagination. At the different people dragons could have absolutely opposite symbolics.
In China, these mythological beings were a symbol as supernatural forces and the imperial power. Being god of a rain, the dragon was often represented round approaching storm clouds. Dragons so took roots in myths and legends of the Chinese culture that they began to be considered as ancestors of the Chinese people. In Japan one of emperors declared that he is a descendant of immortal and strongest of the dragons. No wonder that on clothes of Japanese emperors it is possible to see images of the dragons symbolizing the power of the emperor and protection from dragons.
As it was already mentioned, dragons represented four elements, myths about domination of dragons in air, water, fire and on the earth from here originate. Dragons of each of these elements had the features. For Chinese the firedrake was mainly connected with a lightning, a thunder and a rain, being a fertility symbol. Dragons of water elements were considered as defenders, and also acted as trustees springs, lakes, the rivers and even private pools. In addition to dragons who represented elements, there are myths and legends about specific dragons. For example, the dragons protecting treasures, serving to someone are mentioned.
In Japanese and Chinese cultures also there are many stories how after long travel of a being turned into dragons. In Japan, for example, it was often told about carps and fish of Koi fish who at the end of the dangerous difficult way turn into dragons.
In the West dragons unambiguously expressed the evil. It connected with a dragon tempter from the Paradise garden which was a source of troubles for all mankind. In the Greek and Roman civilizations, soldiers during battles carried the image of a dragon, as a terror symbol.
Wherever there was a dragon, his Supreme force and the power was exercised either as protection, or as the evil force against which it is necessary to win. To win against a firedrake was considered as the highest criterion of human courage and firmness. There is a set of legends about heroes of Ancient Greece who battled to dragons.
Today we can see various images of the dragons showing their various aspects: protective, heavenly or terrible. In the Chinese astrology the person who has been given birth, under the sign of a dragon, will be in life a leader.
The tattoo of a dragon symbolizes nobility, magic, transformation and imagination force, persistence, fidelity, force and ability to go beyond the usual.
Tattoo a dragon is often used as force and power symbol. Dragons also are a symbol of spiritual and magic qualities. They is one of the most known mythological beings around the world.
One of things which do tattoos of dragons such demanded is their saturated bright colors and courageous design. Because of a big variety of ways of the image of a dragon, it is possible to create drawing easily. There are two types of designs of tattoos of dragons which are applied most often. First, it is the Western Dragon who has a thick scaly body, the wings similar to wings of a bat and a long neck. Secondly, it is East dragon – which body more similar to a body of a snake and has no wings.
The western dragon, is generally popular thanks to mythological stories, instead of because of any deep meaning. As for east dragons, it is more, than simply big colubrine being. These dragons symbolize various elements, such, as fire, a wind, the earth and water. Without being neither good, nor the evil, they often represent forces of nature which can be both kind, and cruel.
Though the majority of tattoos of dragons bright and colorful, they can be also executed in black color and in various shades of gray color. The combination of black and red color also is remarkable option of execution of this tattoo which often used in breeding tattoos.
Considering changeable character of dragons, it is possible to create various scenes and to use in them various beings. For an example it is possible to give design of fish dragon of Koi. They say that the Koi fish being a symbol of courage, wisdom and longevity, rises on the top of falls and at the end of the campaign turns into a dragon. It can be the simple drawing showing a being, having similarity as with fish, and a dragon. But it is possible to make and more difficult drawing showing gradual transformation of fish in an animal.
Besides, the background in these tattoos can be so various as dragons are diverse also. For example, it is possible to use the image of a flame, flowers or other images: the medieval fortress appearing from a cave, the mountain or the colorful sky.
Black or color; put on a small site of a body or occupying the whole part of a body - irrespective of design, the tattoo of a dragon symbolizes force, nobility, magic and a superiority over the ordinary. The dragon is often used as expression of that we think of ourselves, or as though we wanted to see ourselves - strong and free.