The history of the classic dragon tattoo

Dragon tattoos look amazing.


Well, if they’re done right. 


Although there are lots of different ways to have a dragon tattoo, whether it’s like the dragons of European folklore or the traditional Asian style, the end result always looks awesome.


History of the dragon tattoo


There’s a strange thing concerning Dragons; they appear in almost every culture, and experts believe these myths evolved independently from each other.


Some say real-life animals such as crocodiles and komodo lizards inspired the myths, but that doesn’t explain why they are found in cultures which don’t have those animals.


Another theory is whale or dinosaur bones being discovered, and the creative human brain just filled in the gaps, imagining giant reptiles.


Dragon symbolism


Dragons symbolise many different things across varying cultures. In China for example, dragons were seen as the embodiment of Ying and Yang, the perfect mix of good and evil. They represent power, strength, and good luck, with the dragon used as the symbol of the emperor.


 In Japan, Dragons symbolise water deities, and are associated with rainfall and bodies of water. They are usually long, thin, and snake-like without wings.


Compare that to the European style of the dragon, which is typically a force of evil in the world. Many myths have people defeating dragons in combat, rescuing the maiden and proving their worth, like Hercules or St George.


Dragon tattoos


Getting a dragon tattoo is not something you should take lightly. There are so many different versions, symbols, styles and meanings behind a dragon tattoo, so it pays to do your research beforehand.


Because of the different types of dragons, they can be placed anywhere on the body, as big or as small as you like.


From cute little cartoon dragons on your ankle, through to full body designs, dragon tattoos are as varied and as popular as any other type of tattoo.


If you’re interested in getting a dragon tattoo but don’t know where to start, come talk to us at Chapel and we’ll help.