To the Chinese, the dragon is the lord of the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) and of the four directions (north, east, south, west). In Chinese mythology, the dragon could shape-shift into other creatures, for instance in a human, a silkworm or the entire universe.
Dragons have a yang (male) nature and are associated with the number 9, a lucky number in China because it is the biggest possible single number.
Most often a dragon tattoo 'winds' itself up a person’s arm (or leg) and ends on the chest (see pic below).
The upper back is also a popular spot, the dragon's head extending over the shoulder to the chest.
Dragons in Chinese designs are often combined with a tiger or phoenix, usually in a fighting pose. According to the Chinese zodiac system, you are a dragon if you are born in the year 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012. You are not authorized to see this partPlease, insert a valid App IDotherwise your plugin won't work.
A tribal dragon tattoo gives you the best of two worlds: a creature of far eastern mythology combined with the popular form of tribal art.


Dragons have a difference in meaning between cultures: in the West, the dragon is seen as an evil creature, in the East as a benevolent.
In the philippines, the ancient native myth is that the dragon, a serpent kind, would rise from the ocean to swallow the moon. The Vikings also believed in the dragon's ability to see all, and adorned the bow of their ships with dragon heads.
Most people go for a black tribal dragon, both you might want to add a little color somehow for a striking effect of contrast. If you are considering a larger piece, then you might want to include other creatures that are closely related. The yin yang symbol can be used to designate the balance of opposites, and is found in many Asian art forms. Many people with strong spiritual beliefs choose the celestial dragon to share those beliefs and confirm their own spiritual path. In these stories, dragons were protectors of the Buddha and helped him to defeat evil spirits. In such designs, the dragon symbolizes the positive force and the tiger or phoenix the negative or destructive force.


Traditionally, eastern tattooing depicts symbolic creatures in rich, vibrant colors, a great contrast to the monochrome style of tribal art. The belief is that they are divine, good in nature and are often associated with certain lands that are held as sacred. That's why until today dragons are used in temple art, such as statues, carvings or paintings. An added benefit of such a placement is that it enhances your muscles and makes you look stronger. The two together also signifies marriage or marital bliss, showing the yin yang relationship between male and female. Placing the two together in yin yang fashion could be an interesting design enhanced with tribal in the background.



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