When most westerners picture a dragon, they’ll think of the European style dragons with their big wings and fire breath. The Japanese believe that Asian dragons originated in Japan and as they spread to other areas of Asia, gained more toes through evolution or something. The Kinryu no Mai (Golden Dragon Dance) is an annual dragon dance performed at the Buddhist temple Sensoji in Asakusa. According to the legends, Sensoji was founded in 628 after two fishermen found a golden figurine of Kannon in the Sumida River and golden dragons ascended into heaven for some reason.
Dragons are a familiar motif in Japanese art, architecture, literature, and popular culture. The dragon is one of the four divine beasts from Japanese mythology (the other three being the phoenix, turtle, and kirin). Since dragons are so important to the Japanese people, it only makes sense that they’re such a popular design for tattoos both inside and out of the Yakuza. Dragons really have a large presence in Japan and you can find them adorning shrines and temples, participating in parades, in video games, TV shows, at the bottom of the ocean, and even on people’s bodies.
Dragonfly tattoos have something mystical about them, they have a fairy tale quality that can be quite beautiful, but in a more offbeat way than a fairy or butterfly image. Change and rebirth: a dragonfly lives in the water as a nymph before it splits out of his larval skin to become the beautiful insect we all know. Dragonfly tattoo designs can easily be given a bold tribal look that’s quite masculine.
Photographic wings: you can combine dragonfly tattoos with portrait tattoos by inserting a portrait into the wings. Sequential dragonflies: you can put some movement in your tattoo by having a series of dragonflies flying on your back, legs, arms, or somewhere where there is a decent length of space. Tag-along dragonfly: you can incorporate other flying creatures into your design that tag along with the dragonfly.
A different angle: most people think of dragonflies having a body with two wings on each side. Psychedelic wings: if you are a fan of color, you could get creative with the color pattern on the wings.
The western dragon with it's terrible reputation as an evil greedy human eating village pillaging monster!!


A dragon tattoo has very strong imagery and can be depicted in full and varied colours or with a tribal design in black and skin colours. Although creating a dragon tattoo design can be a bit complex and might take some time, they are definitely well worth the wait. Japanese dragons, and Asian dragons in general, are much more serpentine than their European counterparts. Like these other Asian dragons, most Japanese dragons are associated with rainfall and bodies of water. There are many legends of famous dragon deities inhabiting ponds, lakes, and rivers near these shrines and temples. For example, there is the Rinzai sect’s Tenryu-ji (Heavenly Dragon Temple), Ryutaku-ji (Dragon Swamp Temple), and Ryoan-ji (Dragon Peace Temple). The Golden Dragon Dance celebrates the temple founding and provides good fortune and prosperity for all. Ryujin shinko (dragon god faith) is a form of Shinto religious belief that worships dragons as water gods.
Japan has the Chunichi Dragons baseball team, lots of dragon kaiju monsters, and even Dragon Ball.
The birth years for the dragon are 2012,  2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, and 1916. While there are designs out there that do scream 19 year old sorority girl, there are also some that can be taken in a whole different direction.
They are about the size that we would imagine a fairy to be, with beautiful, gossamer wings. They can be words that represent something significant in your life, like your children's names or a poem written in the wings. Note that you will have to get a fairly large tattoo to do this because of the detail, but it should be worth the space. You could have the dragonfly growing to represent growth in your life, or you could just have several of them whimsically floating around. You do not always have to go with a top view though, Get a profile of the dragonfly instead, and you might be able to get a little more creative with its placement. Dragons fall into two categories one from the East the other from Western (European) cultures.


The dragon is believed to offer protection from fire as it is borne from water and air surviving in both elements. Whereas the Eastern dragon is thought of as a dispenser of life-giving water,offering protection to people and herald of fertility and good fortune. Originating from various legends across the world, these winged, fire-breathing creatures have fascinated mankind for a long time. Japanese dragons also only have three claws on each foot, and don’t fly as often as they lack wings.
They believe that Asian dragons originated in their country, then lost toes as they moved themselves over to Japan.
They are regarded as water deities and are not associated with fire in the way their European cousins are.
It has connections with agricultural rituals, rain prayers, and the general success of fisherman which makes sense, as Japan is an island nation.
There’s also lots of video games having to do with dragons such as the Dragon Quest and Breath of Fire series. People born in the year of the dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn.
Unlike a fairy, dragonfly tattoos are not categorically feminine, they have a universal appeal.
This is perfect if you want the creature to be approaching a flower or something along those lines.
Women sporting a dragon tattoo may do so to represent qualities like strength and creativity.
Various forms of dragon tattoos exist, and both Chinese and European versions are equally popular.
The tattoo itself can be made by using only traditional black ink; alternatively some may prefer a more colorful version.



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