233 Dragon Tattoos - Meanings, Photos, Designs for men and women

MEANING OF DRAGON TATTOO

The meaning of dragon tattoos is diverse and imbued with ancient legends and myths, so it’s worthwhile to thoroughly study them in more detail. We will tell you about all the nuances and how to choose a suitable picture in the article. Photos and sketches will help you to decide where the unearthly monster looks best and with which elements it is best to combine.





Most likely, the dragon appeared in the period of agriculture. Our ancestors found large bones and skeletons of unknown creatures while processing the ground for planting. They assumed that these were the remains of the guards of the earth and the seas – dragons, knowing nothing about mammoths and dinosaurs. They were endowed with divine powers and vigilance over times, but each nation had its own version of a pangolin.

  • China. The dragon becomes a deity: it controls the weather, mostly rain and lightning. He is subject to all four elements and directions of the world. He can reincarnate as a person, an insect or the universe.
  • Japan. The dragon migrated from China, and also meant wisdom, strength, luck. The famous carp Koi (a symbol of luck and courage) after overcoming all difficulties turns into this creature according to legend. A common image: claws of an eagle, a camel’s nose, a catfish’s mustache, a long beard beneath which is a pearl of prosperity. Sometimes depicted with the head of a horse, the horns of a deer or a bull. The dragon also designates power and is a symbol of power, guardianship and patronage. According to beliefs, the first emperor Jimma came from a class of dragons. The clothing and throne of the rulers were adorned with mythical creatures since then. Also, the pangolin was a protector: he was portrayed at the entrance to the temple, firemen were put it on the body to protect themselves from death. Now the image of the dragon is often tattooed by women, so that it helps to protect the family hearth.
  • European dragon. Unlike positive eastern images, the creature looks like a negative character in Europe and in Russia. Defeat him (as in the stories about Dobryna and snake Gorynych) — to emphasize his courage and heroic strength. The pangolin differs from its eastern counterparts and is complex: a massive body, «leather» and huge wings, like at-bats, a long tail, without a beard and horns. He lives exclusively in caves and dungeons. Tattoos of the dragon in the European style are mostly applied by dark pigments, color transitions are not used, straight and hard lines prevail. Usually it is depicted with a sword, heart or cross. The dragon is an adherent of the dark forces, but the British dragon in red is a good-natured creature. It is believed that the pangolin was appropriated the image of the devil with the advent of Christianity.
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  • Celtic legends. The dragon was cruel, but possessed an enviable wisdom. He was portrayed with a mutton head, he served the god of the earth and twisted the wheel of the sun. Dragon tattoo in Celtic style means power, strength and spirituality.
  • Legend of the Olmecs and Aztecs. The dragon was considered a god (Ketsakoatl) and looked like an oriental being, but only with feathers. You can’t look to the dragon’s eye according to the popular beliefs: he could hypnotize you. Perhaps, because of this legend, the meaning of the dragon tattoo with red eyes and a direct look is a warning.
  • It is necessary to take into consideration not only the body area, but also the color palette, the creature’s pose and additional elements when choosing an image.

Coloring dragon in Japanese style:

  • Black — symbolizes respect, to parents in particular.
  • Blue and dark blue — a sign of eternal life, compassion, tranquility and openness.
  • Golden — wisdom and good nature.
  • Yellow — rarely used, because it symbolizes war, conquest, attack and subsequently victory. This image is often applied by people-hermits. The yellow dragon is depicted without horns and denotes wisdom and knowledge in China, so it often used by students.
  • Red — love and passion, aggression and hostility to the enemy, the desire to protect your home. It is applied by parents to attract force to protect their children.
  • Green means that the owner is closely connected to the land.

Also how the dragon is located plays a major role:

  • Straightened wings, grinning, wide open mouth, large claws — aggressiveness and hostility, as well as power over others.
  • Wings lowered, mouth closed — good intentions and wisdom.
  • The pangolin lies peacefully — peace of mind and pacification.
  • It flies upwards — a positive mood, openness.
  • Directed down — hidden aggression, warning.



Often the dragon tattoo on the back is depicted with a tiger. The figure means harmony and balance if two beings are on the same level. The dragon overcomes the predator — the defeat of the dark forces, if on the contrary, it surpasses self-interest and aggression.

A popular body picture is a heavenly dragon. The creature is portrayed among the clouds and means decisiveness and a persistent life position. The picture is selected by self-confident personality, to further strengthen the spirit and faith.

The pangolin with the horns gives the owners decisiveness in actions and words, makes them braver.

WHAT IS THE BEST PLACE TO INK THE DRAGON TATTOO?

The most optimal canvas for the painting is the back, especially for the dragon tattoo in the Japanese style. Here you can depict a whole plot, draw every detail, convey the grandeur of the picture. This part of the body is not amenable to age-related changes, so the picture will complement the image for many years.

A lot of people tend to the fact that it is undesirable to apply a dragon tattoo on the leg, especially on the lower part. It is very difficult to convey the entire meaning and depth of the picture in a limited space, it can’t be as presentable and original as it was planned. It’s better to choose a Chinese-style option if you really want to make a creature on the top of the foot or calf. Thin lines prevail there, one can loosely clog contours with pigments, leave them in the form of light sketches or make some areas more expressive.

The flying dragon tattoo on the back looks great. You can depict it with a wriggling body along or around the arm, like a bracelet. Any small picture looks original on the shoulder blade or forearm.

TATTOO OF DRAGON FOR MEN — POWER AND FORCE

Men generally prefer a more aggressive image, especially in red and black shades. When the head is located on the chest and the tail hangs from the shoulder to the back — the figure well emphasizes masculinity. The dragon in the style of tribal looks interesting and aesthetic, and it means wisdom and cunning. Men put the actual picture on the ankle and neck, on the inside of the hand, slightly extending to the elbow. It looks good on the side, forearm and shoulder blade.

FEMALE DRAGON TATTOO — DESIRE TO CREATE

Knowledge of dragon tattoos for girls — maternal instincts and help in protecting the hearth. The fair sex usually chooses an image in the fairy style. Terrible pangolin turns into a cute fairy creature, complemented by original elements.

The girls with the help of flowers, various inscriptions, hieroglyphs often give the essence of a note of elegance. Sometimes they put it in the original pose, which looks pretty, feminine and not aggressive at all. A dragon tattoo on the hip, shoulder, side or chest looks very beautiful. Symmetrical pictures on the shoulder blades have aesthetic looking. Creatures in the style of tribal give tenderness and elegance. The cartoon characters, creating a playful and mysterious image for girls look interesting.
Beauties often wear a dragon tattoo with a rose or sakura. A clew of pangolins symbolizes the unity of the female and masculine elements, activates sexual energy. The girl will not only emphasize the dignity of the ideal figure, but will also become more charming and confident in her abilities If choose the right picture.

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PHOTOS OF DRAGON TATTOO

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ON HAND

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ON SHOULDER

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ON BACK

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ON FOOT

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ON HIP

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BLACK DRAGON

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SLEEVE

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ON NECK

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COLORED

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BLACK AND WHITE

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SMALL

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ON SIDE

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ON STOMACH

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TRIBAL DRAGON

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ON LOINS

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EYE OF THE DRAGON

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HENNA DRAGON

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ON GIRL’S LEG

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ON CALF

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GREEN DRAGON

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IN JAPANESE STYLE

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SIGN OF DRAGON

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CARP & DRAGON

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YAKUZA DRAGON

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LEO AND DRAGON

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ON WRIST

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ON BREAST

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DRAGON AND PHOENIX

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SKETCHES OF DRAGON TATTOO

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