Let's talk about Japanese tattoos generally and Dragon sketches particularly

Japanese tattoos always have clear semantic meanings. Some images are more than just images. So, the phoenix, for example, symbolizes luck and fidelity. Carp swimming against the current on your forearm means stoicism and perseverance. And dragon is wisdom and internal power.

Often color in Japanese tattoo style is symbolic too. Pink color means happiness, tranquility, harmony. And, for example, white color is death, mourning and sorrow. In general, Japanese sketches are characterized by brightness, but they can also be performed in a monochrome version. Among the characters of this style, we can find also animals, fish, birds, and insects. Floral sketches are also popular. In addition, a traditional Japanese tattoo can be a grand transfer to the skin of some significant historical event.

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Well, what about Draco?

The Dragon came to Japan from China and was also a divine creature, to whom the elements of water and air were subject. He was the main character of a large number of myths and legends. He has some similarities with the Chinese version, however, there are 2 important differences:
• the number of fingers on its paw - three fingers;
• number of heads – several ones.

In Legends, the Japanese dragon was closely associated with people, and if he was treated with respect, then he could thank his admirer with treasure, because these creatures are very rich. Nowadays, there are hundreds of temples in honor of dragons are built in Japan, which are located on the shores of lakes, rivers and seas.

Ok, what about the meaning of the tattoo?

Traditional sketch in a form of Japanese flying snake primarily means wisdom, intelligence, positive energy and protection. It is believed that this symbol brings good luck and provides long life and fearlessness. By the way, in the criminal world, this sketch is very wide-spread, especially in the criminal gang called "Yakuza." Its participants put a drawing of a Japanese dragon on the back, half-sleeve and chest, thereby showing everyone around them their power and belonging to the criminal structure.
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How to choose the right plot for such sketch?

Depending on the meaning of the Dragon tattoo, there are a large number of options for this sketch:

• Sleeping Draco - a symbol of spiritual harmony;

• Multi-colored one (often it is white, black, red and blue) - indicates a connection with the natural elements;

• Draco with a Tiger on forearm - a variation of the Yin-Yang symbol.

• Flying up - indicates friendly intentions;

• Horned creature - means self-confidence of the tattoo owner;

• With wings - strengthening faith and fortitude;

• Crawling on the ground - indicates a connection between the earthly and heavenly elements;

• Dragon with bared teeth head - aggression and danger;

• With golden hues - indicates wisdom and desire for knowledge of something new;

• Flying down - indicates unfriendly intentions;

• With coins on forearm - wealth and prosperity;

• This creature in the Celtic style - means power, strength and spirituality;

• Two serpents that compete among themselves - a duel of Yin-Yang forces;

• Dragons that chase each other's tails are a symbol of the creative action of Yin-Yang.

Basic styles of tattoos in the form of a Japanese Dragon

The most popular places for making this creature on a body are back, arm and chest. Traditionally, a Japanese draco's tattoo is made voluminous, with the aim of putting all the important small details. Talking about the color, it is clear that black, gold, red and green colors are used predominantly, they suit to each other the most. Stylistically, the Japanese dragon is often performed in the Oriental style with the addition of various symbols, like tiger, carp, phoenix, flame and fire or flowers. But you can also use blackwork or realism if It suits you.

Where to place such a tattoo besides hand?

Actually, it can be just a half-sleeve picture on your upper arm, but being a large and majestic creature, the Japanese Dragon requires the allocation of a fairly large portion of the human body for sketching. These standards are mainly for back and chest. In this case, the picture can pass from the back to the neck, arm or legs. Experienced tattoo-masters advise to choose the largest zones for such voluminous images. Often these include back, thigh, or shoulder blade. It's possible to convey the beauty of such sketch there as much as possible, emphasizing all the most necessary and even small details. However, there are alternative forms of making the creature to the body. For example, you can place just the dragon's head on the forearm or create your spine in the dragon's spine, personifying yourself with this creature.
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Are there any features for men and women?

Men usually prefer more aggressive compositions where Dragon is performed with an open mouth, spewing flame or raising a sword. The palette is often full of dark colors. Women, as a rule, choose bizarre images that are not without grace complemented by decorative elements, multicolored and with various inscriptions placing the picture from half-sleeve to all the body's zone.

It is important to approach the choice of sketch with all seriousness. It is necessary that the finished tattoo would be not only attractive, but also reflected the owner's inner world. Any dissonance can upset the fragile balance of such a tandem, as a result of which the sketch can cause the destruction of the energy field (well, it will just look ugly).