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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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.