Dragons are some of the oldest and most impressive of mythological beasts, so it's no surprise that dragon tattoos are a common source for tattoo designs. Dragons, or large, magical reptilian creatures, featuring in nearly every culture's mythology, so there are many different types to choose from. European and Slavic dragons were symbols of kings, power and terror. Japanese dragons were associated with power, technique and subtlety. In China, the dragon was a carrier of ancient knowledge. Each type of dragon looks different as well, with different body types, attitudes and meanings, making the dragon tattoo one of the most versatile.
- Dragons are present in the mythology and folklore of countless cultures worldwide. - Dragons may be symbols of good luck and a protector, or malevolent and destructive, depending on the context. - In China, dragons are often tattooed alongside phoenixes.
Different cultures have handled dragons differently, and the presentation in art suggests whether they might be “good” or “evil”. Regardless, dragons are seen as fierce, with amazing longevity, and for this reason a dragon tattoo invokes a sense of power and courage.