Dragon sleeve tattoos have always been a classic design and one of the most popular with both men and women. Mythologically, in the Chinese and the Japanese cultures, the dragon represents the four elements of the Earth, Wind, Fire and Water and the four directions on the compass, which are the North, South, East and West. Dragons are also known to be the symbols of the Water, Earth, Underworld and the Sky. Thus dragons are considered to be the replicas of nature as in the two cultures of Chinese and Japanese, the dragon plays a huge role as nature.
Nature can nurture as well as destroy and so can the dragon and hence it is of such major importance in these two eastern cultures. Many people like to have these dragons tattoos as they think their personalities resemble the dragon. And many times, people simply get these sleeve tattoos because they look good and are enormous in size. Thus take your pick from these tattoo designs from the ideas mentioned below.
Dragon Sleeve Tattoos
Dragons are mythical characters, who are giant sized, winged and are fire breathing lizards. They are often considered to be the reminiscent of prehistoric creatures like the dinosaurs who dominated the earth millions of years ago but the dragon came from the imagination of humans. This origin of the mighty dragon was only in China and Japan where, fossils of these dinosaurs must have been found and the people back then made stories and myths of these long fiery creatures who ruled the earth. There are a few differences between the Chinese and the Japanese dragons and their symbolic meanings. Thus these tattoos are always made after these differences are cleared and the person knows which style of dragon tattoos he is getting inked.
Chinese Dragon Sleeve Tattoos
In the Chinese culture the dragon is made up of nine entities, where it is a chimera between head of camel, the eyes of a demon, the ears of a cow, the horns of a stag, the neck of a snake, it’s belly a clam’s, it’s claws that of an eagle, while the soles of his feet are that of a tiger, and the 117 scales that cover it’s body are that of a carp. Thus drawing these dragons is a very difficult job for the tattoo artist, but is also a test of his creativity. The Chinese dragon tattoos consist of dragons with four claws and if anyone used the five claw dragon other than the Emperor was put to death. These tattoos are very colorful and they look vibrant on the sleeves. The tribal dragon sleeve tattoos are however black in color and the can be combined with scripts in various tribal languages.
Japanese Dragon Sleeve Tattoos
The Japanese dragon is however a little different than the Chinese one and also has certain minutes differences which are recorded. The Japanese dragons have three claws and are said to fly lesser than the other dragons. These dragons are said to grant wishes and are protectors of the human race. In the ancient Japanese culture the Emperor was said to be a descendant of the dragon himself and thus was considered the most powerful ruler on the ground. These tattoos are beautifully made with every detail of the dragons made in bright noticeable colors. The wings of these dragons are larger and thus more accentuated than the others.
These tattoo designs look very attractive on both men and women depending on the designs that they choose and the colors used. Very few people like to have their dragon sleeve tattoos made in black as this doesn’t give the liberty of making the tattoo majestic and large. Thus if you want to get one of these dragon tattoos for yourselves, I would suggest, get the colored version as though the black ones look stylish and hot, the colored ones look greater.
With these amazing and magnificent tattoos, wouldn’t you want to make the best out of the Chinese and the Japanese cultures? So, get yourselves one of these and make your tattoo one of the best in the crowd!