A ‘Dragon’ was born when ancient anatomy scholars came across dinosaural remains. And perhaps that’s the reason why the dragon stories have been in abundance in the culture, mythology and myths of the areas known to be the best fossil excavating grounds! From pagodas to national flags to the abandoned lakes in Eastern Europe, influence of dragons remains undisputed from Far East to the Atlantic in the West.
Oriental cultures associate dragons with wisdom and spirituality. Pagodas often have roof-corners shaped into dragon like faces. The Himalayan state of Bhutan has a dragon on it’s national flag which is perhaps the highest honor given to these mythical creatures.
Contradictory to this, in the West dragons somehow tend to remain associated with terror. Western dragons often have wings, they vomit hell(remember Harry Potter?), guard treasures and are tamed by witches. European fairy tales often end in the hero killing a dragon to display his valour.
When it comes to tattoos, these never-existent creatures bring a flood of ideas into the artist’s mind. Terror to wisdom, wings to crawling serpents, scales to fins – dragons can be manipulated into anything and everything! A Dragon tattoo depends a lot on the message the user wants to convey, which in turn depends on his ethnicity, religious belief and so on. Dragons are also used to symbolize sports teams, bands of orchestras and many such small groups.
So, whatever may be your dragon design, it is a great way to display adherence to your culture, ethnicity, belief or if nothing of these, surely your guts to terrify!