Dragon Slayer Tattoo on the Back

dragon slayer tattooThis is an amazing dragon slayer tattoo. Here is what I love about this tattoo: it takes up the full back; it’s in one colour only which gives it a unique style; the drawing is very dynamic look at how the swirls are picked up in the design.

This pic was taken by a photographer in Hong Kong – the guy supposedly was shy about getting his photo taken.

They significance of a dragon slayer is different according to your culture.

In Asia, the dragon is often revered. They are representative of the primal forces of nature and the universe, and are  are associated with wisdom and longevity.

In Christianity, the dragon slayer motif is represented by St. George, and symbolizes the  triumph of god over the devil, or  light over darkness.

The Devil is often associated with serpents  in Christian iconography. He is called “That old serpent” and the “Father of Lies”, “who forever deceiveth the world.”

There is actually a fascinating history behind the snake hatred. The snake was actually revered by early revisions – because the snake shed it’s skin, it symbolized the circle of life  – rebirth, death, rebirth. When officials wanted people to stop believing in the old religions, and adopt  Christianity, they started calling their symbol the devil and the mythology of the older religions, lies. In other words, don’t believe those lies, only Christianity tells the truth.

Not many people know this, but it’s well documented, and explained in the book The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler.

 
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Girl With Dragon Tattoo

Girl With Dragon Tattoo - Full Body

Girl With Dragon Tattoo! You’ve read the book, seen the movie but still want more! Nothing says “I love the shit out of it”  better then a full body tattoo! Hey really It could be worse, you could have really loved “The Divinci Code”.

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: Tattoo_Lover

lion tattoo flame

tattoo flame Lion

Guy who took the photo of this Lion Tattoo Flame thought it was God Awful! What do you think? All I know is that the guy in the picture is still feeling the pain.

The lion can mean  strength. Also,in some cultures it could mean Wisdom, royalty, ferocity, courage and even justice. Power to the lion!

Lions make a great tattoo. No wonder they are so popular. Goin’ down in flames baby!

 

 

 

photo credit: terrypresley

Women’s Shoulder Tattoos

Singapore Tattoo Show 2009

Here’s a shoulder tattoo for women. From the Singapore tattoo show this Asian inspired design features the much revered koi fish. Rounded out with a bit of text, and gentle shading, it makes a very feminine design without being too sucky

Check out this other magnificent koi fish tattoo and learn about the symbolism of the koi fish in tattoos, and the different types of koi.
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