Monday, July 9, 2012

Dragon Tattoo

The most well known and most popular mythical creature depicted in tattoos is the Japanese dragon. It is more popular than any of the other mythical creatures, such as the phoenix, mermaid or gryphon. This may be due to its shape because the long and flexible dragon that descends from Japanese tattoo traditions practically fits on every part of the body - covering full backs, winding himself around arms or coiling up on the chest of the carrier.
The Japanese dragon is usually depicted as a wingless, heavily scaled snake-like creature with small, clawed legs and a camel shaped head with horns. It is associated with sea, clouds or the heavens. It has whiskers and a beard, and it is deaf. In the West we think of dragons as terrifying beasts, but in Japan the dragon symbolises wealth, good fortune, good luck, kindness, power and freedom.
The good luck stems from the fact that the Japanese dragon is a "water symbol", living either in the clouds, climbing down during thunderstorms, or in rivers and lakes. Water is an element of enormous importance for the cultivation of rice in both China and Japan so, because of its ability to bring down the rain, it was revered. Thus dragons are highly respected and admired in both China and Japan. In the Western Culture however, because of the association with the snake, the dragon symbolises evil and they were routinely hunted down, fought and killed.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fish Tattoo Designs 2012

Fish tattoo designs, based mainly upon your reason for getting one in the first place. Their popularity is varied, though not as varied as your reasoning. Be sure to do your research to pick the perfect fish tattoos. The most popular reason to get a fish tattoos would be because you are of the astrological sign Pisces, or born in between February and March twentieth.
The symbol of Pisces is a fish, and to identify themselves as such, a person might get tattoos of a fish. There are fish monuments and memorials dating back thousands and thousands of years, which makes it a very ancient and historical symbol.  Fish were very important in the diets of island and coastal peoples, so fish were often vital to their survival.  In order to ensure a plentiful and abundant supply of food, different cultures began worshipping or praising the fish or gods they believed provided the fish.