The dragonfly tattoo design offers an interesting blend of appeal to any tattoo. The dragonfly epitomizes many different things from a cultural aspect, making it very symbolic when drawn properly. Since the 90s, dragonfly tattoos have become popular amongst woman, especially those that a more independent and liberal than what society often depicts women to be. Even though this type of design element is considered more of a female’s choice, men also have been known to get dragonfly tattoos with darker color schemes added to larger tattoo designs as well.
Once we take a look at the dragonfly per se, we will be closer to understanding its symbolic value. The life of this insect begins in water with the female laying numerous eggs in stagnant water. It is born in water after which a dragonfly gets wings to start flying. This makes dragonfly a symbol of fertility as well as an insect that moves in water, air and land. You may see this design element drawn into memorial tattoos on parents that have lost a child, or women that have have broken away from abusive relationships.
In nature, the dragonfly is mostly linked with butterflies, as both of these creatures transform dramatically into evolved lifeforms that have the ability to fly. Both creatures are very colorful and picturesque to look at, however the dragonfly has a more elongated body that protrudes outward from the wings. Among Native Americans, the dragonfly was looked upon with reverence as they believed that the dragonfly protected and oversaw everyone in the tribe. They believed that the dragonfly could hold on to the souls of those who passed away.
Japanese considered the dragonfly a symbol of gaiety. Asians believe that the dragonfly is about change and metamorphosis. Among the Navajo it was believed that the dragonfly represented water that is pure and unsullied. Among Americans the dragonfly was a sign of survival over hardship and losses.
Of course, it goes without saying that the dragonfly is made in such a way with such color compositions that it makes a stunning visual impact. The dragonfly tattoo stands out as being really fascinating to look out. Among the many things that a dragonfly represents, some of the qualities include, strength, fertility, happiness, change, agility, bravery, purity, freedom and most of all the ability to transform oneself.
With the dragonfly representing the ability to survive in water after a lot of hardship and then move on to air, it has qualities that one would wish that one had. The strength and the courage of the dragonfly is something that we all are looking for in the rat race that is our life. The life we live is full of struggles and each of us wonders how we can transform ourselves so that we can flourish. It is this very quality and symbolism that a dragonfly has that makes it such a popular tattoo design. People also tend to view the dragonfly as a good luck charm.
As with any tattoo element, a dragonfly tattoo design depicts what the insect means to you. You should first decide on the symbolism aspect before you start to design the how you want it to look like. Considering the location of the tattoo should come next since in most cases, the location may alter the meaning a bit. After you have done all that, consider the implications that having a tattoo will have on your life. If you are the kind of person who leads an outwardly conservative life then you should really consider and choose the location of the tattoo with care. You may want to consider a location that is easy to conceal when the occasion demands it.
Simple and basic research on your tattoo design will lay the right foundation. You are making a permanent commitment by getting a tattoo and you would want it to mean something important. That apart you would also have to consider the time and money you need to dedicate to getting the tattoo done. When you have done all this, you can allow yourself to look at all the design possibilities and pick the one which feels right for you.
Some eye-catching examples of Cute and Sexy Dragonfly Tattoo Designs are shown below: