51 Ways Of Getting Your Perfect Dragon Tattoo Done

Dragons are one of images that are the most popular tattoo themes.  This shouldn’t surprise at all. Dragons are not only beautiful, fantastic creatures coming straight from Land of Fire. They are very symbolic as well, which means that everyone, regardless image they want to achieve or their life philosophy, will find a perfect fit.

In Chinese culture dragons are impersonation of emperor, power and they are masters of all elements in nature. What’s more, dragon can be either male or female, so it can give strength and hope to everyone. This beautiful symbol is associated with fame, reputation and career as well, and is often used in Feng Shui or as a talisman.

Dragons occur not only in Asian culture, you can easily find them in European one as well. For example, flying dragon means ‘seeing a lot’, as it can see the whole land from above. Dragons are both creators and destroyers, they can breath fire, poison or ice. In orient they symbolize wisdom and longevity, sometimes connected with water, as they are shown as creatures coming out from water serpents or actually being sea monsters.

Because of its diversity of images and presence in many cultures, people all over the world choose dragons as an image they want to accompany them for the rest of their lives. Being symbol of so many different things makes it obvious that dragons became one of the most frequently tattooed images.

If you are thinking about getting a dragon tattoo, but you are not sure how it can look like, or where to put it, take a look below.

1. Not only for boys

If you thought that dragons are only reserved for men, you couldn’t be more wrong. As a dragon itself, so the tattoo, can be very feminine, sexy and seductive. It’s just a matter of your inner energy that dragon absorbs and glows with it. You can choose a simple Chinese classic…

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…or go for something really mind blowing and cover your arm, back and rib area. If you are brave enough, of course.
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It’s alright to go for a small one as well. Little dragon on your shoulder will highlight your charm and feminine energy.
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2. On fire

As a fire breathers, dragons will look really awesome with fire and flames. They can emerge from fire like Phoenix or be surrounded by flames, underlining their strength and power. Don’t hesitate to add some fiery colors to your tattoo.

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3. Taste of Asia

Dragons are images that are associated with Orient the most often. Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean have their own versions of dragon. Add some Chinese or Japanese words to make your talisman even stronger. Do you prefer your dragon to be protective or to show your strength and courage?

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4. Flying

Since flying dragon symbolizes ‘seeing a lot’, this can be very powerful theme for your tattoo. It looks majestic. Now you will never forget to stand straight and fight for what is before you, without looking back.

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Flying dragon also looks more dangerous and terrifying. Your tattoo can send a simple signal: ‘don’t mess with me!’

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5. Contrasting

If you are not so keen of going for hidden meaning and symbolism, you can go for image itself and play with contrast a little. Make it all black to underline your beautiful, tanned skin by adding a hint of intrigue to your image.

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6. Fighting

In Feng Shui conflict between dragon and tiger stands for equality between female and male energies. The point is to achieve perfect balance between them. Fighting dragon can be perfect for strong and independent person who is not afraid of anything.

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7. Sexy and strong

Because dragon is pictured both as a female and a man, it can underline features of both sexes. For example delicate dragon peeking from under the crotchet panties will underline feminine sexuality and ephemeralness, whereas determined, monochromatic image will show your masculine strength and firmness.

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8. Just one detail

To underline wildness of dragon and its associations with fire, you can get black and white tattoo with just one colored detail. Simple, but very mysterious and powerful.

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9. Full color

Or, you can go for full color instead. It definitely drags more attention and doesn’t look so scary any more.

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10. Witchcraft

Dragon’s blood is commonly known as very inportant ingredient in witchraft practice. Used for exorcisms and other ritual purposes. It can be used during spells, for protection, encouragement, and adding courage.

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11. Japanese

If you are more oriental type, you would probably rather to choose oriental balance, beautiful japanese pinks and calm blues or greens. Put next to black and white balances perfectly between color and monochromatic look.

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Dragons and flowers? Yes, it looks better than you would ever think.
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Japanese style dragon tattoos are particularly impressive when they cover larger piece of skin. Back is the perfect place to have one. Dragon tattoo designs for women and men8

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12. All over your arm

As dragons often occur as creatures similar to snakes, it’s very easy to create nice, wrapped art work, writhing around your arms. And arm could be only the beginning… You can always expand it to your chest or shoulders.

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13. Subtle

You don’t have to go straight for enormous tattoo covering half of your body to enjoy power and symbolism of dragon. If your nature is rather shy and not aggressive, you might enjoy subtle, delicate dragon image, not dragging people’s attention so much, but still having meaning you needed to have with you all the time.

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14. Small or full image

It’s worth considering getting a tattoo that shows only part of this beautiful creature. Smaller image of dragon emerging from somewhere in your body can work as good as the whole character. It depends if you prefer something mysterious…

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15. Thigh and hip

Thighs and hips are one of the most feminine places to get tattoo on. Having dragon tattoo here might really make you feel more sexy, powerful and independent woman. Thigh and hip are great places to have a big tattoo on, because they have larger piece of skin.

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16. Sharp 

Who said, that dragon tattoos have to blured with your body, making this ’emerging from nowhere’ look? You can as well go for very sharp, determined look, playing with shadows and lights or shapes and composition.

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17. Train your dragon

Good news for cartoon lovers. Dragons are so commonly used in culture that it’s very easy to find our favourite one among cartoon characters. If you are looking for something fashionable it’s a good option to consider. Cartoon-style tattoos are becoming more and more popular.

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18. On fire

Fire and dragon are inseparable. Fire can be great idea if you want to bring some color to your tattoo, but you want your dragon to stay grey as steel at the same time. Flames add movement and dynamism, simultaneously underlining prestige and dignity of the dragon.

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19. On the side

Instead of wrapping it around your shoulder, you can wrap the dragon around your body. The Chinese snake-like dragons will be the best to do that. The effect will be really mindblowing.

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20. With flower

Just out of sheer contrariness, why not to have dragon with flowers not flames? Mixing the sinister with the delicate? Why not? Remember, it’s up to you what meaning will get your dragon.

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21. Watercolor

Watercolor technique is great technique that suits all people and all images. It adds colors, but not too much, it adds sharpness, but not too much. And drags attention just perfectly. As you can see, it works well with the dragons.

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22. Turn yourself into the dragon

If you love dragons, their power, strength and independence and you are not afraid of pain either, try turning yourself into the dragon. Only few would dare to do that, but it sounds cool, doesn’t it?

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23. On the back

Tattoos on the back are very flexible. Easy to hide and effective when shown. Back make great canvas for artists to put a lot of details on big image or to choose perfect place for smaller one. Definitely worth considering!

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24. Like a stamp

Simplicity lovers will definitely go crazy about this simple, stamp-like idea. Not too much, but doing its job. Another proof that less is more. And it will look super sexy in that place.

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25. Cold tones

Cold tones would be perfect for those who like colors but are not huge fans of vibrant, bright shades. Blues and greens will give more optimistic look than black and whites, but not as aggressive and attention stealing as reds and yellows.

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26. From nowhere

Few random lines and there it is! Just made of nothing, beautiful dragon, symbol of creation.

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27. Notre Dame

Do you remember sculptures on Notre Dame Cathedral? They might be really great inspiration for dragon tattoo. Strong as a stone, long living and indestructible for ages.

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28. Letter

Because of their body, it’s very easy to shape dragons into letters on even whole sentences. Unconventional way for tattooing your beloved initials or some motivational quotation or motto.

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30. All black

Dragons look very manly and powerful when tattooed in black and white. Play with shades and intensity of black to add some mystery to the whole image.

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31. Lady in Pink

On the other hand, it’s really cute and feminine to go for red, associated with flames and fire and combine it with pink, that directs our thoughts to oriental and girly look.

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32. Play of colors

Using color in certain way can even make our dragon a little funny and not scary at all. You can even mix coloring styles and go both for classic filling and watercolor technique at the same time.

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33. Intimate

Some people prefer to keep the best only for their beloved ones. Dragon in intimate place can effectively heat up your love life and make you feel sexy and seductive without taking clothes off. Because only you two know, what secret you are hiding under your underwear.

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34. With a quote

If you believe in symbolic power of dragons, you might want to intensify effect by adding some sentences or quotation.

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35. Big and delicate

Big doesn’t mean masculine and aggressive. If you choose right colors and technique, big dragon covering all your back will be fugitive and sensitive.

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36. On the ground

Feet are more and more popular to get tattoo on. Although it’s quite painful place to tattoo, the results compensate all previous inconvenience.

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37. Perfect match

For more balance and thoroughly planned look, go for two dragons on each hand. Or, as a couple, make exactly the same perfectly matching dragon tattoo, as symbol of your love and talisman at the same time.

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36. Cute Dragon Tattoos

This cute dragon can only bring happiness and positive emotions with it. If you are not interested in orient culture or witchcraft and any other dark sides of dragons, you might enjoy a bit childish, cartoonish images.

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37. Small and black

Small doesn’t have to always mean cartoonish and colorful. Choose a right style that fits your personality and you can put small black dragon wherever you want.

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38. Classic on the shoulder

For classics lovers arm will be the most recommended place to get your dragon tattoo done. Common place and common theme, what can be more classic than that?

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39. With wings spread

Dragon that ‘sees a lot’ is perfect choice for shoulders tattoo. There is no other place on your body where dragon can spread its winds so wide. That means it will fly higher and see more.

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40. Abstract

Artistic souls will probably not be satisfied with normal, a bit too obvious image of dragon. Create something abstract, surprising and unusual.

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41. Lines and dots

Lines and dots can be easily used for shading, especially with black and white tattoos. As a result, using dots and lines helps you to get deeper, more 3D look.

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42. Many faces of dragon

In different cultures dragon is shown as a slightly different creature. Consequently, it can be done as totally different tattoos, such as simple and stencil, wrapped around and covered with flames or as a detail, like an eye.

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43. Spinal Dragon Tattoo

Tattooing your spine can be really painful. But if you use spine theme and built a dragon from it will give you original image, which when tattooed on your spine will make coherent final look.

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44. Play of shades and blacks

There is a reason why a lot of photographers love black and white photos. They have depth and character inaccessible for color images. The same happens with tattoos. Sometimes play of shades and gray scale can mean more than using all colors you can think of.

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45. Unusual

Instead of thinking of unusual patterns and styles, you can go for unusual place. Tattooing neck is still controversial and needs a bit of courage.

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46.Hidden

On the other hand, wisely chosen pattern and place can be easily hidden, for example under your hair. First of all, its your choice if you want to show it or not. Second of all, if you pick delicate, not stealing attention image there is a chance that nobody will even notice it for a long time.

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47. Simple Dragon Tattoo

Probably the best patterns for unusual places, such as neck are simple tattoos. Place is weird enough, you don’t have to boost it any more with sophisticated tattoo. Especially that simplicity works everywhere – will look good as neck tattoo and classic shoulder dragon art.

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48. Like a star

Tattoos are associated with rock stars most of all, as they show strength, power, endurance and courage of person. If you add dragon symbolic meaning to that, you will have perfect rock and roll look as a result.

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49. Detailed

No matter if your tattoo is meant to be very big or very small, you can put as many details as you want. Who said that big tattoo has to be one huge color stain and small piece of art has to be only simple black picture?

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50. Hybrid Dragon Tattoo

Sky is the limit and only your imagination can tell you if you want classic dragon body shown on many of pictures, that can be found in books and on the Internet. Follow your imagination and don’t be afraid to mix other mystical creatures into one unique dragon.

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51. Feminine

Fear of losing your femininity can be real problem when considering getting a dragon tattoo done. However, it’s you, not tattoo, who determines the whole image and character. It’s your personality that really matters. So choose technique and part of your body that would make perfect match for your customised, one of a kind dragon tattoo.

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As you can see, you have countless possibilities to choose your perfect dragon tattoo. Size, color, type of the dragon, tattooing technique – decide what will work best with your body and personality. You don’t have to be afraid that your tattoo will be outdated. Symbol of dragon is timeless and it will never be unfashionable. No matter your age or origin, you can be sure that dragon tattoos will remain one of the few most popular.

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