The dragon is a miraculous animal of the East Asia, and, certainly, of China. It symbolizes auspicious. It is one of the most representative creatures of the traditional culture in the East Asia. The legends of the dragon and the dragon culture never stopped.
The Chinese character dragon “龙” is evolution from characters nine “九” combined with “似”. According to some stories, the dragon should look similar to nine kinds of animals. In the legends, they have ability to be invisible, to be whatever sizes they want to be, as well as being able to summon wind and to call for rain.
In feudal times, the dragon was a symbol of imperial power. So we always see these Chinese palaces decorated with dragons.
In the traditional Chinese Zodiac, dragon is ranked the fifth, in the "book of Rites" dragon was one of the "four spirits" with the Kyrin, the Phoenix and the Xuanwu.
Western world also has Dragon, but it is totally different from Chinese dragon.
Dragon has always been seen in Chinese biological folk myths and legends. We will never able to find it in reality, it can be invisible, secretly helping us to avoid disaster, blessing us.
Since ancient times, the Chinese dragon was representing an inviolable right. The epitome of the dragon is deeply rooted in the hearts of every Chinese person. In ancient China, the dragon was often a symbol of the King's family blood line.
China emperors claimed themselves as "sons of the Dragon". Dragon often means glory, and a symbol of the Chinese nation. Chinese people were always the "descendants of the dragon".
Dragon culture originated from the Neolithic age eight thousands years ago. It was built by good wishes of the people, for the worship of nature and the ancestors of a bumper grain harvest. Dragon has become the cohesion and accumulation of Chinese culture. After thousands of years of continuous change, the image of the dragon becomes increasingly complex. It has been recorded as an animal with horse's head, deer's antlers, rabbit's eyes, tiger's teeth, snake's body, fish's skin, cow's ear, eagle's claw and fish's tail.
Dragons are able to play with cloud and rain, wind and waves. It controls everything related to water, including all the seas and oceans.
Dragon Tattoo occupies an important position among traditional Chinese tattoo styles. Many foreign tattoo lovers in China also use dragon as the first choice.
The dragon has several claws. In underworld class tattoo culture, they are classified as 4 claw and 5 claw dragons. The 5 claw dragon is the emperor. The 4 claw dragon is the general. The old kind of dragon tattoo is tattooed with 4 claws. But now many tattoo artists prefer to design dragons with only 3 claws.
What's that for? Is it because the modern tattoo culture need to sort out the boundaries of the underworld class tattoo culture?
Scientifically, tattoos have no spirituality. But these tattoos which been carefully chosen, which are indeed meaningful for the owner, can be a constant psychological suggestion for these tattoo wearers. It can reinforce some beliefs.
Tattoos can be a warning bell in your subconscious mind. You can always look at your tattoo, and you can use it to supervise yourself.
It is important for the owners of the tattoos to understand why they choose this tattoo pattern for their body.
For example, you want to cheer yourself up with a dragon tattoo. If you are willing to believe that the dragon represents the glory, then when you struggle in weakness again, you might succeed to be glorified. This tattoo gives a hint with more assertive stance. Dragon Tattoo makes you feel that you can't choose the weakness. The tattoo makes the cost of forgetting to "represent the glory" to become so vast, that it allows you to face everything in a kingly way.
Tattoo hurts. Pain makes this tattoo pattern connect with your mind and body, making the experience more profound, while letting you treasure this tattoo even more, making the belief to last.
这没什么不好的，出生了你需要出生证书，毕业了你需要毕业证书，结婚了你需要结婚证书，甚至死亡了都会需要死亡证明。而这个“落后的纹身”也是一张证书，封存在你人生中最宝贵的一张纸上 — 皮肤。
However, the understanding of the world is always changing. Maybe a period of time after the tattoo was done, you went on a completely different life track, totally being ahead of what your tattoo meant to represent.
There's nothing wrong with that. You need a birth certificate when you're born. You need a diploma after graduation. You need to get married, you need a marriage certificate, or even die, you will need a death certificate. And this "backward tattoo" is also a certificate to be sealed in the most precious piece of paper in your life - your skin.
If tattoo is for catharsis, it may make you become more stubborn and extreme on the catharsis.
If tattoos are for beauty, then you must be confident and proud of your aesthetics.
If tattoo is for motivation, such determination will make your friends admire you.
So, hmm, Steemit Dragon tattoo.
Dragon is one of the four spirit“四灵”, with Kylin, Poenix and Xuanwu. But in the story of the stars in the legend, there is also a white tiger who is called as one of the four spirits. I will share the stories about it in the next steemittattoo article.
For today's article, I want to share another tiger tattoo for a very special client.
今天借这个机会向这位受尊敬的男士说一句 С Днём Рождения。
Today is the birthday of a very special client. It is a great honor for me to make this tattoo for him in Shanghai, China.
So I will take a little piece of this page to tell him С Днём Рождения!
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