When it comes to masculine body art designs, one of the most potent images used has to be the mythical fire-breathing dragon tattoos for men which have proved to be a favorite among tattoo enthusiasts for centuries. These can be depicted in a variety of different styles and are suitable for many differing body parts; however to really do justice to these intricately detailed designs a medium to large skin surface is ideal. In this respect, these are popular for placement on larger areas such as the back, shoulders, chest and rib cage however they can also be scaled to suit smaller body parts such as the arms and legs. Not only are many of these images stunningly beautiful to look at but they are also highly symbolic with differing cultures associating a variety of different meanings to this legendary creature which has played a part in myths and folklore stories for centuries.
In the west, dragon tattoos for men can be traced back to medieval times when St George managed to slay the fearsome beast that had been terrorizing villages all over the land and this became a metaphorical victory for Christianity against the satanic evil of the infidels. The dragon’s image has been adopted as the heraldic symbol by many noble families ever since symbolizing heroic deeds, selfless courage, strong will and faith. As body art this serves as a reminder to us that we may need to call upon our inner strength to battle adversity during times of trouble. This is also a popular choice for those of Welsh heritage as the red dragon in particular has become synonymous with Wales and its image features on this country’s national flag. Many of these designs also incorporate the green and white colors of this flag’s backdrop for those who want a truly patriotic design that adequately reflects their ancestral heritage.
Aside from their warlike qualities, dragon tattoos for men can also express more positive connotations relating to magical powers and some fairy tales depict them as benevolent creatures that are renowned for their wisdom rather than their ferociousness. Many tales also portray the dragon in the role of protector, often protecting a great treasure or as the keepers of some ancient knowledge so in this regard a dragon is also deemed to symbolize a valiant defender. However, regardless of the symbolism behind these designs some of the oriental-style dragons are very beautiful and intricately detailed affairs that are favored as much for their aesthetic value as their symbolic meaning. These Chinese and Japanese dragons are often illustrated with wings and breathing fire and look amazing when inked on the human skin in a variety of vibrant ink color. They also work well as monochrome silhouette designs in the style of tribal artwork, a popular choice for many masculine tattoo designs today for those who prefer a more contemporary look for their body art images. These are also very versatile designs that can be inked on a flat surface of skin or placed around an appendage so that the dragon appears to have wrapped itself around a limb, or is extending onto additional body parts for larger more elaborate designs.