Japanese Dragon Tattoos – Ideas & Meaning Behind Japanese Dragon Tattoo Designs

A great deal of the information regarding Japanese dragon tattoos on the internet requires careful scrutinizing if the meaning of Japanese dragon tattoos is important in your tattoo design. The information is a bit unreliable because varying sources report different numbers for historical, mythological and traditional dragons. This article will agree and report on some of the great dragons and then some information on the importance of the ink color. Like most eastern dragons, Japanese dragon tattoos do not have wings. They are more like serpents.

Types of Japanese Dragon Tattoos

Yamata-no-Orochi – English translation: eight headed snake. The primary mythology behind this dragon is he was responsible for bringing to earth an important and well known sword. It was found in his tail upon death.

Sui Riu – The rain dragon is believed to be in charge of the rain. He is also known for his ability to spit great amounts of water; very useful against fire breathing dragons. Imagine that design, two Japanese dragons warring with fire and water, down your arm or leg. Interesting to note, some gallery images portray Japanese dragon tattoos with wings, especially Sui Riu.

Ri Riu – This great dragon is most known for its unusually excellent vision.

Ka Riu – Japanese dragon tattoos that include Ka Riu should be designed with fiery red or scarlet ink and possibly with flames around him. Really very little is known about Ka Riu except that he is notably small compared to other dragons, only about 7 feet. So if you’re looking for justifiably small Japanese dragon tattoos, this would be a good choice for an ankle, inner arm, and leg. It would be especially nice if you happen to believe in astrology and are a fire sign.

Great Japanese Dragon Tattoos

Han Rui – Han Rui can never reach heaven. He is striped and is inked in nine different colors. Considered to be a large dragon, forty feet long, placement will be an issue if you have little skin left. However, these Japanese dragons’ tattoos lend themselves perfectly to winding around other objects because of their serpent shape.

Fuku Riu – The good luck dragon. Folklore states that if you catch sight of this dragon great luck and financial prosperity will follow very soon. If you believe in good luck charms, designs of Fuku Riu might be the choice in Japanese dragon tattoos for you. Remember that happy Japanese dragon tattoos are facing skyward.

Kiyo – Kiyo is considered a more aggressive and vengeful dragon. He is, as all dragons, benevolent and protective. Kiyo is also a symbol of power. He may be portrayed as facing downward.

Whether you are looking for Japanese dragon tattoos because they’re absolutely stunning or because they’re symbolism have special meaning for you, there are a few things to consider. Exact and detailed information on Japanese dragon tattoos is sketchy. There are many more dragons than are listed here and their ink color can hold certain significance as well. In addition, remember that Japanese dragon tattoos have three toes, not five; Chinese dragons have that distinction. In addition, if you have your heart set on Japanese dragon tattoos that sport wings, there is reportedly one out there.

Study gallery pictures, images, tattoos and talk to your designer about Japanese dragon tattoos.

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