The legendary dragon of Chinese mythology is a potent symbol of strength, leadership, and good fortune, and is often applied as a powerful companion to assist those who are worthy of its gifts.
The ancient dragon represents the greatest of cosmic Chi, or energy, and is often placed in the home to herald in new beginnings and blessings.
With so many positive qualities surrounding it, it’s no wonder the dragon has surpassed standard tattoo art and made its way into 3D representation.
There are many styles to choose from when choosing one’s dragon tattoo, with many erring on the side of tradition. Most depictions of the dragon show a bright pearl held in its mouth or claw, a symbol of wisdom, prosperity, and abundance. While occasionally drawn with wings, most traditional Chinese dragons are known to possess the powers of flight through mystical abilities that do not manifest in such obvious forms.
It is considered ominous bad luck to depict a dragon in a downward-facing direction, as this is believed to hinder it and its wearer’s ability to ascend obstacles and earthly matters.
The man who displays the 3D dragon tattoo makes a statement not only of his unwavering strength and valor, but willingness to received the blessings of the dragon itself: infinite wisdom, honor, and endless good fortune.