Getting a tattoo is a very personal thing. It should capture what is going on at that very moment in time. Some get tattoos to honor the passing of a loved one, a birth, what your passion is, or you are ready to make a statement. These are all good reasons. Your reason may be completely different. That is what is great about this medium of art. Where there is a vision there is an artist able to bring it to light.
Today we are checking out Dragonfly tattoos. Dragonflies have long been known to signify changes in life. Whether it is an age change, a fortune change, a change of heart or an inner awakening, the dragonfly is involved. They are considered to be of two separate elements; water and air. As such they take us beyond what we are to what we could be. Perhaps you will find the best expression of your moment right here.
3D Dragonfly tattoos
3D Dragonfly tattoos, with the right artist, can make these tattoos look like the image is going to fly right off your skin! They are visually stunning and you will get immediate interest by anyone who sees it. Whether you add color or keep it black with shading, these are attention-getting tats. The skill is in the shading for these tattoos to look completely realistic. Dragonfly tattoos have always had special meanings and with a 3D rendering, the awakening of your inner spirit will be visible to absolutely everyone! You can go with the natural colors of the Dragonfly, but you are not limited to just those colors. You can also keep it simple but very detailed by focusing on the veins that run through the Dragonfly wings. They are very intricate and can calm you if you focus on the patterns. This can help whenever you are getting stressed by changing your attention to something mesmerizing such as the vein details.
Black and Grey Dragonfly Tattoos
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The black and grey Dragonfly tattoos can make just as much of an impact as the more colorful ones. By removing the color from the options, you force attention to the image itself. The body sections details can be brought out with subtle shading, and more attention can be given to the head and the multifaceted eyes. Depending on the size of the tattoo you choose, the details could be limitless. On the other hand, if you are wanting something a bit smaller, you can just focus on the wing details and abdominal sections. This is one tattoo that does well as a smaller tat placed in discrete areas such as behind the ear, back of the neck or even as a ring. The change represented by the Dragonfly can be quiet or loud depending on what kind of change you are making. It may be a small change, but your reaction to it will be uniquely you and that is what you will want your tattoo to do for you.
Colorful Dragonfly Tattoos
Adding color to your tattoo will make it stand out more than the black and grey tattoos. There is also a lot of meaning in colors as we will see below.
Red is associated with fire, passion, and love.
Orange is the color Joy, sunshine, and tropics, and warmth.
Yellow brings to mind happiness, intellect, and energy.
Green symbolizes nature growth, harmony, and fertility.
Blue often brings images of stability, wisdom, faith, trust, confidence, intelligence, and truth.
Purple represents royalty, ambition, power, and luxury.
White is renowned for signifying purity, cleanliness, faith, and safety. (Sometimes this just does not work for a good color for a tattoo color. It will depend entirely on the other colors you are using and where it will be located).
Black is always classy and is associated with elegance, power, death, and mystery.
Choosing the right color for the statement you want to make is just as important as the subject matter.
Delicate Dragonfly Tattoos
For those who wish to be more subtle, there is the option of a more delicate
tattoo. This kind of tattoo whispers rather than shouts from the mountain top. The casual eye may pass it by but to the right people, it will speak volumes about the inner you. Thin, ethereal, elegant lines speak of a quiet depth to your spirit, while the lightest of shadings will bring contrast to your Dragonfly and display a strength of character found in very few. A good artist can bring intricate dimensions to the image making it a good conversation starter. This kind of tattoo is tasteful enough that it wouldn’t be out of place in a meeting with the CEO. You may want it in a more discreet location so that only you know it is there. Wherever you decide to place it, this can be a source of peace on hectic days.
Dragonfly Tattoos with Flowers and Leaves
There are as many combinations of Dragonflies with flowers and leaves as there are people that want tattoos. The trick is to figure out what works for you. You can go delicate and wispy or sharp and slashy. Or anywhere in between. Finding the right choice for you is simply a matter of personal choice. The apple blossom tree is a very popular choice as are bamboo leaves. The dragonfly you choose will need the perfect home in the piece of art you are creating. In 3D black and grey, a Dragonfly resting on a bamboo leaf would look spectacular! You can also go color crazy and come up with a tat that would look right at home in a Mexican cantina! There are so many choices that it sometimes takes less time to apply the tattoo than it did to pick it out.
Dreamy / Surrealistic Dragonfly Tattoos
These kinds of tattoos suspend reality and let your mind fill in the blanks deliberately left out of these images. They suggest to the mind and let it fill in the rest of the nuance. They can also look like a Rorschach Inkblot Test (a personal favorite of mine), or watercolor painting. There are a lot of surreal images out there that I can only touch the tip of the iceberg in describing just a few of them. They can be light and lacey, exquisitely simple or bold giving your mind just a hint of what the rest of the image is. You can provoke thought with a surreal, dreamy tat. Give just enough that mind can fill in the blanks, or leave others confused as to what you mean to say. It’s a way of thinning out the posers from the rank and file. Those who don’t understand, probably never will.
The Geometric Dragonfly Tattoo
Geometrics in any art form signifies an ordered mind. Someone innovative, confident and fearless. When the Dragonfly is presented geometrically, it brings the change and good luck of those sporting the look.
You will get some attention with this kind of tattoo. It goes over really well with steampunk crowds. If you are going for a specific balance of Dragonfly and Geometry, let’s take a look at some of the most common shapes.
The square is used to invoke feelings of trust, honesty, stability, and stability.
Triangles have long been associated with strength, purpose, power, and progression of the maturity of the spirit.
Round shapes are said to bring feelings of harmony and protection.
Spirals represent the continuity of life. The transformations of fertility, life, death and the transformations that occur at each stage.
Change is not always death, but growth. A new direction that you decided to pursue, a job, a change of heart, or just letting go of old pain.
Combining geometric images with the Dragonfly can make a powerful, bold statement. Which is, of course, what you’re after.
Large Dragonfly Tattoos
The large Dragonfly tattoos, for the most part, are usually placed on the upper back, is very detailed and looks like you have the wings, very cool, and can be colored or not as you choose.
The surrealistic Dragonfly also works well for this because you have room to get in all the subtle or extravagant colors that you want to. You also have room to incorporate whatever symbolism you want.
You could go with blue for faith and confidence in the change or transition you are embracing, with some spiral shapes to draw on the continuity of life to ensure a smooth transition from where you are to where you want to be.
The large Dragonfly does not have to be on the back. It can just as easily be on the arm, thigh, buttocks (yes, the image is just mind-boggling. Don’t you just love that idea?), chest, or anywhere else that you want to sport it.
Ornamental Dragonfly Tattoos
With filigree, geometric, crystal dangles, your ornamental tattoos can be the centerpiece of a dynamic display of color, with just enough information that the mind has to fill in the rest.
If done skillfully enough, even you should be able to study it; seeing different aspects of the image every time you study it. It can feature native American symbols such as mandalas, dreamcatchers, feathers or be the piece that bridging two tattoos to bring about a whole new picture.
There is quite a bit of symbolism in native artwork to bring to the art table as well. There are no hard and fast rules about the art of tattooing. That is the point. The bottom line, you are the creator here.
You work hand in hand with your tattoo artist to come up with exactly the right design for you. This is your statement, make it sing!
Realistic Dragonfly Tattoos
Realistic Dragonfly tattoos Can pop out or hide waiting to be seen by like-minded individuals. These tats are made to look like you have a Dragonfly sitting right on you. They can be in a cluster or individually displayed.
They can be portrayed in their actual dimensions or larger. Usually, if they are larger it is because you want to include a tremendous amount of detail. Which is perfectly fine. This is your artwork. You want to get it exactly right the first time through. Touch-ups can be a royal pain in the HooHaa.
Keep in mind your tattoo artist may not be able to get a large very detailed tattoo completed in just one sitting. That is something you want to talk to them about before you get started. Keep expectations real.
Everybody thinks that is is all about how much you can take in one sitting, but you need to keep in mind that your tattoo artist has limits too. They are usually bent over, stretching in unnatural positions that wear on them just as much as the pain wears on you.
Tiny Dragonfly Tattoos
Tiny tattoos are ideal if you need to wear your ink discreetly. Some professional jobs frown on tattoos and this is a tasteful way around that little challenge. They can be made so small that they might be confused with a natural skin blemish. On the wrist works, if you wear bracelets, some can be worn as rings.
It is not just to please a dress code, there are those among us who like having that tiny reminder that no-one else can see. I suppose it is like painting a picture of a boy playing in the tree and then fill in the painting with leaves. The boy is no longer visible to anyone else, but You know that he is there.
I like this analogy because I like hidden meanings. Perhaps you do as well. Concealed or not tiny tats are fun to do, take very little time and most of the time you can do a buddy tattoo with your best friend, whether they are your sibling, significant other, or just best bud.
Just PLEASE don’t do names if it is a romantic gesture. It is like setting off a time-delayed bomb on the relationship!
Traditional Dragonfly Tattoos
The traditional Dragonfly tattoos tend to stay in the medium size, show some good detail, and are not colored. They go well behind ears, wrists, forearm, shoulder, and I saw one that was done on an earlobe that was just beyond fantastic!
It took me a minute to realize that it was a tattoo and not an earring! Now, this does not mean that your tattoo can’t have any color in it, it is just a tradition of tattoos in general. They were conceived in places that didn’t have access to colored inks.
If you are all about tradition and symbolism, then I would say go with black and grey with the shape of your choice incorporated into it. This is just if you are a stickler for tradition, and let’s be real, that just isn’t the nature of the beast. We tend to like bending, if not outright breaking, the rules.
All in all, this is a wonderful road you are getting ready to walk down. Where it takes you will be as far out there as you are willing to go
. For the veterans of this form of art, sometimes it just seems like there is just one more you need to get to say something new. Your story is never over. Not even after you die.
The rest of us might not be able to read any more of it from here, but you will. I could spend days, and have, going through tattoo galleries just to admire the sheer artwork displayed there. Like any other form of art, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is a fluid art (yep, pun intended) form an as such it is ever-changing, adapting, becoming what you truly need it to be.