Dream catcher Tattoo

Dream Catcher Tattoo

History of Dreamcatchers

Now that we have all that out of the way, let’s talk about the cool stuff. Dreamcatchers. While popular, dreamcatchers do not feature in all Native American cultures. They are very common across the nations, but their origin lies somewhere with the Lakota, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Sioux, and their neighboring tribes. Obviously, this huge swath of different cultures and locations barely narrows it down, so determining exactly where they originated proves impossible.

In the 60s and 70s, the Pan-Indian movement sought to unify many different American Indian tribes across the nations to better coordinate their protest of some shady government claims. While many tribes already formed a coalition of nations—even before the Europeans landed on the continent—this surge represented the largest movement to fight back for their land.

During the Pan-Indian movement, many different tribes shared the unique quirks of their particular tribes and bands. During this time, the dreamcatcher became a popular symbol for many different tribes across a huge swath of North America. People easily recognized it, and it looked awesome. To this day, dreamcatchers appear in traditional shops far away from their original location.

During this time, the dreamcatcher became a popular symbol for many different tribes across a huge swath of North America. People easily recognized it, and it looked awesome. To this day, dreamcatchers appear in traditional shops far away from their original location.

Dream catcher Tattoo why do hold such popularity?

What purpose do they serve, what do dreamcatchers mean, and what kind of history do they have?

let’s look back at the legends of the Lakota tribe. A variant is found in many other tribes, with different names and meanings, but this one is the first I could find in the public domain.

but this one is the first I could find in the public domain.

A long time ago, a Lakota spiritual leader received a vision on a mountain.

He saw the spider trickster Iktomi appear and speak to him in a language that only the spiritual leaders can hear. The spider took the feathered willow hoop of the spiritual leader and began to spin a web while he spoke.

The spider took the feathered willow hoop of the spiritual leader and began to spin a web while he spoke.

He spoke of the cycle of life—we begin as an infant, grow into adulthood, and return to infanthood as a fragile old person who must be cared for.

watercolor lotus tattoo design

Watercolor Lotus Tattoo Design

Watercolour lotus tattoo designs are widely preferred by tattoo lovers all around the world. Popular amongst both, men and women, lotus design is not only revered for its beauty, but also reflects a deeper spiritual meaning. The flower grows in muddy water, yet symbolises purity and harmony. As a tattoo design too, lotus stands for the same attributes in human nature and depicts the thoughts and attitude of the bearer. Aside from the Victorian and contemporary meanings for the Lotus, there is a wealth of symbolism tying these flowers to Hinduism, Buddhism, and the ancient Egyptian’s religious practices.

watercolor lotus tattoo design

The ancient Egyptians used the plant extensively as a symbol in the paintings. And carvings left on the walls of temples and tombs. Scholars believe the Egyptians viewed the Lotus as a symbol of rebirth. Because it appeared to sink at night and rise again in the morning. It is the plant simply loses old blooms and adds new ones on a daily cycle, but it is still a potent reminder of reincarnation and the mysteries of the afterlife. The priests and other religious leaders also brewed the flowers to make a tea with sedative and mild psychotropic effects, which heightened their sense for ritual work.

Buddhism Culture – According to Buddhist religion, lotus defines purity and piousness of the soul,Patience,Mysticism,Direct Spiritual Contact,Emptiness from Desire,Victory over Attachments,Enlightenment and the Bodhi State,Love and Compassion for All Things,Self-Awareness,Faithfulness During Spiritual Development,Rising Out of Suffering as the flower grows in a muddy area, yet maintains its purity. The belief is based on the fact that you will find a perfectly complete miniatures lotus plant within a seed. Which implies that even a human being is born complete and yearns for perfection through his journey of life.

Also, Buddhism has meanings for various colors of lotus flowers, as a red colored. Lotus stands for the heart, which implies love and passion.

Similarly, a pink lotus represents devotion towards the divine, while a blue one stands for learning and intelligence. A white colored lotus implies purity and peace, both at spiritual as well as intellectual level. The Buddhist mythology says that the Buddha was born from this pure flower and had a white heart. Which represented his pious soul. Just as a lotus sheds its flowers and seeds together. It signifies a noble soul which guides the other souls on the Earth along the path of Nirvana.

Egyptian Culture   The ancient Egyptian cultures sees lotus as a symbol of the beginning of life and reincarnation, as the mythology of this culture narrates that origination of life on earth was marked by the blooming of this mystical flower from the sea.

Chinese Culture  The Chinese culture sees lotus as a flower with perfect beauty stands as a source of inspiration for poets and artists. Since times immemorial. 

Western Culture – The Western culture has a similar kind of reflection of this charming flower. Because it denotes new beginning and rebirth as it reflects divine conception. It also links lotus flower with the search of true meaning of life.

The Lotus meaning in Hinduism is a little different.Brahma, the ultimate creator, emerges from a Lotus as well. This sense of purity arises from the flower’s growing. The habit of rooting in mud and pushing up through the water to bloom.

ganesha watercolor tattoo

ganesha watercolor tattoo

A watercolor, Ganesha tattoo looks illustrations and vibrant. Lord Ganesha is also revered as the destroyer of pride, selfishness, and vanity. Life is full of difficulties and hindrance, but those who succeed, do so with sheer willpower and the Ganesha tattoo is the personification of all the material universe in all its various manifestations.

The Meaning of Ganesh Tattoos

In the Hindu religion. Ganesh is the Lord of Beginning. Representing spring, the season in which the world begins anew after winter. Tattoos of the Indian god Ganesh are often accompanied by flowers, especially the lotus flower. The god sits on a lotus flower in the lotus position in a symbol of spiritual openness.

ganesha watercolor tattoo

When a Hindu person wishes to succeed in a certain task. It is often Ganesh that they call upon to assist them. Rodents are a symbol of annoyance and destruction because they eat stored food and destroy crops. By displaying Ganesh as standing over the obstacle (the rodent), the design is depicting Ganesh’s power over such obstacles.

Rose Tattoo

Abstract rose tattoo

Abstract Rose Tattoo

Roses are a complex flower and a popular tattoo. Obvious symbolism may be delicate beauty or love, but there is a wealth of culture behind rose symbolism that can be different based on different elements, including color and whether or not the rose is “open.”

The number of petals on a rose is commonly associated with numerology.

In mythology, Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love) was often depicted with roses adorning her head, feet, and neck. This can be interpreted many ways, but the association comes from a rose bush that grew within a pool of blood spilled by her slain lover (Adonis), and so a common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love that withstands time and even death.

Roses are not only a beautiful flower but have been the popular choice for both men and women for a tattoo since the 1930’s; but what does the rose symbolize.  Your first thought may be in regard to its delicate beauty or its representation of love, inner and outer beauty and whilst you would be right there is also so much more to this beautiful flower.

As a depiction of love it can be a symbol of being in love particularly when the rose is without thorns, or with as a reminder that love does not come without certain sacrifices when the thorns are present. So even the thorns have their meaning, some say that when thorns are present on the tattoo it means the person does not place a great deal of emphasis on outer beauty, whilst for others, the tattoo refers to endless beauty with the thorn meaning you can look but you can’t touch.

Rose Tattoo History

The rose originated in Persia it is a masculine symbol, Over the years. It has become associated with femininity, however, the flower is popular with both men and women. Although the rose tattoo carries a plethora of meanings today, it used to only represent love.

Rose Tattoo Meaning

  • Rose and Skull: The skull is a strong symbol of overcoming challenges or the death of an enemy. Combined with the rose, this tattoo is a representation of life after death—conquering an enemy and starting a new life. The most famous design depicts a rose growing out of a skull’s eye sockets. Some people like having the skull wearing the rose on its head.
  • Anchor and Rose: This is a classic nautical tattoo that represents the commitment to a loved one.
  • Rose and Dagger: These two contrasting elements can make for a visually striking tattoo that is imbued with profound meaning. The dagger stands for betrayal, ruthlessness, and death. A tattoo design that depicts a dagger stabbing a rose could represent the wearer’s belief that evil always conquers innocence. It could also symbolize heartbreak, especially if you add a few blood drops falling from a drooping rose. A dagger tattoo with rose vines wrapped around it represents the duality of human life and our constant struggle with good and evil. A tattoo of a rose’s thorny vines choking a dagger means that good always trumps evil or that true love is possible after a heartbreak.
  • Rose and Clock:  A tattoo design that has a clock with no hands and a rose symbolizes endless love. Combined with the rose, this design could be a symbol of a certain romance in your past. Or it could represent an anniversary date.
  • Rose and Dove: Dove tattoos are usually tributes to someone who has passed away. A rose and dove tattoo design can serve as a tribute to a loved one who has gone.

Symbol of balance

yellow rose symbolizes joy, protection against envious lovers, and a mature love.

White roses symbolize purity, mysticism, and a secret admirer.

Red roses symbolize romance or passionate love,  also represent sacrifice or memorial.

Pink roses are representative of healing, first love, and innocence.

Blue roses signify the unattainable or the impossible.

Black roses are a symbol of death and farewell. (This is not necessarily morbid; it can carry a message of a memorial.)

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