The dragon is one image which never ceases to amaze. Although it is a staple of tattoo, interpreted in all the various styles, it always appears in a different guise, playing on its sinuous shapes and the magnificent imagery it takes from various folk traditions. The most commonly encountered is the Oriental dragon which finds its greatest expression in Japanese tattoo.

Shige, Yellow Blaze Tattoo, Yokohama City, Japan
Shige, Yellow Blaze Tattoo, Yokohama City, Japan

This type of dragon has taken over from the dragon of fantasy or medieval and Celtic legend which was so fashionable during the ’90s. Battles with dragons, dragons and maidens, dragons which are little more than pure outline and shading in the western interpretation, or dragons full of red and coloured shading in the Oriental style. Weaving its magic with the power of its imagery, no matter how unreal it may be.

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