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Was it the popular movie ‘Dragonfly’ (starring Kevin Costner) that made dragonfly tattoos all the rage? We can’t say for sure, but it may have had a hand in the recent popularity of whimsical dragonfly tattoo designs. In the movie, Kevin Costner’s wife had a small birth mark shaped like a dragon fly, and this was an entry point into a mystical, supernatural consciousness. Dragonfly tattoos have something mystical about them, too – a fairy tale quality that can be quite beautiful, but in a more offbeat way than a fairy or butterfly image. If the dragonfly tattoo image appeals to you, look on the internet for tattoo ideas. See what others have done with this simple yet intricate motif – it’s quite inspiring!
Even in real life, a dragonfly has a sort of fairy tale quality to it. It’s about the size that we would imagine a fairy to be, with beautiful, gossamer wings. At the same time, unlike a fairy or butterfly, dragonfly tattoos are not categorically feminine. They have a universal appeal. Dragonfly tattoo designs can easily be given a bold tribal look, for example, that’s quite masculine. On the other hand, they can also be subtle and sketchy, or elaborate and colourful. Many dragonfly images are both beautiful and ugly at the same time – for example, the delicate wings of the dragonfly are juxtaposed with its insect eyes and segmented body – just as they are in nature. From far away, it looks like a fairy tale creature, but close up, it’s definitely of this earth. Like the creature that inspired it, a dragonfly tattoo is indicative of a person who cannot be easily categorized.
If the dragonfly image appeals to you, do some work on your tattoo design. Even if you’re not an artist, try sketching how you would like your tattoo to look. Dragonfly tattoos are often simple images with a lot of visual impact. If you go to your tattoo artist to discuss dragonfly tattoos, chances are that he or she will also have ample ideas for tattoo designs. Among other things, be sure to discuss size. A tiny dragonfly tattoo can be quite a bold statement, but for that matter, so is a massive coloured dragonfly with wings spread wide, tattooed across your shoulder blades! The dragonfly image is not a single image – it’s a whole range of images. Almost all possess the same offbeat, slightly magical quality, however.
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