Tribal Dreamcatcher Tattoo
The tribal Dreamcatcher tattoo is a very popular one among the guys; the design can be tattooed on arms, necks, shoulders or backs. This means the guy with the Dreamcatcher tattoo can flaunt it beautifully. In the beginning, tribal tattoos were a form of expression of one’s religious beliefs. Today, much has changed in the tattoo world and tribal tattoos are worn more to make a style statement because they make fancy objects of art.
It would appear from all accounts that the popularity of the tribal Dreamcatcher tattoo far transcends the popularity of numerous aspects of Native American culture. The tribal people have been given various names like the Chippewa and Ojibway; however, the word the Native Americans prefer is Anishinabe meaning original people.
The Dreamcatcher tattoo’s popularity has caused it to spread as far as Central America among other parts of the country. The origin of the Dreamcatcher stories tends to differ depending on which part of the country you hear it in. The most common story is one that revolves around helping to catch the wearer’s bad dreams, letting the good dreams pass through.
The tribal Dreamcatcher tattoo consists of a thick hoop with feathers dangling from it. Inside the hoop are lines that resemble a spider’s web. According to the Anishinabe, the tattoo is based on the story of the spider woman who faithfully journey across the land to weave a protective magic web around every newborn infant as they slept in their cradles. In time people dispersed and moved to the far corners of the country. This made it difficult for the spider woman to reach every infant in every cradle. Mothers, grandmothers and even sisters are believed to have taken over this task, making dreamcatchers from willow (for the hoop); leather to wrap the hoop and hang down, and sinew to form the net. The earliest forms of the Dreamcatcher had neither feathers nor beads.
In time this changed and today the tribal Dreamcatcher tattoo has a peculiar variability that does not allow any two Dreamcatchers to appear similar. The similarity of the tattoos lies in their depiction of Native art. It can also be found in the common theme of catching of bad dreams through traditional protective powers and pleasant dreams.
The tribal Dreamcatcher tattoo is a powerful way of showing one’s spirituality as well as demonstrating an attachment to one’s Native American roots.