Pretty Dreamcatcher Tattoos
Pretty Dreamcatcher tattoos are a great way of showing attachment to one’s roots. America is often associated with a certain charm in the name and the Native American race are extremely proud of their roots. Some people may think it is a strange way of demonstrating attachment to one’s roots, but there are many people who are delighted to show their spirituality, unity among diverse Indian cultures and harmony with nature through Dreamcatcher tattoos.
The history of tattooing is believed to have begun approximately 5000 years ago. The word is taken from a combination of the Tahitian word “tatau” and the Polynesian word “ta”; the former meaning to mark and the later to strike. In North America, the early Jesuits testified to a widespread tattooing practice among the Native Americans. The tattoos were used to depict status, for example a woman with a tattooed chin indicated her marital status; warrior class and other statuses in life.
For the tattooed individual getting a Dreamcatcher tattoo is guaranteed to attract a lot of attention. Let’s face it – tattoos are hot and getting hotter! There’s a lot more to tattoos than making a fashion statement. The symbolism behind the Dreamcatcher tattoo is that it forces good dreams upon the wearer all through the dark night, until daylight dawns. To most Native Americans, the tattoo is considered the ultimate in expressing faith and spirituality.
The Dreamcatcher tattoos are without doubt an extraordinary way of showing attachment to culture and spirituality, and they are universally recognized. The Dreamcatcher tattoo closely resembles the stick and strand tattoo and consists of a web woven around hoop shaped frames. The frames are strung together and hand down from one gigantic central ring. Some tattoos may also feature feathers that have been woven into the design. The feathers provide suggestive meanings and are believed to add more earth and nature to a design. Where the Dreamcatcher tattoo deviates from its counterpart is in the bright, vividly colored designs that depict pride in the wearer’s heritage.
If you ever travel to Yellowstone in California, you will find a gift shop that sells Dreamcatchers. These are not tattoos but real feathers that you can hang on your bedpost to catch any scary dreams you may have at night. Better yet, get a tattoo that you can carry with you wherever you go. You can enhance your Dreamcatcher tattoo to symbolize anything that is special to you, by putting the symbol in the center of the ring.