Chinese Dragon Tattoos

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The dragon has long represented mystery and power in China.

In general, Chinese dragon tattoos represent:

There are many types of Chinese dragons, amongst them:


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Some characteristics of Chinese dragons:


Chinese Dragon Tattoos


The Dragon in Chinese Mythology

Chinese character for Dragon Chinese symbol for Dragon

Simplified Chinese Symbol for Dragon

Traditional Chinese Symbol for Dragon

In Chinese mythology, dragons fulfilled a myriad of functions and your Chinese dragon tattoo can be chosen for one of these meanings:

Chinese dragon tattoo

Dragons have a yang (male) nature and are associated with the number 9, a lucky number in China because it is the biggest possible single number.


Tattoo Placement

Here's the top 3 of dragon tattoo placements:

  1. Most often a dragon tattoo 'winds' itself up a person’s arm (or leg) and ends on the chest (see pic below). This is a natural placement for Asian dragon tattoos, being long and snake-like. An added benefit of such a placement is that it enhances your muscles and makes you look stronger.
  2. The upper back is also a popular spot, the dragon's head extending over the shoulder to the chest.
  3. For women, the most popular spot for a dragon tattoo is the side of the body.


Design Combinations

Dragons in Chinese designs are often combined with a tiger or phoenix, usually in a fighting pose. In such designs, the dragon symbolizes the positive force and the tiger or phoenix the negative or destructive force.


Dragon and tiger tattoo fighting over a yin yang sign


The Dragon Sign In The Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac Dragon Sign

According to the Chinese zodiac system, you are a dragon if you are born in the year 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012.

People born in the year of the dragon are said to have the following attributes:


Chinese Dragon Gallery

Here are some more pics and designs:


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Red Chinese dragon tattoo with blue clouds Tattoo design of a Chinese dragon with kanji on the background Chinese dragon tattoo flash (black, red & yellow)
Chinese dragon tattoo with tribal, flames and planets Tattoo of a double Chinese bearded dragon head Round Chinese dragon with pearl tattoo design
Chinese dragon with pearl tattoo Chinese dragon tattoo outlines Red Chinese Dragon Tattoo