Dragonflies are one of the most spectacular and beautiful insects in the world today. Similarly, dragonfly tattoo designs can be just as eye-catching. Widely popular in today’s fashion industry, they have also made their mark in the world of tattoo art. Primarily chosen by women, dragonfly tattoo designs are generally small in size, so they can practically be placed anywhere on the body: ankles, shoulder blades, hips and even near intimate areas. This makes them an ideal selection for first-time tattoo seekers.
Color Variations of Dragonfly Tattoos
Basic biology of the dragonfly explains why there is such a variation of colors that can be used for dragonfly tattoo designs. At first emergence from their water-borne larvae stage, a dragonfly’s colors are completely muted. Depending on the weather, it can take up to a few days for the adult dragonfly to gain the bright coloring dragonflies are known for. Their newly formed, highly reflective shell reflects this vivid coloring which can be any variation of hues from blues and purples to pinks and browns. This is why dragonfly tattoo designs can appear realistic using practically any combination of colors. Choosing a dragonfly drawing that also features other elements, such as a single stemmed rose (symbolizing love or beauty) or a lucky clover (good luck), is another way to incorporate additional color and meaning into your new tattoo. Select a dragonfly drawing that includes a fairy or swirling clouds and your tattoo will take on a more magical and majestic feeling.
Symbolic Meanings of Dragonfly Tattoos
Dragonflies, like butterflies, go through a metamorphasis. This magical change has been viewed for centuries as a beautifying process. It is a process that is also marked by newfound freedom as the dragonfly can now flutter away from the cocoon, and its past, and travel towards a new life. Therefore, beauty and positive change are some of the meanings behind dragonfly tattoo designs and why they are sought out by so many who want to physically represent their own inner beauty and changes in life. With the dragonfly’s ability to swirl, hover, fly backwards and loop-the-loop, dragonfly tattoo designs also represent free spirits.
Dragonfly tattoo designs can also symbolize that the barer “stands out in a crowd.” With two sets of wings, the dragonfly does not need to flutter it’s wings in unison in order to fly as other insects do – stating independence and one who marches to the beat of their own drum.
Interesting Dragonfly Facts
Here are a few interesting facts about dragonflies that may help you to customize the meaning (or possibly the design itself) behind your personal dragonfly tattoo design.
The largest dragonfly today has a wingspan of 7.5” and can be found in Costa Rica.
Dragonflies have been in existence for approximately 300 million years.
Dragonflies have eyes with up to 30,000 individual lenses (human eyes have one).
Birds are natural predators of dragonflies.
Dragonflies eat mosquitoes, gnats, termites and ants; therefore, they are known as “beneficial insects.”
80% of a dragonfly’s brain is devoted to sight, however, it still cannot register detail well.
A female dragonfly can lay as many as 100,000 eggs at one time.
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