Dragonflies are known to be one of the fastest insects in the world and their popularity in art, culture and religion has endured through hundreds of years of human civilization. Today, dragonfly tattoo designs are also popular among ink lovers and for good reason, too. Symbolism, species and shades are aplenty with these insects.
Symbolism of Dragonflies
Since ancient times, dragonflies have been associated with positive symbolism by virtue of their appearance, habitats and habits. The following are just a few of the symbolism traits of dragonflies from which you can rationalize your choice:
- Depth of Character – Because many species of dragonfly can be seen scurrying across water, the insect has come to represent the maturity of a person to look beyond the surface and to ponder the deeper meaning of life. With such traditional association came its status as a symbol for positive change.
- Power – It is not just plain power but power with an unshakeable sense of poise that attract artists to dragonfly tattoo designs. Such symbolism comes from the fact that dragonflies can fly in all six directions – up, down, forwards, backwards, right and left – while only flapping its delicate wings for a mere 30 times a minute. And even when exercising such power for a tiny frame, dragonflies still manage to look cool, graceful and elegant.
- Transition - Dragonflies are seen as carriers of human souls before their ascension to heaven.
Of course, you can also look to dragonflies to commemorate a person or an event. For example, your mother’s funeral may have a dragonfly hovering over the casket, which was presumed to contain her soul. It was her way of saying goodbye.
Also, you have so many dragonfly tattoo designs to choose from simply because there are plenty of dragonfly species. Look through a book on dragonflies and choose which one appeals best to your sense of aesthetics. Just to name a few of these species:
- black-tailed skimmer
- azure hawker
- red-veined darter
- vagrant darter
- four-spotted chaser
- downy emerald
- roseate skimmer
- Texas emerald.
- flame skimmer
- glistening demoiselle
Shades of Color
Of course, with each species, you can find unique colors. This means more dragonfly tattoo designs to choose from in the tattoo artist’s catalogue. Dragonflies are considered to be split along two genders when it comes to colorations – males are more brightly colored than the females – thus, their label as sexually dimorphic insects.
You can find dragonflies in colors like blacks, grays, greens, reds and browns and everything else in between. Keep in mind that it is not only the iridescent wings that can have delicate colorations but the entire body as well. Browsing through pictures of these graceful insects will give you an idea of the color palette desired on your skin.
Indeed, when it comes to powerful symbolism with graceful imagery, dragonfly tattoo designs belong to the best in the category. You must look into these designs and you are sure to find one that will fit into your own collection of body art.