Dreamcatcher tattoos come from Native American culture. The dreamcatcher is steeped in meaning. This design is fairly ancient and goes back hundreds and hundreds of years in Native culture. Dreamcatcher tattoos tend to be colorfully presented and in extremely similar shapes but with a variety of colors and feathers.
The inside of a dreamcatcher has no particular pattern, which makes it a fun tattoo design to add your own sense of creativity. Here are our favorites:
Image Source: http://Image Source: https://instagram.com/p/7MDHWupxho/This is the perfect example of a well-executed tattoo and perfect artwork placement. Not only is the dreamcatcher tattoo sharp and vivid with really beautiful line work, but it’s also situated in a spot that is hard to miss. In other words, it’s an impeccable, strategically placed tattoo—both are eye-catching whichever way you look at it. I love how the birds are breaking away from the middle feather. It adds depth and meaning to what already is a dramatic dreamcather tattoo. This, right here, is breathtakingly dreamy in every sense of the word. Pun intended!
2.Black and Grey Floral Dreamcatcher
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Beautiful and solid linework, check! Ornate and intricate design, check! Seamless combinations of motifs, extra check! This tattoo is as good as it gets. With an eye-popping amulet, shimmering beads, equally sensational mini dreamcatchers and elegant flowers on top for good measure, this black and grey tattoo is a real stunner. Yes it is an eye candy of some sort but it’s not annoyingly cloying. It has the right amount of sweetness and grit, just what the doctor ordered. Who needs excesses when you can make a statement with minimal color and design combinations? This just goes to show that in art, subtlety is a virtue and when there’s subtlety, there’s beauty.
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A peachy dreamcatcher arm tattoo indeed! Amazing color saturation and great attention to detail. This is such a lovely and realistic-looking piece of art. With feathers that seemed like they were fluttering in the wind and flowers that looked like they were just freshly picked from the garden, this tattoo can do no wrong. There might not be a lot of elements into it but you just can’t take your eyes off of it. It’s a living and breathing piece of art—like love at first sight!
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As the saying goes,” No pain, no gain.” And looking at this amazing tattoo, I’m pretty sure that it’s all worth it in the end. The rib cage is one of the most painful areas of the body to tattoo on but it also offers one of the most spacious and pristine living canvasses. Case in point: This incredibly gorgeous elephant-themed dreamcatcher. It’s a really an interesting combo and it works because the two elements were expertly melded together as if they were meant to be like the stars in the night sky or the flowers in springtime; catch my drift?
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Another great combo. The wolf, just like the dreamcatcher, is deeply ingrained in Native American culture as it is revered for its loyalty, courage and strength among other things. Being considered as a medicine in Native American mythology, this blending of motifs makes perfect sense as dreamcatchers were originally used to protect infants from illnesses, evil spirits and bad dreams. The colors just pop and the linework is equally crisp. It’s striking as much as it is meaningful; what’s not to like really?
6.Dreamy James Dean
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This is a really huge tattoo and I could just imagine the level of skill and patience it took to get this done. Great concept and it obviously is executed with deft and precision. From top to bottom, the set pieces flow like a beautifully crafted story—each intricate piece perfectly complement each other. I like how the James Dean quote was seamlessly incorporated in what already is a compelling piece of art. It just made this remarkable dreamcatcher tattoo that much special.
7.Prime Dreamcatcher Tattoo
OK, where do I begin? This dreamcatcher tattoo is vivid and sensational in and of itself but what makes it really mesmerizing is the area in which it was strategically placed. Just like a good real estate agent would say: “Location, location, location.” The ‘skin’ and ‘artist’ know how to sell their product or art for that matter. They know that just like in real estate, choosing the prime location is integral in the appreciation and depreciation of tattoos. And this one is the epitome of an excellently done dreamcatcher tattoo crafted in a prime real estate.
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Perfection is boring and this watercolor dreamcatcher tattoo conveys that logic in masterfully concocted smudged colors inside and around the piece. It is something that you don’t see very often and probably the only one of its kind. The result: A realistically looking water color tattoo that’s both fascinating and awe-inspiring. In fact, according to Pinterest, it’s one of ‘The Top Tattoo Designs Of 2013’. And rightfully so as it is highly original, daringly imaginative and expertly executed. By looking imperfect, this watercolor dreamcatcher tattoo is head and shoulders above its counterparts.
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This ultra-realistic, wolf-inspired, Indian style tattoo is a masterpiece. The placement, color saturation and linework among other things are not only impeccable but also purposeful. There’s not a single detail, color, line or shading that is out of place and every element has a purpose in the grand scheme of things or overall look of the tattoo. The piercing yellow green eyes of the wolf perfectly encapsulate the majestic and mystic appeal of this dreamcatcher tattoo—truly a work of art.
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I love black and grey tattoos because when it’s done right, it’s something to behold. And when the subject matters are as fascinating as a dreamcatcher and a raven, especially when the former is incorporated in such a dynamic way that it’s dangling on the latter’s beak, it is out of sight! This sublime back piece conveys emotions unlike any other and the black and grey color combination gives a sense of grief or sorrow that colored tattoos cannot and will never be able to do. The wind beneath and above the raven’s wings is a nice touch and it gives an illusion that it’s up in the air.
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This is something for the ladies, a heart-shaped foot dreamcatcher tattoo. This is cute yet detailed and doesn’t take a while to finish. Yes, it is obviously a rendition and one can even argue that it’s quite a departure from the traditional piece but that’s the beauty of art. You can custom-fit it to your own liking provided that you don’t twist or mangle the meaning behind it. I’m pretty sure the squiggly line or string that is attached to two interconnected hearts has a profound or special meaning. Otherwise, what’s the point?
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As per the insightful Shakira, “Hips don’t lie.” You know when you see something amazing because your hips involuntarily shakes—like it has a mind of its own. I’m no dancer but this hip dreamcatcher tattoo makes me wanna shake my hips and even my bon-bon like there’s no tomorrow! I mean, it’s got all the elements of an amazing tattoo: Standard and mini-sized dreamcathers with some elaborately colorful feathers all thoughtfully placed in a prime location. And if there’s something we learned from the previous tattoos, it is that when excellent art and perfect location meet, something special is about to happen; like when your hips start shaking by the sheer epicness of it all, yeah because it doesn’t lie.
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It might be a quirky and slightly cartoonish rendition of a dreamcatcher tattoo but it doesn’t mean that it’s less appealing or enjoyable to have. If you look at it closely, the lines are still clean and solid and the colors and shading are aptly utilized with really good awareness of blank spaces inside the hoop. It’s just a fun and cute piece and would undoubtedly be perfect for the ladies who have sunny dispositions and are not afraid to try new things.
This dreamcatcher tattoo is a convoluted piece. There are so many things going on that I don’t even know where to look first and wow, is that a real wolf?! But its complexity is also its appeal as the image makes me want to howl even in broad daylight! Well anyway, this freakishly huge side piece has a lot of things going on for it. The feathers, hoop, wolf, owl and the sun are seamlessly meshed together to create what I can only assume as an equally convoluted story for the senses. It’s bold, big and beautiful and I’m mesmerized.
15.Thigh Dreamcatcher 2.0
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Intricate, ornate, incredibly detailed and masterful utilization of canvas; this thigh dreamcatcher tattoo is as dreamy as it gets. The feathers are eye-popping and the webs are hypnotizing. The color saturation, linework and shading are excellently done. The piece is artfully designed to flow with the thigh. What else? Well, the placement! Don’t forget the placement! In short, it’s a beautifully made dreamcatcher tattoo situated in an equally beautiful body part—a win-win situation for all parties involved. It’s a real head turner!
16.The Leg Up
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This, right here, is a perfect example of how an artist can utilize the natural contours of the body to accentuate the tattoo. This dreamcatcher tattoo hugs the leg as if it were a sticker. Additionally, the colors are vibrant and distinctively splashy; the linework is solid and tight, while the details are purposeful and intricate. No element is out of place and every single one of them collectively flows into one amazingly concordant piece. It’s like a living and breathing artwork—as it should be.
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It’s a geometrically sound, minimally yet strategically colored and most especially, perfectly centered dreamcatcher tattoo. I’m specifically more impressed with the way this piece was centered because it’s not easy to do. It takes a lot of trial and error to accomplish it. Also, the almost two-toned color combination is interesting and dare I say, audacious. Only a skilled and confident artist can pull off something like this. This dreamcatcher back tattoo may not be flamboyant but it is understatedly stunning.
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There is obviously something special about this tattoo, I just can’t point my finger on it. OK, let me try. It’s intricate, cute and slightly suggestive, I mean well-positioned. OK there, we’ve got that out of the way. Anyway, this dreamcather hip tattoo is perfectly sized that it kinda looks like an accessory, a perfect complement to this lady’s bejeweled belly ring. The best thing about this piece is that you can easily conceal it and you can pick and choose who you want to see it. It’s fun-sized and discrete; not a bad deal if you ask me.
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As far as color saturation goes, this is up there with the best. This dreamcatcher leg tattoo is so vibrant that it just pops right out—like an animated creation ready to interact with an onlooker at will. Having said that, the butterfly on the web is a curious addition to this piece but it blends well with the vibrant feathers and shimmering beads. The color combination is exquisite and the linework is divine. It’s an elaborate yet accurate piece of artwork.
20.Duality of Motif
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What’s this? Another wolf-inspired dreamcatcher tattoo? Well, it’s unavoidable as both are common motifs in Native American mythology. They go together like hammer and nail, knot and bolt, bread and butter; well you get the flow. This is an amazing tattoo and the way the wolf is incorporated in the piece; as if it was peeking out of the hoop from inside the man’s body, is skillfully done. That portion alone is worth the price of the entire tattoo. And don’t get me stated with the elegantly crafted oversized feathers and hoop. My point is this: You can’t go wrong with a wolf dreamcatcher tattoo, especially with the right artist.