Ancient cultures have spawned some of the most interesting objects, one of which is the dreamcatcher.
Our ancestors strongly believed in superstitions that they came up with things to help them overcome whatever they saw as evil.
The dreamcatcher is a talisman, made by putting together different components, namely a wooden hoop, thread webbing, feathers, and beads.
They were hung over the cradles to prevent kids from having nightmares during sleep.
They’re believed to have the magical power to hold nightmares until the sunlight appears and destroys them.
Actually, each element that comprises a dreamcatcher holds meaning.
The round hoop represents the earth or the cycle of life.
The web of yarn is believed to filter bad dreams. And the feathers act as paddles to allow good dreams to flow through gently towards the sleeping person.
As for the beads, they’re viewed as good dreams that don’t make any further and thus materialize into a physical form.
Small dream catcher tattoo behind ear
Is it possible to make a small dreamcatcher tattoo without losing its substance?
Yes, though it can be challenging because the dreamcatcher has a range of elements.
The most important thing is to not skip the most essential ones, like the round hoop, web, and feathers.
Nobody will mistake it for another craft as long as these are present.
Getting it behind the ear is also a good decision because it will appear like a hook from which the talisman is hung.
Size-wise, you can create a small one to easily tuck it behind the ear.
Or you can make it slightly bigger to draw more attention to it.
Small dream catcher tattoo on wrist
The wrist is flexible as it provides more space to accommodate a larger tattoo.
But if you don’t want it to expand too far from the joints, downsizing is an option. Don’t forget to consider the orientation.
As we know, the dreamcatcher is longer than it is wide, so it can be placed vertically or horizontally.
A horizontal orientation sounds better than placing it on its side.
Assuming you want to mimic the real thing and make it look as natural as possible, make it point downwards with the hoop being the closest to the wrist.
Another thing to take into account is the exact location.
Some people get these tattoos on the underside of the wrist instead of the dorsum area, which we think is a smart decision. Why?
Because when you wear a watch, a tattoo can ‘clash’ with the face of the watch.
So to keep the space clean, moving the tattoo to the palm side of the wrist is a good idea.
Small dream catcher tattoo on arm
There are many reasons why people prefer small to large tattoos.
First, they’re probably not ready to commit to a bigger piece because it takes more time and effort to finish.
Second, they can’t do that simply because their professional workplace doesn’t allow that.
Some firms have strict rules regarding tattoos that you may fail to secure a job if getting caught having a noticeable tattoo.
This is when small tattoos can come to the rescue.
If you want a dreamcatcher design, scale down the size and put it in a location you can easily cover up with clothes, like the arm.
However, certain elements may have to be sacrificed because it is difficult to squeeze everything into a little tattoo, especially if the design is intricate, to begin with.
Small dream catcher tattoo for men
Some tattoo designs ooze masculine energy, like eagles, bears, skulls, etc.
The dreamcatcher is pretty tame in comparison. It doesn’t have any specific feature that screams ‘masculine’.
As a matter of fact, the presence of feathers kind of softens out the appearance because they are the epitome of elegance and grace.
Hence, there’s only so much you can do to add a masculine edge to your tattoo unless you decide to accompany it with another bolder design.
The fact that it’s made small doesn’t help as it doesn’t allow for too many details.
The best thing you can do is play safe and present it the way it’s intended.
Small dream catcher tattoo for women
A dreamcatcher tattoo exudes beauty, so any woman will be able to pull it off effortlessly.
And in case you want stronger feminine quality, adding roses and butterflies will do wonders.
Roses depict elegance in the best way possible because they’re gentle and fragrant.
Butterflies are similar especially with those artistic wing patterns they have.
What does a dreamcatcher tattoo symbolize?
The primary use of this talisman is for protection against bad dreams.
Therefore, it generally symbolizes protection although it has some other connotations, such as power, wisdom, and freedom.
Is it bad to get a dream catcher tattoo?
It depends on what you mean by ‘bad’. If it refers to the meaning, then it’s definitely not bad to get a dreamcatcher tattoo because it’s aimed to protect against bad influence.
Now if it’s put within the context of cultural heritage, it could be seen as bad because it’s a product of indigenous cultures.
We’re not supposed to use these things in a way that strays from the original meaning.
You should either avoid it altogether or wear it but with prior knowledge of its history and meaning.
What goes well with a dream catcher tattoo?
There are many, such as the heart, butterflies, roses, gemstones, etc.
Anything that amps up the elegance should work.
Need more Dreamcatcher tattoo designs and placement ideas?
Well, some areas of the body are perfect for a dream catcher tattoo design.
The round shoulder muscles, for example, offer support and design.
The underlying field (biceps, triceps) can be used for the dangling feathers and other Meadow Ring-related items. Body-side, lower back, wrist, or thigh are more suitable body parts.