Most of us are familiar with the dreamcatcher – a hoop containing a woven mesh and feathers and beads hanging from it. However most people don’t know it’s true origins. Whilst the dreamcatcher is generally just associated with American Indian culture, it wasn’t until the 60’s and 70’s that it was adopted as an American Indian symbol. It’s actual origins are with the Ojibwe people who have an ancient legend about the spider woman Asibikaashi who would take care of the children on the land. The dreamcatchers were constructed and hung above children’s beds to work like a charm and only allow good dreams to enter that persons mind.
Nowadays dreamcatchers a more a symbol of American Indian heritage and their overall underlying beauty, but to some they still believe that the dreamcatcher will get rid of any bad dreams. So let’s take a look at 45 of our favorite dreamcatcher tattoos.
Dreamcatcher tattoos are particularly popular amongst females, generally because the feathers and web like patterns are seen as a more feminine design. The actual web itself is often adapted to the persons taste as you can see on the beautiful design above running up the side of the ribs.
Here is an example of someone putting their own twist on the dreamcatcher with their own adornments hanging from it including the pentagram which is a popular symbol for lovers of HIM who are a metal band.
A simpler dreamcatcher design that has been modified to have the web look like that of a sunflower.
Because the dreamcatcher is traditionally hand made and that often no two would be the same it offers a great chance to show your creative flare and put your own twist or embellishments on it.
A larger dreamcatcher tattoo on someone’s hip which is a popular place for females to get tattoos these days, particularly because they can hide these tattoos when they dress for work.
One of our favorite spots for the dreamcatcher tattoo is on the back of the neck. For the most part you can cover it up when you untie your hair which gives you a couple of different style options. As for the key in this photo, just like you we have no idea why it’s there…
A great example of how you can compliment your dreamcatcher tattoo with hand made bracelets on your wrist.
Here is a freshly done dreamcatcher tattoo on someones shoulder and arm. As you can see they have opted for a lot of feathers on this one and sometimes people will pick a particular birds feathers that have some kind of symbolism to them.
We really love this one. The broach hanging from the dreamcatcher just looks divine!
A unique take on the dreamcatcher tattoo, this time featuring an animals skull in the middle and different kind of webbing patterns.