Water Dragon Tattoo - Pommern

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Water Dragon Tattoo - Pommern

I have a tattoo on each shoulder of a dragon. This one represents my father's side of the family. The dragon holds the symbol of Pommern, which was the land my father's people came from. I had the banner added just recently, which is why it is still a bit red. It contains the name of the land, the date my ancestors sailed to America and the German word for "father". I originally just had the dragon in black and gray. I didn't know much about tattoos and regret getting something so small and tight when I could have had something much more dramatic and open. I also regret that the other dragon was almost identical to this one, except it holds a Celtic shield for my mom's side of the family.

Anyway, I ended up looking like a drill sargent or something. So, after about years of just living with it I went to a tatt artist last year and talked to her about it. She suggested adding color and putting water around one dragon and fire around the other, so I had her do that.

Anyway, this is the "water" dragon, with the water surging to the right it felt off balance. So, I designed the ribbon to flow down from the left side. I like that it balances the upper tatt off and enables me to give it more meaning.

Anyway, over all I like it. I'm still not thrilled with the smallness of the dragon, but short of a cover up I think that I've improved it the best I can. And, of course, it could have been much worse.

I love tatt's now though. I have 3 all together. I think I want to get started on a full back tatt. I am thinking of a dragon in flight. Yes, I know dragon's are done to death but I like them.

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Uploaded by draco
on January 26, 2008

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