Dream Catcher Tattoo

Dream Catcher Tattoos History

Dream Catcher TattoosWhile many tangible aspects of Native American culture have found popularity in modern America, from moccasins to beaded bags, none seems to have resonated like the dreamcatcher of the Anishinabe. The dreamcatcher has its origins in the Native American Culture. It is believed that the Anishinabe people were the first to create it.

“Dream Catchers, also known as Spider Web Charms, are believed to trap unimportant or bad dreams that float in the air, pretty much the way a spider traps insects that flies into its web.”
The dream catcher originated from Native American culture. Dream catcher tattoos are becoming more and more popular, however the actually meaning of a dream catcher is to alter the types of dreams that a person has. Bad dreams are caught in the dream catcher permanently, while good dreams are allowed to pass through. You know your dream catcher is full when you start having bad dreams again.

They were first made by the Native Americans who claimed that by hanging them over our beds, they would catch nightmares in their weave, keeping our sleeping minds safe and comfortable for a peaceful nights rest.

Dream Catcher Design and Meaning

According to the Anishinabe, it is Spider Woman whom we can thank for the dreamcatcher. Until her people spread to distant lands, she journeyed to every new infant in their cradleboard to weave her magical protective web. As the people migrated however, Spider Woman eventually had difficulty getting to all the cradleboards.

A dreamcatcher is a round wooden hoop that contains a loose string web with a hole in the center, and feathers hanging from the webbing. Nice dreams travel through the hole into the sleeper’s mind, while the bad ones, as well as nightmares, are trapped inside the web permanently.

Dreamcatcher tattoos are very common among Native Americans, both men and women. They represent the symbol of their rich cultural heritage, and at the same time they keep negative and evil energies away. They protect the person who wears them against nightmares and bad dreams, while helping nice and joyful dreams to enter his or her mind.

Some for cultural reasons, others for personal reasons or experiences. Personally, I have always been prone to horrible dreams. So I have decided to get my dream catcher tattoo somewhere that is close to my head when I sleep.

Dream Catcher Ideas

If you decide to get this type of tattoo, or any tattoo at all, you should have good reasons. Remember that tattoos are permanent and they are not to be chosen lightly. Never get a tattoo just because it will “look cool” or it is currently in “season.”

No matter where you choose to put your dream catcher tattoo, this design typically looks better large rather than small. There is a lot of detail that goes into a dream catcher, so the bigger the better. This is simply not a design that is meant to be worn on a small scale, but of course the decision is ultimately yours.