Tattoo artist: Dr.Ink, Atka Tattoo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Origins of the Dreamcatcher

The dreamcatcher origins can be traced back to Native American Culture when the Anishinabe people first created it.

These tribes resided along the border of the Northern United States and Canada.

According to the Anishinabe, a spider woman would travel around the world, visiting the cradles of newborn babies, and she had the power to then weave magical webs above the cradle, which protected the infants from having bad dreams, but allowing nice ones to enter their minds.

The dreamcatchers were designed by the tribes and placed with their babies to keep them safe at night.

The feathers and beads were placed in and around it to keep the babies entertained as they drifted off to sleep.

Tattoo artist: Dr.Ink, Atka Tattoo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Compass Tattoo Meanings

When compasses were originally created, they weren’t actually used for spatial navigation. Instead, they were used as divination instruments, meant to guide people spiritually. Compasses first showed up in China during the Han Dynasty, and it was only in the 11th century that they became popularly used as navigation tools. Below, we’ve put together a compass tattoo dictionary, spelling out the meaning behind each one of these tattoo designs.

 

Tattoo by Dr.Ink, Atka Tattoo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Koi Fish Tattoo Meanings

As one of the most colourful and intricately patterned cold water fish, koi fish are renowned symbols in Japanese and Chinese culture. They play an important role in ancient folklore, and were believed to transform into a magical dragon if they could swim upstream, past the Dragon’s Gate. Below, we’ve put together a Koi Fish tattoo dictionary, explaining the meaning behind each one of these tattoo designs.

 

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