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Friday, May 29, 2015

Dream catcher

What does Dreamcatcher Tattoo Mean?

The dreamcatcher is a handmade item popular in Native American cultures. The dreamcatcher is a woven net or web that has certain adornments, such as beads, shells, gemstones, leather, feathers and the like. These items are usually things found in nature. It is typically hung in a bedroom, above a bed, or sometimes above a door. The idea is that happy, optimistic dreams will pass through the net, while the negative dreams or nightmares will become ensnared, so the dreamers has only good dreams. On the other hand, some believe that the negative dreams pass through the hole in the center of the dreamcatcher, while the good dreams are trapped, and thus become a part of that person’s destiny.
Whichever way it is, the tattoo signifies that harmful dreams are chased away and positive dreams will stay, bring protection to the one who wears the ink. In more realistic sense, the tattoo fights away bad things like scandals while letting the good, such as money, pass through.



At the moment i have my mind and heart set on a new tattoo... a dream catcher! (Taking away the nightmares and the bad thoughts, so that all i am left with positivity. And that is basically what i already am.... but i love dream catchers and so might get it tattoo'd on me!) Though i dont want to make any rash decisions - though ive thought about this for the past 6 months. So i'll see if i do get one... though it wont be anytime soon. Unless i feel very spontaneous - which i do - and just randomly decide to do it someday on my own (which is what is likely to happen! hahaha. I like to just surprise people and not tell anyone that i got a new tatttoo... because in the end the tattoo is for me, and it means something for me!!!)

I've already mentioned my interest in a new tattoo to my boyfriend and even if he might not be into tattoos he say's he doesnt really mind and it's my body so i can do what i want!! In the end i don't really care what other people think or what their opinions are... it IS my body. But i dont like being spontaneous or rash when it comes to something like a tattoo as ... yes it will be on my body forever. But that doesnt scare me or worry me... i mean i will put the tattoo somewhere it can be easily hidden if that is what is required! But for me, my two tattoos make me smile each time i see them or think about them!! They are both so pretty and have so much meaning behind them!!!
dream catcher tattoo on back - Google Search
Dream Catcher Tattoos
I want a dream catcher tattoo

If you don't have a dream it can't come true


6 comments:

  1. You sound really excited about your new tattoo! That's great. Congratulations on your graduation as well.

    I did want to mention that I live in North America, and there is something of on ongoing debate about whether it is appropriate for symbols of a historically marginalized culture to be used by people who are not members of that culture. Some people, including some First Nations people feel it is fine, but some - include some First Nations people - find it hurtful or offensive.

    These issues are perhaps not as relevant in Sweden, which obviously does not have a large First Nations/Native American population, but you might be want to be aware of the debate and make sure that you're comfortable with the situation before going with a dreamcatcher for your tattoo. Here is a blog entry on cultural appropriation (not on dreamcatchers specifically) that gives a bit of an overview of why some people might might it insensitive: http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/01/the-dos-donts-maybes-i-dont-knows-of-cultural-appropriation/

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    1. Yeah I'm excited but still need to think alot about it!! I haven't graduated yet... in 10 days time!but all the school work is done :)
      ive actually read about that debate and I know that dream catchers are a cultural thing so can spark disapproval from those who have it as part of their culture. But in the end it's a choice I make and it's my body and it has other meanings than just those cultural ones. It's a bit like people so get dove tattoos or crosses or things but aren't catholic/Christian, that can spark debate.... but as long as I am aware of the cultural history behind the dream catcher then I don't think it should be a problem. I don't personally think I am doing anything wrong if I were to get the tatoo.... but that is my opinion and I don't really know how the native Americans would feel.

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  2. I think this is such a great idea!! *_* I love the tattoos you already have and wish for one by myself ;) I am just always so uncertain about what symbol I want and where ;) but I think this one is really inspiring and it really has a special meaning to yourself, so why not ? =) I as well have a dream catcher by myself in my room and I love it ;) xxx
    Hope you have a lovely weekend now ;)

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  3. Sounds like such a great and personal meaning to it! Completely describes you! :) ♡

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  5. For me dreamcatchers has lost their meaning and every other tattoed person has them. I do like your "just breath" tattoo, it is unique and very personal with a strong message. :)
    I really like sleeve tattoos, but i dont think i would ever do this. What is your opinion on sleeve tattoos? Would you go laser removing treatment if you dont like your tattoos anymore?

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