How to choose a dream catcher tattoo

Tattoos are one of the most common body adornments in the world and there are hundreds of styles and places to wear them. One of the most popular designs is the dream catcher tattoo, a design that has been gaining ground since the 1970s, when American society turned to its indigenous tribes, where it originated.

There are those who attribute it to the Lakota, others to the Anishihabe and others to the Ojibwe, and although the origin is not fully understood, these tribes used the dream catcher in the same way.

The indigenous peoples are the holders of great ancestral knowledge and found in the dream catcher a way to calm their citizens, to offer them a symbol of peace and tranquility. This object is originally a talisman or amulet which, according to indigenous belief, is able to protect people from nightmares; hence its name. It is basically a wooden ring, inside which is made a cloth with a central hole, and on the sides of the ring, an ornament with bird feathers, usually three.

Legend has it that a shaman learned how to do this from the instructions of a spider and that in the cloth, bad thoughts, bad energies that cause nightmares are trapped. Therefore, a dream catcher tattoo has a special feature. In addition to the artistic value of the tattoo itself as a design work, it manages to merge cultures from opposite sides of the planet into the same space: the human skin. Tattooing is an ancient art of the Maori tribes of Oceania, who used it to identify themselves and separate their enemies. Dream catchers are Americans, and they also ward off a great enemy: fear.


Dream catcher tattoos have become more and more artistic and sophisticated, after adding strong colour and combining with more elements. Nowadays, they blend well with other indigenous elements, with other talismans, with birds and, in general, with motifs referring to the spiritual world.

Dream catcher tattoos can be made in different styles: with tribal inspiration, in black and white, in many colours, and can be included in other designs based on certain dreamcatcher drawings.



These are very special dream catchers tattooed with jungle or mountain animals, which refer to the contact with nature, an interesting way of respecting the contact and harmony between the human being and Mother Earth.


It is also common to combine a dream catcher with a deceased loved one, which is symbolised by the fact that this person is present in good thoughts and never in nightmares. For many, it is a way of affirming that the loved one has not died, but is now on another plane and can make visits through their dreams.


One of the most fashionable tattooed dream catcher styles is the one done with the colours of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) movement banner and clearly refers to the dream of living in a world with acceptance for those who choose a different sexual option.


It is assumed that the structure of the dream catcher prevents the passage of bad dreams, which are trapped in the network, and that these energies do not reach the person or place where the talisman is used. Good ideas, on the other hand, are channelled into the central hole. Nowadays, they are used as talismans that protect people regardless of whether they sleep or wake up.

Therefore, the meaning of the dream catcher tattoo is related to the need for protection, the search for answers in the afterlife or in the world of aspirations and desires. Its use as a talisman is widespread throughout the world and also as a symbol of melancholy and peace. It is opposed to rebellious tattoos and violent messages.

However, we have to keep in mind that many people use dreamcatcher tattoos only for their artistic value, because they don't know the legend of the shamans or because they have simply found a striking, attractive and very customizable design that can be tattooed almost anywhere on the body.

The dream catcher, it must be said, is very aesthetically pleasing: the mesh inside the ring has the same structure as mandalas and the feather patterns are usually very colourful, especially if the tattoo artist is good. So, if you like dream catchers and tattoos, what's stopping you from putting it all together?


In general, the tattoo catches dreams in the same shape as the original object.


The smaller ones, behind the ears or at heart level, prevent curses from being heard, so that bad energy does not enter the consciousness or the soul. Sometimes they are placed on the wrists, to protect or bless the actions of the hands.

Dream catcher tattoos have also become popular on women's feet, because it symbolises the fact that the person does not allow barriers to be placed on them and instead dares to pursue their dreams.


They are also usually tattooed, much larger, on the arm or leg, to prevent accidents to these limbs.

One place where they look particularly attractive, especially on women, is on the flanks, covering part of the ribs, where they are one of the most beautiful ornaments that can be placed on the skin.



The largest dream catcher tattoos occupy the entire back and may carry part of their feathers on one leg. These large tattoos are designed to protect the whole person from any bad energy.

The boom of the tattoo culture at the end of the last century was very well associated with the reunion of the original people and their roots, as well as with the expansion of the Internet, which made it possible to globalize the messages, influencing in a definitive way. Dream catchers are enjoying the success they have now.