Dreamcatcher Tattoos - The image and symbol of the Native American Dream Catchers are a tattoo design that has captured the imagination of body art enthusiasts for more than a generation. The Dreamcatcher tattoo is a powerful symbol of protection, acting as an amulet or talisman against evil and harm.
The Lakota legend tells of a vision that came to their spiritual leader. He encountered 'the great teacher of wisdom' disguised as a spider, who spoke to him of the life-cycle of the human. While the wise one talked, he spun a web across the elder's willow hoop. The perfect circle of the web symbolized the catcher and holder of good ideas, while the hole in the centre allowed the bad ones to pass through. Dream Catchers soon found their place above the sleeping people, catching the good dreams and sending the evil ones away down the hole in the centre.
The turmoil wrought by 'civilization' in recent centuries almost destroyed the tradition of the Dream Catcher, but today it is more popular than ever. Belief in its healing powers has gained a place of respect outside Native American cultures. Testimonials abound of nightmares disappearing, nocturnal fears evaporating, and sweet dreams visiting those who slumber beneath their very own Dream Catcher.