Last time we talked about dragons we spoke about the mythological creature’s origins and how it’s older depictions were much more snake-like in nature. (You can check out our last dragon tattoo gallery here.) This time let’s talk about more modern depictions, specifically the scaly, fire-puking, winged giant lizard creatures we’re more used to seeing in D&D inspired cinema and the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
The more modern dragon motifs have been prominent since J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and Silmarillion. He’s often created as the forefather of high fantasy, which is where these Medieval style of dragons tend to hail from. Unlike the East Asian dragons of yesteryear, today’s dragons are much bigger assholes, often dead set on charbroiling everything in sight because they just want to see the world burn.
That being said, modern dragons aren’t nearly as popular or depicted in tattoo designs. So enjoy this dragon gallery full of East Asian inspired dragons. (How ya like dem apples?)
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