Traditional Dragon Tattoos

Despite being one of the most revered and symbolic creatures in Asia and being a staple of Japanese tattooing, dragons are also extremely popular in traditional tattooing and are still up there with the most requested designs.

There is a juxtaposition between Eastern and Western cultures concerning the meaning of a dragon tattoo. In the East, a dragon represents predominantly positive attributes such as wisdom, strength, courage and prosperity. Whereas in the West it is usually associated with greed, fear and destruction.

In the west, heroes usually would have to "slay" a dragon, to protect the population from the death it would bring, control territory or gain access to the treasure which the dragon was usually guarding. One of the most well-known examples here in the UK is the tale of Saint George and the dragon. From a similar perspective, it can be viewed as a man being victorious over untamed nature and defeating chaos.

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Just had my very first tattoo done by Ben and couldn't be more pleased. From the very first email to the shop they were supportive and very accommodating. I was so nervous but Ben made me feel at ease and I got the exact tattoo that I wanted. Such an enjoyable day. I'll be booking Ben again for the next ink I want done

~ Karen McPherson
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Amazing experience getting my first tattoo here. The staff were excellent in helping me get an appointment that suited me. The atmosphere in the studio was great.

- Scheherazade
Cloak and Dagger Tattoo London - customer review

Got my first big tattoo, half sleeve on my forearm and couldn’t of picked a better place to have it done. The artist George went Beyond my expectations and done it all in 6 hours And a it was very in-depth tattoo. I recommend this parlour all day!

- Phil A
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Got my first and second tattoo here, really nice looking place with lots of character and excellent artists and staff. I will definitely get my next tattoos here.

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Cloak and Dagger Tattoo London - customer review

Had a 7 hour Japanese piece done with Davide De Cinto. Service was great, Davide's work was fanastic and I feel the price was really good value for money in terms of the quality of work Davide is putting out. Highly recommended.

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