Dreamcatchers have long been associated with Native American cultures. However, as they gained mainstream recognition, people of all ethnic backgrounds began adopting this symbol as their own. In fact, dreamcatcher tattoos can have different meanings to the people who wear them. They may refer directly to Native American ethnicity or they may refer to a person’s hope for the future.
Native Americans who get tattoos sometimes choose dreamcatchers for their main design. Because of the shape and size of a dreamcatcher, this tattoo can fit easily on a person’s shoulder or arm. Some people also have it inked on their backs. People who have varying degrees of Native American ancestry may use this design to refer to their ancestral culture. Even people who are only minimally Native American may still want to show their ancestry through this design.
For others who are not Native American, dreamcatchers may symbolize hope for the future and literally catching their dreams to make sure they come true. People who want a certain goal to come to fruition or someone who is spiritual may choose this design to show the outside world of their optimism and aspirations. These tattoos can also be colored in for more dramatic effect.