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A Dream Catcher Tattoo

Updated on July 24, 2016

Here is the short history of a Dream Catcher that I get in


The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom. Nature is a profound teacher. Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since ancient times by Ojibwa people. They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradle board to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams.

It was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.

One element of Native American dream catcher relates to the tradition of the hoop. Some Native Americans of North America held the hoop in the highest esteem, because it symbolized strength and unity. Many symbols started around the hoop, and one of these symbols is the dream catcher.


Using a hoop of willow, and decorating it with findings, bits and pieces of everyday life, (feathers, arrow heads, beads, etc) the dream catcher is believed to have the power to catch all of a person’s dreams, trapping the bad ones, and letting only the good dreams pass through the dream catcher.


When I was at my young age, I always have a bad dreams almost every week. Maybe because we always watching scary movies. After a few months I decide to check it online about bad dreams and how to prevented it. While browsing the internet, I learned about the Dream Catcher. They protect the person who wears them against nightmares and bad dreams, while helping nice and joyful dreams to enter his or her mind. So years passed, I grow up and have a 2 lovely kids. Being a single mom is difficult, so I decided to work abroad for the future of my kids.

Working abroad was tough, you don't have a family that will take care of you when you are sick, you only have your colleagues at work that became your friends since most of my colleagues doesn't have any relatives in the country we were working. I was working abroad (Qatar) that time when I received the very bad news. My Grand Father died last December 2009. As his first and favorite grand daughter, I am crushed when I heard that news. I cried for a month and I can't go home because I am barely new to my company. I don't have a choice but to accept and stay and worked my ass off while trying to be a strong woman. My Grand Father visits me in my dreams for quite sometimes now. I cherished those dreams because that's the only memories of him I can hold on to. It's not a scary dream but it's a good one.

Fast forward to 2011, I was abroad still but not in Qatar, I transferred to UAE and I'm still living in Dubai until now. While I'm living here in Dubai, I am very decided to get a tattoo. I met a guy from a friend who happens to be a Tattoo artist. I added him on Facebook and we talked about his suggested designs for me. By the way, I'm a skinny girl with the weight of 105 lbs. I told him I will get back to him after a week which design I want. The week came, I send him a message about the design and date that I'm available to be tattooed. The tattoo design I chose was a reminder of my late Grand Father. He visited me in my dreams so I decided to get a Dream Catcher.


So late afternoon, we decide to went to his flat for my tattoo session. While he's preparing his inks and needles and his tattoo guns my heart beats fast. I questioned myself, Am I Afraid of the needles? The answer is a big No! Maybe I am just nervous because I'm watching some video clips in You tube about people who's in pain while having a tattoo. ( All of them was over reacting about the pain) So here I am sitting, he's cleaning my left tiny arm and shaving my tiny arm hairs.

After cleaning, he put the stencil with drafted design of a Dream Catcher in my arm. So stencil are done and It's time to outlined it, first needle touched my skin, not so bad at all or maybe my pain tolerance are high. (LOL) After Outlined, here comes the shading and guess what?? 11 needles at once he used to put color on my tattoo, Does it hurt?? Not that much actually, it's quite tolerable. After a few hours of buzzing sound of a tattoo gun, voila it's done!!

Verdict?? Getting a Tattoo in forearm is very tolerable. So, Do you have a tattoo in your body? Does it hurt when you get them? Please comment down below if you have a tattoo..

Inked girl



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