I want to get a tatto and my parents said they'd let me do a "fake one" for prom/graduation. I'm split between a mandala pattern and a dreamcatcher, and I'm worried about culture appropriating; however, the mandala is something I've been drawing for some time, and I've searched all kinds of meaning about it, and western philosophers think of the pattern itself as a way of showing your inner mind. And the dreamcatcher here in Brazi, is believed to work as a "purifier" for bad energies. Wdy think?
Oooh. That’s an interesting question.
Honestly, I don’t think any of us have enough background in Brazilian culture to give a really firm answer. Coming from our backgrounds, we’d lean towards the mandala, if only because there are a lot of neutral repeating circular patterns that you can lean on for inspiration. (A few we’ve mentioned previously include lace doilies, rose windows/oculi, and geometrical symmetry.) You might also take a look at this series of papercuts, which put some interesting spins on mandala-like circular imagery