Tip #11 "Why Do We Choose Animal Print?"


Prints depicting animals are just as popular as floral ones. Let's immediately determine: there is an image with animals, and there is an image of a natural pattern on the skin of an animal - the so-called animalistic print.


For our ancient ancestors, images of animals were an indicator of achievements in hunting, and their skins and bones were later used as a symbol of social status in clothing and decorative elements. With the emergence of myths and legends, prints depicting animals received a kind of stylization and semantic component. As a rule, such prints with meaning described a situation from life, where this or that animal was the personification of a certain state of mind or physical strength. In order to decipher stylized animal prints, it was necessary to know the context and understand the details. If we want to identify with any animal, we must pay attention to the very nature of the animal. For example, we admire the leopard, for its strength, grace and speed, and want to have the same qualities, then choose prints with a recognizable spotted pattern. If you do not have enough fortitude to solve things, choose the image of an animal, it will give you more self-confidence. Mentally, we feel unity with the spirit of the depicted animal and feel that we are not alone.


There are different interpretations of images with animals and animalistic prints. "Python" or snake print or other reptiles are the most complex in their symbolic meaning. The ability of a snake to rapidly penetrate into any space, shed old skin and be reborn in case of injury, swallow animals larger than a snake in size and twist into a spiral, what animal is still capable of this? At the heart of the interpretation of the images of the snake is both the creative function of the snake and the destructive one, which endows this image with both divine meaning, for example, a swirling galactic form or an all-pervasive divine principle, (remember the medical symbol where the snake wraps around a certain vessel or staff, which is a symbol of the healing of the Greek god Aesculapius), and demonic, associated with envy and revenge. Fish attract us with their iridescent scales, which is realized in products with sequins. Fish skin was used by the ancients to create garments. Man has always been attracted to the ability of fish to live and move in the water. In their desire to comprehend the water element, people have created myths about half-fish people with the ability to control water. Birds fascinate us with the ability to fly, which was interpreted in legends as a connection between the earthly and the divine. In the legends of different peoples, the bird is the embodiment of the human soul, as well as an angel or spiritual assistant. The speed at which birds move in the airspace has been compared to the speed of spiritual relationships between humans. Among more ancient peoples, birds personified natural phenomena coming from the sky, such as thunder, thunderstorm, rain and wind. We still create products imitating bird feathers to give the image a non-terrestrial nature. The image of an elephant is most often used in ethnic ornaments. The elephant is considered the most noble animal. The elephant as a symbol is interpreted as stability, strength, power and nobility, and also its images are attributed to attracting wealth and luck to its owner. In real life, the elephant has always been an excellent helper for a person, which, in fact, deserved its image glorified in different religions.


So whatmakes people seeksupport from animalsthat are astep lower intheir evolutionary development.What is this? Idealizationof animals due to the inability to establishacceptable relationships withpeople? Or doesthe feeling ofpower over theunbridled power ofnature allow youto get theillusion of controlover your life?Perhaps the answerlies in humannature itself, namelyin mechanisms thatare genetically programmed.One of themis the instinct ofself-preservation, which makesa person survivein an aggressiveenvironment. Today,we survive ina jungle ofglass and concrete,constantly competing withour fellow human beings. A developed industrial societygenerates the stressof adaptation init and, as a result, there are manyfears in modernman. Fear is one ofour basic emotionsinherited from ancientpeople. The emotionalsphere of aperson is quitecomplex. Women andmen react differently to feelings of fear, depending on the tasksthey have tosolve and thegoals they haveto achieve. Ancientmen were warriorsand hunters, tomaintain their spiritin difficult times,they turned tothe spirits oftotemic animals withfighting qualities. Womenwere responsible forthe survival ofoffspring and, inturn, revered the imagesof animals endowedwith the qualities offertility, peacefulness,family happiness andlongevity. Sofor a man, an animalistic printis the resultof an achievementon a huntor battlefield. Fora woman, itis a kindof disguise foracceptance bysociety or adominant significant groupin a certainrole. As weknow, there aretwo principles inhuman nature: maleand female. Inmodern society, thereis a changein basic values,and as aresult, a change insocial roles. Menshow their feminineessence, and womenactively demonstrate masculine,which is expressed inthe use ofcertain elements ofclothing with certainprints. We nolonger need to be afraid of wildanimals, to get a mammoth for dinnerand the value ofthe family isin question. Butstill, we stillneed emotional support,acceptance andrecognition.


To meet emotional needs, a person has long used a visual image. Today we are actively playing with our emotions. This is one of the ways to relieve psycho-emotional stress. By dressing in animalistic prints, we can both compensate for the feeling of insecurity in our abilities in situations that are stressful for us, and vice versa, escalating emotional tension and creating stress, exploiting a certain image and imitating the behavior of the animal. It's okay if this behavior helps us survive. But it is worth thinking about why you broadcast this information about yourself to others and in this form and form, referring to animal themes? After all, the feeling of fear is a hint that must be taken into account, and not a guide to action. Returning to symbolism, it can be noted that symbolic images of birds, like fish, are phallic, that is, possessing creative power. The symbol of the snake has both male - phallic, and feminine principle in the form of an umbilical cord. Today, I attribute even an androgynous meaning to this symbol, which makes this symbol universal. And so, prints depicting the pattern of the skin of the animal must be interpreted directly, that is, by belonging to a particular animal. The images of the animals themselves symbolize the state of mind in which the owner of such a drawing arrives or aspires. Today, print designers actively use color solutions other than natural ones to complicate stylization and enhance the visual effect. Also, non-standard design solutions relate to the geometry of the print itself imitating the skin of the animal. So, for example, recognizable prints of a zebra or giraffe can be unrealistic, but recognizable by the color and movement of the lines. If you don't want to look like a character from the comedy film The Flintstones, then it makes sense to pay attention to the nuances that you will read about in the next post.