Lions are astonishing creatures. After all, they are ones of the largest living cats in the world, taking an honorable second place after the tigers.
So, what’s so special about lions apart from their impressive size? There must be some reasons why people have been fascinated by these wild animals for thousands of years.
From the ancient times till now people have been associating lions with power, pride, strength, and nobility. As well as that “the king of beasts” has often been seen as a symbol of reproduction and fertility.
It should be noted that different cultures have put different meanings into the image of a lion. For instance, in Chinese culture, lions were treated as the guardians of the temples so that lions could keep an eye on sacred places and help in times of trouble. Ancient Egyptians saw lions as protectors as well (that’s the reason why they built the sphinx with a lioness body). In Ancient Greek myths, lions represented exceptional bravery. For Native Americans, a lion was a symbol of strong family ties, devotion, and respect.
Moreover, you may find the images of lions on a coat of arms in Jerusalem and flags in Scotland. These nations consider that lions will scare the evil spirits from their countries and bring prosperity.
So, it makes sense that in terms of tattooing, the meanings and symbolism of any lion tattoo depends on various aspects of a particular culture, on religion, on how a person sees the features of the character of this mighty animal and so on.
Today, when people decide to get a tattoo with a lion, they have plenty of options: from lion head tattoo to the tattoos of a lion with a crown, from a simple tattoo with a constellation or zodiac sign Leo to complex realistic lion tattoo designs.
All in all, king of the jungle is a great tattoo design and we’ve got more than 80 awesome lion tattoos for you to check out.