The lion, this majestic beast, is there anyone not in awe of this creature? The average male lion can weigh up to 550lbs and is amongst the five largest living cats in the world. Is there any wonder why people want them tattooed on their body?
Lions have been worshiped for thousands of years across the four continents. The first cave men depicted them in hunting imagery in cave art which has been found in Southern France dating back 32,000 years. Hunting was seen as symbol of strength and skill.
In Ancient Rome, gladiators were often seen fighting ferocious lions in coliseums. The lions were both feared for their killing ability and admired for capable shows of brute strength. Even Egypt carved a lioness body onto the Sphinx to protect the pharaohs.
Throughout the annals of time, the symbolism of the lion has taken many different meanings depicted in both art and now tattoos. The lion has been recognised as the “king of the jungle”, a title a lot of people strive to obtain in their day to day lives. A lot of people will get a lion tattoo to recognise an achievement or becoming the “king of the jungle” in their own domain.
In the Zodiac, the constellation Leo represented the Nemean lion who was killed by Hercules. Again this is a display of strength and bravery. It also leads to people born under the Leo star sign to get a Lion tattoo to represent them.
Lions as symbols are so popular, that families have adopted them as part of their family crests. The English Royal household has three lions on their crest from Richard the Lionheart. These symbols were displayed on shields and banners of men loyal to him, to represent courage.
We’ve put together a collection of the top 30 lion tattoos in various poses and placements. As you view through the collection you’ll have loads of ideas to choose from, from Lions protecting their cubs to aggressive lions about to strike. No matter what your taste their is a tattoo here for everyone.
This amazing black & grey was done by Adrian Rod from Loyalty Tattoo Shop in Caracas.