30 Awesome Lion Tattoos

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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.

Adrian Rod Tattoo
Lion/Woman Eye Mashup Tattoo by Adrian Rod @adrianrodtattoo

This amazing black & grey was done by Adrian Rod from Loyalty Tattoo Shop in Caracas.

Black & Grey Realism Tattoo of a Lion & Rose by Alec Turner
Lion & Rose Tattoo by Alec Turner @alecturnertattoos
Black & Grey REalism Tattoo of a Lion & Cub by Angelique Grimm
Lion & Cub Tattoo by Angelique Grimm @angeliquegrimmtattoo
Black & Grey Arm Tattoo of a Split Lion & Face by Anton M
Split Lion & Face Tattoo by Anton M @antoneel90
Black & Grey Lion Tattoo by Beyker
Lion Tattoo by Beyker @beykerart
Black & Grey Realism Arm Tattoo of a Lion & Cub by Brandon Albus
Lion & Cub Tattoo by Brandon Albus @brandonsartworks
Black & Grey Arm Tattoo of a Lion by Castillo Dario
Lion Tattoo by Castillo Dario @castillo_dario
Colour Arm Tattoo of a Lion by Chehomova Dasha
Lion Tattoo by Chehomova Dasha @chehomova_dasha
Lion Tattoo by Michael Cloutier
Lion Tattoo by Michael Cloutier @cloutiermichael
Black & Grey Lioness Tattoo by Daniel Luzardo
Lioness Tattoo by Daniel Luzardo @daniluz21
Lion Tattoo by Daniel Luzardo
Lion Tattoo by Daniel Luzardo @daniluz21
Colour King Lion Tattoo by David Giersch
King Lion Tattoo by David Giersch @david_giersch_tattooist
Lion Hand Tattoo by Edi Contreras
Lion Hand Tattoo by Edi Contreras@edicontreras
Lion Hand Tattoo by Hans Felipe Pico Pulido
Lion Hand Tattoo by Hans Felipe Pico Pulido@hanspicotattoo
Black & Grey Tattoo of  Lion & Timepiece by Kir Tattoo
Lion Hand Tattoo by Kir Tattoo@kir_tattoo
A Black & Grey Realism Arm Tattoo of a Lion & Filigree
Lion Hand Tattoo by Kir Tattoo@kir_tattoo
Lion Tattoo by Irina Loktionova
Lion Tattoo by Irina Loktionova@loktionova.tattoo
Arm Lion Tattoo by Jorge Machado
Lion Tattoo by Jorge Machado@mandelastattoo
Lion Tattoo by Marta Make
Lion Tattoo by Marta Make@martamake_tattoo
Lion Tattoo by Michael Dagostinii
Lion Tattoo by Michael Dagostinii@michaeldagostinii_tattooart
Lion Tattoo by Vojtech Carot Indra
Lion Tattoo by Vojtech Carot Indra@papacarot_tattoo
Lion Tattoo by Pedro Muller
Lion Tattoo by Pedro Muller@pedromullertattoos
Lion Tattoo by Samurai Standoff
Lion Tattoo by Samurai Standoff@samuraistandoff
Lion Tattoo by Sandra Daukshta
Lion Tattoo by Sandra Daukshta@sandradaukshtatattoo
Lion Tattoo by Sergio Fernandez
Lion Tattoo by Sergio Fernandez@sergiofernandeztattoo
Lion Tattoo by Shooby Tattoo
Lion Tattoo by Shooby Tattoo@shooby_tattoo
Lion Tattoo by Stepanova Tattoo
Lion Tattoo by Stepanova Tattoo@stepanovtattoo
Tattoo by Tyler Malek @tylermalek

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