The Lion Tattoo, Designs, And Meanings; Great Lion Tattoo Ideas; History Of Lion Symbolism

LION TATTOOS


Lion tattoo designs can vary in a variety of different ways. Lion tattoos are mainly worn by men, even though some women get the lion tattoo. Like all animal tattoos, the lion tattoo represents attributes and traits of the lions. The lion tattoo can symbolize strength, courage, and family. Although the lion tattoo is not considered to be mainstream, it is a popular tattoo design. Due to the detail work and shading for the lion tattoo, most lion tattoos are designed as a larger tattoo. Lion tattoo designs can portray the entire lion or just the head of the lion. In some cases, lion tattoo designs may be portrayed with a crown.

In this article, we will discuss the lion and the symbolism behind the lion. You will learn about lion tattoos and lion tattoo designs as well. We will also review lion tattoo meanings and you will have a chance to view the many different lion tattoo designs within this article. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.





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LION SYMBOLISM THROUGH HISTORY


Just as it is in the animal kingdom, the lion tattoo stands at the top when it comes to animal tattoos. As you will learn in this article, it has been this way for centuries. The lion is portrayed as "the king of the jungle" or "the king of the animal kingdom". When we view the lion in his natural habitat, we can learn about his strong characteristics and learn his symbolic meanings. The lion is one of the most feared animals that walk the planet. The lion is very powerful and some can weigh over 400 pounds. The Lion is very intelligent and highly skilled in the animal kingdom. The lion has well built attributes that make him one of the top predators in the world.







The lion has been portrayed for many years in ancient cultures, legends, mythology, astrology, literature, movies, and much more. In a few ancient civilizations, lions were owned by kings and royalty. The lion was a symbol of power to them. It was a symbol of the king's power and strength. In Roman mythology, the lion is associated with love. The lion was also symbolic to the Egyptians. They used two lions with their backs to one another. These statues represented balance, which was very important to the Egyptians. They would usually place these statues outside of sacred structures. The Egyptians believed in balance, such as sunrise/sunset and east/west. The lions statues represented this all important balance.







The lion is also a symbol of Christianity. Some Christians use the lion tattoo to symbolize Christian beliefs. The lion is also a symbolic figure to Islam. The lion and the sword represents power in Islam. The lion is also a solar animal. This means that the lion has sun-like qualities and characteristics. In many culture and beliefs, the lion is associated with the sun. It is said the the lion's mane looks like the rays of the sun. You may notice that some lion tattoos have the lion's mane looking like the rays of the sun. A tattoo like this represents the lion's association with the sun. In other ancient myths, the lion represents the transformation and journey from childhood to adulthood.











The lion is very symbolic to the Chinese also. To the Chinese, the lion represents a symbol of good luck, guardianship, and power. The Chinese also believe that the lion is a symbol of the earth and sun. Many people know that the lion "Leo" is part of the Zodiac. Leo is the 5th sign in the Zodiac. Anyone born on July 23 - August 22 is considered to be a Leo. People born during this time are very highly energetic and are good hearted people. The Leo is somewhat timid and enjoys control, but they are very generous. The Leo also represents balance.







As you now know, the lion has been portrayed throughout human history and they have been symbolic figures for many years. The lion tattoo is one of the most symbolic animal tattoos that are available. Due to all the different meanings of the lion tattoo, it has made the lion tattoo highly sought after in the tattoo world. There are also a variety of different designs and styles for the lion tattoo as well. There are tribal lion tattoos and Celtic lion tattoos. Before choosing a final design, make sure you check out every style and design that is available. Make sure you choose a design that you are satisfied with.

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LION TATTOO DESIGNS AND MEANINGS


There are many different meanings that are associated with the lion tattoo. There are many different beliefs and factors that determine your meaning of the lion tattoo. Two of the most common meanings of the lion tattoo are power and authority. The lion is seen as a powerful animal and it is portrayed as the king of the animal world. The lion tattoo can also represent strength and leadership. Many different people may choose the lion tattoo for these reasons. The lion tattoo can also represent being fearless. The lion is seen as an animal that has no fear. Someone may feel that they are fearless, that they fear nothing that comes in their life. The lion tattoo would represent this.







The lion tattoo can also represent healing and hope. This meaning comes from the lion's connection to Christianity. Buddhism beliefs state that the lion is a symbol of wisdom. For example, someone may decide to get a lion tattoo because they are in a tough situation. To them, it can represent hope and faith. The lion tattoo is there to remind them of that when they look at their tattoo. An old mature male lion can be portrayed in a tattoo to represent wisdom and knowledge.







The lion tattoo can also represent courage. Most commonly, this meaning came from the movie, "Wizard of Oz". The classic movie portrays how the cowardly lion wanted to have courage. For tattoo purposes, the lion tattoo in this case can represent a sign of courage for the wearer. It can be a reminder to the wearer of the lion tattoo to be courageous in life and everything that they go through.







Even at this day and age, the lion tattoo remains to be a very symbolic design that has many different reasons. The lion tattoo has always been well represented throughout history in the tattoo world and through many different cultures. The lion tattoo also represents protection, bravery, security, and noble. Someone may decide to get a lion tattoo to symbolize a brave act that they did. For example, a firefighter puts their life on the line every timethat they answer a call. They may have saved someone's life. In both cases, the lion tattoo would be appropriate. It would represent both bravery and courage. Anyone else that works a dangerous job may choose the lion tattoo for their commitment to being brave.












You may have noticed a few tattoos in this article that have the male lion with their family or pride. Although this lion tattoo can represent different things, it mainly represents protection of the family. A father may consider this lion tattoo to show his protective nature for his family. He could also choose this design to represent his love and honor for his family. Since the lion is also associated with royalty, you will also see designs that bear the royal crest. You may have also noticed the lion tattoos that show the lion with a crown. These lion tattoos can represent Christian beliefs or portray how the lion is considered the king or king of the animal kingdom.

LION LITERATURE AND MOVIES

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THINGS TO CONSIDER


It is very important that you research all the different tattooing styles, designs, and meanings before you choose a final design to get tattooed. There are literally thousands of different designs, style, and meanings to choose from. It is very important to take your time and put in the research. Many people tend to rush into the tattooing process and usually they will end up with a tattoo that they later regret. Think about this, this tattoo will be with you for the rest of your life.




Also, be sure to go to a tattoo artist that you completely trust. Don't be afraid to ask them questions and ask to see their past work. If you wish, you may be able to go online and look at tattoo artist reviews. I hope you have enjoyed this article. If you don't think the lion tattoo is for you, be sure to check out more article in the links below. Thank you for visiting.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

wow lyricwriter these are so nice again wow


writer20 4 years ago

I really don't know why tattoo's are back in fashion now for everyone.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, They are amazing..My favorite...Fashiontipsforall..I've never seen a Lion Tattoo..Thank you..Beautiful hub...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful and interesting hub. Voted up. The lion will always be the king of the jungle.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Frank, thanks for coming by and for reading this article. I appreciate your praise. Best wishes.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Writer20, thanks for dropping by. I believe it is the new generation. I can't believe how popular they are myself, but they are highly favored now a days.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

AE, thanks for dropping by and for the comment. Lion tattoos can symbolize many things, makes them popular.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thanks for coming by and for the comment and vote. I appreciate your continued support. Have a good one.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

These are fabulous Ricky. Some of them like the image 'Inkarttattoos' look quite sad.

I love the Leo image with his crown askew he looks just a little tipsy. Lol

The information you give is very interesting once again. Voting up


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Rosemay, thanks for stopping by and for the comment and vote. LOL, he really does. Glad you found it interesting Rosemay. Have a good one:)


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covered eyes what's the meaning

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    Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings and history.



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