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The Best Tats of Pussy Cats
I love cats. I always have and always will. When I was a very young child I wanted to grow up to be a mountain lion. My fascination with cats has never ended. They are aloof, but friendly; calm, but crazy; and quiet, yes, definitely, usually quiet (except when they are crazy, of course).
The big cats are even more fascinating. Beautiful and deadly, they rule their worlds. Lions, tigers, leopards are sleek, agile and commanding. You could never pass one in the wild without a little unease. Unpredictability is one of a cat's greatest traits. You can never be sure if they are sleeping, or playing or planning some sort of sabotage.
My current tattoo is a tiger face in the shape of a butterfly. (I include a picture under "Tigers".) I would like to get another tattoo, but I have not yet found it. I don't know what it will look like, but I am sure I will recognize it when I see it. After all, it only took me 15 years to recognize my first one.
I have found some fabulous tattoos searching for the one I need. I search most often through the big cats, and often through the little cats. I thought I would share some of the best with you all.
Pussy-cat tattoos are very nice, but not really my style. I like something a little more wild to wear. I keep kitty cats, but the big cats are where it's at in my book. Lions and tigers are much more to my liking.
There is a reason the lion is called "king of the jungle". The male collects females to form a pride. The females hunt, take care of the babies and help the male run off other males. Most of the time this "king" is just laying around.
Pictures depicting lions have been around for 17,000 years. The lion can be found on flags, coats of arms and as sculptures. In most cultures the lion is a symbol of royalty, power and bravery. To call someone a "lion" is considered a great compliment.
I am pretty partial to tigers. Not just because I was born during the year of the tiger in the Chinese zodiac. Tigers are my favorite big cat after mountain lions. Like the mountain lion they are solitary animals. They hunt alone, sleep alone and raise their young alone. (Hmm, I seem to have a lot in common with tigers.)
The tiger is the largest of the big cats. Siberian tigers are about 8 feet long and stand 3-4 feet tall at the shoulders. They usually weigh between 400-675 pounds. Imagine your house cat and all the trouble that cat would cause if he/she were as large as a tiger. No, I do not even want to think about it.
The tiger appears in many books, such as the "Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. In the "Jungle Book" the tiger, Shere Khan, is always looking for a way to kill the boy, Mowgli. While in "Winnie the Pooh" by A. A. Milne, the tiger, Tigger, is always happy, bouncy and curious.
My tiger tattoo is in the shape of a butterfly. To me, it depicts the fact that just because something is nice on the outside, does not mean it is nice on the inside. We may look and act civilized, but we also contain all the ferocity of a tiger.
Spotted Cat Tattoos
I've never had a great deal of luck finding good spotted cat tattoos. Leopard, jaguars, snow leopards and ocelots are the best known of the wild breeds. Interestingly, black panthers are actually leopards or jaguars. When you look very closely you can often see the black on black spots.
Jaguars are the third largest big cat, after the tiger and the lion. Although usually found in the rain forests of South and Central Americas, the jaguar will range as far as the southwestern United States. Jaguars have incredibly strong bites. They bite right through the skull to kill their prey.
I may not find many tattoos of spotted cats, but I find plenty of pictures of people with tattooed spots. I do not really understand the attraction to this, but in some cases it does look interesting. The more I see it, the more I like it. I bet I would prefer tiger stripes, but to each their own.
Leopard Spots Seem to Be a Popular Tattoo
Tattoo World Has Examples of All Types of Tattoos
Fun Cat Tattoos
Here are a few tattoos of cats that I though were just plain fun. I, personally, love "Hello Kitty" and other cartoonish cats. There are so many cartoon cats you can tattoo. Felix, Tom, Garfield are all popular in the tattoo world. I have found you do not have to find a picture you like hanging on the wall or in the book at tattoo parlors. Many tattoo artists will make you a picture if you can show a sample or explain it well enough.
There are many versions of the "Lucky Cat" tattoo. The "Lucky Cat" is supposed to bring it's owner, you guessed it, good luck. The "Lucky Cat" is Japanese in origin, but the Chinese like the "Lucky Cat" so much that many people mistake it's origin to be Chinese. One of the origin tales tell of a poor shopkeeper who takes in a stray cat. The cat, in return, sits at the door and encourages people to enter. This may be why it is said that when a cat washes it's face visitors are coming. No wonder you see it in so many businesses.
Fun Cat Tattoos
Find Out About Cattoos
I got my first tattoo before tattoos were considered "cool". In those days, most people thought the only females to get tattoos were biker chicks or "women of the night". I was neither. I was just a nurse with a love of tattoos. A love that continues today.
Although tattoos are not for everyone, it seems they are for more and more people lately. Body art has become a form of personal expression and adornment. Gone are the days that tattoos were only for sailors, bikers or hustlers. Personally, I am glad to see tattoos gain some social acceptance.
What to Know Before Getting a Tattoo-Part 1
What to Know Before Getting a Tattoo-Part 2
Connect With Your Tattoo
If you are thinking of getting your first tattoo, watch the videos above. You will be happiest if you know and connect with your tattoos. I think it is very important to have a connection of some sort with the picture. Do not get one just because it is pretty or funny, wait until you make the connection. It should have a meaning that is personal to you.
I waited 15 years to get my first tattoo. Granted some of those years I was under aged. I did not find my first tattoo until I was 30. I have had it for 25 years and I still love it. I know I made the correct choice waiting.
© 2009 Kari Poulsen