Tattoos have been one of the most popular forms of self-expression. Many people choose to showcase their characteristics, hobbies, ideals and life mottos through body art. To be fair, it is probably one of the most beautiful and permanent ways to express yourself. Which is why, you always need to make sure what your tattoo symbolises is going to be true for you forever. After all, a tattoo only lasts a lifetime. Today, we are going to focus specifically on the meaning behind the lion tattoo – one of the most popular body art choices.
The hidden meaning behind a lion tattoo
What does a lion tattoo symbolize?
Lions are universally known as kings of the jungle. They embody strength, power and confidence. Lions are also considered to be royalty. So, what are some of the meanings behind getting a lion tattoo?
- Protection. Lions are the kings of the jungle, therefore, need to protect all those who can be harmed. One can say they are at the top of the food chain. That is why, a lion tattoo can symbolize your will and determination to protect others.
- Courage. Naturally, in order to protect someone you need to be brave and courageous. These are traits that most people would love to be associated with, therefore getting a lion tattoo can achieve just that.
- Masculinity. While it is not uncommon for women to get lion tattoos, they are mostly found on men’s bodies. After all, they represent the strength of a king. Lions live in packs and raise cubs with the lionesses of the pack. So, needless to say, lions are one of the most masculine animals out there.
- Strength. As we’ve already said lions are considered to be at the top of the food chain. They are one of the strongest, deadliest animals on earth. They can weigh anywhere between 170 – 220kg and are not to be trifled with.
- Aristocracy. Okay, this is the last time I am going to mention that lions are kings of the jungle. Needless to say, that royalty always implies aristocracy. Which is why, a lion tattoo can symbolise one’s wish to feel more important and glorious.
All the things that lions represent are connected to their strength and masculinity
What does a lioness tattoo symbolize?
As we’ve already mentioned, lions live in packs, called prides. To be fair, a lion’s job is easy. They can mate any time of the year. While the lioness bears and raises the cubs, lions chill and await for their pray to come to them. Lionesses, of course, are also incredible predators. So, they do everything a lion does, plus having little cubs. Naturally, a lioness tattoo represents a woman’s strength and will to be a mother and a protector. What’s more, if you have a lioness tattoo with small cubs, it can represent that you are ready to do anything to protect your children. Needless to say, lionesses are fearless and are also on top of the food chain. And for a good reason.
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