When you think of a lion tattoo, do you imagine one of the wild animals that men have used to mark their greatness? Or do you picture a lion roaring and snarling in a jungle setting? The lion is an icon that transcended its original purpose of being a symbol of power and status to become a symbol of love and affection. No matter what your personal feelings, this majestic animal is a great tattoo to have on your body.
A lion tattoo is a symbol of royalty and authority.
When you see one of these magnificent animals in person, it seems as though they always want to see themselves as the king or queen. This may be because a lion is considered to be one of the most dominant animals, meaning that it is seen as the king of beasts. It was also once considered to be the king of trees, which explains why a lion tattoo can be found proudly on people’s ankles, arms, shoulders, and a crown.
Lions – what do they represent?
Lions throughout history have been depicted as brave, powerful creatures that also exude an air of pride and aggression. From being leaders of packs of animals, to being leaders of tribes and packs of men, the word that describes Lions best is strength and bravery. Not only do strength and bravery come to mind with a lion, but there are other common meanings associated with Lions. In this short article, we look at these common meanings and symbolism of a Lion tattoo.
Lion tattoo design symbolism and meanings.
One of the first symbols portrayed, even before drawings of Lions started appearing in the artwork, is the Black Crocodile. Many early Egyptian images feature Black Crocodiles with their long necks, long bodies, and short heads bobbing up and down in the water. These early Egyptian lion tattoos can be seen on the necks, chests, foreheads, and faces. Though not quite as common, Black Crocodiles can also be featured in lion tattoos, especially because they are easily recognized and are an easy way for artists to draw a lion.
Lion tattoo symbolism as seen through Egyptian mythology.
A more direct meaning that is shown through Egyptian artwork is strength, supremacy, and leadership. The word for King is Kaa, which means “one who rules.” Many Egyptian royals were actually referred to as Kaa, which meant “king”. Because of this association, the Egyptian depiction of a Lion may represent the struggle of ruling over one’s subjects, though this may just be a trait of royalty. In some cases, a Lion may represent the conquering of foreign lands or the conquering of another tribe or species.
Another example of Egyptian lion tattoo symbolism, found in the realm of modern culture, is the bald eagle. The bald eagle, known for its powerful ability to soar high into the air and for its ability to stand up to weather conditions, is also known for its strong masculine qualities. Whether the Eagle is represented as a fierce symbol of freedom or a proud and powerful symbol of power, the strength that it displays is something that many men wish to have emblazoned onto their bodies.