Second to the tiger, the lion is among the largest living five cats in the world. To put this in perspective, most male lions weigh an astonishing 550 lbs!
Their majesty and awe has been widely recognized across Europe, Asia and Africa for thousands of years.
In fact, 32,000 years ago they could be seen in paleolithic human cave art in Southern France. Back then hunting these wild animals in nature was an immense symbol of pride.
Even Ancient Egypt carved the stone of the sphinx with a lioness body to protect the pharaohs.
Over this period it has rightfully taken claim to the title as “king of beats” and “king of the jungle”.
However, when it comes to the symbolism and meaning of the lion, just turn to the Greek 6th century BC fables from Aesop. You’ll discover the lion showcases bravery quite exceptionally. In mythology, there’s the Nemean lion too, which stood for the constellation and zodiac sign Leo. It’s often been said that the lion’s skin was worn by the popular hero Heracles.
In English heraldry and symbolism, the lion has significant historical presence. The Three Lions for the English King Richard the Lionheart can be seen on coats of arms and the shields of warriors. In fact, many noble warriors took up the nickname of Lion as a testament to having a fine reputation for bravery.
Not to mention, there’s also metaphors which depict this animal as humans who rebel against conventional wisdom and ancient knowledge. It away for a new mortality to emerge, like the Übermensch, or overman in German.
With that said, I’ve put together a collection of the top 85 best lion tattoos for men. As you venture through the guide you’ll discover a jungle of masculine design ideas to work with. From the popular stripes to realistic figures of the lion showcasing exemplary acts of bravery.