40 Ferocious Big Cat Tattoos
Big cats have nothing to do with the cute little pets we already talked about here.
They are larger felids and fierce hunters, scared of no animal, and sometimes not even of humans. For their muscular bodies, impressive maw and powerful symbolism, big cats are coveted and historical tattoo designs. Let's start with the tiger: in Asian tradition, it is a very popular animal for tattoos, standing for cleverness, manhood and mystic powers. You can read Minerva's article for more informations and great tattoos.
Another king in another continent: the lion, worshipped in Africa and Middle East as the King of all animals. Christianity used this to make it a symbol of Jesus Christ and also St. Mark. A lion tattoo is a statement of power, royalty and victory, but also a good help to gain some courage (remember the Wizard of Oz). Lion tattoos could use designs close to the sun, to the zodiac sign Leo or some royal outfit.
Leopards and jaguars are also some popular wild animals used for great tattoos. With their spots, they are visual and beautiful. Cunning and strong despite their smaller size, they are considered by African traditions as courageous warriors and protectors against Evil. In Europe, they are associated with honor and nobility. Also, the famous sentence 'a leopard cannot change its spots' reveals another deep meaning: you can't hide what you truly are and won't change when experiencing ordeal. They are ofen found in old school tattoo designs, as well as panthers. Often black, panthers are a symbol of aggressiveness and boldness. If you get a panther tattoo, you want to show that you are not afraid to stand out. For women, it is a tattoo to tell your feminine power, and, as a mother, a caring one who would fight for her family. The lioness is also a similar symbol of fighting and tough mum.
Big cats tattoos also include cougars and pumas, Native American symbols of swiftness, parenthood, independance, protector of Nature and spiritual guide, and don't forget the cheetahs. They may look cute but remember those big kitty cats can kill you with one bite!
So, who wants to walk on the wild side? :) Want to show some roaring ink, badass tattoos that would impress? Let’s take a look at those 40 powerful big cat tattoos.