We’ve all heard that lions are the king of the forest. The lion in The Wizard of Oz whines about this as his fate, lily-livered coward that he is, and The Lion King cemented lions as the true Shakespearian rulers throughout the serengeti. Like dragonflies and dolphins, lions are pretty visually iconic too — a few simple lines, and your brain automatically completes the lion picture. So, what better way to simply proclaim your overall badassery than by having a thick-maned lion roaring on your body? Lion tattoos are seriously here to stay.
Scientists say that the darker the mane, the healthier the lion. That makes sense, given luscious locks, fur, and strong nails are ways to tell if the lion’s tinier cousin, the house cat, is healthy. Lionesses will choose the males that have the richest, darkest manes, proving time and time again that a healthy head of hair is a total lady killer.