Meaning & Inspiration

For someone who has never had tattoos, you might only consider them a form of art painted on the person’s body.

However tattoos are more than just art, often having a deep meaning behind them. Some people get tattoos of their loved ones, while others get tattoos of their favorite celebrities. It is all about symbolization and representation. Some tattoos are more common than others. Today, we’ll be talking about one of the most popular motifs: lion tattoos and their meaning.

Black and grey realism tattoo lion arm

What Does a Lion Tattoo Mean?


The lion tattoo is a very common one and comes in different designs and sizes. It is one of those tattoos that can have a range of different meaning depending on the person who got it. The king of the beasts has always been a popular motif in folklore, art, and tattoo design.

Lion tattoos usually symbolize strength, bravery, courage and fearlessness. Whether rendered realistically or stylized, the lion represents strength, courage, fearlessness, and wisdom.

Many cultures feature lions in their texts, both sacred and secular, and carvings and paintings of them can be seen all over the world.

Lions feature heavily in the heraldry of royalty, once again linking the lion to its place at the apex of the power hierarchy. Lions are also associated with inner strength – symbolizing how we can reign over our emotions and actions.

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What Goes With a Lion Tattoo?

A lion tattoo alone can look majestic. However, if you are looking to expand your tattoo then it is important you choose something that goes well with it.


  • One of the most common ways to go about adding another tattoo with your lion tattoo is to make it into a sleeve or spread it to your chest (given that the tattoo is on your arm).
  • Some people like to get different forms of flowers with their lion tattoo. It can mean different things for different people but in general it would mean that the person has a kind and soft heart but they can also be fearless and courageous when it’s time to protect the ones they love.
  • Snakes tattoos also make a great combination with lion tattoo.
  • Other predatory animals like Cheetah and tiger can also be added to the mix.
  • Some people also like to add clouds or thunderstorm around their lion tattoo.
  • If you are looking for a fearless look then complement your lion tattoo with a skull tattoo.
  • Last but not least, one of the most popular choices is to get a crown with your lion tattoo. That will be the perfect look for a person who knows that they are strong, fearless and on top of the world.

What Does A Lion With A Crown Symbolize?

A lion tattoo with a crown on top is one of the most popular tattoo combinations ever. Where a lion represents courage and bravery, the crown represents leadership, power and dominance. So naturally both these tattoos complete each other.

Another meaning of a lion with a crown tattoo related to religion. Lions are a symbolization of Christian beliefs especially if they are wearing a crown.

lion with crown

Where Do You Put A Lion Tattoo?


Well, it is of course your personal preference, you can put your lion tattoo wherever you want. However, there are some places on your body which are considered ideal for tattoos like this. Usually people get lion tattoos on their arms, they look exceptionally great when they are part of a sleeve tattoo.

Other popular places where people get lion tattoos are the legs, back and chest as well.

If you are thinking about getting a lion tattoo on your chest or back then it would be better to have a larger size – a lion tattoo that covers your entire chest can look absolutely brilliant. 

Lion Tattoo Ideas (Inspiration)


black and grey lion tattoo on arm

black and grey lion tattoo

black and grey realism lion tattoo

realism lion on forearm

realistic fineline lion tattoo

realistic lion tattoo on forearm

When it comes to lion tattoos, the options are almost endless.

Bring your idea to the studio, and our talented tattoo artists will combine skill, style, and originality to create a one-of-a-kind lion tattoo for you.


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lion tattoo with cub on forearm

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lion zodiac sign on forearm

lion realism tattoo on shoulder

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micro realism lion tattoo on forearm



Lion tattoos can be a great addition to your body art, they can make you look fearless and corageous – they are also one of the most common tattoos that people get. This is why you can find a lot of variety in designs when it comes to lion tattoos.

People like to combine their lion tattoos with other predatory animals and other things like thunderbolts, clouds, flowers, snakes and many other things. It adds value to your tattoos.

Depending on your personal preferences, you can get the tattoo inked wherever you want however the most common place to get a lion tattoo is on the arm.

We hope you found this post valuable and you could use it for inspiration for your new lion tattoo!