Roaring Lion Tattoo

lion head tattoo

Lion Tattoo

Roaring Lion Tattoo

A roaring lion is an animal to be respected and feared. It is a symbol of Power and Authority and a sign that you aren’t a person to be taken lightly. Roaring lions are born leaders, gifted fighters, and, in a crunch, are the persons who can best guide the group out of danger. According to the tradition, a lion whelp was still-born but brought to life by the roar of his father. The whelp later went on to create and lead the tribes of Israel. The symbolism shows that the word of the Divine (represented by the roaring Lion) has the power to breathe life into weakest being (the whelp) and transform him into a force to be reckoned with. A Roaring Lion Tattoo expresses to the world that you aren’t a pushover and that a beast lies underneath the surface, primed and ready to strike.

Aside from the basic verbal symbolism of the lion, there are some deeper meanings connected to them as well.

Lion tattoos have been placed on men throughout history. Those in Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East have put great emphasis on the lion tattoo for many centuries. Lions have always been known as the king of the jungle and this status portrays great power. I think this has always been the big draw about the lion tattoo. If you think about it, the lion can also be a symbol of a religious nature. King of the Jungle – King of Kings.

Ancient Civilizations

The lion has been portrayed for many years in ancient cultures, legends, mythology, astrology, literature, movies, and much more. In a few ancient civilizations, lions were owned by kings and royalty. The lion was a symbol of power to the people of the king’s power and strength. In an interesting contrast, in Roman mythology, the lion is associated with love.

The lion was also symbolic to the Egyptians—they often portrayed two lions with their backs to one another. These statues represented balance, which was very important to the Egyptians. They would usually place these statues outside of sacred structures. The Egyptians believed in balance, such as sunrise/sunset and east/west—their lion statues represented this all-important balance.

Zen Enso Tattoo

 

Zen Enso Tattoo

Zen Enso Tattoo

There are two common symbols for zen enso. One is a brushstroke of a closed circle. The closed circle represents the totality of experience and life. The other is a brushstroke of a circle with one small opening. The open circle represents the imperfection found in all things and suggests to the student to stop striving for perfection and instead to allow the universe to be as it is.

The open circle is a concept that reflects closely with Japanese Zen Buddhism. The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi is that all things are perfect as they are. An analogy is a peasant’s jar, misshapen, chipped and worn through years of daily use. Although it may not be as pleasing visually as a pristine carefully crafted jar, it is said to stimulate the mind and emotions, stimulate the spirit of a person to contemplate the essence of reality. As with everything related to Zen, there is a beautiful simplicity to the traditional enso, both the open and closed versions.

The classic symbol for Zen is the enso. It is known as the circle of enlightenment.

In the sixth century, a text named the Shinhinmei refers to the way of Zen as a circle of vast space, lacking nothing, and nothing in excess. At first glance, the ancient enso zen symbol appears to be nothing more than a circle. But it’s symbolism refers to the beginning and end of all things, the circle of life, and the connectedness of existence.

It is said that in the hands of a Zen master. The power of the enso symbol for zen is released. Helping those who meditate upon it to reach a higher level of consciousness. It is used as a symbol of enlightenment. Zen masters often brush paint an enso for their student to meditate upon. The quality of the brushwork is said to reveal the depth of the master’s enlightenment.

Nautical Compass Tattoo

Compass Tattoo

Nautical Compass Tattoo

It is symbolic of staying your course in life and to not give up no matter how rough things may seem. The compass will guide you where you need to be. While the compass tattoo isn’t the most popular of all of the motivational tattoo designs out there.

While the compass tattoo is not normally thought of as a popular “lucky charm” tattoo, it’s not hard to see why someone might give their tattoo this meaning. It is the type of tattoo you can look at when you have lost your way and use it to turn yourself around. When someone gets the compass tattoo to represent luck, they will usually get additional designs around it to make the meaning a bit more clear.

Compasses give many a sense of security concerning their direction.

We trust and understand the magnetic guidance that’s provided by the compass. Others use the compass on their body to symbolize remaining on course when faced with hardship. The compass can also be compared with the North Star as its placement stays reliable and static. The home can be located by a compass as well, and it’s because of this many travelers and adventurers adorn themselves with the compass tattoo. Compass tattoos can be embellished with globes and nautical stars as to adequately portray this meaning.

Nautical Compass Tattoo has also represented the idea of following one’s dreams.

Widely seen as a protective ornament, the compass has for a long time been held in high esteem by many. Military servicemen and women have used it as a symbol of their loyalty and reliance to their branch in the military. It can also be associated with being a religious symbol.

As the compass has been entrusted for centuries, it’s an ancient symbol of security and safety.

Anchors, axes, boots, and seabirds can be used to symbolize a hiking or naval background.

The compass can be utilized as a bringer of luck and inspiration.

People who get lost can use it to bring themselves inspiration.

Since it is a practical tool, the compass is used as a symbol of luck like other practical tools, for example, horseshoes.

Because it’s always pointing to the north and never changes, many view it as a beacon of inspiration.

Compass tattoos have also represented the idea of following one’s dreams.

We’re always inspired by insights and epiphanies, as the compass is a good example.

A compass without a direction indicator can show a broken compass.

One with a wildly spinning arrow can mean confusion or uncertainty. One with a considerable long chain can show attachment to the associated meaning.

For instance, a chain connected to a religious item and a compass could indicate, that the person gets their direction.

A broken face plate can mean a lack of dependence on such tools. A compass thats moldy or water filled.

A compass that moldy or water filled can show age or self-reliance.

DEER TATTOO

Stag Tattoo

Stag Tattoo

Symbolic Meanings of Deer Tattoos

Deer have been revered as animals of beauty and grace, with their lithe movements attracting the human race to chase and catch them. At the same time, this charming animal is associated with some symbolic attributes, like a female deer or doe is regarded as an epitome of motherly love, kindness, and gentleness. On the other hand, a stag or male deer denotes fertility, virility and sexual prowess. In general sense, the deer tattoo relates with the symbolic meanings of nobility, peace, love, and kindness. Some also regard it as a sign of rebirth and resurrection while others take it as an epitome of beauty.

The Powerful Deer Antlers

Fast forward to the time of the Celtics, and they depicted the deer as a mighty force in the woods. The deer antler tattoos can represent the same things the Celtics considered the best in these creatures.

Although already considered a powerful beast, the deer, and his antlers were also responsible for blazing trails, for clearing the way in the woods so the weaker female and children could easily follow behind. This mighty stag would cut a path through the thickest forest. So that those behind him could have an easier go at it.

Stag Tattoo Today ink lovers connect with that dominant force, a leader in tough times, someone who is willing to sacrifice for the rest of the group.

The Deer Antler Meanings

Take one look at the size of that rack on the deer. It can strike fear in even the strongest of foes.

This dominant creature of the forest is savvy in that it can find. The best herbs in the woods with little effort.

Antler has a different meaning who love getting inked

Map Tattoo

Map Tattoo

Map Tattoo

World maps are not only exciting to look at, they conjure up all sorts of adventurous feelings when you are contemplating your next exotic journey or vacation. For some, they are not at home unless they are traveling to a distant airport and experiencing all that culture has to offer.

When these wandering spirits get inked, they choose the world map tattoos outlined only in the black ink, and they slowly color in each part of the world that they have visited along the way. This work-in-progress ink design inspires and drives many to always have their eyes on the next foreign sunrise.

Some of us just never can get enough in the way of knowledge. These folks see the world map tattoos as a reminder of all the locations in this world that need to be explored.

World Map Tattoo

When inked with the world map, each time a new language is learned, a country is explored, or civilization is studied, the region can be inked in a unique color that is coded to a reference key beneath the map.

Those who live on the high seas utilize maps. Each day and the world map tattoos remind them of the journeys. Of the past and ones that are still on the horizon.

The tattoo design can be split in half so one-half appears on one foot. The other half on the other foot, symbolic of walking the earth one step at a time. Some split the tattoo design between two friends, lovers, or partners. A reference to being separated now but someday together in the same location again.

Many have to deal with being apart from the ones they love on a daily basis. And have created a unique way to keep them close at hand. The world map tattoos allow wearers to precisely show on the map where this person is. And it feels like a relatively shorter distance when compared to where you are today.

The tattoo offers some the ability to feel at one with the other person. Being all on the same planet, only separated by a few miles of water. Others choose these tattoo designs as a reminder of home, having moved away from their birthplace for work, school. Or to live abroad with their new family.