Black & Grey Tattoo

Black & Grey

There’s no denying it, the lion is a ferociously vital symbol, conveying courage, strength, pride and royalty among many other traits. Read on for different cultural perspectives into lion meaning and symbolism as you contemplate wicked cool tattoo ideas.

In Egypt, two lions shown together (back to back) symbolize East meeting West; sunrise and sunset. It’s a cyclical theme that reminds us of the waxing and waning nature of all life.

Also in Egypt as well as Babylonia, Assyria, China and Japan grand statues of lions were erected in front of temples and sacred places. This is an attribute of the lion’s protective qualities. In expressive art of all kinds, including lion tattoo symbolism there is a theme of guardianship.