Trying to decide between a lion tattoo and a tiger tattoo can be pretty tough. I mean, one of them is king of the jungle and the other one rules the African savannah. You literally can’t go wrong with either one, and no matter which way you decide to go, you’ll know that many, and I do mean many, others have gone there before and are in love with their ink. When it comes to animals, both lions and tigers are among the most popular designs. While we rarely come across these majestic animals in nature, all it takes is one visit to the zoo to realize how memorable and awe-inspiring these creatures truly are. With that said, it’s no surprise that many people choose to get lion and tiger tattoos.
A sketch style lion tattoo
Instead of a hyper realistic lion tattoo, if you’ve got an artist that can do it, a sketch style representation of a lion can be extra cool. While this example isn’t your typical sketch style design, it does feature a few of the traditional elements as well as a dotwork style that makes the rest of the design look as if it was done in the trendy sketchy style of design.
A forearm piece
Tigers are beautiful creatures. And if you’re a woman, making your design even a little more beautiful with a feminine floral touch can make things even more interesting.
Half a lion
For those of you out there that can’t stand getting a design that someone else may or may not already have, this black and grey ink watercolor example is something you’ll definitely approve of. Thinking out of the box may not be the safest route, but those who wonder are often rewarded.
If you’re looking to capture everything that’s beautiful about a tiger, then freezing them in their natural habitat is a must. Vivid color and a natural predatory pose will get you started. Here’s a fun fact: Tigers are the only cat species that are completely striped. They even have stripes on their skin.
A dotwork lion
It’s not too often that a tattoo actually takes my breath away. And while this one doesn’t exactly do that, this is about as close as you can come without having to desperately gasp for air. This dotwork two dimensional design has a smoothness and style to it that makes you want to hang it on the wall.
A gorgeous forearm piece
Another floral design. Another perfect example of why every woman should skip that lotus flower tattoo and go straight for a floral tiger. Florals by themselves are beautiful. But add a regal tiger to the mix and you’ve got yourself something far more fascinating.
A decorative design
Apparently Brian Woo takes whatever subject matter you choose and adds these intricate little extras onto it until it becomes an absolute work of art. Now I’m not saying that regular tiger tattoos are boring, it’s just that when I come across designs like these, everything else just seems so basic.
Becoming a parent is a momentous occasion that often inspires a tattoo or two. And while there’s nothing wrong with a life-size portrait of your son or daughter that occupies the better part of your chest, taking a more creative approach can make your design a little more interesting while still managing to achieve your original goal.
A tiger by the river
Ideal for anyone looking to capture a tiger in its natural setting, this down-by-the-river pose is the very definition of beautiful, but probably not something you’d want to witness first hand while going for your morning swim.
A geometric design
Usually lion tattoos are realistic in nature. But for the sake of variety, I did my best to include examples of a wide range of different designs which of course include a few pretty crazy geometric designs. This design was created by piecing together geometric shapes but instead of the usual symmetrical vibe, the abstract characteristics of this design reign supreme.