Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
This collection of big cats and bear tattoos from Bali, Indonesia is designed to help you choose a Bali tattoo artist with experience in the style you want.
Mighty and majestic, the lion is the king of the jungle, symbolizing power, loyalty and… reggae music?
A lion head with a growling open mouth and large mane commands a lot of space, making this a great subject for an upper arm tattoo or chest piece.
Lion heads, crowned lions, and the lion of Judah or the “Zion Lion” are popular tattoo designs for brave guys and men under the star sign Leo.
A lioness tattoo symbolizes power as well as motherhood and protection.
Tigers are actually the largest of the big cats! Their stripes make them an excellent choice for a tattoo.
The growl is by far the most popular expression. For tattoos of a whole tiger (ironically it’s no surprise) a top pose is the predatory pounce.
Beautiful Bengal tigers from India, Sumatran tigers and white Siberian tigers are among the favorites for tattoo designs.
The iconic tiger subspecies with a large head, rich orange color and white underside is the Amur tiger which lives in Russia and China, according to Live Science.
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What do Bali tigers look like?
The native Bali tiger has been extinct since the 1940’s.
Spotted leopards, cheetahs and slinky black panthers are less popular cats for tattoo designs. For no good reason!
Although American traditional tattoos mostly showed patriotic wartime symbols, that was followed by a lot of black panther tattoos in a similar style during the United States’ Civil Rights Movement. iTattoo Designs says the black panther tattoo can symbolize fierce conflict, freedom and revolution – that makes sense to us!
We expect the black panther to have a comeback with the rise of old school tattoo designs.
What’s the meaning of a bear tattoo?
At least, that’s what customtattoodesign.ca says, along with this about grizzly tattoos too:
Grizzly bears and brown bears are the most common choice for tattoo art in Bali, although come to think of it we have seen some ridiculously cute Kung Fu Panda tattoos which we’ll need to find and publish – where are you hiding, cartoon panda?
Panda Bear Tattoos
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Last update: 29 MAR 2019