Leo tattoos, Leo designs, and Leo fun facts that will blow your mind. If you’re thinking about getting Leo Tattoos.
The study of horoscopes and astrology is for more than just fortune tellers and palm readers. If you are ambitious, generous, but at the same time maybe a little stubborn, you may be a Leo. The stars aligned just right to make you who you are. Each of the twelve signs of the zodiac have their own ruling body and element. Leos are often strong, confident, loyal people. Ruled by the sun and the element of fire, it’s obvious that Leos are a feisty bunch. It’s no wonder the powerful lion, the King of the Jungle, is the image aligned with Leo. Who doesn’t want a freaking cool lion tattoo, right? Here are some of the coolest tattoos to show the “pride” you have in your Leo-ness.
36 Leo Tattoos to Make You Proud:
1. Simple Symbols
For the minimalists out there, these are non-complex broad line Leo tattoos. The top symbol represents the sun, Leo’s ruling planet. The middle is the sign for Leo, and the bottom represents fire, the controlling element. Its a simple design and manages to convey the Leo’s straightforward attitude. A good look for the forearm, calf, or possibly down the rib cage.
2. Feminine Twist
Another take on the simple Leo symbol. This one has a bit of flourish with the fine lines and dots. It has a kind of disconnected feel to it that flows wonderfully with the curves of the symbol itself. Beautiful for placement anywhere, but especially pretty when placed on the wrist or ankle. More of a feminine style tattoo, for the lioness out there.
3. Sunny Disposition
The little Leo symbol can also be accompanied with other designs. Here it is incorporated with a symbol of the sun. Tribal art is still very popular, with the sun being a favored design. This is a neat little tribal piece that would look good on anyone. Shine bright Leo, let that light be seen.
4. Tribal Lion
Because the lion is associated with the symbol Leo, lion tattoos are popular for those wanting to go bold. This design is another simple lined design, but also incorporates the lion itself. It gives the illusion of power, with its dark tribal look and thick lines. It is also very minimalist, with no shading, the perfect tattoo for the discerning Leo. It also features the Leo sign woven into the lions mane. Nice touch!
5. Go Big or Go Home
A tribal lion without the accompanying Leo symbol. Sometimes the lion itself is enough. This is a bold piece, with an amazing tribal look. Large, dark, strong, powerful, just like the traits of the zodiac sign it represents. This is the King of the Jungle out lording over his territory. He is fierce, teeth exposed, letting everyone know he means business. For more awesome tribal pieces look here.
6. Royalty Indeed
Another beautiful lion! These Leo Tattoos have more of a Moroccan or Indian feel to it. What makes this one so unique is that its has a distinctly feminine quality to it while still portraying an obviously male lion. For those strong confident women out to prove they can be just as fierce as the men. The adornments and detail on this lion are perfection, while the placement on the rib cage also alludes to a strength from within. The ribs are a very sensitive place to put a tattoo, but these lionesses will not let that phase them. For a look at more sexy rib cage tattoos, go here.
7. Colorize It
What an engaging piece! The mixture of lifelike browns and oranges with the popping watercolor look of the purples, blues and greens really makes this tattoo stand out. The otherworldly look of the colorful side calls to mind a galaxy of stars, fitting for a tattoo referencing the zodiac. It also portrays the duality of the Leo, one part strong and confident, another part dreamy and full of whimsy. Not all people, or lions, are the same, and each have a part you may have never seen before. Essentially, what you see is not always what you get.
8. Show Your Softer Side Leo Tattoos
Another wonderfully colorful tattoo. It has a much more feminine feel. The subject itself is a female lion, but also the addition of the Calla Lily, and the soft, understated colors give this piece a feeling of sensitivity. It is a way for those of the female persuasion to still show off their zodiac characteristics without being too in your face about it. It’s a very soft look at the lion.
9. Big Dreams
Just because you are a Leo does not mean you have to portray that with the strong, powerful look of the lion. Not all Leo Tattoos have to be that explicit. This tattoo is a lovely example. It still incorporates the Leo symbol, but uses a cat instead of a lion. Cats are, after all, little cousins of the lion, and are just as fierce and feisty as their larger counterparts. This is a cute little alternative to the larger cat, while still exhibiting the traits of the sign.
10. Look to the Stars Leo Tattoos
Stars are some of the most prolific tattoos out there. From nautical stars to shooting stars, these little balls of light are used in a bunch of designs, often part of a larger piece. For the person who loves astrology more than animals, this is the one for you. A very simple, small (though spread out) tattoo depicting the location of the stars in the Leo constellation. It is an unique piece of art with an equally unique placement. The top of the shoulder is not a place you see many single tattoos, but this one pulls it off in an amazing way.
11. Dapper Man
Add a little fun to Leo tattoos with a bow tie, derby and monocle. The little color accents in the tie and hat really make this one interesting. The detail in the monocle glare is amazing. This one has “hipster” written all over it, but we won’t hold that against it! Leos come in all forms, and this tattoo shows that with a little bit of sass.
12. Mixed Media
Never be afraid to mix styles! This tattoo pairs a low detail realistic looking lion head with a tribal surround. In case you were confused about the meaning of this one, Leo is inked in tribal letters just below lions head. No confusion here.
13. Brighten It Up
Make it pop with some vibrant colors in an original style. The unique line work on the lions face gives it an amazing depth. The eyes look so lifelike, despite the fun colors of the rest of the work. This one has an intoxicating quality about it. It’s almost hard to look away from it. The directional shifts of the mane are also intriguing, wild, like the animal itself.
A large powerful looking piece of art for a big area. This shoulder piece in incredibly fierce, teeth exposed showing the powerful side of the Leos personality. This is an actual beast. The shading gives it depth and the lack of color in this one is what really sets it off. It illustrates perfectly the fight inside each Leo, the need to protect what is theirs, be that territory or mate. I, for one, would not want to cross this fella.
If you’ve got a loved one or a child who is a Leo, what better way to show your love and devotion with an amazing Leo tattoo. The lion is shown here in profile, with a heart shaped nose. The date and name make it incredibly personal. The date, of course, signifying that Joshua is a Leo. The zodiac symbol for Leo is also present, this tattoo has it all. I love the way it looks as thought the lion is inside a mirror. He is pensive and gives an impression of deep thought.
16. Queens Reign
One for the ladies. Show your own strength and pride by proclaiming yourself the Queen Leo. The idea of the two female lions is a different take on the usual roaring male. The outlined but not filled Leo symbol wrapping around the head of the lioness eludes to a kind of royal robe or headdress. Who is the real queen of the jungle? Placed on the lower back, a popular place for women’s tattoos, is another way of infusing the tattoo with a feminist appeal.
17. Perfect Geometry
Geometric designs are steadily increasing in popularity. Usually the design is something abstract, but can be used to portray almost anything. The cool symmetrical line design creates and intriguing effect. A design like this can be placed anywhere, but works especially well on the thigh, as seen here. The lines are simple and clean, leaving all the wonder in the design. How those lines all fit together to form this wonderful piece is absolutely alluring.
18. Lion or Fox
Another multi-layer, multi-element design. The lion, which more resembles a fennec fox here, the symbol for Leo, and the word “Leo” itself. This is another simple yet powerful design. All solid lines and no shading makes for a clean looking piece. The thin lines used give it a nice streamlined look, with none of the brute force most lion tattoos possess.
Best friends, couples, and even siblings often get matching or similar tattoos. The ones featured above could be lovers, as one appears to be on a man and the other on a woman, siblings or perhaps twins given that they are both Leos. The color and size is individual to the person with the tattoo, but they are still similar enough to show that they are meant to be matching. You can look here for more matching BFF tattoo ideas.
Another cool tribal lion design. What I like most about this one is the lettering. It is different, maybe a Samoan style, something aboriginal. Also the gaping jaws of the lion again points the the power and strength of the big cat as well as that of the people who fall under that zodiac sign. The mane is also made to resemble fire, another tie in to the Leo zodiac, as fire is the element for Leos. This one has incorporated quite a bit of the symbols associated with Leos but you really have to look hard to be able to visualize them. Even one part of the mane resembles the symbol for Leo tattoos. The shading on the mane also gives it a sense of movement. There is so much going on here for such a simple piece.
21. Lion Heart
This lion in a heart shape is an incredibly detailed example of leo tattoos. The shading and the line work are phenomenal. Look at the realism in the lions face and mane, surrounded by the scrolled frame work. The direct look from the lion shows the fierceness common in many lion tattoos. It is like being watched, it’s magnetizing and hypnotic! The depth of this piece makes it so hard to look away from.
22. Basking in the Glow
This is another multi-element piece, this time on the foot. It has three of the major elements of the Leo; the lion, the symbol and the sun. The look of peace and contentment on the lion is a change from the usual look of ferocity. It has a petite quality to it, something for the ladies. While this looks really good in just the shades of black, some added color would really make it pop. It is a definite stand out piece.
Watercolor styled tattoos, along with geometric tattoos, are on the rise. The coolest thing about the watercolors is that the image in portrayed without harsh lines. There is practically no outline, just the shades of colors arranged to form the shape. The use of color is the focus here, as well as the runny, transparent look of the ink. Almost like it was painted on with a brush. This is not your kindergartners art, though, it is an intricate art form. With it’s rise in popularity, I expect we will be seeing a lot more of it.
24. Hear Me Roar
Tattoos placed behind the ear have been rising in popularity, especially with women. Just a cute little piece that can be hidden by putting the hair down, but fully exposed in an up-do. This piece features the lion and the symbol again. It is also a fairly understated tattoo. Simple lines, and a hedgehog-like main give the illusion of a lion without all the detail required to capture the animal completely. The four dots at the end of the symbol are a nice little touch, adding a bit of flair.
25. Crumpled Up
This thigh piece actually looks like an unfinished watercolor painting that someone deemed not fit to make it past the dumpster. It has a look of being crumpled up on paper and tossed away. That does not, however, take away from the true awesomeness that is this piece. The crumpled up look of it is intriguing in a way that is hard to describe and the sparse use of color gives it an interesting feel. It could be made to look like a cave painting of a lion from ages ago. Whatever the case, it is truly unique and quite enjoyable to look at.
A lion with an aboriginal/tribal look to it. No color, but shading and embellishments that make it really stand out. The dots instead of the traditional shading is a really cool effect without filling in too much of the area. The stripes and darkened ends of the mane give it depth and movement, without taking away from it’s beauty. Sometimes a nice simple design is all you need to portray the strength of the person (or tribe?).
27. Get a Little Abstract
For some reason, this one reminds me of Andy Warhol. The lion has that same smug look on it’s face. The lines and patterns on it make it almost look like a person who is in mid transition into a lion. He is becoming the animal inside. This one does have a lot of human qualities to it, making it very fun to look at. The abstract lines and patters make it interesting as well. The short choppy mane gives it a bit of a more modern look, less of a brawler and more of a thinker. Unique and individual are the only words I can think of to describe this.
28. Cobra and the Lion
Two of the worlds most dangerous beasts are united here. The lion, the King, and the cobra, the Snake. The lion could symbolize the pride and goodness of the person, while the cobra symbolizes sin and evil. The faces looking in opposite directions also give this theory credit. Although, the snake itself does form the symbol for Leo. Perhaps this person was born as a Leo in the year of the snake (Chinese Zodiac….mines a cock. I can’t win)? Whatever the idea behind this one was, it is definitely a piece to make you think.
29. Transformation Leo Tattoos
If lions and snakes aren’t your thing, you can always incorporate the Leo tattoos symbol into something that better suits you. Here it is made into a butterfly, a very small, colorful, feminine tattoo. If this were going to be a first tattoo and you wanted to start small, this is a good choice. It is cute, but still allows for one to show the off their sign. Look here for more small tattoos with big meanings.
30.Beauty is the Beast
Who says a lion can’t be pretty? This is a rather feminine twist on the usual lion art. She is still strong and bold, but with flowing, side swept locks, a beautiful lotus flower and a brilliant red hairpiece in the shape of the Leo symbol. Just that little touch of color gives it a nice effect, while the use of white ink accents really gives it a lifelike feel. It seems to come up from out of the skin, holding it head up high in a proud, regal manner.
31. Rainbow Fierce
Whether using a little color or a lot to make a statement, it all falls to how it is done. This is a phenomenal use of color, very vibrant and bright. The two different colored eyes are very appealing and the very minimal use of black makes this an incredible piece to look at. Every color seems to be present, from the fiery flame red to the deep ocean blue. This large piece practically screams “Look at me, I am King.”
32. Simply Symbolic
Sometimes they symbol itself is all you need to remind you of your inner lioness. This cool tattoo features a paw print (presumably from a lion, a recurring theme here) with the Leo symbol shown in a void. I, for one, love void leo tattoos. They are a different take on the tattoo game, using the lack of color and outline to create the image. It takes some serious imagination and know how to make something like that work out and this artist nailed it. Another noticeable feature in this piece is the heart shaped pad on the paw. Intentional or not, it’s a cool way to incorporate a heart into the piece as well.
From the simple to the complex, there seems to be a Leo tattoo for everyone. The detail in this one really is astonishing. It’s almost as if you can see each individual hair on the lions face and in his mane. The whiskers seem to be outlined in white, setting them apart from the rest of the darker hair. The eyes, again, look hyper-realistic, it’s actually a little creepy. Where did these artists learn to make the eyes look so real? It’s a talent to have, that’s for sure.
34. King of Hearts Leo Tattoos
Not only is the tattoo itself significant, but the placement can also mean a good deal. When you get a lot of tattoos, it becomes even trickier to find just that right spot, but a big piece like this is perfectly suited for the chest. Whether placed on the right, just above the heart, or on the left side of the chest, this large detailed piece really stands out on the pectorals. For a look at more awesome chest pieces, click this link. This particular lion has a wispy, pensive look about him. He is not boastful, but more the strong silent type.
35. A Duo for You-o
Two amazingly colored leo tattoos for you and a friend. The lack of heavy outlining is one of the things that gives these two such a unique look. They also have a little of the “Hungry Caterpillar” style coloring going on. No, I don’t know what that style is called, sue me. I love that one is seated, chilling, relaxing, tail wrapped around him at peace. The other is up, moving (as judged by the swinging mane). He looks as though he just took a swipe at something and is going to stare it down until it gives in. The most fascinating thing about these two is the monochromatic scheme. The yellow one is shades of yellows and oranges, fiery really, while the other is blues and purples. So much can be conveyed in just the color or the tattoo!
36. Bold and Beautiful Leo Tattoos
In honor of the boldness of the lion, we have an out of this world leg piece. From hip to ankle, this lion portrays the strength needed to get through adversity. The quote, “Time heals nothing, it’s how you come out on top” reinforces that idea. The intricate detailing in this one really makes it stand out, there is so much going on and all of it is great. The lion, with the flowers woven into its mane, the clock it is holding, the banner and lettering all make for a fantastic piece. Any Leo would be proud to rock this incredible art. If lions aren’t really what you are into, however, you can look here or here for more sexy thigh tattoo ideas.