One of the coolest tattoos I ever saw was a lion tattoo. I'm obsessed with lions. Ever since I safaried in Africa and got to sit with a domesticated lion, I've been hooked.
Meeting a real lion was life changing, as silly as that sounds. I was with a couple of buddies of mine in college and we took a safari from a private company out of Botswana. Our guide, Thomas, had a giant lion tattoo'd onto his chest. I was stunned by the beauty of it. Lions are such majestic creatures.
His tattoo really captured the essence of one, so I was really impressed. When we asked him why he choose the lion he said it was because the lion is a powerful symbol.
A lion symbolizes "Dharma" or strength, power, and leadership. These are all characteristics I feel I possess and can only strengthen with time. After meeting a real lion I was changed.