For thousands of years, humanity has felt boundless admiration for these felines. In African folklore, they are not only seen as fierce warriors and hunters, but also as cunning and deceitful animals. It is said that it is impossible to know what a leopard is until it is too late and that this animal uses a lot of tactics to give its prey a false sense of security. That's why we say that "a leopard can not change his spots". In these cultures, leopard spots represent the ability to hide what you are, giving you a tactical advantage in all circumstances.
In many parts of Western Europe and England, leopards are present on many coats of old noble families. In these drawings, their image is so stylized that it is often confused with that of Lion. In L'heraldry, leopards usually appear in groups of three and the animal is used to evoke the sense of honor and nobility. Many see the leopard as a brave warrior who never runs away from battle.
These magnificent animals also have a strong connection with the spiritual realm. Shamans and spiritual leaders often wear leopard skins because they believe that will protect evil spirits. The ancient Egyptian priests still wore leopard skins to protect themselves from the god of darkness and chaos, Sethand to symbolize their triumph over his evil actions. For many spiritual leaders of indigenous tribes, these totem animals are often seen as guides to the spiritual world, because of their ability to adapt and survive in visibly very different environments. A leopard is as comfortable on land as at the top of trees and can live in the humid heat of the jungle as in the plains of the African savannah.
Significance of leopard tattoos
Leopards embody a lot of seemingly contradictory characteristics that combine to establish the mysterious aura of the animal:
- Intelligence and cunning
- Deception and manipulation
- Nobility and royalty
- Protection and the role of guardian
- The latent power
- The brute force
Variations of leopard tattoos
Tribal tattoos of leopards
A tribal leopard tattoo identifies you as a person deeply connected to the indigenous culture of a particular region. These drawings have particular spiritual associations that allow the wearer to receive certain traits from his animal totem.
Tattoos of black leopards
A black leopard tattoo emphasizes your need to remain unknown and as popular as a legend never heard. You love your privacy and your peace and do not feel really good when you have the possibility of wandering without hindrance.
Tattoos of leopard prints
Leopard prints represent your strong connection to the solitary life of the animal. In essence, your tasks help you to hide your true intentions and to wait for the right moment and the perfect opportunity to act. A leopard print tattoo represents your predator hunting instincts, your adaptability and your ability to manipulate and turn any situation to your advantage. These drawings also symbolize your connection with the nobility and the divine.