The Lion King: Tattoos, Quotes, and Life Lessons

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The Lion King Tattoos, Quotes, and Life Lessons


The Lion King film has come and gone, and has left behind a legacy of memes – as with any other movie of today, really!

And in its wake, is a revival of some of our favourite moments from the original film that tugged at our heartstrings and defined our childhoods.

In celebration of one of the greatest animated films of all time, here are some of our favourite Lion King tattoos – paired with some of our favourite Lion King quotes!

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For those of us who grew up on it, The Lion King taught us a lot about family, life, friendship – and even love!

Watercolour Lion King tattoo by Adrian Bascur
Artist: Adrian Bascur


It also introduced us to pain, grief, and heartbreak.

Illustrative classic Lion King tattoo of Mufasa and Simba by Jordan Baker
Artist: Jordan Baker


One of its most important lessons, however, was the now-infamous Swahili phrase ‘hakuna matata’ – ‘it means no worries’!

This ‘problem-free philosophy’ was basically the 90s version of #yolo, except maybe a little more wholesome.

New school Lion King tattoo from Jordan Baker
Artist: Jordan Baker


But life isn’t always problem-free. The wise Pumbaa once said: “you got to put your behind in your past.”

Watercolour Lion King tattoo from Mandalah Cafe
Artist: Mandalah Cafe


Not sure what that means? Well, the equally-wise Rafiki said something very similar: “…the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it – or learn from it.”

Illustrative Lion King tattoo of Rafiki from Carol Hidalgo
Artist: Carol Hidalgo


Let’s face it – since The Lion King first came out in 1994 we’ve all grown up quite a bit. And have seen some pain of our own.

The past sure can hurt and boy do we all have a new understanding of what Rafiki meant! But for all its pain, there are lessons to be learned from the past – and there are better, brighter days ahead!

Illustrative linework Lion Kink tattoo from Carol Hidalgo
Artist: Carol Hidalgo


Learning from the past helps us grow into better versions of ourselves. But growth does not have to mean changing who we are!

As Mufasa once hauntingly echoed through the skies: “Remember who you are.

New school Lion King tattoo from Jordan Baker
Artist: Jordan Baker


Heed Mufasa’s advice and stay true to who you are! Weather the storm that is life and find your place in this ever-changing world.

Illustrative Lion King tattoo from Moniq Ink
Artist: Moniq


The mighty Mufasa taught us yet another important lesson: “Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”

It takes far more courage to face ourselves than it ever takes to face someone else.

Minimalist Lion Kind Tattoo from Dayane Velasco
Artist: Dayane Velasco


Truly looking at ourselves and acknowledging our own strengths and faults is one of the hardest things to do – just ask Scar! He paid the ultimate price for this fatal mistake.

New school Lion King tattoo of Scar by Jackson May
Artist: Jackson May


Looking deep within ourselves may be hard but do it we must, for it is important to our self-growth!

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What important life lessons has The Lion King taught you? Let us know in the comments below or drop us a comment on Instagram and Facebook.

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We hope you enjoyed this little roundup of some of our favourite Lion King tattoos!

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