Kari spends much of her time thinking about the meaning of life and time. She has concluded love is the meaning and time doesn't exist.
I love cats. I always have and always will. When I was a very young child I wanted to grow up to be a mountain lion. My fascination with cats has never ended. They are aloof, but friendly; calm, but crazy; and quiet, yes, definitely, usually quiet (except when they are crazy, of course).
The big cats are even more fascinating. Beautiful and deadly, they rule their worlds. Lions, tigers, leopards are sleek, agile and commanding. You could never pass one in the wild without a little unease. Unpredictability is one of a cat's greatest traits. You can never be sure if they are sleeping, or playing or planning some sort of sabotage.
My current tattoo is a tiger face in the shape of a butterfly. (I include a picture under "Tigers".) I would like to get another tattoo, but I have not yet found it. I don't know what it will look like, but I am sure I will recognize it when I see it. After all, it only took me 15 years to recognize my first one.
I have found some fabulous tattoos searching for the one I need. I search most often through the big cats, and often through the little cats. I thought I would share some of the best with you all.
Pussy-cat tattoos are very nice, but not really my style. I like something a little more wild to wear. I keep kitty cats, but the big cats are where it's at in my book. Lions and tigers are much more to my liking.
There is a reason the lion is called "king of the jungle". The male collects females to form a pride. The females hunt, take care of the babies and help the male run off other males. Most of the time this "king" is just laying around.
Pictures depicting lions have been around for 17,000 years. The lion can be found on flags, coats of arms and as sculptures. In most cultures the lion is a symbol of royalty, power and bravery. To call someone a "lion" is considered a great compliment.
I am pretty partial to tigers. Not just because I was born during the year of the tiger in the Chinese zodiac. Tigers are my favorite big cat after mountain lions. Like the mountain lion they are solitary animals. They hunt alone, sleep alone and raise their young alone. (Hmm, I seem to have a lot in common with tigers.)
The tiger is the largest of the big cats. Siberian tigers are about 8 feet long and stand 3-4 feet tall at the shoulders. They usually weigh between 400-675 pounds. Imagine your house cat and all the trouble that cat would cause if he/she were as large as a tiger. No, I do not even want to think about it.
The tiger appears in many books, such as the "Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. In the "Jungle Book" the tiger, Shere Khan, is always looking for a way to kill the boy, Mowgli. While in "Winnie the Pooh" by A. A. Milne, the tiger, Tigger, is always happy, bouncy and curious.
My tiger tattoo is in the shape of a butterfly. To me, it depicts the fact that just because something is nice on the outside, does not mean it is nice on the inside. We may look and act civilized, but we also contain all the ferocity of a tiger.
Spotted Cat Tattoos
I've never had a great deal of luck finding good spotted cat tattoos. Leopard, jaguars, snow leopards and ocelots are the best known of the wild breeds. Interestingly, black panthers are actually leopards or jaguars. When you look very closely you can often see the black on black spots.
Jaguars are the third largest big cat, after the tiger and the lion. Although usually found in the rain forests of South and Central Americas, the jaguar will range as far as the southwestern United States. Jaguars have incredibly strong bites. They bite right through the skull to kill their prey.
I may not find many tattoos of spotted cats, but I find plenty of pictures of people with tattooed spots. I do not really understand the attraction to this, but in some cases it does look interesting. The more I see it, the more I like it. I bet I would prefer tiger stripes, but to each their own.
Leopard Spots Seem to Be a Popular Tattoo
Tattoo World Has Examples of All Types of Tattoos
Fun Cat Tattoos
Here are a few tattoos of cats that I though were just plain fun. I, personally, love "Hello Kitty" and other cartoonish cats. There are so many cartoon cats you can tattoo. Felix, Tom, Garfield are all popular in the tattoo world. I have found you do not have to find a picture you like hanging on the wall or in the book at tattoo parlors. Many tattoo artists will make you a picture if you can show a sample or explain it well enough.
There are many versions of the "Lucky Cat" tattoo. The "Lucky Cat" is supposed to bring it's owner, you guessed it, good luck. The "Lucky Cat" is Japanese in origin, but the Chinese like the "Lucky Cat" so much that many people mistake it's origin to be Chinese. One of the origin tales tell of a poor shopkeeper who takes in a stray cat. The cat, in return, sits at the door and encourages people to enter. This may be why it is said that when a cat washes it's face visitors are coming. No wonder you see it in so many businesses.
Fun Cat Tattoos
Find Out About Cattoos
I got my first tattoo before tattoos were considered "cool". In those days, most people thought the only females to get tattoos were biker chicks or "women of the night". I was neither. I was just a nurse with a love of tattoos. A love that continues today.
Although tattoos are not for everyone, it seems they are for more and more people lately. Body art has become a form of personal expression and adornment. Gone are the days that tattoos were only for sailors, bikers or hustlers. Personally, I am glad to see tattoos gain some social acceptance.
What to Know Before Getting a Tattoo-Part 1
What to Know Before Getting a Tattoo-Part 2
Connect With Your Tattoo
If you are thinking of getting your first tattoo, watch the videos above. You will be happiest if you know and connect with your tattoos. I think it is very important to have a connection of some sort with the picture. Do not get one just because it is pretty or funny, wait until you make the connection. It should have a meaning that is personal to you.
I waited 15 years to get my first tattoo. Granted some of those years I was under aged. I did not find my first tattoo until I was 30. I have had it for 25 years and I still love it. I know I made the correct choice waiting.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Kari Poulsen
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 13, 2017:
Thanks Nell. I have a tiger face cut in the shape of a butterfly...looks like a butterfly at first glance. I love these tattoos also. I keep wondering if I'm getting to old for a new one, lol.
Nell Rose from England on September 13, 2017:
Love them! I have a dreamcatcher tattoo but that's all. but yes I do love these!
Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on January 10, 2015:
K@ri, did I pick at random a wonderful hub? I did, indeed! What a trip...I do believe you have grown up to be a mountain lion. Power is evident in your writing as well as in your photos.
Fabulous job, Kari,
White01 on July 13, 2010:
that was very cleaver, I love tattoos, I have 22+ , great post!
brina on June 24, 2010:
it's cool to see my little hellokitty tattoo on this web site!!!!!!
BJBenson from USA on June 19, 2010:
Phoenix and I loved the pictures of the cats. Some of them seem to jump right out at us! Wonderful. I plan to come back and look at them again!
Gigi2 from UK on June 04, 2010:
Love it, the tatoo's, the video, all brilliant, thanks for sharing. I feel the urge to get another tat :)
kesharox on May 29, 2010:
KOOL PICS I LIKE]
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on May 16, 2010:
osci, Well then you certainly don't want to put it on your d....oooops....well then you will still be sold in the USA!
mikicagle, I don't understand...I, personally, do not go for face tattoos.
mikicagle from Oklahoma on May 14, 2010:
the lion tattoos are amazing-face tattoos? not a good idea-will look like hell when you are 60
oscillationatend from a recovering narcissist. on May 12, 2010:
I love your tattoo. I still want to get one--somewhere small...will say "Made in China" and then "Assembled in Mexico."
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on February 25, 2010:
healthgoji, LOL, Sorry to disappoint you. Tattoos can be a work of art if you find the right artist.
healthgoji on February 22, 2010:
When I saw the title of your article I thought it was something smutty. The tattoo artists are very talented in your pictures.
It is as interesting as going to an art museum. And colorful too.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on February 12, 2010:
Craftsmith, Your friend is has very good taste! I love that tattoo. I could see my daughter getting one of the "Hello Kitty" tattoos, but I must say, I love the wild cats. Thanks!
ateenyi, I love the color and vibrancy of these tattoos also! Thanks. :D
ateenyi from Chicago on February 12, 2010:
The hub is simply effortlessly classic. Tattoos, which were displayed in the hub, are so much colorful, vibrant and dynamic. Picture contain the ambience of lion is worth to watch. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful peace of information.
Craftsmith from India on February 09, 2010:
Basically i did not like the lion, tiger and leopard tattoos, fun cat tattoos are so so sweet & the black cat tattoo is also veryy nice...one my frenz has just got it !
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on February 09, 2010:
Craftsmith, I really like some of them myself...which ones did you find awful?
Craftsmith from India on February 04, 2010:
some of them are just so sweet...and some of them are just awful !!
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 24, 2010:
David, LOL! Thanks :D
antonrosa, Cats ARE cool! I'm glad you liked it.
T R Upshur, The artwork you can find in tattoos these days is really beautiful. Thanks
T R Upshur from United States on January 20, 2010:
The title is irresistible! I don't think I'll ever get one but I do appreciate great artwork.
antonrosa from USA on January 18, 2010:
Great Hub, thanks for sharing! Cats are cool!
David Alan Carter on January 18, 2010:
I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you. Who would have thought so many men would have been so attracted to an article on... cats? I can just see each of 'em now, clutching their mouse with both hands, racing past other topics, knocking over the occasional hubber. Just to get here to read about... cats. Ah well. Guess it just goes to show you how sensitive and warm hearted us guys can be when it comes to small cuddly animals.
P.S. I see I've got to follow you now, k@ri.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 11, 2010:
Sorry Joe! LOL
ladyjane1, Thanks, I'm glad you liked them. Good luck with your betty boop!
Springboard, LOL...the things we do for love!
Springboard from Wisconsin on December 31, 2009:
I must say I much prefer these cats over the four-legged furry ones I have running around my house. As luck would have it, they were a package deal with the wifey. :)
ladyjane1 from Texas on December 28, 2009:
Cool hub and great tats. I don't like cats however because they don't like me, Im allergic but not to tats. I have 3. I am getting a betty boop on my leg sometime in the future when I can find someone that will do an awesome job for that kind of money. Great job.
Joe on December 28, 2009:
This ... is NOT what I was looking for.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 22, 2009:
Tom, You too, huh? I'm always looking for my next. :D
Tom Cornett from Ohio on December 22, 2009:
Wow...I have to get out more...these were cool! Thanks! :)
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 22, 2009:
mercon, I love tattoos! :D
mercon on December 11, 2009:
i dont like tatto :)
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 06, 2009:
motricio, Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! I hope you get time soon to get your tattoo. In my life it always seem I either have time or money...hardly ever both. :D
Mauricio Rodriguez from Bogota DC, Colombia on December 04, 2009:
Nice hub about Tattoos!!!!!
I'm going to get one on mi back =)
Still haven't time, too much work :S.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 27, 2009:
Vizey, I love tats also. I must have a high pain tolerance...but then I only have one. :D
Playathome2, Thanks, I'm glad you liked them!
janiek13, There are capsules for videos and I go to youtube to find the music. The lion on fire is probably my fav also. As to the title...who knows...just got lucky?
TammyK, I'm not a Leo, but I do love cats! I like how you describe sammy...some-timing. That is such a cat trait. I love the lines on that black cat also.
TammyK on November 25, 2009:
like you i like cats. i have two now, sadness and sammy. their mother got hit. a brother got ran over and one ran away. sadness is more friendly, sammy is some-timing. sometimes she wants love from me, sometimes she don't. the tattoos were nice, don't know if i could ever get one though. it looks too painful. the black one with the blank eyes is the bestone to me. it looks sexy. and i am a leo, i have wondered if that's why i like cats so much
mercon on November 25, 2009:
hmm... it's cool
Zen Albert on November 24, 2009:
interesting huh, exploring all of those sweet tattoos for her...
Mary Krenz from Florida's Space Coast on November 23, 2009:
Awesome Hub! How did you get the music on there? I love the lion on fire and the lol cats. Btw, how did you slide that title past the editors?LOL
Playathome2 on November 20, 2009:
Love the tats.. I just got a pussy on my back last week.
Vizey on November 18, 2009:
This is looking very beautiful and cute tatoo. I simply adore tattoos but I am afraid of the pain it involved.. nice hub..
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 17, 2009:
Mighty Mom, You caught me! LOL, I was in a naughty mood when I thought up this title. I'm glad you enjoyed the art! :D
Clark, So...your leopard is currently a panther? LOL I vaguely remember a story by Kipland about how the leopard got his spots...maybe that would help.
email@example.com on November 17, 2009:
Clark Grizvold from Minneapolis, MN on November 17, 2009:
Great pictures and great topic. It reminded me that the leopard in the jungle themed tattoo on my leg still needs his spots, too funny! Thanks for sharing!
Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on November 16, 2009:
Hi Kari -- You've showed the beautiful art that is tattooing. So many different interpretations on the theme of cat.
I myself don't need a tattoo as I am covered head to toe with cat already. Cat fur!
Good hub and clever title. You are a naughty nurse indeed!
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 16, 2009:
T.A. Northburg, Thanks, I'm glad you think so!
Jess, You'll have to talk to your cartoonist...I'd love to see your tattoo!
The Sablirab, LOL, I'm glad you got a good laugh!
marcofratelli, Allergic to pussies?! How dreadful! :)
mistywild, Glad you liked them! Does your cat look like any of the ones shown?
Vizey, I love tats myself! Thanks!
scarlett black, I loved your hub on tattoos! Thanks!
rajagiriworld, I'm glad you like them!
rajagiriworld on November 12, 2009:
Wow! it's interesting to see. good work
firstname.lastname@example.org on November 12, 2009:
doin a good job
scarlett black on November 11, 2009:
Great hub. I have written a couple of things on tattoos here and elsewhere and an working on a new one now. Great title.
Vizey on November 11, 2009:
nice hub i like it. Tattoos are all time my favorite and the pics of cat on tattoos are lovely. I enjoyed a lot.
mistywild from Houston, TX (Proud Texan) on November 10, 2009:
Very nice pictures, I have a tat of a cat on my hip.
marcofratelli from Australia on November 10, 2009:
Very nice! I've got some pics of pussy body art, which is less permanent but equally entertaining :) I like pussies but they make my eyes itchy in close proximity...
TheSablirab on November 10, 2009:
I saw the title and I about fell over! I about died laughing. Thank you so much for this Hub! I enjoyed reading about Pussies, really.
steven on November 10, 2009:
I like your article so much.My honor to share cheap ugg boots.
Jess Killmenow from Nowheresville, Eastern United States on November 09, 2009:
My cartoonist gave me a tatoo, but I think she doesn't like to draw it because she always draws me fully clothed. These are spectacular, K@ri!
Tim Northburg from Colorado, USA on November 08, 2009:
Those are some crazy, cool tattoos!
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 08, 2009:
Abe Normal, Stealthy and deadly...and yes, when preying on humans worthy of a round. Big cats are not something one would want to act too casually around. They are dangerous animals...very beautiful, very dangerous animals. BTW: Did you mean buy a dog as opposed to a gun? Or as opposed to a cat?
Abe Normal from Gigantic Ocean Seaboard on November 04, 2009:
I wonder if the author's ever assisted in the ER over one of those Western canyon bicyclists attacked by a cougar, who'd had her head clamped in its jaws for an interminable time before rescue came from another bicyclist. Interestingly enough, the particular cougar in question (dispatched -dead as a door nail - soon after by DNR agents) attacked not out of hunger, as it had recently left another bicyclist dead from bite wounds on the very same canyon path (SEE Animal Planet). These creatures: stealthy, deadly, worthy of a round to the noggin as what our Second Amendment was written for. Some people just buy a dog.
Ars longa, vita brevis
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 04, 2009:
Health Tip, LOL! Colorful pussies are lovely, aren't they. :D
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 03, 2009:
masmasika, The artwork is fabulous, whether or not you like tattoos. Thanks!
emievil, I love the big cats also! I also want another tattoo, and hope to get it before too long. :D
wesleycox, I like the third cat, but that first lion is the way to go in my book! Send a picture if you get one! I'd love to see it.
James, Hahaha...made you look! But seriously, glad you liked it. :D
James A Watkins from Chicago on November 02, 2009:
Well, aren't we clever! Thanks for the fun Hub.
wesleycox from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 on November 02, 2009:
My favorite tattoo's are the third cat, with the sleek lines and it looks mischevious. My other favorite tattoo is the first lion tattoo. Heck I may even consider getting this one done. Nice title by the way.
emievil from Philippines on October 31, 2009:
I love cats, especially the big ones, and you have some very nice pussy/cat pictures here :). My dream is to get a tattoo, a real one, but I think it will have to stay a dream. Very intriguing title k@ri, it draws us to your hub. Thanks!
masmasika on October 31, 2009:
Great pictures. Although I don't like tattoos.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 30, 2009:
Thanks skypilot! I will try. :D
skypilot69 on October 30, 2009:
i love your work keep it up!
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 29, 2009:
Louidam1, Not dirty...just inquiring, LOL :D
rosette, I also love the catwings tattoo...and the Hello Kitty!
ISIS430, Glad you liked it, and glad to hear the title's working :D
healthgoji, They are permanent...LOL, that's why it takes me so long to make up my mind I guess.
healthgoji on October 29, 2009:
Just can't handle a tatoo - I guess there are two groups of people with tatoos and without. They are so permanent - you can't change your mind.
ISIS430 from Chicagoland on October 28, 2009:
I love the artwork even though I wouldn't get a tat myself because I'm too afraid of needles.LOL I admit you've got me with that eye catching title. Great hub!
rosette on October 28, 2009:
The little Hello Kitty tattoo looked cute. I also like the 'catwings' because it is very colorful
Louidam1 on October 28, 2009:
I feel like I have a dirty mind after reading the tittle. Great hub!!
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 28, 2009:
Hey May! The Hello Kitty is very, very cute! I guess you'll just have to stick to the temporary tats. Although, if you got one on your back you'd never have to see how they were doing it (LOL). :D
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 28, 2009:
Anath, While I found the spots interesting, I don't see me getting them anytime in the future. I loved the lines in that 3rd cat myself! :D
Thanks Lee! Good to see ya and I hope you are well also.
vrbmft, LOL, sounds like one more cat would even things out. Wouldn't you want a tiger in bed with you? ;)
teendad, They will probably fade a bit...otherwise it depends on placement...In my opinion, it's best to get them in places you can show when you want and cover otherwise.
Hi Christoph! You caught me, LOL! I'm glad you like the pic! Thanks. :D
abentley, Cats are not for everyone. If you design some tattoos you should share them in a hub with us. I'd love to see them!
mayhmong from North Carolina on October 28, 2009:
I love all of them tattoos, especially the cute little hello kitty! But I'll never get a tattoo. Me and needles just don't bond. :3
abentley from California on October 28, 2009:
I never made a tattoo in my life, but I feel after watching those snaps it is not so bad to try one. But, I would not make of cat, I would try some good designing.
Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on October 27, 2009:
You naughty! Hey, y'all look so cute in that picture!
teendad from Richmond, VA on October 27, 2009:
I'm curious how these will look when the women are in their 80s...
Vernon Bradley from Yucaipa, California on October 27, 2009:
Great title! I'm sure you had no intentions of attracting a crowd with the possible double meaning! I mean why would anyone think anything other than what you blogged about! If Dianna (my sweetie pie) had any of those cats on her body--it's bad enough sleeping with the cat and two dogs--not that we do sleep with the lights on ever, but this would make it that way for sure. I could see myself waking up screaming, well, until I suppose I got used to it. Have to say, though, the tats are beautiful. Thanks for the interesting and informative hub.
Lee Thacker on October 27, 2009:
I like the way your brain thinks, makes me feel alive listening to what your thinking, very cool...Keep it up ...PS Now I Know Why I bookmarked your page ;-) ...Hope you are doing well,
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 26, 2009:
Violet, I'm glad she liked them. Thanks for linking me! :D
VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on October 26, 2009:
Kari: She loved them, and said she was coming back to this hub to check them out again. I added her shop's address in my hub. Will add a link to this hub in my mine, as its so cute!
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 26, 2009:
Jaspal, Thanks! And they do love us...in their own strange, perverted way. :D
Thanks Misha! LOL, yes it's an old trick, but one that works.
dohn, I'm glad you liked them. For myself, I'm still hunting for my next.
Violet, I hope she likes them! I went and read the hub. She is an excellent artist and her tattoos are very beautiful! Here is the link if anyone wants to see, they are wonderful!
Linda, That Hello Kitty tat is sooo cute, I just had to include it.
ethel, I agree they would also make wonderful t-shirts...but tattoos last so much longer. :D
shamel, People always talk about how painful tattoos are to get, but I think it depends on the area. I don't recall mine being very painful...but I do have a high pain tolerance. To each their own. :D
GM told me of your lovely e-mail. Thanks! :D
Joel, LOL, I was a little hesitant to use this title, but I thought the joke would be good.
madeira, Glad you like it! :D
madeira on October 26, 2009:
yeah agree nice title!
shamelabboush on October 26, 2009:
Congrats BTW!!! I sent an e-mail to GM this morning :)
Joel McDonald from Denver, Colorado on October 25, 2009:
Love the title! I got a lot of flack for a post I once wrote called "Getting my daughter high at the beach". (Although it had a huge readership ;-)
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 25, 2009:
Great hub title and some fabulous tattoos here. For me though these images would be better on a T Shirt but to each his or her own :)
VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on October 25, 2009:
Kari: I knew you were up to something with the title, LOL. I know I will never get a tattoo, but can admire good art. I wrote a hub a few months ago where I showcased my friend Inky' work who is a tattoo artist in Idaho and its has the highest slideshow views, which means there is a lot interest in tattoo art.
Beautiful art, will send the link to this hub to Inky as I know she will be inspired!
dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on October 24, 2009:
Although I probably won't ever get a tattoo myself, I enjoy seeing them on others if the art is superb, just as you have showcased here, K@ri. Thanks so much for sharing this one.
Misha from DC Area on October 24, 2009:
LOL K@ri, yet another spin to the old trick! Love it LOL.
Jaspal from New Delhi, India on October 24, 2009:
Great hub - who doesn't love pussies? :p
It's a different matter that the cats don't quite seem to reciprocate in like manner!
I must pass on the link to my son who runs a tattoo center cum cafe ... there are some excellent pics and ideas for tattoos here.