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.