Without a theme to narrow your options, selecting a design for your tattoo can be difficult. If Lebanon is part of your heritage or you have some other connection to its history, certain images that are iconic to the culture can make your tattoo design distinctly Lebanese.
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Lebanon's national flag features a green silhouette of a cedar tree in the centre. The tree is set against a white background with a red horizontal stripe at the top and bottom of the flag. The Lebanese flag is fairly easy for tattoo artists to draw, compared with other national flags that feature more intricate designs.
Map of Lebanon
A map of Lebanon is a recognisable symbol of the country, whether it's labelled or simply consists of the map outline. The map could also be filled in with another Lebanese symbol, such as the national flag design.
Featured on the national flag and coat of arms, the cedar tree is a national symbol for Lebanon. In ancient times Lebanon was home to large forests of cedar trees and is still well known for them, even though the number of trees has greatly diminished. The best way to ensure that a cedar tree tattoo symbolises Lebanon is to have your tattoo artist replicate the cedar silhouette featured on the flag.
Lebanon's snow-capped mountains have been well known since biblical times and are mentioned in the New Testament. Mount Lebanon is an iconic image of the country and would make for a scenic tattoo.
Columns of Tyre
The columns of Tyre are ruins that are iconic images of Lebanon. Set against the ocean, the columns are a popular tourist destination and photo spot.
A popular image for tattoos in general, the phoenix has a special connection to Lebanon. The phoenix legend describes this mythical bird rising from the ashes of its nest and flying over Mount Lebanon. Lebanon is sometimes compared to the Phoenix in its efforts to rebuild in the aftermath of war.
As Lebanon's official language, Arabic is a fitting feature for a Lebanese tattoo. Arabic script makes a good caption for a symbol of Lebanon, such as the flag or map, but is also decorative enough to stand alone as a tattoo design.
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