This is my first tattoo and one I had been thinking about for a few years. It is a dogwood tree with a lion woven in the branches. It symbolizes Jesus and the Cross. My grandpa told me a story when I was younger about how the dogwood tree was used for the Crucifixion and then the growth was stunted so it couldn’t be used for that purpose again. It’s flowers are cross shaped and beautiful. Although not biblically accurate in terms of the type of tree used, the symbolism coincides my love and faith in God.