17 Amazing Samurai Tattoos

A symbol of masculinity and values, the samurai has been a popular tattoo for years in Japan and surrounding areas. Only recently has the samurai tattoo become more popular in Western countries. The style can come in many forms from very simplistic to very elaborate. Regardless of the style, the wearer usually chooses to adorn themselves with a samurai tattoo for significant reasons. The word samurai is translated to “to serve”. Samurais are commonly known for their peaceable and respectful attitudes, yet they are very skilled and knowledgeable as warriors.

The samurai can be used to symbolize many different attributes such as bravery, life, death, discipline or honor. Since the samurai is a major part of Japanese culture, it is not surprising to see them paired with other Japanese symbols such as cherry blossoms or dragons. Samurai tattoos can be perceived as fearless or peaceful depending on the meaning. Below are a few examples of samurai tattoos.

Peaceful Samurai Tattoo

A simplistic black and gray samurai tattoo shows a more peaceful warrior with his katana.

Peaceful Samurai Tattoo

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Humble Samurai

This upper arm tattoo shows a black and grey samurai standing with his back to the wind.

Humble Samurai Tattoo

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Strong Samurai Warrior

Black and grey scale samurai dragon warrior on the upper arm.

Dragon Warrior Samurai Tattoo

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Full Back Samurai Warrior

This elaborate full back design shows a samurai warrior with many other Japanese symbols.

Samurai Warrior Tattoo

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Serious Samurai

A more serious traditional Japanese samurai with a sword and armor.

Traditional Samurai Tattoo

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Japanese Samurai Warrior

A colorful samurai warrior showing off his skill on the person’s back.

Colorful Samurai Tattoo

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A Bold Samurai

This is an original Japanese tattoo showing a samurai’s strength as he defeats his enemy.

Bold Samurai Tattoo

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Samurai on Horseback

A black and grey scale samurai riding a horse into combat with his sword to the side.

Japanese Samurai Tattoo

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Traditional Samurai Fighting

A bit of color added to this tattoo makes for a nice traditional looking samurai warrior.

Fighting Samurai Tattoo

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Bold Serene Samurai

A cherry tree in the background of this full back tattoo with a serene looking samurai in a zen pose.

Serene Samurai Tattoo

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Face of a Warrior

A bold graphic samurai face with red flowers around him.

Bold Samurai Tattoo

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Samurai in Action

A samurai warrior jumping into action with his sword ready to strike his enemy.

Warrior Samurai Tattoo

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A Serious Samurai

A strong serious samurai with cherry blossom in the background makes for a bold upper arm tattoo.

Serious Samurai Tattoo

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An Epic Battle

A full back tattoo with a traditional samurai preparing to fight a dragon samurai warrior.

Epic Battle Samurai Tattoo

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A Samurai in Progress

This samurai is not finished, but the colors are nice and the tattoo is another traditional samurai.

Traditional Samurai Tattoo

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Samurai Line Art

A black line art samurai facing away from some Japanese symbols.

Traditional Samurai Tattoo

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Blue Samurai

A black and blue image of a serious looking samurai on the right shoulder.

Blue Samurai Tattoo

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