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120 Warrior Tattoo Ideas to Bring Out the Soldier in You

by Sherri Owens

From samurais to angel warriors, there are plenty of warrior tattoos out there.

As an art history buff, warrior tattoos are some of my favorite tattoos to design. This is because warriors have been depicted in artwork and texts since the beginning of time. I love bringing these designs to life in the form of a warrior tattoo!

In this post, I will show you the top warrior tattoo ideas and explain the different concepts that you can use for your own warrior tattoo. Let's begin.

The Best Warrior Tattoos

Here are the top warrior tattoo designs that you can use for inspiration for your own ink:

Samurai Tattoos

You've probably been interested in samurai warriors since you were a child. While many of the stories regarding these ancient warriors were romanticized, there is no denying that they were some of the most noble fighters in history.

THE SAMURAI CODE

The samurai were more than just about brute force - they lived by a very special code of honor known as the bushido. This was known as the way of the warrior. This code was based on Confucian teachings as well as the practices of Zen Buddhism.

Due to this, a samurai tattoo is a good choice for someone who holds themselves to a higher moral standard. Yes, you have a fighting spirit but you also embody loyalty and honor.

Samurai were known for these tendencies so much that when their services as military men were no longer needed, they became teachers and advisors instead.

DEPICTION OF SAMURAI WARRIORS

You're probably wondering what a samurai warrior tattoo design will look like. Well, this depends on the kind of aesthetic you want.

You can get a realistic warrior tattoo for your body art. This means having a man in the samurai uniform, complete with the katana or a bow and arrow.

For this kind of warrior tattoo, you can choose whether you want to reveal the person's face or whether you want to keep it covered by the traditional kabuto helmet and the mempo mask.

If you want to get a warrior tattoo with the mask, consider customizing it according to your own personal style. This is what some of the ancient warriors did as well.

In case you want to get a truly authentic warrior tattoo design, I suggest looking at historical texts to get some idea of what these soldiers looked like.

On the flip side, you could get a warrior tattoo that is based on traditional art. Here, the features of the warrior in your tattoo will be exaggerated. They will also be wearing traditional garb.

Once again, look through real paintings to determine how your warrior tattoo should be done up.

Of course, as with all warrior tattoos, you're free to go your own route and to get as creative as you like with your warrior tattoo.

You can choose to combine old designs with newer ones based on pop culture to create an entirely new warrior tattoo concept.

Here are some cool samurai tattoos to check out:

Tree with Red Flowers and Samurai Warrior Forearm Tattoo

Image by @charles_rod_tattoo via Instagram

Samurai Head Pierced with Knife Leg Tattoo

Image by @marco_decarni via Instagram

Samurai Warrior with Katana Leg Tattoo

Image by @battattoo1 via Instagram

Samurai Warrior with Helmet and Katana Forearm Tattoo

Image by @ecro_tattooandnewfoundland_tattoo via Instagram

Samurai with Noose Around Neck Arm Tattoo

Image by @rudsonsilvatattoo via Instagram

Flowers and Samurai with Mask Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @christof_grollandmaciej_tattoo_gronau via Instagram

Samurai with Mask and Katana Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @alienstudiotattoo via Instagram

Realistic Samurai with Mask and Helmet Leg Tattoo

Image by @japanese.ink via Instagram

Tiger and Samurai with Mask Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @ferrer.ink via Instagram

Samurai with Mask and Red Eyes Arm Tattoo

Image by @yang.ink.96andbellavistatattoostudio via Instagram

Samurai Warrior with Katana Arm Tattoo

Image by @theartoftattooingofficial via Instagram

SAMURAI TATTOO VS. RONIN WARRIOR TATTOO

An interesting fact is that not all samurai worked for masters. There were some loners who worked as mercenaries. These warriors were referred to as Ronin.

If you see yourself as a warrior, but want to create your own archetype of what this looks like, a Ronin tattoo would be a good fit for you.

So, how would a Ronin warrior tattoo differ from a samurai tattoo?

Well, there aren't specific depictions of what Ronin warriors looked like so your Ronin warrior tattoo is largely dependent on your imagination.

However, such a warrior tattoo could have a mysterious look - the Ronin figure in your warrior tattoo may have his face hidden. Although he may have the weapons of a samurai, he may not wear their uniform.

Check out some of the Ronin warrior tattoos that you can borrow from:

Sunset Landscape and Ronin Forearm Tattoo

Image by @richardbalaz.rb via Instagram

Enso Circle and Ronin Ribs Tattoo

Image by @iacobusk via Instagram

Black and Grey Ronin with Katana Biceps Tattoo

Image by @pollyannadepaula.tattoo via Instagram

Volcano Mountain and Ronin Arm Tattoo

Image by @matt.trantattoo via Instagram

Red Sun and Ronin with Katanas Forearm Tattoo

Image by @ioan_tattoo_blg via Instagram

Yellow Leaves and Ronin Back Tattoo

Image by @honorboundtattoos_calgary via Instagram

Ronin with Red Scarf Arm Tattoo

Image by @lizardlady333 via Instagram

Black and Grey Ronin Warrior Tattoo

Image by @ravn.artt via Instagram

Black and Grey Enso Circle and Ronin Arm Tattoo

Image by @betehumainetatouage via Instagram

Grey Ronin with Katana Forearm Tattoo

Image by @btr.tattoo via Instagram

Black and Grey Ronin with Katana Arm Tattoo

Image by @philkwantattoo via Instagram

Ninja Tattoos

While you have likely heard stories about samurai warriors, there may not be as many legends about the ninja. Why is that?

Well, unlike the samurai, ninjas didn't follow a code of conduct. Instead, they were stealth warriors who operated behind the scenes. Despite their fighting prowess and unique fighting styles, these men were essentially spies.

It was believed that they didn't have the same honor as samurai. People weren't as quick to spread stories about them.

However, warfare and the world in general can't really function without cunning and stealthy people pulling the strings.

If you're someone who feels that your intelligence and knowledge rivals your physical capabilities and if you have qualities of a chameleon, then a ninja tattoo is an excellent warrior tattoo design for you.

What you should know about getting ninja warrior tattoos is that the ninja has been heavily adopted and altered by pop culture. The true design and essence of this warrior has been lost.

So, if you want an authentic warrior tattoo design, it is best to consult a historical text for inspiration.

On the other hand, if you don't mind if your ninja warrior tattoo is based on modern designs, you can take inspiration for your warrior tattoo from wherever you like.

Here are some of the best warrior tattoos of this kind:

Red Sun and Ginger Ninja Forearm Tattoo

Image by @im_adam_grealish via Instagram

Traditional Ninja with Swards and Shurikens Arm Tattoo

Image by @pauliesurridge via Instagram

Black Shaded Ninja Forearm Tattoo

Image by @legacy_tattoo23 via Instagram

Ninja with Wolves and Flowers Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @idsotattoosandpeaksandvalleys.tattoos via Instagram

Colorful Ninja in Battle Thigh Tattoo

Image by @fredinkvader via Instagram

Red Sun and Ninja with Katana Leg Tattoo

Image by @jvangabrieltattoos via Instagram

Black Ninja Head Calf Tattoo

Image by @gonzo_le_dozo via Instagram

Colored Ninja with Kama Leg Tattoo

Image by @threekingstattoo via Instagram

Lotus and Ninja with Katana Thigh Tattoo

Image by @becool_segaraink via Instagram

Black and Red Ninja Head Calf Tattoo

Image by @fonzytattoos_ via Instagram

Bats and Ninja with Knife Thigh Tattoo

Image by @totemika.tattoocrew via Instagram

Chinese Warrior Tattoos

Chinese warriors may not be given as much importance as those from Japan, but China had an impressive army.

Chinese warriors weren't quite so exalted is because most people looked down on war, especially the learned and visionary leaders of the country. It was a common part of ancient life but it was downplayed as much as possible.

Despite this, there are many Chinese warriors who continue to be exalted today. Sun Tzu, in particular, was a general known for his well thought out and organized combat.

This warrior tattoo can also be a good idea for anyone who has a vested interest in martial arts. Many Chinese warriors were trained in these arts and getting a Chinese warrior tattoo could be a way of honoring this ancient tradition.

Here are some of the Chinese warrior tattoos to be inspired by:

Colored Chinese Warrior Tattoo

Image by @aoy_nst via Instagram

Wall of China and Chinese Warrior with Spear Arm Tattoo

Image by @alexnuneztattoos via Instagram

Chinese Warrior with Horse Chest Tattoo

Image by @vudoo_tattoo via Instagram

Chinese Warrior in Battle Chest and Shoulder Tattoo

Image by @tiagotargacampos via Instagram

Battling Chinese Warrior with Horse Back Tattoo

Image by @rockyartsink via Instagram

Chinese Warrior in Armor with Katana Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @yuratattoos via Instagram

Leaves and Chinese Warrior with Katana Forearm Tattoo

Image by @kaue_tattoo via Instagram

Chinese Warrior with Beard and Spear Arm Tattoo

Image by @craigleetattoo via Instagram

Black and Grey Chinese Warrior Tattoo

Image by @jakesheriff_tattoos via Instagram

Chinese Warrior in Battle Full Back Tattoo

Image by @hailintattoo via Instagram

Colored Chinese Warrior in Battle Full Back Tattoo

Image by @hailintattoo via Instagram

Roman Warrior Tattoos

It's not surprising that you might want to get a tattoo of Roman warriors. After all, they were some of the greatest warriors in the ancient world.

Roman warriors were were well-trained. Unlike many other armies of the time, the Romans were taught how to work together as a unit. This allowed them to gain an advantage over their enemy.

So, if you want to get a Roman warrior tattoo, it shouldn't just be about your fearless character. You could also be admitting that you need other people to really succeed in life. So, there can be a hidden meaning to your Roman warrior tattoo.

If you want to get Roman tattoos, you will need to determine how authentic you would like your warrior tattoo design to be. If you want something very close to what a real Roman soldier would have looked like, look at the artwork from this period.

Otherwise, you can just use movies and popular culture references to come up with your own warrior tattoo designs - the choice is yours.

Check out some of the warrior tattoos you can use as a base for your own ink:

Roman Warrior with Shield and Sward Forearm Tattoo

Image by @fourstartattoonm via Instagram

Roman Warrior with Armor and Helmet Arm Tattoo

Image by @maddyfieldart via Instagram

Roman Warrior with Armor and Helmet Forearm Tattoo

Image by @yovanycabanastattoos via Instagram

Roman Warrior with Armor and Helmet Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @jc_custom_ink via Instagram

Roman Warrior with Sward and Helmet Chest Tattoo

Image by @swayze_tattoos via Instagram

Roman Warrior with Spear and Helmet Forearm Tattoo

Image by @tattoorico_pr via Instagram

Roman Warrior with Spear and Helmet Arm Tattoo

Image by @darkfoxtattoo via Instagram

Roman Warrior with Amphora Back Tattoo

Image by @tattoomaki via Instagram

Falcon and Roman Warrior Arm Tattoo

Image by @dancraftdnatattooing via Instagram

Black and Grey Roman Warrior Forearm Tattoo

Image by @beccambtattoo via Instagram

Roman Warrior with Shield Arm Tattoo

Image by @sumo178 via Instagram

Gladiator Warrior Tattoos

If you're looking for unique warrior tattoo ideas, I would suggest going with a gladiator warrior tattoo.

Sure, gladiators weren't soldiers but is there any argument that they weren't warriors? Of course not. Not only did these people face fearsome foes and even wild animals, theirs was a battle to the death. Can you think of anything more inspiring than this?

In some cases, you may feel that you have more in common with the gladiator than with traditional soldiers. After all, gladiators were slaves who were forced to fight for their lives.

It is likely that you haven't asked for the battles you are currently dealing with in your life. Nevertheless, you have to face them head on. Like the gladiators, you may feel that you're not as well-armed as you should be.

Like the gladiators, you may have no choice but to take on the battles ahead of you, especially if you're in a sink or swim situation.

Check out these really cool warrior tattoos:

Gladiator with Sward and Spear Back Tattoo

Image by @sergey_vechirko via Instagram

Gladiator with Eagle and Lion Chest Tattoo

Image by @stevegormantattoo via Instagram

Gladiator with Helmet Forearm Tattoo

Image by @arnold_tattoos_ via Instagram

Gladiator with Shield and Spear Full Back Tattoo

Image by @livinglinesstudio via Instagram

Gladiator with Sward Arm Tattoo

Image by @saulvg_tattoo16 via Instagram

Colosseum and Gladiator with Shield and Sward Arm Tattoo

Image by @nolovelost_tattoos via Instagram

Gladiator with Sward Arm Tattoo

Image by @blx.tattoo via Instagram

Colosseum and Gladiator with Sward Forearm Tattoo

Image by @jacksontattooart via Instagram

Colosseum and Gladiator with Helmet Arm Tattoo

Image by @jayfield.tttoo via Instagram

Lion and Gladiator Arm Tattoo

Image by @psycho_circus_tattoo via Instagram

Gladiator in Battle with Lion Arm Tattoo

Image by @thedansal via Instagram

Greek Warrior Tattoos

Greek warriors are not as famous as the Romans, but there were still some notable soldiers. Unlike the Romans, the Greeks were known for breaking into smaller groups to fight their enemies.

If you want to get a traditional Greek warrior tattoo, know that modern artists often get Roman and Greek warriors mixed up. They have a tendency to make them look similar.

In case you want a more authentic aesthetic to your warrior tattoo, look at the art from that period. This will give you a better idea of what details to include in your own warrior tattoo.

Realistic Lion and Greek Warrior Arm Tattoo

Image by @saero_tattooer via Instagram

Lion and Greek Warrior Chest Tattoo

Image by @selenasnowtattoo via Instagram

Greek Warrior with Helmet Arm Tattoo

Image by @chris_burke_tattoos via Instagram

Minimalistic Greek Warrior with Helmet Wrist Tattoo

Image by @cezara_iuliana via Instagram

Grey Shaded Greek Warrior with Helmet Arm Tattoo

Image by @acra.tattoos via Instagram

Greek Warrior with Helmet and Spear Arm Tattoo

Image by @pawelindulski via Instagram

Achilles the Greek Warrior Arm Tattoo

Image by @adamdeanart via Instagram

Grey Shaded Greek Warriors Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @supapham via Instagram

Minotaur and Theseus the Greek Warrior Elbow Tattoo

Image by @itsjustcavan via Instagram

Shaded Theseus the Greek Warrior Chest Tattoo

Image by @mertbaran via Instagram

Grey Theseus the Greek Warrior Forearm Tattoo

Image by @inkstation.besiktas via Instagram

SPARTAN WARRIOR TATTOOS

This is a different subset of Greek warriors. Like most people. you would have heard the story about the three hundred Spartans - they took on hundreds of thousands soldiers in the Persian army.

However, this isn't the only reason why the Spartans are well-known. They were some of the most powerful warriors because they belonged to a warrior-based culture. They were trained since children, often using some of the most brutal methods known to man.

If you want to get this popular warrior tattoo, here are the warrior tattoos to check out:

Colored Spartan Warrior Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @bradsharpetattoos via Instagram

Spartan Warriors in Battle Biceps Tattoo

Image by @dscott_tattoos via Instagram

Spartan Helmet with Wings and Compass Tattoo

Image by @carolinasbadguy via Instagram

Shaded Spartan Warrior with Shield and Spear Arm Tattoo

Image by @easyrider_tattoo via Instagram

Minimalistic Spartan Warrior Helmet Wrist Tattoo

Image by @inkaddictedtattoos via Instagram

Clock and Spartan Warrior Helmet Forearm Tattoo

Image by @cadobey via Instagram

Spartan Warrior with Shield and Spear Forearm Tattoo

Image by @torocsik.ink via Instagram

Spartan Warrior with Spartan Army Forearm Tattoo

Image by @turn3r via Instagram

Spartan Warrior with Shield and Sward Arm Tattoo

Image by @tonyclemence via Instagram

Spartan Warrior with Spear Forearm Tattoo

Image by @aung_thu_tun via Instagram

Spartan Warrior with Spartan Army Forearm Tattoo

Image by @cristiano___fernandes via Instagram

Viking Warrior Tattoos

A lot of people owe their cultural heritage to the warring and traveling Vikings. Since they traveled across the world, these warriors built up quite a rich history. So, this may be the perfect warrior tattoo for you!

Now, contrary to popular belief, not all Northmen were referred to as Vikings. Only the warriors were known by that name.

One of the interesting things you should know before you get this warrior tattoo is that the Viking were fearless and had a strong spirit. They believed that it was the greatest honor to die on the battlefield with a sword in their hand. It was the only way to guarantee that they would go to Valhalla.

Here are the warrior tattoos you can get based on this concept:

Grey Wolf and Viking Warrior Arm Tattoo

Image by @diegomunoz_artink via Instagram

Viking Warrior with Axes Arm Tattoo

Image by @morrigantattooartist via Instagram

Viking Warrior with Bird and Snake Arm Tattoo

Image by @juan_meanhos via Instagram

Skull and Viking Warrior with Axe Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @laszlohrozik via Instagram

Angry Viking Warrior with Beard Arm Tattoo

Image by @miky_dot via Instagram

Skulls and Viking Warrior with Axe Arm Tattoo

Image by @oceanbluetattoo via Instagram

Lady Viking Warrior Arm Tattoo

Image by @studioevolvetattoo via Instagram

Angry Viking Warrior with Helmet Arm Tattoo

Image by @blackantlerstattoo via Instagram

Viking Ship and Viking Warrior Leg Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @treyayim_tattoo via Instagram

Forest Landscape and Viking Warrior Full Back Tattoo

Image by @gloriousinkbali via Instagram

Mouflon and Viking Warrior Chest Tattoo

Image by @crocarttattoocare via Instagram

Indigenous Warrior Tattoos

If you're looking for warrior tattoos that are a little closer to home, you may want to consider a tribal warrior tattoo based on the indigenous tribes of the land.

However, the term Native American warrior is a bit broad. Prior to colonization of the Americas, the indigenous peoples were separated into distinct tribes. Each of these tribes had their own warriors.

Below are examples of Cherokee, Lakota, and Navajo warrior tattoos. If you want a warrior tattoo that's true to these tribes, it is best to do your research.

This is especially true since many such warrior tattoo designs have been highly anglicized. If you want to pay homage to the original warriors, it's best to stick to the original designs.

Cherokee Skull Warrior Arm Tattoo

Image by @carambasantos via Instagram

Cherokee Skull Warrior with Bear and Crow Arm Tattoo

Image by @motaink_tattoo via Instagram

Black and Grey Cherokee Warrior Chief Thigh Tattoo

Image by @ushuaiatattoo.london via Instagram

Cherokee Warrior with Axe and Arrows Forearm Tattoo

Image by @marla_cardoza via Instagram

Black and Grey Navajo Warrior with Feathers Arm Tattoo

Image by @siren1 via Instagram

Grey Shaded Navajo Warrior Arm Tattoo

Image by @hostile_territory_sw via Instagram

Grey Navajo Warrior Arm Tattoo

Image by @landisbahe via Instagram

Black and White Navajo Warrior Forearm Tattoo

Image by @kitseally2 via Instagram

Bison and Lakota Warriors Back Tattoo

Image by @ivanjmcmahon3rd via Instagram

Colorful Lakota Warrior Forearm Tattoo

Image by @nnesso via Instagram

Colored Lakota Warrior Chief Back Tattoo

Image by @nnesso via Instagram

Angel Warrior Tattoos

If you're looking for unusual warrior tattoo ideas, you may want to consider a warrior tattoo based on an angel tattoo.

This kind of warrior tattoo is a great idea for anyone facing spiritual instead of physical battles. An angel warrior tattoo can be a good reminder that God will defend you against anything that stands in your way.

If you are looking for warrior tattoos based on angel tattoos, here are the warrior tattoo concepts to check out:

Black and Grey Angel Warrior with Sward Spine Tattoo

Image by @wbartcity via Instagram

Black and Grey Angel Warrior Back Tattoo

Image by @gkara_tattoo via Instagram

Black and Grey Angel Warrior with Sward Forearm Tattoo

Image by @deanclarkeart via Instagram

Lady Angel Warrior Biceps Tattoo

Image by @niki23gtr via Instagram

Sun and Angel Warrior Back Tattoo

Image by @silent.lines via Instagram

Angel Warrior with Shield and Blue Wings Back Tattoo

Image by @neoroyal via Instagram

Black and Grey Angel Warrior with Spear Arm Tattoo

Image by @tattoosbyren via Instagram

Chained Angel Warrior with Sward Chest Tattoo

Image by @sandinota2 via Instagram

Black and Grey Angel Warrior with Shield and Sward Tattoo

Image by @ivan_cordero85 via Instagram

Black and Grey Angel Warrior with Sward Chest Tattoo

Image by @sparrowstattoocompany via Instagram

Now you are all set with your warrior tattoo ideas! There are so many warrior tattoo designs for you to choose from - everything ranging to ancient warriors to celestial ones.

Now that you know what warrior tattoo designs are available, all you have to do is pick one that suits your tastes. Good luck!

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