Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.
Warrior Tattoo Ideas
Warrior tattoos come in as many designs as there are wearers. Any type of warrior throughout history may be considered, such as a Roman centurion or a Japanese samurai, but don't forget the long list of fictional and mythological warriors, as well. Warrior tattoos often spotlight the warrior's particular choice of weapon and attire.
In this article, I will discuss the meanings of various types of warriors, weapons, and warrior gear, and show you different designs to help you get inspired for your next ink!
Warrior Tattoo Meanings
If you're looking for a symbolic fighter image or something ferocious, look no further than the warrior. These are as badass as tattoos can get, perfect for the fighter in all of us. Just like most tattoos, the warrior has symbolic value. Below are some of the meanings.
A Test of Mettle
A Rite of Passage
A Heroic Journey
Types of Warrior Tattoos
There are many soldiers to choose from for your design. Samurai, angelic warriors, Aztecs, Greek warriors, Roman centurions, Vikings, and Celts are just a few of the many types of warrior. Each type may be designed with appropriate weapons, such as shields, katana, spears, swords, or armor.
Each one of these holds its own symbolic value:
- The Roman Centurion, often depicted with a plumed helmet that partially covers the face, is known for bravery—individually and as a group.
- The Aztec Warrior relates to the journey of the soul, particularly in the afterlife. It can also represent courage and bravery.
- The Fierce Angel is often portrayed with wings and a sword. This angel is a fighter who represents all that is good, in both life and the afterlife, and the fight against evil. Angel soldiers fight on behalf of God.
- The Samurai is usually masked and portrayed with a katana sword. The samurai were disciplined and lived every moment like it was their last. Samurai can symbolize courage, justice, bravery, and honor.
- The Amazon Warriors, the tribe of female warriors of Greek mythology, who were famous for their bravery and daring feats in battle.
- The Maori Warrior, renowned for both their fierceness and their tattoos (tā moko) reflecting both their familial and personal history.
- The Viking Warrior. For examples, see Viking Tattoo Ideas and Designs.
Links to Great Images of Warrior Tattoos
Follow these links to see excellent examples of different styles of warrior tattoos on Instagram.
- Spartan tattoo by @ll3.tattoo
- Female Samurai email@example.com
- Female swordswoman by @lehavk
- Roman centurion by @angeloctopus
- Sakura warrior by @gerard_sdt
- Winged warrior by @nero_tattooer
- Samurai vs. a blue fish by @japanese.ink
- Aztec warrior by @seanbelida
Warrior Tattoo Photo Gallery
Warrior Tattoo Designs and Ideas
You can do a lot with warrior tattoos. As fighters, they can represent those who believe in and stand up for themselves and who never give up.
They can be designed in several different ways and portrayed in various postures. Warriors are often portrayed with a variety of different weapons, such as swords, axes, chain spikes, or spears. They can be designed using or grabbing for their weapon. They may be portrayed fighting or just poised for fight.
Make sure that you take the time to view all the different designs on this page to help you get some ideas. As you read earlier, this tattoo represents courage, strength, bravery, and honor.
© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale
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Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on July 09, 2012:
*Alocsin, that is right. Warrior tattoos are much better when done in great detail. They are also a large tattoo design. They just don't look right when they are small, in my opinion that is.
*Gypsy, thanks for dropping by. They do look mean, huh. I really like them though, that tough look.
*Max, let me get you some air my friend:) Max, your one that appreciates true art. Thanks again.
*Frank, always great to hear from you. Absolutely, I like this style as well. They look tough, perhaps an Aztec warrior with skulls and fire.
*SGE, ahh, glad to hear from you. I agree, love the warrior tattoo. It automatically makes you feel tough:)
*AE, thanks for dropping by Ruby. This was a step outside the normal for me. Glad you enjoyed them.
*Alastar, no doubt. These are tough, would rank them up there among the bad a** designs for sure. For certain, but as you said, need to be willing to back them up:)
Alastar Packer from North Carolina on July 07, 2012:
Now these are some tats that demand respect- just better make sure you can back them up lol. Nice style Ricky. Saw a few of these once and those gentlemen could definitely do the damage.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 07, 2012:
These are really different. The designs are awesome...
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on July 06, 2012:
These are some awesome tattoos my friend.
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 06, 2012:
these tats are so cool I think I love the style best of all thanks for sharing the lyricwriter!!!
BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on July 06, 2012:
Fascinating! Just takes my breath away as usual.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 06, 2012:
These are really great. Some mean warriors. Voted up and awesome.
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 05, 2012:
Some incredible detail on these examples so these tattoos need a lot of space. Voting this Up and Beautiful.