Warrior Tattoo Designs and Meanings

Updated on March 13, 2020
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Warrior tattoos can 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. They can also portray a variety of different weapons and attire.

In this article, I will discuss the various meanings of warriors and show you different designs to help you get inspired for your next ink!

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Samurai tattoo.
Samurai tattoo.
Samurai tattoo. | Source

Warrior Tattoo Meanings

If your looking for a symbolic fighter image or something else ferocious, look no further then the warrior. These are as bad 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:

  • Fighter
  • Courage
  • Bravery
  • Skilled
  • Heart
  • Honor
  • Fearless
  • Strength
  • Authority
  • Power
  • Aggressiveness

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Viking tattoo.
Viking tattoo.
Viking tattoo. | Source


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 different tattoos available. Each type may be designed with appropriate weapons, such as shields, spears, swords, and armor.

The Aztec, angel, and samurai are three of the most commonly chosen. Each one of these holds its own symbolic value:

  • The Aztec relates to the journey of the soul, particularly in the afterlife. It can also represent courage and bravery.
  • The angel is often portrayed with wings and a sword. He is a fighter who represents all that is good in 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 sword. They were disciplined and lived every day like their last. Samurai can symbolize courage, justice, bravery, and honor.

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Female warrior tattoo.
Female warrior tattoo.
Female warrior tattoo. | Source

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 posing.

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.

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Anglo Saxon tattoo by Tatu Pier in Brighton, UK.
Anglo Saxon tattoo by Tatu Pier in Brighton, UK.
Anglo Saxon tattoo by Tatu Pier in Brighton, UK. | Source

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *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:)

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      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.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These are really different. The designs are awesome...

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      These are some awesome tattoos my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      these tats are so cool I think I love the style best of all thanks for sharing the lyricwriter!!!

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      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Fascinating! Just takes my breath away as usual.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      These are really great. Some mean warriors. Voted up and awesome.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Some incredible detail on these examples so these tattoos need a lot of space. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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