Samurai tattoos are often used as samurai warrior is the greatest symbol and embodiment of men’s courage, honesty and justice. The samurai represents the highest male ideal within Japanese culture. The samurai obeys a strict code of conduct called “Bushido,” meaning “warrior’s path.” Bushido was based on the Zen Buddhist principles of honesty, courage, goodness, respect, trust, honor and faithfulness to death. Other ideals that the samurai pursued were self-discipline, frugality, sacrifice and nobility.
The samurai lived as a warrior, living each day as his last day, because that could really be so. As every day could be the last for a samurai, he always kept his affairs in order, so that his family would not be burdened after his death. The samurai did not want to owe money or other types of debt for exactly the same reason. The samurai lived in the present, always aware of the transient nature of existence. The cherry blossom, with its ethereal and fragile beauty, symbolizes the samurai.
Samurai tattoos are some of the most elaborate and extensive Japanese designs and kanji signs representing bushido principles are favored by martial arts practitioners.
The tattoo pictures of samurai were a military aristocracy in their time. They were the patron saints of the shoguns and rulers who ruled Japan until the renewed rule of the Meiji Emperor in the 19th century. Most samurai were warriors, but some were better known as philosophers and artists, and never saw the battle. The samurai were expected to marry and be the father of children, not only because of centuries of war and impoverished populations, but to secure the continuation of the social class to which he belonged. Unlike the knights in Europe who did not inherit the title but were given it by the ruling monarchs, while the samurai’s wife and children were also samurai.
The sword has become a symbol of the samurai and this specific sword is known as the katana. It is curved, slender, sharpened to one side only with a long grip that could be held with both hands. His armor was leather or iron and lacquered rather than wood or bamboo as was popularly believed. Darth Vader’s armor and helmet appear to have been made on the basis of a samurai from around 1600. The symbols sun, moon and stars were used by the samurai on their helmet and flag. Their celestial powers gave them faith to become better warriors in battle.
Woman TattooAs a tattoo design, the samurai symbolizes all the highest ideals of bushid, honor, loyalty and duty. It expresses the understanding of the wearer and the appreciation of the importance of living life in the moment without taking any part of existence for granted.
Many samurai tattoos are done in portrait style. Unlike most portraits, most of these tattoos are done in bold colors, and are often displayed in the midst of heavy work. You can see a samurai in the air, swirling a sword, with long hair and a certain expression on his thoroughly done facial details. A lot of people want to add a little detail and really enhance this style of art. For example, you might see a small scar on a warrior’s hands, you may also see a complicated detail on his armor or dress and a true vivid expression on his face.
Some samurai tattoos have a more unique look. Many of them are made in cartoon style and consist of bright colors and classic Asian art containing bombastic illustrations. Many of these acts show violent depictions, and occasionally create some sort of zombie samurai as an avenger. Another unique idea will be to create some kind of punk samurai. Much of samurai armor has an almost robotic-looking look, to which items such as helmet gear, or even a gas mask and goggles can be added.
Samurai tattoos are mostly found on men. The larger designs are tattooed on the back, side or arms. The beauty of the colors and designs offered by the samurai tattoo will amaze everyone.