Japanese Samurai Mask Tattoo Designs For Men

Top 103 Samurai Mask Tattoo Ideas [2020 Inspiration Guide]

The majority of historians agree that the greatest warriors who ever lived were Japanese samurai. To encapsulate and immortalize their brilliantly bloody legacy, today’s fearless champions of fashionable expression are emphatically emblazoning samurai mask tattoos.

If you truly want to make a breathtaking statement with your ink, then you are going to be hard-pressed to uncover a more effective route than Japanese samurai mask tattoos.

These awesomely hellish headpieces were more than a mere intimidation tactic; in truth, they constitute evocative emblems of Shinto deities. In modern times, a lot of martial artists have associated themselves with this lost scene, and they are participating in a revival of sorts by seeking highly detailed replicas of the ancient face gear.

A Japanese samurai mask was typically unique to the man who is donning it. In many senses, the skull armor was considered to embody the swordsman’s soul. Several superstitions believe that these awe-inspiring mugs contain the long-deceased spirits of Japan’s original conquerors.

These frightening feudal relics retain their murderous roots to this day. Still, they are honorific vessels that are not to be taken lightly. The brutally over-the-top exaggerations exemplify the power at hand. To see Mempo tattoos reach their full impact, just peruse the images we’ve put together here!

 

Black Ink Half Sleeve Sly Samurai Mask Tattoo For Men

Black Work Angry Samurai Mask Tattoo For Men Forearm Sleeve

Black Work Samurai Mask Classic Forearm Tattoo For Guys

Colorful Samurai Mask And Wave Half Sleeve Tattoo For Men

Colorful Stylist Full Sleeve Samurai Mask And Dragon Tattoo For Men

Evil Samurai Mask And Skull Warrior Full Sleeve Tattoo For Guys

Evil Samurai Masks And Flowers Chest Tattoo For Men

Golden Samurai Mask And Skull Cool Half Sleeve Tattoo For Men

Guys Abstract Samurai Mask And Devil Head Chest Tattoo

Guys Black Work Japanese Lady And Angry Samurai Mask Full Sleeve Tattoo

This highly detailed, black and grey sleeve is a great example of a piece that incorporates several traditional Japanese elements into a bold design.  The excellent use of gray wash shading and fully saturated black creates different layers and gives the piece the feel of a well-organized collage. The incorporation of waves using negative space and gray wash smoke—both elements in traditional Japanese motifs—work well to tie the larger design elements together and helps contribute to a better overall composition. The menpo at the bottom of the piece is well executed and helps to balance the other detailed features at the top of the design, including the geisha and demon, or oni.

Guys Bold Red Faced Samurai Mask Tattoo For Back

Guys Bold Shaded Side Tattoo Of Samurai Mask With Skull And Dragonfly

Here is a bold black and gray samurai mask that makes good use of a large canvas to create a fierce tattoo. The use of gray wash shading is excellent in this tattoo and helps to create a gradation of tones that gives depth to this design. The black ink is also fully saturated, completing this effect: it almost looks like you could stick a finger into the eyeholes of the mask. The line work is even and consistent and the incorporation of negative space to create natural waves as well as a dragonfly adds elements of contrast with the fierce grimace of the mask. This is a great example of the style and is sure to turn heads.

Guys Colorful Half Sleeve Samurai Mask Tattoo

Guys Dark Shaded Black Work Samurai Mask Upper Arm Tattoo

Guys Detailed Samurai Holding Sword With Dragon Tattoo Half Sleeve

Guys Evil Samurai Mask Black Ink Traditional Style Full Leg Tattoo

Guys Full Back Tattoo Evil Samurai Mask Surrounded By Dragons

Guys Half Sleeve Samurai Mask Traditional Tattoo

Guys Half Sleeve Shaded Samurai Mask With Half Moon Tattoo

Guys Laughing Samurai Mask Tattoo On Hand In Traditional Japanese Style

Guys Masculine Dark Shaded Samurai Mask Tattoo On Upper Arm

Guys Modern Abstract Full Back Tattoo Of Samurai On Horseback

Guys Realistic Black Word Samurai Mask Upper Arm Tattoo

Guys Realistic Black Work Samurai Mask And Traditional Japanese Castle Full Back Tattoo

Guys Realistic Modern Samurai Mask Forearm Tattoo

Guys Realistic Samurai Mask And Woman Crying Blood Tattoo Full Sleeve

Guys Samurai Holding Sword Traditional Shaded Tattoo On Sude

Guys Samurai Mask And Duel Sword Forearm Tattoo

Guys Samurai Mask Modern Shoulder Tattoo With Flowers

Guys Shaded Black Ink Samurai Mask Tattoo

Guys Shaded Samurai Mask Hand Tattoo

Guys Stylist Samurai Mask And Rose Petal Chest Tattoo

This gorgeous chest piece uses a limited color palette to create a stunning samurai mask. The gray wash, which looks to have some light blue ink mixed in, is expertly shaded, using dark and light tones to create a dynamic tattoo. The wisps of hair falling down the face along with the flower petals give the impression of wind blowing across the piece. The use of red in the flower petals is an excellent example of how a deliberate and intelligent use of color can allow a simple concept to transform a design, combining the brutality of these warrior masks with the delicacy of a falling flower. This is an excellent tattoo, both for its concept and its execution.

Guys Thigh Tattoo Of Samurai Mask With Rising Sun Flag Background

Guys Traditional Colorful Samurai Mask Shoulder Piece Tattoo

Guys Traditional Samurai Mask With Demon Head Tattoo Full Sleeve

This full-color sleeve uses a samurai mask as well as other traditional Japanese design elements to create an interesting tattoo. The combination of bright, fully saturated color and the well applied black and gray shading in the background, as well as at the top of the piece, help to create a dynamic design that draws the eye up and down the entire tattoo. The negative space used to create the waves crashing over the elbow and onto the small skull increases contrast and is a good example of how in a large detailed piece like this sometimes leaving skin blank can have dramatic effects. The grotesque demon head attached to the snarling mask contrasts well with the blue and purple lotus flowers at the bottom of the piece, helping to create a more interesting and unique tattoo. 

Guys Upper Arm Traditional Shaded Samurai Mask Tattoo

Manly Samurai Mask And Japanese Castle Full Sleeve Black Work Tattoo For Guys

Manly Smiling Samurai Mask Half Sleeve Tattoo For Men

Man With Abstract Colorful Samurai Mask Half Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Abstract Japanese Scene Tattoo Of Samurai Mask And Woman On Thigh

This is another tattoo that uses limited color and a well thought out design to create a wonderful piece. This tattoo also uses a collage-like composition, incorporating a samurai mask, traditional Japanese buildings and the lower half of a female face to create a balanced but unorthodox tattoo. The gray wash and shading are impeccable and perfectly capture mist rolling over the buildings while the limited use of red evokes images of sunrise, perhaps an ode to Japan: “Land of the Rising Sun”. The juxtaposition of the delicate femininity in the woman’s face with the ferocity of the samurai mask adds a conceptual contrast that perfectly suits the design. This is a tattoo the owner will be proud to display at any chance he gets.

Man With Beautiful Japanese Scene Samurai And House Full Back Tattoo

Man With Black Shaded Samurai Mask Foot Tattoo

Man With Black Work Shaded Samurai Mask And Demon Side Piece Tattoo

Man With Blackwork Shaded Traditional Samurai Mask Upper Arm Half Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Bold Samurai Mask And Koi Carp Full Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Bold Samurai Mask Hand Tattoo

Man With Colorful Samurai Mask And Chinese Dragon Full Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Dark Shaded Samurai Mask Shoulder Tattoo

Man With Golden Armor Samurai Mask Tattoo Half Sleeve

Man With Grining Evil Samurai Mask Half Sleeve Tattoo

Man Withhorned Samurai Mask Shaded Calf Tattoo

Man With Samurai In Battle Stance Half Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Samurai In Full Armor Full Sleeve Shaded Tattoo

Man With Samurai In Full Armor Traditional Forearm Tattoo

Man With Samurai Mask And Coiled Snake Full Back Tattoo

Man With Samurai Mask Shaded Half Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Shaded Samurai Charging Tattoo Full Sleeve

Man With Shaded Samurai Mask And Battle Scene Full Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Shaded Samurai Mask Chest Piece Tattoo

Man With Simple Grining Samurai Mask Hand Tattooo

Man With Simple Shaded Samurai Mask Bicep Tattoo

Man With Single Color Samurai Mask Half Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Stylish Colorful Samurai Mask On Flower Background Tattoo Calf Piece

Man With Traditional Laughing Samurai Mask Half Sleeve Tattoo

Man With Traditional Samurai Mask Upper Arm Tattoo

Man With Tri Colour Samurai Mask Shadeed Full Sleeve Tattoo

Masculine Samurai Mask And Sull Warrior Full Sleeve Tattoo For Men

Menacing Black Ink Half Sleeve Samurai Mask Tattoo For Guys

Mens Black Ink Samurai Mask Shaded Forearm Tattoo

Mens Blackwork Shaded Samurai Mask Hand Tattoo

Mens Bold Samurai Mask On Stormy Background Chest Tattoo

Mens Colorful Modern Samurai Mask Hand Tattoo

Mens Colorful Samurai Mask Chest Piece Tattoo

Mens Colorful Samurai Mask Half Sleeve

Mens Colorful Simple Half Sleeve Samurai Mask Tattoo

Mens Colorful Traditional Old Samurai Mask And Skull Full Sleeve Tattoo

Mens Evil Samurai Mask With Skull Thigh Tattoo

Mens Flaming Samurai Mask And Flower Shoulder Tattoo

Mens Flaming Samurai Mask Shaded Hand Tattoo

Mens Full Sleeve Traditional Samurai Masks And Flower Tattoo

Mens Line Work Black Samurai Mask Full Sleeve Tattoo

Mens Line Work Black Samurai Mask Half Sleeve Tattoo

Mens Linework Bold Samurai Mask Half Back Tattoo

Mens Manly Samurai Mask Half Sleeve Tattoo

Mens Masculine Full Sleeve And Chest Samurai Mask And Dragon Tattoo

Mens Realistic Samurai Mask With Red Face Half Sleeve Tattoo

Mens Samurai Mask And Coiled Dragon Traditional Japanese Tattoo Full Sleeve

Mens Samurai Mask And Flower Black Ink Tattoo

Mens Samurai Mask Dark Shaded Forearm Tattoo

Mens Samurai Mask On Waves Half Sleeve Tattoo

Mens Samurai Mask Shaded Black Work Tattoo On Hand

Mens Samurai Mask Shaded Elbow Tattoo

Mens Samurai Mask Simple Upper Arm Tattoo

Mens Simple Samurai Mask On Flower Background Chest Tattoo

Mens Traditional Shaded Samurai Mask Half Sleeve Tattoo

Mens Wise Samurai Mask And Koi Carp Back Tattoo

Modern Tribal Samurai Mask Calf Tattoo In Black Ink For Men

Samurai Mask And Dragon Dark Shaded Half Sleeve Tattoo For Guys

Traditional Black Ink Samurai Mask With Dragon Half Sleeve Tattoo For Men

Traditional Samurai Mask And Flower Half Sleeve Tattoo For Guys

Samurai Mask Tattoo FAQ’s

What does a samurai mask represent?

The feudal age of Japan—from the 12th century into the 1800’s—was a time of warring estates and private armies with the samurai at the center of this brutal drama. These military noblemen were protectors of the bushido, the Japanese warrior code that stressed the importance of sincerity, a mastery of martial arts and undying loyalty. While this complex cultural system was comprised of a combination of different values and traits, the samurai are remembered primarily for their extreme discipline and the terror they struck in their enemies. Key to this psychological warfare was the samurai’s armor, most notably the menpo, or mask that protected the warrior’s face.

In addition to serving a function, these pieces were adorned with grotesque visages, complete with fangs and whiskers. Today these designs have made their way into tattoo culture and represent the personal characteristics personified by the samurai: strength, ferocity, and loyalty. Thanks to their bright colors and endless capacity for customization these designs have become popular subject matter for tattoos, allowing people all over the world to proudly display their warrior spirit.

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