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Top 85 Best Ronin Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]

The ronin samurai warrior is a romanticized tattoo subject, often portrayed as the Japanese equivalent of Clint Eastwood.

Ronin were masterless samurai either disenfranchised by the death of their master or through their leader’s loss of favor and privilege. In the rigid class system of feudal Japan, most Samurai lords who lost honor for their houses committed seppuku (ritual suicide).

Those unwanted samurai left behind, unable or unwilling to serve a new master, took their katana on the road to eke out a living as mercenaries, or swaggered about as vagabonds and bullies.

The following 85 tattoo ideas show off an awesome array of ronin tattoo designs and concepts, while toward the end of the gallery there’s some useful FAQ questions about samurai which can help you decide on a theme for a new tattoo.

1. Black and Gray Ronin Ink

Ronin Skull Tattoo Mich Michelemor
Source: @mich_michelemor via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Lamouturetattoo
Source: @lamouturetattoo via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Purp Ink
Source: @purp_ink via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Ciki Blackdahlia
Source: @ciki_blackdahlia_ via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Zika Del Vaz
Source: @zika_del_vaz via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Bastetinkplovdiv
Source: @bastetinkplovdiv via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Darktatt
Source: @darktatt via Instagram

2. Ronin Arm Tattoo Art

Ronin Arm Tattoo Gasoline Ink
Source: @gasoline_ink via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Joazis
Source: @joazis via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Lipsis.tattoo
Source: @lipsis.tattoo via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Piromantattoo
Source: @piromantattoo via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Sa.danny Art
Source: @sa.danny_art via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Splashback.ink
Source: @splashback.ink via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Taras.prystupa Tattoo 2
Source: @taras.prystupa_tattoo via Instagram
 
Ronin Arm Tattoo Taras.prystupa Tattoo 4
Source: @taras.prystupa_tattoo via Instagram
 
Ronin Arm Tattoo Zioribo
Source: @zioribo via Instagram

4. Ronin Back Tattoo Ideas

Ronin Back Tattoo Bendot Thelifeinkbali
Source: @bendot_thelifeinkbali via Instagram
Ronin Back Tattoo Hieu Tran Ink
Source: @hieu_tran_ink via Instagram
Ronin Back Tattoo Kristiantattoo
Source: @kristiantattoo via Instagram
Ronin Back Tattoo Marcobratt
Source: @marcobratt via Instagram
Ronin Back Tattoo Nik You 21
Source: @nik_you_21 via Instagram
Ronin Back Tattoo Thetanktattooartist
Source: @thetanktattooartist via Instagram

5. Full Sleeve Ink

Ronin Full Sleeve Tattoo Ancientarthampton
Source: @ancientarthampton via Instagram
Ronin Full Sleeve Tattoo Carloseduardoruiz
Source: @carloseduardoruiz via Instagram
Source: @ronnie_rubio_ttc via Instagram
Ronin Full Sleeve Tattoo Ketut Donny Lesmana Putra
Source: @ketut_donny_lesmana_putra via Instagram
Ronin Full Sleeve Tattoo Metal Pirate
Source: @metal_pirate via Instagram

6. Japanese Traditional Body Art Design

Japanese Ronin Tattoo Koji Soul Tattoo
Source: @koji_soul_tattoo via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Laurentolsenvachon
Source: @laurentolsenvachon via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Marco Freakshowtattoo
Source: @marco_freakshowtattoo via Instagram
 
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Putu Sendika
Source: @putu_sendika via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Sbizit
Source: @sbizit via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Tabby Actual
Source: @tabby_actual via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Tattookadeh
Source: @tattookadeh via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Troy Nelson Ronin
Source: @troy_nelson_ronin via Instagram

7. Ronin Leg Tattoo Concepts

Ronin Leg Tattoo Chrischavers 2
Source: @chrischavers via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Chrischavers
Source: @chrischavers via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Fame Tattoo
Source: @fame_tattoo_ via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Ivan.apostolov
Source: @ivan.apostolov via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Jellyfish Tattoo
Source: @jellyfish_tattoo via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo La Wizarderie 2
Source: @la_wizarderie via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo La Wizarderie
Source: @la_wizarderie via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Phowlstabs
Source: @phowlstabs via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Putu Sendika
Source: @putu_sendika via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Sietosss Tattoo
Source: @sietosss_tattoo via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Song Tattoos
Source: @song_tattoos via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Sonneetattoo
Source: @sonneetattoo via Instagram

8. Oni Masked Ronin Tattoos

Samurai Ronin Tattoo Andrey Vidyakin
Source: @_andrey_vidyakin_ via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Angeliedemonitattoo
Source: @angeliedemonitattoo via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Benkbenk Hergia
Source: @benkbenk_hergia via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Bradbull
Source: @bradbull_ via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Danielbrtgarcia
Source: @danielbrtgarcia via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Frank Fanti
Source: @frank_fanti via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Mattrodriguesink
Source: @mattrodriguesink via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Micogeologotattoo
Source: @micogeologotattoo via Instagram
 
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Romo 79
Source: @romo_79 via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Taraschornyi
Source: @taraschornyi via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Thisonkomang Tattoo
Source: @thisonkomang_tattoo via Instagram
Samurai Ronin Tattoo Vtattoozero
Source: @vtattoozero via Instagram

9. Upper Arm and Shoulder Ronin Tattoos

Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Dillicenul
Source: @dillicenul via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Ditattoostudio
Source: @ditattoostudio via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Elixirtattoo Corbetta
Source: @elixirtattoo_corbetta via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Isaac51lemus
Source: @isaac51lemus via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Ketut Donny Lesmana Putra
Source: @ketut_donny_lesmana_putra via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Mazatattoo
Source: @mazatattoo via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Mich Michelemor
Source: @mich_michelemor via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Ruizaereo
Source: @ruizaereo via Instagram

10. Skull

Ronin Skull Tattoo Bastartattoo.ru
Source: @bastartattoo.ru via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Dannywalshtattoos
Source: @dannywalshtattoos via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Darksister.tattoo
Source: @darksister.tattoo via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Diego Tatt2
Source: @diego_tatt2 via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Donttellmama Tattoo
Source: @donttellmama_tattoo via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Evgeni.evlogiev
Source: @evgeni.evlogiev via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Jayveegarcia015
Source: @jayveegarcia015 via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Nathannahui
Source: @nathannahui via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Rocktattoo Jombang
Source: @rocktattoo_jombang via Instagram
Ronin Skull Tattoo Troy Nelson Ronin
Source: @troy_nelson_ronin via Instagram

11. Black and Red Ronin Ink

Ronin Skull Tattoo Dragonflymartin
Source: @dragonflymartin via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Cavictattooland
Source: @cavictattooland via Instagram
Ronin Shoulder Tattoo Koji Soul Tattoo
Source: @koji_soul_tattoo via Instagram
Ronin Leg Tattoo Whitey.james
Source: @whitey.james via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Taras.prystupa Tattoo 3
Source: @taras.prystupa_tattoo via Instagram
Ronin Arm Tattoo Taras.prystupa Tattoo
Source: @taras.prystupa_tattoo via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Sonstattoo
Source: @sonstattoo via Instagram
Japanese Ronin Tattoo Wangchinmao
Source: @wangchinmao via Instagram

Ronin Tattoo FAQs

What do Ronin tattoos symbolize?

The Japanese word rounin (ronin in English), is a combination of two kanji that when combined mean wandering person or drifter. Ronin were masterless samurai featured in popular crossover tales such as Musashi and the 47 Ronin.

Ronin strike a chord with tattoo enthusiasts who still identify as loners, drifters, and outcasts, like the Spaghetti Western version of Clint Eastwood back in the 1970s.

What is the difference between Ronin and Samurai?

Samurai were the aristocratic class of soldier that fought for their clan Lord and household.

When a Lord lost his life or was embarrassed and committed seppuku, these Samurai were expected to atone by also taking their life as recompense.

Those who didn’t became masterless Samurai known as Ronin, who were generally shunned by their own class and became mercenaries, vagabonds, and sometimes criminals.

What do Japanese Samurai and Ronin Mask tattoos symbolize?

The Japanese word Oni means demon. Oni Mask tattoos are often deployed in samurai and ronin body art because to an Oni mask was to have succumbed to your base nature and abandoned the noble ideals of the Samurai.

As ronin were disenfranchised samurai, debased from their original station and shunned by previous equals, taking up an oni mask or helmet was a sign of submission but also a reflection of their outsider status.

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