Samurai tattoos, also known as ‘bushi-ryu’, are extremely popular in Japan, and are associated heavily with traditional Japanese culture. The samurai were a class of noble warriors from the medieval and early modern period who adhered strictly to honour, discipline and courage. This is represented in the samurai tattoo, where the designs often feature iconic symbols of the samurai like swords, dragons, tigers, warriors, and scorpions. The idea behind a samurai tattoo is to remember and celebrate the spirit of the samurai, and show respect to the codes and values they followed. In addition, a samurai tattoo can also symbolise courage, strength, resilience and can serve as a reminder to stay true to oneself and ones values no matter what.