Nautical Tattoos You Need To See

Nautical Tattoos

Nautical Tattoos | First Artist: Thomas Emil Krohn Jensen | Second Artist: unlimitedinktattoojag


Nautical Tattoos Meaning

We have all seen nautical tattoos at one point in our lives. Whether its a ship, a hook or a mermaid, we cant ignore the uniqueness of the tattoo and what it brings out in us. What do they really mean?
Before you go an pull out a history book or check out wikipedia on its meaning, we’ve broken down its meaning for you below.


Crossed Anchors – Indicates that the sailor wearing this tattoo was a Boatswain Mate.


Rope – Deckhands would normally get this tattoo as a mark of identity.

Guns or Crossed Cannons – Identified a sailor as serving in the Navy.

Full Drawn Ship – A tattoo of a fully-rigged ship from the age of sail means the sailor had been around Cape Horn, the rough, stormy waters around the southern tip of South America. A fully-rigged ship is one with three or more masts, square sails fully deployed.

Anchor – A single anchor means the sailor crossed the Atlantic or has been a member of the merchant marine, a fleet of civilian ships that carries military cargo. In wartime, this fleet is mobilized to carry war materiel, including troops and supplies.

Compass –  Usually a sign for good luck to help crew get home.

Nautical Star – The star is a symbol of a sailor always to be able to find his way home. The nautical star is a five-pointed star in dark and light shades counterchanged to resemble a compass rose.

Nautical tattoos are just one example of the great history and culture that have existed in the sea. With individuals from all corners of the world as your potential shipmates, you will be sure to find out even more interesting facts and insights about the world in which we live in today.

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