A classic nautical compass tattoo relates to the sailors long sea roots.
Compasses have been instrumental in the exploration of the old world oceans and ancient continents for centuries. Navigators have used compasses since the 15th century to chart their travels. While a compass may not always be the first thing to pop into a navigator’s mind, it has an important role in navigation. Many ships had magnetic compasses which constantly displayed the magnetic north and south poles on their map. These compasses helped sailors plot their course and allow them to quickly turn while traveling south.
The anchor is a nautical symbol that many people relate to a compass symbol.
An anchor is a known shape for an anchor chain and a compass would be a well known tool in a compass. The anchor is a classic symbol that is often associated with strength and steadiness. It is a symbol of enduring life that many people relate to while wearing an anchor on their wrist or ankle.
The Star Compass
This is a great tattoo to have on your arm. This is a common type of star compass inking design used by sailors. The meaning behind this type of star compass is the North star.
Compass Tattoos With North on the front and pointers pointing North on the back this is a great way to display the direction of North while wearing your compass tattoo.
Usually these tattoos will have horizontal arrows that point to each of the compass directions. To see where the north star is at any given time you should look up and see the pointer on the back of your arm or if it’s on your chest it will be located near your collarbone. Many stars will be represented by horizontal arrows on the compass so keep that in mind while choosing which star compass tattoo to have inked onto your body.
The North Star is a symbol of security and honor for many sailors.
They used it as a guidance system to get home when returning from a long voyage. In addition to this symbolism the North Star also stood for good fortune among sailors. As well as this reason the North Star is another symbol, which can mean a variety of other meanings to different people.
Many people decide to have a compass tattoo design because of its symbolism.
You can choose to display a North star symbol, or another compass symbol depending on your preferences. Many people also choose to display an ox or a snake with arrows pointing towards it as a reminder of their journeys. In some cases a wheel may also be added so that people can keep track of their travels in a symbolic manner. No matter what you choose you’ll find that this is a great way to symbolize direction and your travels.