Traditional Ship Tattoos

Ship tattoos take their roots from sailors and other seafarers. They are traditionally worn by men but nowadays, women ask for them too. Ship tattoo designs may be portrayed with different elements such as swords, pirates, ship wheels, anchors, compass and stars. The ship is one of the best and most popular maritime tattoo symbols. Back in the day, Navy men usually sported these tattoos. They would have their tour ship tattooed on them.

In the modern world, both men and women choose ship tattoos even though they are not associated with the water for their symbolic purposes and as a decorative body art. Ship tattoos are absolutely stunning when done well.

Vintage ship tattoos are also very popular, among them is the pirate ship tattoo. This vessel is designed on the water or upon clouds which represents a pirate ghost ship.

When it comes to meanings, they vary according to the ship you choose. It also depends on your current situation in life. Some meanings associated with the ship tattoo are new journeys/beginnings, home, good luck, a way of life, direction, bravery, honour or even a troubled past.

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