It is a mainstream tattoo design that is worn by both males and females. A great option with anchor tattoos is that it can be included with other design to make it more decorative. Normally it can be designed with snakes, fish, ship, stars etc. There are wide options for the designs of anchor tattoos and scopes to be highly creative with the tattoo itself. It can be made very colorful by using various combinations and can be made in various sizes. Due to its variation in sizes it can be made in various parts of the body depending on the design. In this article we will mainly discuss everything about the anchor tattoos its meanings and different other facts.
Anchor is a very popular symbol and probably the most popular maritime symbol. From very ancient time it is preferred as a tattoo symbol. Mostly it is made by marines and navies in different parts of the body. It has various symbolic meanings and a symbol known since centuries back. Anchor has also a great relation with the Christianity. Many of us don’t know that in ancient times, Christians used to replace their cross with anchor during their bad times. During the time of Romans, they used to resemble anchor as their cross and sent to signal other Christians in secrecy.
Normally, anchor tattoos became popular after the 1900s and very soon after its inception; it gained a lot of popularity. It was regarded as an old school tattoo design among the sailors at that time. At that time it was used to symbolize the association with sea and river. Mainly it was used as a symbol to express the position of an experienced sailor. And later the navy soldiers used to include the picture of their ships and number on their tattoo. Sometimes it was also experimented with a national flag and an eagle mixing with an anchor. It is also believed that pirates used to make anchor tattoos on different parts of their body but the main symbol of the pirates were Skull and cross bones.
Anchors are actually used to hold ships still in the water, mainly in the harbors and ports. From this basic fact, various other symbolic meanings are determined which are associated with anchor symbol. Among them, stability is the most popular and logical meaning. This word stability also can be portrayed in different angles of a human life. Again relationship is another big meaning of anchor tattoos. Some people write names of their family members, parents, children in a creative way to portray the strong relationship with those members. So now it’s your turn from what angle you want to portray the meaning of an anchor tattoo. As said earlier it can be merged with other various elements in a tattoo like stars, eagles, flowers, hearts, wings, skulls etc. But remember to keep the anchor in the center of the design.
So now if you are willing to make an anchor tattoo, first of all do a lot of home research about the symbol and its various meanings. After reading this article, you have got some basic ideas about the symbol but actually you will have to research a lot about the symbol itself. The main thing is that you should know the meaning of what you are making. Choose a size that suits you and your body. And while selecting the tattoo location, think much about it as this a permanent tattoo and very tough to remove. The final size of the tattoo should obviously depend on the location where you are making the anchor tattoo. Here is a collection of amazing anchor tattoos which will give you a lot of ideas to apply through your own design.