Ship tattoo designs are very widespread among sailors and fishermen as a symbol of pride of being part of the seafarer guild but also as a powerful amulet that ensures the returning home. The main symbolism of these tattoos comes from the seamen and their ways of life and being.
Although they are in close connection with the seafarers, ships make great tattoo designs with plenty symbolic meanings, suitable for anyone.
Ship tattoos are more popular among men and they represent more than just a connection with the oceans. They can also signify adventure, journey, hope, courage, discovery and the desire of exploring the unknown.
In addition to these, a ship tattoo can have much deeper symbols, like independence, a new beginning, a troubled past or life’s challenges. It can also serve as a memorial for loved ones lost at sea.
A macabre version of a ship tattoo depicts a ship sinking into the waves. Like a skull tattoo, this type of design has the role of a protective talisman.
Ship tattoos can be depicted with a variety of different elements and nautical symbols, including birds, the moon, stars, waves, pirates, swords, anchors, or compasses.