When people see anchor tattoos, they usually just think of ships or the sea. But, getting an anchor tattoo means so much more than that. Check out these AMAZING tattoos and learn a thing or two about the legendary anchor tattoo.
Let’s start with some historical facts. It was believed that an anchor design was used to camouflage the symbol of the holy cross. This was done so believers could have a symbol of their faith displayed in some form while avoiding being targeted. Basically, an anchor is an object that is used to hold ships in one place. That is why anchor tattoos are usually associated with strength and stability.
An anchor tattoo can remind you that no matter how big the storm in your life may be, you need to get it together and hold your feet on the ground.
20. Pretty Anchor Tattoo
Anchors do not to be big and striking. A small anchor can represent strength and stability, too. Think about it. When compared to the ships they belong to, anchors are quite small. If you are looking for a tattoo that will always remind you to be strong, an anchor tattoo is the right choice for you.
19. Anchor and Roses
Just like every other tattoo design, you can decorate your anchor tattoo the way you want to. Anchor tattoos with red roses are very popular, but you can get multiple flower types. An anchor and flowers tattoo design usually symbolizes love, honor, and loyalty.
18. Rope and Anchor Tattoo
You may not notice it at first, but this anchor tattoo comes with a rope. An anchor wrapped with a rope is called a fouled anchor. At sea, this was usually a bad omen since this type of anchors are unstable and insecure. But, however, this image was so popular with sailors that it became a symbol of various navies worldwide.
17. Faith, Hope, Love Anchor Tattoo
This is a so-called ‘Faith, Hope, Love’ tattoo. These three words represent the love in your life, hope, and faith in God. It usually consists of three elements: heart, cross, and an anchor. Getting a tattoo like this may bring more positive things in your life, and change the way you look at life.
16. Birds and Anchor Tattoo
This is one very beautiful tattoo. By combining birds and an anchor, you will be sending a strong message. Birds usually symbolize freedom, transformation and changes in your life. In addition to the birds, you also have an anchor; you are an anchor. You are able to stay put in any kind of situation.
15. Heel Anchor Tattoo
Anchor tattoos will look good on any part of your body. Above, we had multiple examples of anchor tattoos on upper body parts. But, an anchor tattoo can look good even on a small and secluded body part, such as the heel. Also, placing your anchor tattoo on your legs can emphasize your ‘standing strong’ message even more, since you have to actually use your legs to stand strong.
14. Arm Anchor Tattoo for Men
Anchor tattoos were originally invented by sailors, so they were more popular with men. Nowadays, both genders get this tattoo design. Men can get big anchor tattoos on subtle body parts, such as chest. But, they can also keep their tattoo smaller. It won’t change its meaning nor make it less significant.
13. Finger Anchor Tattoo
You may get your anchor tattoo on a secluded place, such as your fingers. This tattoo is another faith, hope, and love example. You can clearly see the cross, which represents faith, a heart which represents love and an anchor which represents hope.
12. Tiny Anchor Heel Tattoo
Tiny anchor tattoos are irresistible! If you want a reminder of your strength and ability to cope with whatever life throws at you, but you don’t want to expose your tattoo too much, tiny tattoos like this are a perfect choice for you.
11. Chest Anchor Tattoo for Men
It is a common and well-known thing that men have chest hair. But, that should never stop you from getting a tattoo. Your tattoo can make your chest (and your entire body, of course) look better, tough while you are spreading your message. Next to this anchor is a bird, which can symbolize change, peace and faith, while the anchor symbolizes your ability to make a lemonade when life throws lemons at you.
10. Motivational Anchor Tattoo
Anchors are motivational, and when they stand alone, they send a strong message. If you want your personal message to be even stronger, more inspirational, and more motivational, consider adding a meaningful quote next to your anchor tattoo.
9. Neck Anchor Tattoo
It is weird, but a simple object, like anchor can look good. That is why a simple tattoo of a simple object on the right place can look incredibly attractive, sexy and drive the ladies crazy. I am a girl, and I must confess, I find this particular tattoo design incredibly appealing!
8. Anchor and Compass Tattoo
An anchor and a compass – two vital instruments for sailors and travelers. It was believed that a compass tattoo would protect a traveler on his adventures. A compass may represent your personal lucky charm, a special protector of yours, and your guide. We all need a guide in our life, so let your tattoo be yours.
7. Anchor and Rudder Tattoo
This seems like another good tattoo for nautical lovers! I have told you so many times what an anchor represents, but can you guess what could a rudder represent? You use rudder to control a ship. So, a rudder tattoo would mean your willingness and ability to get a hold of your life, steer it, and make it go where you want to go.
6. Arm Anchor Tattoo
We had an example of an arm anchor tattoo for men, but it was rather small. Now, this is a tattoo for the big, strong, and stable guys who love to show off their muscles while showing off their tattoo. With a tattoo like this, you will send your message loud and clear.
5. Watercolor Anchor and Compass Tattoo
Originally, it was believed that a compass tattoo would help the bearer fight through tough situations, and reach his goal safely. Besides strength and stability, an anchor tattoo represents safety. Nowadays, a compass tattoo does not have to be related to traveling and getting home safely. Young people get compass and anchor tattoos because they look good and stylish. Also, people who are lost in lie and looking for the right direction love getting tattoos like this.
4. White Anchor Tattoo
White tattoos are popular, and so are anchor tattoos. So, why wouldn’t you mix these two popular things and get a white anchor tattoo? I believe that this tattoo design looks better when it is smaller, like on the image above. What do you think?
3. Forearm Anchor Tattoo
Forearms are a great place for anchor tattoos. Especially for men. Guys love getting tattoos on their arms and showing them off; their arms and tattoos. A simple tattoo like this may represent the fact that you find happiness and joy in simple things. And, people who manage to do that are truly the happiest ones.
2. Colorful Anchor Tattoo
Anchor tattoos do not have to be black and white. They can look amazing with some color. This watercolor anchor tattoo would look good on both genders. You would get your anchor tattoo, but it would be pretty much unique since people mostly get colorless anchor tattoos.
1. Matching Anchor Tattoos
You can get matching anchor tattoos, too! This doesn’t mean that you and another person should get two similar anchors. It can be a tattoo like in the image above. By getting a tattoo like this, you will truly show your love towards the person you share it with.