Anchor tattoos are one of the oldest traditional design choices still thriving today. Back in the Ye Olden days, when tattoos were primarily popular with sailors and navy men, anchor tattoos just made sense. Anchors date all the way back to 2500 BC and have been a symbolic image depicting naval culture for millennia.
However, tattoos have long since begun to ascertain a level of wide, mainstream popularity even among people who’ve only stepped foot on a boat a few times in their lives. Yet the tradition of anchor tattoos calls to and lives on in what most seamen would classify as land lovers because anchors have come to symbolically represent a variety of strong personal beliefs and ideals, including:
- and even Salvation
In the early days of Christianity, back when Christians were persecuted for their beliefs, the anchor was used by believers to disguise their affiliation to Christianity. Believers couldn’t wear a cross without drawing unwanted attention but many of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen, which is why fish and marine-based imagery like anchors became a disguised aesthetic focal point for believers to spot each other without drawing the ire of others.
The anchor tattoos featured below show the vast range of creativity that can be implemented with anchors, giving people many ways to utilize anchors in order to depict their own personal interests and beliefs. These are popular designs that have lasted for generations and are sure to continue permeating the tattoo community for many more still to come, despite the move away from nautical crewmen and further onto land.
Thinking about getting an anchor tattoo of your own, or are you just here to appreciate some beautiful anchor themed art? Either way, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in the gallery featured below.