Tattooing is an ancient and amazing form of art and self-expression. Sailors from the early ages started to encounter indigenous people with tattoos on their bodies for years. Sailors also got themselves tattooed as a form of souvenir and to show the places they have been. Many traditional sailor tattoos have their roots and beginnings in the histories and customs of sailors. Other sailor tattoos have their own superstition and evolution.

Sailor tattoos mean a celebration of achievement and milestones in life. For example, a fouled anchor on the forearm symbolizes that the sailor has crossed the Atlantic Ocean. To symbolize trips around Cape Horn, small blue stars are tattooed on the hands. Moreover, turtle tattoos symbolize that the sailor has sailed the Equator. There are hundreds of sailor tattoo designs that you can choose and each and every one of them has certain meaning.

Nonetheless, these days there are still plenty of people wearing sailor tattoos who have no idea or aware of their cultural significance and history. Many of them just have these tattoos on their bodies simply because they love the design. When you opt for a sailor tattoo, it is necessary to be aware of its history and symbolism so that it will create more impact on your life. Sailor tattoos have deep symbolisms that should be made know to anybody who wears them.

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