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Compass Tattoo Meaning and Design Ideas

With a variety of designs and styles, a compass tattoo is still a favorite among many men and women across the world. Buzzle not only gives you some amazing design ideas, but also has provided information on what these tattoos mean.
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Compass tattoo meaning and design idea
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Most of you may already be aware that compass tattoos were a sailor's trademark; more commonly, the Spanish conquistadors were the first sailors to ink such tattoos. As the ocean was a scary place to be, centuries ago, sailors would get these tattoos as a good luck symbol.

Varying in sizes, styles, designs, and colors, these tattoos can be done practically anywhere on the body. So, if you are thinking of getting one for yourself, we have a few design suggestions that will definitely inspire you.

13 Compass Tattoo Design Ideas

The following images are provided to help you draw inspiration from, and a means to customize it by incorporating some elements to make the design your own. There is literally nothing more amazing than having a customized tattoo.

Compass Tattoo on Bicep

Compass Tattoo with Arrow on Bicep

Compass Tattoo with Roses

Compass Tattoo with Roses

Compass Tattoo on Chest

Compass Tattoo with Moon Phases on Chest

Compass Tattoo with Anchor

Compass Tattoo with Anchor

Compass Tattoo on Upper Back

Compass Tattoo with Ship and Skull on Upper Back

3D Compass Tattoo

3D Compass Tattoo

Compass Tattoo on Rib Cage

Compass Tattoo with Dreamcatcher on Rib Cage

Black and White Compass Tattoo

Black and White Compass Tattoo

Compass Tattoo on Thigh

Compass Tattoo on Thigh

Compass Tattoo Designs

Compass Tattoo Designs

Compass Tattoo Meanings

It is believed that getting a compass tattooed on yourself will protect you over rough waters, and you will return home safely. This is one of the most essential reasons why sailors, navy personnel, and fishermen get a compass inked onto themselves. Now, depending on the design and other elements, here are a few things your tattoo can represent.
  1. Provide protection and security
  2. Much-needed guidance
  3. Sense of direction
  4. Always finding a way home
  5. Beacon of hope
Other than that, a star compass tattoo is also quite popular among men and women. It represents the North Star, which is the most reliable source for finding directions. Before humankind made maps and had advanced technology, people traveling by land or sea would rely on the North Star to provide them the right direction.

Many people believe that every tattoo has to have some sort of "deep meaning" behind it. Although it may be true with certain concepts, as is with compass tattoos, it isn't the case with all. So, if you like a tattoo truly for its artistic appeal, it's perfectly normal to not associate a meaning or a reason for getting it inked.

As there is no dearth of designs, you can choose to get a compass tattoo inked as is, or draw other design elements alongside. Ultimately, the decision will rest entirely in your hands. Once you have finalized an experienced tattoo artist (check his/her portfolio to get a good idea), consult him/her for design suggestions and placement ideas. Apart from the actual design, the placement of a tattoo also makes a huge difference on how it looks.
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Published: June 16, 2014
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