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Anchor Tattoo Ideas That Have Much More Meaning Than You’ve Thought

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Are you looking for a tattoo that will never get out of the style and at the same time have a profound meaning? If yes, then an anchor tattoo might be one of the best options for you. If you’d need to describe a tattoo without words and with just one symbol, what it would be? Probably the anchor, because it is the most common tattoo design. Apart from the obvious relation to the sea and sailors, it also has many more meanings.

Small Anchor Tattoo On The Neck
Small Anchor Tattoo On The Neck

Yes, it’s an ultimate symbol of sailors and those who work in the ocean. But did you know that it also symbolizes love? Anchors represent the strong bond in relationships. With this in mind, an anchor is perfect for couples or best friends.

Matching anchor tattoos on a fingers
Matching anchor tattoos on fingers

Anchor tattoos are beautiful, and they can be either tiny or large. They look good on almost anywhere on the body. Another great thing about them is that they look great on both men and women. So, if you are thinking of getting an anchor – we invite you to learn more about this design. And as always – we have gathered an inspiring collection of ideas, so stay with us for a while!

Anchor Palm Tree Ankle Tattoo
Anchor Palm Tree Ankle Tattoo.

Anchor tattoo meaning

Until around 1950’s, tattooing in Western countries was only popular among the sailors. Since every sailor’s trip could have been his last one, the primary purpose of a tattoo was to carry the good luck. Then, there was a need to record the places which the sailor has been to with marking it on the body.

Woodcut anchor and rope tattoo
Woodcut anchor with rope tattoo

One of the most common symbols that were a sign of good luck among the sailors was an anchor. It not only showed that a person who has it was a sailor but also symbolized the safe returning to the home after a long trip. So, anchor tattoos represent good luck and safe return to home. Although it has become a fundamental sign of those who work in the ocean, these days it doesn’t matter.

Anchor compass tattoo on the wrist
Anchor compass tattoo on the wrist

Another meaning of the anchor is firmness and stability because that is the primary function of this thing. It keeps the ship to stick to the bottom so that it does not drift. Thus, anchor tattoos represent the firmness of the character, beliefs or values. It reminds us that we also have to stand firm against any problem or conflict that may happen in our lives.

For dad
For dad

The anchor also refers to tranquility and security, because it is the only object that connects the ship with the ground. Therefore, the sailors know that they are not alone, that the anchor is some kind of a passage between the sea and the land. So, if you are in search of inner peace and balance, an anchor is a perfect choice because it will remind you to stay calm.

Colorful anchor with a rope and a splash of water
Colorful anchor with a rope and a splash of water

On the other hand, anchor tattoos can symbolize that you already are feeling well and calm. Maybe your friends and family surround you and support you every day. With this in mind, an anchor will always remind you of the best moments of your life.

Large dotwork style anchor tattoo on the left side
Sizeable dot-work style anchor tattoo on the left side

Anchor tattoo variations

Now that we know the meaning of anchor let’s dig into the areas of the body where this design will fit the best. Usually, the anchor is a small design, and you can place it almost anywhere. However, arm, wrist, ankle, and chest are the most popular placements.

Old school blackwork anchor tattoo
Old school blackwork anchor tattoo

For the girls – an anchor will look perfect with a small flower on the wrist or ankle. Also, matching anchor tattoos will mark the friendship between two best friends or sisters.

Anchor with flowers
Anchor with flowers

There are many styles that you can choose for an anchor tattoo. But basically, there are two main types: old-school and minimalist. Old-school is a traditional way of tattooing which uses only classic colors and thick outlines. The minimalist style tattoos are small, usually consists of only black and grey colors.

Traditional anchor tattoo
Traditional anchor tattoo

Nowadays, people mostly prefer minimal anchor tattoos as they are less visible and suitable for anyone. If this is going to be your first tattoo, we recommend you to get a smaller version of an anchor. But if you already have some tattoos, you can go with classic designs. Whichever type you’ll choose, remember to go to a professional tattooist. Otherwise, you may regret your decision.

Black anchor tattoo on the right inner ankle
Black anchor tattoo on the right inner ankle

Anchor tattoo ideas

If you are considering getting an anchor on your skin, but you’re still not sure, take a look at these ideas. Also, show the ones you like the most with your tattooist. Make sure he or she is a professional artist who has a lot of experience and meets your taste. Nowadays, with the advanced equipment, a skillful tattoo artist can accomplish even the most sophisticated designs. And remember – be creative. If you don’t feel like getting a regular, plain tattoo – choose something more interesting.

Small anchor tattoo on a finger
Small anchor tattoo on a finger
Anchor tattoo on the hand by Timur Lysenko
Anchor tattoo on the hand by Timur Lysenko
Anchor in the sea negative space tattoo
‘Anchor in the sea’ negative space tattoo
Black anchor tattoo by morgan lucas
Black anchor with a rope tattoo by Morgan Lucas
Pretty white anchor tattoo on the wrist
Pretty white anchor tattoo on the wrist
Anchor tattoo behind the ear
Traditional anchor tattoo behind the ear
Ohana with the anchor
Ohana with the anchor
Woodcut anchor with a rope on the left calf
Woodcut anchor with a rope on the left calf
Anchor with rope for family
Anchor with rope for family
Beautiful black anchor on the right bicep
Beautiful black anchor on the right bicep
Thin line minimal anchor tattoo on the forearm
Thin line minimal anchor tattoo on the forearm
Traditional anchor and swallow tattoo
Traditional anchor and a swallow tattoo
Tiny anchor tattoo on the hand
Tiny anchor tattoo on the hand
Old school anchor and nautical star tattoo
Another old-school anchor and nautical star tattoo
Black anchor and compass tattoo on the wrist
Black anchor and compass tattoo on the wrist
Small anchor with a rope on the ring finger
Small anchor with a rope on the ring finger
Another woodcut anchor tattoo on the belly
Another woodcut anchor tattoo on the belly
Another anchor for dad
Another anchor for dad
Abstract minimalist anchor tattoo on the bicep
Abstract minimalist anchor tattoo on the bicep
Another black and grey floral anchor tattoo
Another black and grey floral anchor tattoo
Matching anchors on wrists
Matching anchors on wrists
Floral anchor tattoo
Floral anchor tattoo
Anchor bracelet tattoo
Anchor bracelet tattoo
Matching anchor tattoos on both forearms
Matching anchor tattoos on both forearms
Another floral anchor tattoo
Another floral anchor tattoo
Another woodcut anchor and rope tattoo
Another woodcut anchor with a rope
Micro anchor tattoo on the inner wrist
Micro anchor tattoo on the inner wrist
Perfect anchor tattoo on the ankle
Perfect anchor tattoo on the ankle
Matching anchor tattoos for a couple
Matching anchor tattoos for a couple
Another cool anchor tattoo
Another cool anchor tattoo
Outline anchor tattoo
Outline anchor tattoo
Small anchor with flowers
Small anchor with flowers
Anchor Tattoo Ideas That Have Much More Meaning Than You’ve Thought
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