The anchor is a symbol of safety and security during a storm or travels. Sailors are not the only people seen with anchor tattoo designs, for the anchor is a versatile symbol that can represent emotions such as devotion, pride and love.
Among Christians, the anchor has long represented hope. Strength and home are other possible meanings of anchor tattoos.
Anchor Tattoo Designs – The Anchor tattoo is a design that has been a fixture of modern western tattooing for the better part of two centuries, and has even more ancient symbolic roots going back several millennia.
An anchor immersed in the water or with waves crashing around it promotes a feeling of strength or home. Perfect for a sailor or traveler, this tattoo design reminds the wearer of home. Add details to the anchor that personalize the tattoo, such as a banner with your home city’s area code or name. A heart placed behind the anchor means home is where the heart is, reminding the wearer that no matter how far he travels, he always has a home or port. Another option is to add an outline of the state you are from and attach it to the anchor with a rope.
In ancient times the anchor, like the fish, was a symbol with ties to the early Christian church. An anchor tattoo can be thought of as holding one steadfast, like an anchor holding a great sailing ship safe in harbour, against winds and currents that might carry it astray.
A sailor will proudly wear an anchor tattoo, as will a sailor’s friends or family. Add details such as a banner bearing the name of the sailor or of the sailor’s ship or unit. An anchor with a banner showing the dates of a sailor’s birth and death commemorates a life of service.
Anchors are used both to protect travelers from a dangerous journey and to commemorate successful and safe return from travel. In fact, there is a tradition in the US Navy and among sailors around the world that a person can only receive an anchor tattoo once they have safely crossed the Atlantic ocean and returned home. This tattoo is a right of passage for people and represents a transition from novice to seasoned sailor. The tattoo of an anchor commemorates their safe return to port and is worn as a badge of honor and pride.
Heartbreak is an emotion that everyone must experience. A tattoo is a permanent reminder to avoid unhealthy relationships or exercise caution when it comes to love. An anchor tattoo with a splintered or unraveling rope symbolizes a heart that is healing or a heart separated from a past love. Wearing this design on the feet or ankles grounds the wearer and reminds her to stand strong.