Ship tattoos were some of the very first designs to get popular in traditional tattooing, a favorite choice by sailors coming home from a long journey or from overseas as souvenirs of the countries they visit.
A popular type of ship tattoo is a flagship which was the head of the fleet of
Ship Tattoo Meaning
A ship tattoos meaning can vary greatly depending on the wearer, the most popular and traditional meanings are the following:
Exploration: Ships are a great way to represent exploration, its something that would have been impossible to explore without. This is symbolized by wanting to be more explorative in life.
Discovery: The beginning of many countries have all started with a ship making it one the most prominent representations of discovery, usually used to symbolize self-discovery.
Journey: Most ship journeys were far from easy, many people didn’t make it all the way, having the strength to endure a tough journey through the sea certainly meant a lot to some sailors and wanted to represent that with a ship tattoo.
Some of the more older meanings of ships are symbolism of trade and wealth.