Amazing Compass Tattoo Designs

A compass is the loyal companion of a traveler. If you are fond of travelling, don’t hesitate to make a compass tattoo design. They are usually pretty common amongst nautical lovers, fisherman and of course military personnel as well. These compass tattoos come in several styles such as the nautical star compass, rose and star compasses and the prismatic compass. Interestingly, the first sailors to get compass tattoos were Spanish conquistadors. Moreover, Celts along with some people of European origin also used these designs in the early centuries.

compass tattoo designs

There was a wide belief, that having a compass tattoo would protect the wearer when they traveled over rough waters and ensured that they safely returned home. The design of the tattoo also symbolized safety. As such, many family members of naval officers and fisherman would also wear either tattoos or jewelry charms of a compass to support their loved ones and wish them a safe journey. As the designs are numerous, the star compass is used to represent the North Star, which was the point of origin to guide people on directions. There is also the aesthetic appeal that adds to the fondness for this tattoo design.
Since the compass is such a thing that is used by people from different walks of life. The dominant symbol is referred to protection and much needed guidance. Today people often get a compass tattoo for the same reasons. In many designs with the compass in it you will find the letter N as it represents the north which is a significant direction or it helped the forces go home safely and without getting lost. A person feeling lost in sense of direction or purpose could use the compass tattoo as a means of gaining a particular direction and fulfilling a noble purpose.

compass and rose tattoo

creative compass tattoo

Cute compass tattoo design

Cute compass tattoo design

love compass tattoo

owl and compass tattoo on thigh

Rib compass tattoo for girls

Rib compass tattoo for girls

shoulder compass tattoo

Despite the depicting direction, the compass tattoos represent a sense of direction they are also associated with time. They are mainly used with other patterns, such as hour glasses, clocks and sun dials. Some of the compass based tattoos also have things like floral designs and ribbons added to them. Since the compass is an important instrument for marine travel, it can be decorated with the anchor, which is also a part of sea travels.
Another inspiration for compass tattoos is that they symbolize being on the right life path and following in the most productive direction toward your dreams, which can be a great guide for your life.

decorated compass tattoo

3D compass tattoo

3D compass tattoo

compass and skull tattoo

Overall, with such a huge amount of choice in terms of designs and categories, the compass design for tattoos has become very popular.