The compass tattoo has been a popular choice among a majority of cultures for centuries.
This maritime symbol was popular among early sailors and it was believed that getting a compass tattoo would protect you on rough waters and ensure that you would return home safely.
One of the main reasons sailors opted for this tattoo was that of protection. As a token of good luck, images of compasses were painted on the ships as well. The seas were rough and unforgiving and often times ships and the men onboard would disappear without a trace so these images served as a beacon of hope that they would be guided out of the treacherous waters alive.
Compass tattoos can come in a variety of styles and variations. These include, but are not limited to the star compass, astro compass, lodestone compass, Vegvisir compass and prismatic compass.
Here is a Vegvisir compass tattoo we did for Ynna in our tattoo shop and here is what she has to say about it.
Vegvísir (compass) – if this sign is carried, one will never lose one’s way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known. -Ynna