15 Beautiful & Timeless Compass Tattoos

Compass tattoo symbolizes being your guide and companion for the rest of your life.

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Let this be your constant reminder that there is still that kid in you, who longs to play and explore this wonderful world and that we should let our hearts be our ultimate guide in whatever path we choose to take. After all, we're not here for a short time, we're here to live to the fullest and have a good time! Here is a selection to inspire your next compass tattoo design. Enjoy!

Compass tattoo. Artist unknown compasstattoo compass
Compass tattoo. Artist unknown #compasstattoo #compass

No matter where you stand on Earth, whether lost in the ocean & consumed by darkness, a compass is a surefire way to tell you where you are, for its arrow always points to the North pole. Maybe a compass tattoo will help you to find a way around.. It's really interesting how it works because it's like the Earth has its own magnetic bar that attracts it.

Compass tattoo. Artist unknown compass magnetic direction
Compass tattoo. Artist unknown #compass #magnetic #direction

"Long before GPS satellites and other high-tech navigational aids, the compass gave humans an easy and inexpensive way to orient themselves. A compass is an extremely simple device. A magnetic compass (as opposed to a gyroscopic compass) consists of a small, lightweight magnet balanced on a nearly frictionless pivot point. The magnet is generally called a needle. One end of the needle is often marked "N," for north, or colored in some way to indicate that it points toward north. "

Bright & bold compass tattoo by Samuele Briganti. compass compasstattoo samuelebriganti
Bright & bold compass tattoo by Samuele Briganti. #compass #compasstattoo #samuelebriganti
It can also be for the woman who guides us all throughout Life. Love this fine rendition compass tattoo by Tim Hendricks. compass woman love timhendricks
It can also be for the woman who guides us all throughout Life. Love this fine rendition compass tattoo by Tim Hendricks. #compass #woman #love #timhendricks

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A compass tattoo on top of a map is a common tattoo design layout. One might opt for the traditional layout... or something different. Unknown artist compass map direction
A compass tattoo on top of a map is a common tattoo design layout. One might opt for the traditional layout... or something different. Unknown artist #compass #map #direction
Compass tattoo by Niki Norberg compass nikinorberg
Compass tattoo by Niki Norberg #compass #nikinorberg

Here are some good placements for a circular subject such as a Compass:

On the back of your hand. Compass tattoo by Stefan Johnsson. compass stefanjohnsson rose
On the back of your hand. Compass tattoo by Stefan Johnsson. #compass #stefanjohnsson #rose
Colorful elbow compass tattoo compass elbow colorful
Colorful elbow compass tattoo #compass #elbow #colorful
Palm compass tattoo, artist unknown. compass geometric
Palm compass tattoo, artist unknown. #compass #geometric
Compass tattoo, artist unknown. compass directions map
Compass tattoo, artist unknown. #compass #directions #map

This, as opposed to the traditional compass, is a Norse protection symbol called Vegvísir, which has a deep meaning. The Icelandic word literally means ‘guidepost’ or ‘direction sign’ so that wearers would never get lost whatever path they take. The Vegvísir is also often called Runic Compass or See the Way.

Check out this unusual dotwork norse dragon tattoo with a Vegvisir incorporated at the back of the shoulder. Neat, compass tattoo! Artist unknown. compass dragon dotwork norse compasstattoo
Check out this unusual dotwork norse dragon tattoo with a Vegvisir incorporated at the back of the shoulder. Neat, compass tattoo! Artist unknown. #compass #dragon #dotwork #norse #compasstattoo
Scandinavian viking compass tattoo,artist unknown vegvisir compasstattoo compass scandinavian viking
Scandinavian viking compass tattoo,artist unknown #vegvisir #compasstattoo #compass #scandinavian #viking

It's got such simple & beautiful symbols and linework that it can pass as a good first compass tattoo. Be careful and double check before you get it, though! Each symbol means something. Expand your knowledge and read about it first.

Did you know? That the famous & talented Icelandic singer, Bjork, has a Vegvisir compass tattoo compass vegvisir
Did you know? That the famous & talented Icelandic singer, Bjork, has a Vegvisir compass tattoo #compass #vegvisir
Colorful compass tattoo compass colorful
Colorful compass tattoo #compass #colorful

I hope you enjoyed this article and find the inspiration for your next compass tattoo! I wish you all safe travels, wherever you will go.

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