10 Beautiful And Meaningful Sailing Ship Tattoos

minerva in Tattoo Ideas

Tempest-tossed souls will have these 10 beautiful and intricately detailed Galleons bring their tattooed souls back home.

Whether you're going smoothly, experiencing the hard times, homesick or lost in life, let these beautiful tattoos of sailing ships comfort and take you on a beautiful journey. Climb aboard and we're ready to go!

Tattoo by Tim Hendricks.
Tattoo by Tim Hendricks.

Sailors in the old times used to get nautical tattoos (like sailing ships, swallow birds, or anchors) to represent their journey as sea-faring men. Sailing ships are one of the most meaningful as it symbolizes the call to adventure and determination to be homeward-bound.

Sailing ship tattoo
Sailing ship tattoo

Generally, the sailing ship is viewed as a metaphor for life. One sails along and has to go through smooth and rough seas, just like the ups and downs of life but you keep on sailing and gaining experiences as you go. Life's a journey.

Sailing ship tattoo
Sailing ship tattoo

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The Galleon or Sailing Vessel is a full-rigged sailing ship that was primarily built for war, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its name was derived from the word "Galley", which is synonymous with "war vessel".

What a beautiful Rib piece! Check out what the Victorian woman's holding in her right hand! Awesome!
What a beautiful Rib piece! Check out what the Victorian woman's holding in her right hand! Awesome!
Sailing tattoos
Sailing tattoos

The largest galleons were built by the Spanish and Portuguese for their profitable overseas trade. The famous Manila galleons of Spain made an annual trip between Acapulco, Mexico and the Philippines for more than 250 years! Talk about hard work!

Sailing ship tattoo
Sailing ship tattoo

Some of the earliest tales about huge sea monsters date back to the 12th century legend when Norwegian seafarers described an awesome tentacled beast called a Kraken. There were accounts testified by sailors of its attack after their ship sunk during the 2nd world war.

Ship tattoo combined with a whale
Ship tattoo combined with a whale

The Kraken is a legendary sea monster of large proportions that was said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. Kraken, Giant whales, sharks, monsters and mermaids, who would've known?! That's why the sea is a strange and mysterious place. Can you also brave the unknown like how sailors used to?! Much respect to these valiant men.

This weather ain't my cup of tea. Beautiful dotwork tattoo by Susanne Konig.
This weather ain't my cup of tea. Beautiful dotwork tattoo by Susanne Konig.
Cool smooth blues on this one.
Cool smooth blues on this one.
Beautiful ship tattoo
Beautiful ship tattoo

"Life is a Shipwreck; but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." ~Voltaire.

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