When your last hope is a note put into a glass bottle and released into the ocean you know times are tough...
Perhaps this is why message in a bottle tattoos have a strong evoking nature, stirring up memories of both those you love and those you've lost. A message in a bottle is exactly as it sounds, it is a message written on paper or parchment that is placed into a bottle before being thrown into the ocean for someone else to find. For shipwrecked sailors it was a last call for help, for others it was a symbolic gesture, maybe someone on a far off land would find your message and respond... Of course not all message in a bottles reach land quick enough. In 1784 Chunosuke Matsuyama sent a message documenting the shipwreck of him and his 43 shipmates, incredibly it actually washed up at Matsuyama's place of birth, only it was 1935 and 151 years had passed!!!
Although message in a bottle tattoos have strong maritime associations they are not actually a traditional maritime tattoo, but instead draw on the style of traditional sailor ink with bold outlines and heavy shading. The meaning of a message in a bottle tattoo depends on the person getting it, for one person it commemorate a loved one who has passed, for someone else it could be a tribute to the perils sailors faced! Yet at the end of the day regardless of meaning message in a bottle tattoos make a great little tattoo, so here's a few of them to enjoy!!