Anchor Tattoos

Anchor TattooA popular tattoo design or style is the Anchor Tattoo. What does Anchor Tattoo mean? While the earliest forms of an anchor being used as a tattoo harkens all the way back to the early Christians. It is said that they would often use the anchor as a hidden symbol for the cross. Anchors Tattoos were used both to protect travelers from a dangerous journey and to commemorate successful and safe return from travel.

Anchor Tattoo Meanings:

The anchor tattoo has most certainly stood the test of time and still remains a popular maritime tattoo symbol. In fact, the anchor is one of the oldest tattoo symbols. The Anchor Tattoo has been a long time favorite among seamen.

It is believed that pirates also had Anchor Tattoos, although the skull and cross bones were commonly used as a symbol of pirates, the Anchor Tattoo is also associated with them. When we look at the anchor in nature, it really only serves one purpose – the anchor is used to hold the ship steady in the waters.


Some common Anchor Tattoo meanings:

  • Hope
  • Safety
  • Fidelity
  • Stability
  • Security
  • Salvation
  • Good Luck
  • Steadfastness
  • Ocean/Sea/Waters