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Nautical Tattoos Eagle River AK

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Artistry in Ink
(907) 696-7207
Eagle River, AK
 
Dragon Rays Tattooing
(907) 272-8287
3505 Mountain View Dr
Anchorage, AK
 
Rebirth Tattoo
(907) 222-4653
1441 W. Northern Lights Ste J
Anchorage, AK
 
Anchorage Tattoo Studio
(907) 561-0065
706 W Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK
 
Ultimate Body Piercing && Tattoo
(907) 563-2005
3427 E Tudor Rd Ste B
Anchorage, AK
 
Eagle River Tattoo
(907) 622-4465
11127 Old Eagle River Rd.
Eagle River, AK
 
Dragon Rays Tattooing
(907) 272-8287
3505 Mountain View Dr
Anchorage, AK
 
Pacific Rootz Tattoo
(907) 929-7659
3545 Arctic Blvd Ste B1
Anchorage, AK
 
Anchorage Tattoo Studio
(907) 561-0065
706 W Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK
 
Lipsense Independent District
(907) 929-5797
4021 Ursa Cir
Anchorage, AK
 

Nautical or Maritime tattoos

Nautical tattoo symbols and designs Nautical or Maritime Tattoos - are tattoos derived from the very roots and history of modern tattooing. Sailors were among the first to revive the art and practice of tattooing when they visited the islands of Polynesia in the South Pacific and other lands in Southeast Asia. Captain Cook in his famous explorations to Tahiti, Hawaii and New Zealand was the first to record the tattooing of the indigenous people in 1786. The word tattoo in the English language come from the Tahitian word, 'ta-taw', which was thought to mimic the sound made by the traditional Polynesian tattooing implements as they made a tattoo. When the sailors returned to Europe with tattoos that were essentially exotic souvenirs of their travels and adventures, European audiences were fascinated.

Life at sea was hard and only the toughest men survived. Sailors, being at the mercy of the wind and the sea and the elements, and the very capriciousness of Mother Nature, were a very superstitious lot. It did not take long for them to build up an extraordinarily elaborate set of tattoo symbols that spoke a language all their own. Tattoos told the story of were a sailor had traveled, if he had been around Cape Horn or crossed the Equator, if he had visited the Orient. Many of the tattoos were amulets and talismans of protection to keep from falling overboard, drowning or being eaten by a shark.

From tattooing the words on their knuckles, to numerous tattoo designs and symbols like the Nautical Star that were meant to keep them safe and guide them safely back to their home port. Many sailors used to tattoo images of their full-rigged ships on their bodies, often taking up large spaces on their chest, backs and arms to pay respects to their homes upon the waves. Often times, despite their often raucous and rowdy lifestyle, many sailors would have religious images and icons tattooed upon their backs, sometimes even full Psalms or the Lord's Prayer. Part of this was to remind themselves to be virtuous, but it was also believed that you were less likely to as flogged as severely if you got twenty lashes across your back for misbehaving!

The expression Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed comes from this Maritime tradition - it was a colourful synopsis of shore leave for many sailors after having spent many months at sea! A good port of call for men who worked at sea often earned it's reputation by the qualities - or lack thereof - of it's drinking establishments, women and tattoo artists.

Nautical Inspiration Gallery - Click here to get inspired! And of course many sailors at sea often thought of their families and the girls they had left behind in port, whether it was one port or two ports or even more! Mermaids and pin-up girls, hearts and the names of loved ones were always popular with sailors.

Get inspired by some really great images and photos in our Nautical Inspiration Gallery

See also: Nautical Tattoo Index , Marine Life Tattoos

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