“Bluestone Lane’s West Village location just opened up and I’m guilty of stopping in every other day. It’s owned by Australians and has a nautical, beachy feel. The service is warm and friendly, the coffee is superb, and the design details are spot on. I could stay for hours!”
A dragon conveys that a sailor has served in China, and a golden dragon is given when a sailor crosses the International Date Line.
Hold written on one set of knuckles and Fast written on the other is meant to give a sailor good grip in the rigging.
A shellback Turtle or King Neptune is earned when a sailor makes it across the Equator.
A full-rigged ship displays that a sailor has been around Cape Horn.
A tattoo of an anchor tells that a sailor has been a part of the Merchant Marines or crossed the Atlantic.
During WWII, pig and rooster tattoos (sometimes one on each foot) were worn to prevent a sailor from drowning. Pigs and roosters were boarded in crates that floated, and subsequently, were said to have been the only survivors of some wrecks.
A nautical star or compass rose was traditionally given so that a sailor could always find his or her way home.
A rope tattooed around the wrist suggests a sailor is or was a deckhand.
All images and illustrations by Christina Sun at Bowsprite