On: "I refuse to sink" anchor tattoos

If you type “I refuse to sink” into the tumblr tags you will see text post after text post being like “but anchors sink? That’s what they do! Are you all idiots?” etc…

It’s called Juxtaposition. Juxtaposition is an act where two things are put beside each other to show the contrast of something. For example:

(The freedom of a bird Vs the constraints of Barbwire) or:

(The beauty of alive nature Vs the hideousness of nature being destroyed).

The anchor is a symbol and/or metaphor for that “thing” that is holding the person down, and they are contrasting their anguish over their life’s anchor with the freedom of the quote.

Having an anchor next to the line “I refuse to sink” is a form of contrast, comparison and irony - not people being idiotic.


Quick Cat Nap.

Photo by Rick Sheremeta, National Geographic.

“I spent four days observing and photographing Brown Bears. The bears routine became pretty obvious - they’d fish for a while until their bellies were full, then they’d wander off into the grass for a little nap. This ole gal never quite got that far - after snaring this salmon, she wandered into a shallow pool at the side of the river, cradled the fish under her arm, and promptly nodded off.”