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A Reminder about Tattoos:

You fucking permanently ink that shit into your skin. Tattoo removal costs thousands and is fucking painful. When they say a “tattoo is for life”, they mean it. Now.

Ships: #1 Meaning for a ship according to a survey is “Home”. Funny. I feel like I know someone who has a tattoo with the word “home” in it, and it’s not the one with the actual goddamn ship tattoo. Quote: “Some men and women believe that the ship tattoo symbolizes that in life, we go through troubled waters. Somehow and someway, we make it out to calm waters. Maybe trouble and turmoil has been a part of your life lately and you want to embark on a new journey. The ship tattoo can symbolize this. Some people believe that the ship tattoo represents our journey through life. You can add any maritime symbol to your ship tattoo. Some common ones include the compass, anchor, nautical star, and swallow. Another interesting design for ship tattoos portrays the ship in a framed picture. An anchor can symbolize home or stability, while a star or compass symbolizes direction and faith. You may want to choose a famous quote or saying for your ship tattoo, such as “ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG” or “FOREVER IN MY HEART."”

Compasses: This maritime symbol was popular among early sailors and it was believed that getting a compass tattoo would protect you on rough waters and ensure that you would return home safely. One of the main reasons sailors opted for this tattoo was that of protection. As a token of good luck, images of compasses were painted on the ships as well. The seas were rough and unforgiving and often times ships and the men onboard would disappear without a trace so these images served as a beacon of hope that they would be guided out of the treacherous waters alive. The star compass is the most popular of the aforementioned designs and is said to represent the North Star. Before maps and technology existed, humans used the North Star to guide them in the right direction. Because of this, this style of tattoo stands for guidance, direction and finding a way home. (Louis seems to have a modified star compass design. It’s almost a star within a lodestone within a prismatic compass, but I’m adding the star in). Compass tattoos have also represented the ideal of following one’s dreams. It is symbolic of staying your course in life and to not give up no matter how rough things may seem. The compass will guide you where you need to be.

Anatomical Hearts: The heart keeps your blood flowing through your whole body, irrigating brain and other organs, and thus allowing you to be alive and in good health. It is the main element of your biological life. But it is also the symbol of another kind of life, a more interior one, with feelings and beliefs. That’s why anatomical hearts stand for bravery, sorrow, love and faith. The Ancient Egyptians believed that sins and virtues of a human were inside his heart and weighed it to decide of his fate. It is the place of the soul, also in modern religions. Hold in a hand, it is a symbol of charity and dedication to God or your family and friends. Locked, it means you are waiting for another eelationship to open it again. Of course, it is also a symbol of hope, freedom, and energy.

Arrow Tattoos: The arrow was a weapon in Native American culture, it was used to hunt and provide for their families as well as offer protection, and because of this it was a tool for sustaining life.One of the biggest factors in altering the meaning, is the way the arrow is depicted or placed in the tattoo design. For example:A solitary arrow represents defense and protection from harm. It can also be used as a symbol of movement or direction. For anyone searching to depict a positive outlook on life, an arrow tattoo can be a great place to start. An arrow being pulled back on the bow can depict life dragging someone down, whereas the arrow being released propels them straight ahead into something new and positive. With that being said, an arrow can only shoot forward by being pulled back, so only by going through dark times can you push yourself to better ones.The arrow is also thought to stand for; love- as with Cupid’s bow and arrow, hunting, swiftness, power, flight, penetration and direction. It can also be seen as a phallic symbol of masculinity.  An arrow shown with a bow can also symbolize the zodiac sign Sagittarius. (I know Louis’ doesn’t have a bow and he’s a Capricorn, but he’s actually a Sag/Cap cusp so I found this interesting.)

Anchor Tattoos: (For the anchor -and rope- tattoos, I think it’s essential to remember that Harry’s anchor covers up the words “I Can’t Change”, tattooed on the very same wrist on which he wore his Leeds bracelet, and Louis has quote marks on the inside of his opposite wrist that remain there to this day.) In the past it is believed that the anchor design was used to camouflage and shelter the symbol of the holy Cross. This was done as a means to avoid being targeted but at the same time to have a symbol of their faith to be displayed in some form. They used this clever ruse to keep their faith but not have it on full display. Since an anchor is what puts down roots deep into the sea to hold a ship in place, it has been associated with strength and stability. By this association the anchor can be seen symbolically as something that holds you in place and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things what. Many people pick an anchor tattoo design to remind themselves that no matter how stormy and rough things get out there and how much the factors around you try to uproot you, you need to hold on and keep doing what you are supposed to. Some anchor tattoos are dedicated to the near and dear one who played this role in your life. That has provided you the strength and wherewithal to hold on no matter what comes your way by being there through it all. Symbolizing a faith that would not give up in the face of abuse and persecution has to be one of the most spiritual and profound significances of the anchor tattoo. We can be sure that the sea evokes some kind of strong emotion in all of us. Some of us love the sea and some of do not like it all , whereas there are some of us who fear it. But one thing we cannot feel towards the sea is complete and absolute indifference.

Infinity Rope Tattoos: (This tattoo is truly unique. It’s very difficult to find other people who have a rope tattoo with no anchor. Think on that.) Infinity tattoo designs are especially popular among couples and you will often see hearts tattooed next to infinity tattoos or intertwined with them. Couples that get this tattoo to symbolize their never ending, limitless love will usually get this tattoo in the same part of their bodies to further add meaning to this embellishment. If you and your love want to show commitment to each other in the form of a tattoo, the infinity tattoo is an excellent choice. In nautical themes, a rope tattooed around the wrist signifies a deckhand. In addition to helping with the day-to-day operation of the vessel, deckhands may also be responsible for safety and security.The jobs a deckhand performs vary greatly, depending upon the ship, and the experience level of the individual. Those just starting out on a ship may be mainly responsible for looking after lines used to moor the ship to the dock. The image of an anchor wrapped with a rope or chain is generally called a ‘fouled anchor’. When at sea, having a fouled anchor is bad, since it becomes highly instable and extremely insecure. (If you’re asking, yes, this is why they separated them in my opinion.)

Rose Tattoos: In mythology, Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love) was often depicted with roses adorning her head, feet, and neck. This can be interpreted many ways, but the association comes from a rose bush that grew within a pool of blood spilled by her slain lover (Adonis), and so a common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love that withstands time and even death. In tarot, the rose is considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. As a depiction of love it can be a symbol of being in love particularly when the rose is without thorns, or with as a reminder that love does not come without certain sacrifices when the thorns are present. So even the thorns have their meaning, some say that when thorns are present on the tattoo it means the person does not place a great deal of emphasis on outer beauty, whilst for others the tattoo refers to endless beauty with the thorn meaning you can look but you can’t touch. Sailors chose the rose tattoo for an honorary purpose, as its willowy build being linked to femininity, to represent their girlfriend or their wife. Life was rough on the seas for these brave men and their rose tattoo could bring peace to them in a symbolic way. In addition to being a symbol of love, the rose is also symbolic carrier of secrets or tacit understanding.  The term “sub rosa” means under the rose and comes from the practice of Romans hanging roses above meeting tables.  Here it was understood that anything said at this table, beneath the hanging roses, was forbidden to be repeated elsewhere.

Dagger Tattoos: In pre-dynastic Egypt, elaborate daggers with golden hilts were worn by royalty as ceremonial or decorative objects: In Tutankhamun’s tomb they found two daggers. In WWI, soldiers at the front used daggers in trench warfare; after the war, those daggers were displayed with pride as a sign of having served on the front line. During the Vietnam War, many US soldiers and marines carried daggers. "Cloak and dagger” is a phrase that describes things that involve mystery, intrigue, or espionage. Because they are so easily concealed, daggers may be associated with deception, stealth, and treachery. Thus, the dagger makes an ideal weapon for a sneak attack and many assassinations have been done with daggers, including that of Julius Caesar. Alternatively, in some cultures, the dagger symbolizes bravery. Daggers are often seen in the insignias of elite military units or special forces, depicting extraordinary courage. According to Arthurian legend, King Arthur himself wore a dagger named Carnwennan (or Little White-Hilt) which was said to have the magical ability to hide its user in shadow. And in Tolkein’s stories, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins carried a long Elvish dagger he named Sting. The dagger-and-rose tattoo can be portrayed with a rose in front of or pierced by the dagger. The dagger can also have a rose painted on it. This design symbolizes the harsh reality of life. It is linked to the phrase “life is no bed of roses” and represents the strength needed to endure. It can be a reminder to stay strong or keep at it. The dagger-and-swallow variation was and still is popular among sailors. The swallow represents good luck, wealth, and a safe passage. This design might express a hope for a safe trip home.


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