If you chance by a sailor, you will most likely find an anchor, a boat, or swallows drawn on a certain part of their body. Sailors love to draw something on their skin, and many of the designs you’ll see are reminiscent of what sailors do on a daily basis aboard the ship.
Tattoos were almost a tradition among sailors, thanks to Captain James Cook, who is believed to have started the practice. Now, almost all sailors have a tattoo; if not on his skin, on the walls of his cabin. Two of the most popular but fictional sailors who have tattoos are Popeye the Sailorman and Sailor Jerry.
If you’re a real sailor or have a job as a crew of a ship, then you can join the fun of having a nice design drawn on you. Some sailors get a tattoo because they choose to follow culture and traditions. Some do it because of superstition.
In most cases, a certain design signifies the region or the place that a sailor has been to or the role that he plays on board. Dragon tattoos are for sailors who have been to China. Those who have the drawing of an anchor in their body have most likely sailed to the Atlantic Sea. As for duties aboard the ship, the sailors of fishing fleets usually have the picture of a harpoon. If they have a rope around their wrist, then they probably are deckhands.
There are many other sailor tattoo designs to choose from. Actually, one of the most popular among the males is the picture of a lady with a sailor’s hat. Beer bottles, the Aloha monkey, and nautical stars are among the most preferred as well. And yes, you don’t have to be a sailor to have these designs tattooed on you.