Navy Tattoo Designs
For many decades, the navy has long been associated with a specific style of tattooing.
This mainly derived from the fact that sailors were amongst the very first people to venture to other far away lands where this cultural tradition was more widely practiced.
Tattooing has been very popular in most naval forces throughout the Western World and it has been viewed upon with varying levels of distain by less understanding and narrow-minded members of society.
This has been the case especially in the US and Japan where the practice was banned for certain periods of time.
Whether it’s a ship’s anchor or a piece that portrays one of the older vessels with a number of masts, navy tattoo designs are a unique expression of a person’s patriotic attitude towards their branch of the armed forces or even their country. For the most part, navy tattoo designs would almost certainly be considered as ‘old school’, but more contemporary designs are being created on a daily basis, which will feature some of the more current trends in tattooing.
National flags are prominently used in navy tattoo designs and the stars and stripes or Union Jack are the most popular choices. In Scandinavia too, national flags feature within their designs. Navy tattoo designs may be chosen by someone who is still actively serving. They may even be selected by people who have retired from this division of the armed forces.
Either way, tattooing has always been an ideal way of self-expression and after a dip in popularity a few decades ago, this tradition is reawakening with even more passion and vigor. Traditionally, navy tattoo designs would have been the reserve of men. However, this all appears to be changing now, as women are looking to this style of tattooing for their own body art choices. This is especially so now because more and more women are being permitted to enter naval forces internationally.
Navy tattoo designs are very varied and this enables plenty of scope for a design to be made to look either masculine or feminine. Plenty of color will often be used, although all black designs are continuing to increase in their popularity.Naval personnel had always favored their arms for the placement of their tattoos, especially their upper arms (biceps). Although still the most popular area today, people are now realizing that they can locate their designs on even more parts of their bodies.
The navy tattoo designs may well be more specially tailored to symbolize the person’s actual position within the navy. Of course, such sailors will always be staunchly proud of the work they are doing, so having this permanent reminder is ideal to have inked onto the body. It will always stand to commemorate this essential chapter in your life, in years to come.
As naval personnel may not have that much time to arrange appointments with specific tattooists, it is a good idea to find your perfect design through tattoo databases and galleries. This way you can just print it off and take it along to an artist of your choice, when you next have time.