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Majestic Ship Tattoos

Pirate ship tattoo design on arm

Pirate ship tattoo design on arm

Great Ship Tattoos

Who hasn't dreamed of sailing the seas in days of old, as sailors and ship captains of those days were the explorers and greatest risk takers of their time?

There's always something about the majestic ships and tossing seas that stir our imaginations, and that transfers into a great tattoo design and experience, as these terrific ships and scenes become a part of the canvases of our bodies.

So here's a look at some fantastic ship tattoos, and I even included a crusty old pirate and a ship-in-a-bottle for fun.

This first pirate ship tattoo has a little more color than I personally like, but it is placed and designed well for the place on the body it was inked.

I'm not sure about that red color in the background because it seems to take away the nice brown coloring of the ship, which I do like.

Still, overall not a bad tattoo if you enjoy a lot of colors.

Mermaid and pirate ship tat

Mermaid and pirate ship tat

Tattoo of a Pirate Ship and a Mermaid

I like just about everything about this pirate ship tattoo and the included mermaid, except for the placement around the nipple, which while subtle, still somewhat interferes with the image.

But other than that, this is a nicely done ship tattoo, and the mermaid evidently following it along on its unknown journey adds a sense of mystery; you don't know whether she's friend or foe with that knife in her hand.

Outline of a pirate ship tat

Outline of a pirate ship tat

Pirate Ship Chest Tattoo

I included this one on the chest because it has a very unique look. It almost seems to be stamped or branded on, as far as the ship goes.

One strength it has is you can see every single detail of every line of the ship, so it stands out in a way that you can enjoy or be repulsed by the image. I do like tattoos where you can see exactly what they are and make a decision based upon that. This one is bold, and I like that, although the tattoo itself isn't a really great design.

Tattoo of a Menacing Pirate

Tattoo of a Menacing Pirate

Pirate Tattoo

Here's that pirate tattoo I promised you, and it's pretty cool. Again, I'm not a great fan of a lot of color in tattoos, but this one seems to hit it right, and the bright colors add to the menacing look of the scurvy pirate.

I like how his gun has just been fired from the trailing smoke, and how he has the look of just getting down to his dastardly deeds.

Ship Tattoo With Billowing Sails

Ship Tattoo With Billowing Sails

Nicely Detailed Pirate Ship Tattoo

Even though this tattoo's blue color turns me off a bit, the detail of this pirate ship tattoo is extraordinary, and the numerous colors across the entire tattoo are of the highest quality.

The back of the ship is really well done, and it makes the tattoo design and image work, as the dark detail and lines allow it to stand out and save the rest of the ship tattoo. The billowing sails are also very nicely done.

Tattoo of ship in bottle

Tattoo of ship in bottle

Ship in a Bottle

The ship in the bottle here is unique as a tattoo theme, and so I thought you would enjoy having a look at it. The octopus wrapping its tentacles around the bottle added a nice touch to it.

Did you notice the bubbles floating around within the bottle?

Ship and Shipwreck Tattoo Design

Ship and Shipwreck Tattoo Design

Full Back Ship and Shipwreck Tattoo

Whoever conjured up this ship and shipwreck tattoo had a great imagination, as it is awesome in quality, and the design really well thought out.

The shoal is also really done very nicely, giving the impression you're in a graveyard of ships which has been tossed and thrown about on their attempted journey. It seems to be a metaphor for life.

Either way, this is a really high-quality tattoo design by any standard.

Compelling Tats!

These ship tattoos carry the aura of history, danger, and a way of life that took risks in the hope of great rewards.

Ship tattoos here show the hazards of those journeys, along with the mythology of the sea such as mermaids, and the very real dangers of pirates and other potential disasters. It's like seeing history while it was being made. Very powerful tattoo theme.

Celtic Tattoos

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Gene on May 27, 2012:

Many awsome tattoos. Very nice !

Mark Bruno from New Jersey Shore on August 13, 2010:

Awesome Tattoos, and the ship wreck was well done with the islands in the backround. All of them were great. Nice Hub too.

troubled on July 29, 2010:

the ship wreck tattoo at the bottom really caught my eye. There's not to much going on but you can't help but understand the story. Very well done, and the artist is so amazing I almost wish it was customary for them to sign there work.