I'm a big fan of all things tattoo and want to share my passion for the world of tattoo art.
While I usually enjoy targeting a certain theme when writing on tattoos, I got motivated to present a variety of tattoos related to oceans, ships, and sea life in general.
Sometimes looking at a variety of tattoo designs can trigger ideas that can be brought together to give a design you never thought of.
So with that in mind, and just enjoying a bunch of tattoos related to the seas, let's look at ocean themes holding that thought.
Personally, I usually prefer black and dark brown tattoos as they seem to work far better than tattoos with a lot of color in them, although there are obviously some exceptions to that.
With the clipper ship tattoo above, the design was really done well, and if it wasn't for the color, which to me really does take away from this particular tattoo, I would have really liked it.
The ship's sails are particularly nicely done, and if they had been in dark colors and shade rather than purple, they would have been extraordinary. I still like them, but they lost something with the color. Otherwise, it's a great tattoo design.
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Ships and Cross Tattoos
- Majestic 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.
Giant Squid Tattoo Attacking Ship
This tattoo is really a busy one and probably has too much stuff in it to really appreciate the work. Even so, each person has their own tastes, so if they like it that's all that really matters.
But the theme is a great one, and the attack of the giant squid ripping apart the ship is pretty cool. I do wonder what the inspiration behind the tattoo was. When I see ones like this, it's hard to tell what the motivation was, other than something they found at the moment looking over tattoo designs they like.
Motorcycle Biker Tattoos
- Motorcycle Biker Tattoos
Motorcycle tattoos are extremely fun to look at, and the artwork and design are terrific. You have the typical and traditional biker look, some like "Ghost Rider" from movies, and quite a few others.
Leg Tattoo With Ship
This tattoo is really nice, and it fits my personal preference for darker colors, which I think you can see in this case really defines the ship and allows you to see and enjoy it in a different way than the tattoos with a lot of color in them.
I really love the hull of the ship and its dark look, as well as the detail of the sails of the boat.
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Good Ship Tattoo
This is overall a nice tattoo to me, but there is always something about adding that bright, blue water to a ship tattoo that seems to make it unreal.
But one unique thing I really liked was that red background peeking through the ship's mast. It adds something that isn't too common, and it works well for me.
Decent Ship Tattoo
This particular ship tattoo had great promise but underdelivers in that it just doesn't have the type of detail a great tattoo should have, especially a ship theme which gives tremendous opportunity to experiment with detail.
Now the color is right for me, but again, it's almost like it was wasted, and it makes you want to like it, but no matter how hard you try, it gives you the feel of being cartoonish, rather than more realistic and compelling.
Almost with this one, but not quite.
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Half Sleeve Ship Tattoo
What is really interesting to me with this ship tattoo is that it's not the ship that makes it work, but the stormy background and waves hitting its front.
These are the types of waves I like to see in a tattoo, rather than the bluish type that never seem to work very well, and are much too loud for my tastes.
But the best of this tattoo are those dark and foreboding clouds that promise this is going to be a rough ride.
While I don't know if the tattoo designer and artist did this on purpose, it's brilliant in that it takes you away from the ship and brings you into a dangerous environment.
Boat and Ship Tattoos
- Boat and Ship Tattoos
Boat and ship tattoos are a surprisingly popular design for those seeking something cool to display on their skin. I don't know if it's because of Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that has made them so popular?
Anchor Ship Tattoo
Occasionally a tattoo comes around that always contradicts my usual tastes, and this is one of them.
In spite of the bright colors, there's something about that anchor and the added elements that make this work. But to me, it's the anchor part of the tattoo that I really like, and it sets off the rest.
Jack Sparrow Pirate Tattoo
It doesn't get much better than this in tattoo quality, and the inclusion of the design it was drawn from is a great contrast and measurement of the quality.
The shadow, lines, and dark color make this a fantastic tattoo design of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
There's only one thing I don't like about it, and that's the location. This great tattoo belonged on the arm or back where it could be seen in all its quality without the need to bend down and be at the back of the person to view and appreciate it.
Either way, Barnacle Bill gives a big thumbs up on this one.
Sea Turtle Tattoo
You really have to imagine this sea turtle tattoo because it is really big but difficult to capture with a photo like this.
It goes all the way across the side of this women's body, and while simple, is well done and has nice colors.
The legs or arms are really done nicely, especially the dotted areas on the tips.
Good Shark Tattoo
I know I'm repeating myself, but I hate the bright blue water behind the shark, but really like the shark tattoo design itself.
The detail and design of the shark are phenomenal and would have really been set off nicely if the background water would have been more dark and dangerous looking.
I do like this whale tattoo, as the color is nice and it has a lot of potential. The problem to me, again, is the placement.
As you can see from the photo, they had to take two shots to be able to see and appreciate the whale tattoo.
This would have been a much better tattoo in a place where you could view it all at once. Placement is a big thing for any tattoo, and no matter how good the design, if the placement is wrong, the tattoo will never be what it could have been.
Killer Whale Tattoo
This obviously isn't a super great design, but one thing I did like about it was the feeling you were watching a water show with the killer whale jumping out and entertaining you.
If this is what the tattoo artist and designer were attempting to portray, they did a good job. And even if it was accidental, I still like it from that point of view.
Starfish, Angel Shark Tattoo
Here is another exception where the color included in the tattoo design didn't turn me off. Actually, it was pretty nicely done.
While the starfish color is pretty loud, for some reason it doesn't take away from enjoying the art. I also like the green seaweed and blue colors, which added together very nicely.
The color sometimes can hide it, but the detail of the starfish and angel shark is really more difficult to do than it may look.
The major problem it has is the placement, which again, doesn't allow you to see and enjoy the overall tattoo. But still a good one.
Manta Ray Tattoo
Manta rays aren't a very common tattoo, and so while these are a little light, and somewhat difficult to see, it is nice to see manta rays in tattoos. They are done pretty well.
Very Nice Scallop Tattoo
The apparent simplicity of this scallop tattoo design could make you think this was an easy tattoo to design and make, but look closely at the design and intricacy of the detail, and you can see that a very skillful tattoo artist did this tattoo. It was hard to do.
The dark color and shading are the way I prefer tattoos, and it was done great here.
Sea Horse Tattoo
While I'm not thrilled with the color of this sea horse tattoo, the shading and detail were done very well, and the image is nicely done.
Star Wars Tattoos
- Star Wars Tattoos
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Shrimp Tattoo Design
Shrimp is also not a very common tattoo design, and I was glad to have found one of this high quality.
I was surprised at how well this was done, and it really has nice color and narrow, dark lines that really make it stand out nicely.
This final tattoo of a marlin is also a very well-done tattoo design. It had the color, design, and quality anyone would be glad to have inked on them.
The shadow and shading really were done well, and the dark lines at key points make it stand out without being too intrusive or obvious. Great tattoo.
An Ocean of Design Ideas
Again, this is different from what I usually do when pointing out tattoos, as I prefer to put them in themes where you can see them all together and related.
But in the case of this particular tattoo gallery of sea life, the ocean, and ship tattoos, the theme is so vast, I thought including them in this type of variety, and with most of the variety of themes being familiar to most people (ok, not the angel shark), it would inspire some tattoo designs that you wouldn't have thought of before.
william.fischer29 on July 05, 2011:
Ouch! Tattoos hurt!..Anyway, they are beautiful artworks. Nice hub.