Tattoos are an interesting way of skin adornment. The pigment of the skin is changed by injecting colorful inks into the dermis layer of the skin. It bears an ancient heritage. It has been an Eurasian practice since the Neolithic times. Pre-Christian Germanic, Celtic and other central and north European tribes were often heavily tattooed. Evidences also show that the tribes used to have special tattoo ceremonies. Various cultures have their specific tattoos bearing particular symbolic meanings.
The compass rose tattoo is a symbol of good luck, and first started as a popular design among sailors more than a century ago. Combining the shape of a star and finding a direction on the high seas, a Compass Rose Tattoo comes in many creative designs and variations. Tattoo artists play with the basic design and use the North Star as the center of the pattern. Around this star which is believed to be a guiding star, the four cardinal directions are inked. The form of this tattoo is usually a circle and can indicate that a person has found a direction in life. Being in the circular shape it also shows that a cycle is over, or a chapter in life is gone, and now it is time to start a new chapter. This tattoo, whether it is done in a simple black and white design, or filled with colors, is a message about hope and looking forward to the future. In the olden days the compass rose held a promise that the sailors would come from the stormy high seas to the shores. In modern times it signifies that the wearer has found a way out of the storms and is ready to head to more peaceful shores of life. The tattoo can be done in a very intricate way with the compass hands and face styled with traditional motifs. Often color combinations like aqua blue and black or bright red and green can be used to give a bright look to the design. With the basic form of the compass in place, leafy motifs or abstract geometrical patterns can be added to make it more interesting.
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