Traditional Nautical Sailor Tattoos: Meanings, Origins ...

Jan 06, 2020 · Dating back as far as the 16 th century, sailors sported tattoos (called "tatus" in the Polynesian language) and brought these tribal "souvenirs" from the Pacific islands back to Europe. Later on, in the 17 th century, written records (namely Captain John Cook’s diary) spoke about the tattoos that were observed on indigenous people.. Back in the day, sailors actually tattooed each other and ...…

Sailor Tattoos and Their Hidden Meanings - Inked Cartel

May 04, 2018 · Sailors marked their bodies with tattoos as badges of honor. The ink was also used for marking various personal and professional milestones. Back in the day, old sailors had to make do with what they had. They tattooed each other using primitive methods. Presumably, sailors used gunpowder and urine for ink when they were at sea.…