42 Friggin Amazing Compass Tattoos

May you always find your way.


Black & grey.

Black and Grey Ink Compass Tattoo

So shiny. This hyperrealism piece is pierced into the skin.  (Photo: Shun)

Clean lines.

Compass Tattoo on Forearm by Wolf Black

By far the most popular location for the compass tattoo. Or any tattoo for that matter. This 16-point compass rose is everything that a compass rose should be.  (Photo: Wolf Black)

This amazing map.

Compass and Anchor Tattoo by Craig Storry

The compass rose is sometimes called the Rose of Winds, or windrose. The compass rose has been found on scrolls and statues dating all the way back to ancient Greece. Today it’s still used on most nautical maps and charts.

Most basic compass rose’s only contain the four basic cardinal directions—north, south, east, west—however this design also features the four ordinal directions—NE, SE, SW, and NW. (Photo: Craig Storry)

This compass/watch.

Blackwork Compass Tattoo by Ryan Ashley Malarkey

This blackwork hybrid design is heavy on the blackwork. That is, it’s dark. Very dark. The almost solid sections of black ink make what little white ink there is pop out in an unusually pleasant way. (Photo: Ryan Ashley Malarkey)

This floral dotwork design.

Compass Tattoo by Roxanne Lucas

Another great example of mandala flowerwork being incorporated into a compass design. The symmetry of mandala flowers compliment the compass rose perfectly.  (Photo: Roxanne Lucas)

My way.

Hyperrealism Compass Tattoo by Vladimir Drozdov

A fantastic hyperrealism piece with a fitting title. (Photo: Vladimir Drozdov)

A dash of blue.

Watercolor Nautical Compass Tattoo by Simona Blanar

A subtle watercolor work with plenty of style. If you spend any amount of time on our site then you probably know that Simona is one of our favorite artists. (Photo: Simona Blanar)

This beautiful back piece.

Large Watercolor Compass Tattoo by Lulu

This is one of those statement pieces that everyone wants to stare at for what seems like an eternity. Here we have a faded compass rose with latitude and longitude coordinates, a bird of some kind, and a quote which unfortunately we’re not able to make out. (Photo: Lulu)

A splash of orange.

Watercolor Compass Tattoo by Felipe Rodrigues Fe Rod

Felipe strikes again. Another one of our favorite artists who continues to lay down the law with his unique style and unrivaled vision. (Photo: Felipe Rodrigues Fe Rod)


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