For men who want a modern twist on one of the most classic of tattoo designs, the geometric compass is a great choice. Historically, compass tattoos were popular with sailors.
Many believed that the tattoo would protect them on rough seas and help them to arrive home safely.
One of the most commonly-seen compass tattoos is the star compass, which typically has the North Star at the center of the design. The star compass looks like many compasses on older maps, so men going for a vintage look may appreciate these.
While compass tattoos have a vintage appeal, the modernized geometric compass design, with its eye-catching line work and intricate angles, can be a great conversation starter. While many of these designs are in black and white to evoke a printed map, you can opt to have your geometric compass in bright color as well. Because of the somewhat linear shape of many geometric compass tattoos, these tattoos are commonly seen on forearms.
While a geometric compass design can make any man stand out from an aesthetic standpoint, this is also a tattoo with a message. While you may not be considering a compass tattoo because you think it will help you navigate difficult seas, a compass tattoo shows that you’re a man who knows where he’s going in life and that you’re going there confidently.