It’s summer time and I’m thinking of the beach, the ocean, being on the water. These nautical themed tattoos featuring anchors go hand in hand with the sea. Most feature a rope winding through the anchor, some have stars, and others have sea creatures. Anchors were popular vintage tattoos when sailors would get tattooed on shore leave. Some used an anchor to symbolize their girlfriend or wife. Earlier, anchors were used to symbolize the Cross.