Lighthouse tattoo

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Lighthouse tattoos are a classic and even iconic traditional tattoo design, a popular design amongst sailors that started out as a simple depiction of a lighthouse and has since evolved into countless ways. Now it is popular even among women for its profound message

History

A lighthouse is a tower or another type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses. It serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways. Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, rocks, and safe entries to harbors. They also assist in aerial navigation.

Lighthouses have been guiding ships to safety for thousands of years. The first known one built was the Pharos of Alexandria, Egypt in 280BC.

Meaning

Lighthouses can mean different things to different people.

Lighthouse tattoo can be a symbol of saftey and security. Lighthouses keep ships protected from harm and disaster so are used as symbols to represent protection. Wheather its proctection for oneself on another. So a lighthouse tattoo can be symbolic of guidance. Whether in life or important decisions the wearer may have to make or have already made.

Though some people thrive out on the water, it is an unpredictable and sometimes scary place to be. Returning to land means a return to stability and a sense of normalcy. For some, it means coming home to their families. Or people who are shipwrecked, a lighthouse means they can finally get the help they need. The calm presence of a lighthouse gives people hope. Maybe you’re feeling lost, or celebrating having found some dry land of your own. A lighthouse tattoo can be a great way to commemorate that.

On the other hand some get a lighthouse tattoo simply to represent their love of sailing, maritime life or to symbolise the ocean.

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