A compass tattoo is a symbolic representation of a globetrotter who loves to explore the world. Sailors have been known to ink themselves with compass tattoos so as not to get lost while braving the unpredictable seas. In general, compass tattoos symbolize direction, guidance, protection, and safe journey.
Whether you’re an adventurer who wants to express your wanderlust or simply a person who appreciates meaningful, thought-provoking tattoos, these compass tattoos will enrich your imagination and give you ideas on what tattoos to choose next.
Basic Arm Tattoo
This blackwork tattoo looks simple and best suits the forearm, leg, or foot.
Alluring Side Chest Tattoo
An arrow pierces through a compass in this symbolic and alluring tattoo located on the side of the body.
Realistic 3D Compass, Map, and Rope Tattoo
This nautical tattoo boasts realistic shading and makes for an excellent choice for an arm sleeve.
Feminine Foot Tattoo With Floral Design Elements
If you’re looking for a lighthearted tattoo with a feminine touch, this colorful floral compass tattoo is a great option.
Floral-Themed Upper Chest Tattoo
Flowers and leaves are common elements found in many compass tattoos.
Matching Compass and Clock Wrist Tattoos
These matching wrist tattoos feature florals and scroll-style quotations.
“Stay True” Quote Upper Chest Tattoo
This upper chest tattoo delivers the message of staying true to yourself and being who you are.
Nautical Compass Tattoo
This upper arm tattoo showcases a compass in the middle of a ship’s anchor and surrounded by flowers.
Masculine Nautical Arm Tattoo
Dark shading makes this compass tattoo stand out and easily noticeable.
Map and Compass Upper Back Tattoo
The map appears like it’s peeling off the skin, creating a more interesting back tattoo.
Captivating Floral Compass Thigh Tattoo
This seductive lap tattoo is characterized by rich pink, green, and silver colors.
3D Arm Tattoo
This arm sleeve uses realistic tattooing techniques.
Unique Upper Arm Compass Tattoo
Clear black outlines and dark shades lend distinctive beauty to this upper arm tattoo.
Eye-Catching Back Tattoo
This blackwork tattoo relies on simplicity, making it a perfect choice for anyone who wants an impressive tattoo without much colors.
Geometric Compass Arm Tattoo
Geometric shapes differentiate this compass tattoo and make it look well-balanced.
Simple Foot Tattoo
A well-proportioned compass tattoo is always a safe option when you want to imprint something on your foot.
Cute Wrist Tattoo
This tiny compass tattoo is barely noticeable, and it’s very easy to hide with a watch or bracelet.
Simplistic Nape of the Neck Tattoo
Two arrow converge in this nape tattoo, which also features very simple lettering of the four directions.
Eye-Popping 3D Arm Tattoo
A realistic 3D tattoo is often pleasing to the eye, and it usually draws attention.
Heavily Shaded Compass Arm Tattoo
This arm tattoo showcases predominantly dark shades.
Symmetrical Compass Arm Tattoo
This geometric tattoo illustrates proportional shapes.
Magnificent 3D Design With Rope and Map Design Elements
An impressive sight at first glance, this shoulder tattoo portrays a 3D compass illustration along with thick ropes and a map backdrop featuring orange and yellow hues.
Simple and Clean Leg Tattoo
Believed to represent the North Star, this star compass tattoo is symbolic and meaningful.
Black Arm Tattoo With a Tinge of Red
A small pop of red adds a hint of color to this blackwork compass tattoo.
Creative Mechanical Arm Tattoo
This well-crafted and highly artistic design reveals the intricate inner mechanism of a compass.
Inspirational Quotation Around a Compass
This star compass tattoo features dotwork style and shows off an inspirational phrase encircling the compass.
Another dotwork-style tattoo that depicts the compass as the North Star.
Mandala Compass Back Tattoo
The upper back is the perfect body area to showcase this mandala tattoo.
Black-Inked Upper Chest Tattoo
Tiny black-shaded arrows serve as markers pointing to the four directions in this star compass tattoo.
Lovely Upper Arm Compass Tattoo
A feather lies at the tip of the arrow in this arm compass tattoo.
Beautiful Watercolor-Style Compass Tattoo
The use of watercolor tattooing technique adds color and creativity to this star compass tattoo.
Colorful Floral-Themed Tattoo
Flowers add a touch of femininity to this beautiful compass tattoo.
Black and Gray Compass Tattoo
Dark black and gray shading characterize this star compass tattoo.
Simple Arm Tattoo With Cursive Markings
A simple but well-thought-out choice to adorn your arm.
Arrow and Compass Back Tattoo
A back tattoo never fails to add allure, especially when you wear swimsuits and backless outfits.
Lower Arm Sleeve Map and Compass Tattoo
This arm sleeve showcases a combination of a timepiece, map, and compass.
Back Compass Tattoo With Arrow and Fancy Lettering
A fancy arrow and curvy lettering characterize this back tattoo.
Clean, Print-Like “Lost Card” Style Tattoo
This wrist tattoo looks rather modern, as it shows off a print-like style.
Colorful Nautical Tattoo
Ropes and a ship’s anchor are common elements found in most compass tattoos.
Basic Arm Compass Tattoo
This is a simplistic star compass tattoo without much shading.
Motivational Back Tattoo
This tattoo features the inspirational quote “There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going,” making it a perfect choice if you want a well-thought-out tattoo that reflects your positive and strong personality.
Classic Map and Compass Tattoo
Another shoulder tattoo that depicts the essence of traveling with its map and compass design.
Geometric Arrow and Compass Tattoo
This geometric tattoo features an arrow that points to a downward direction.
3D Compass, Map, and Paper Airplane Side Abdomen Tattoo
The paper airplane depicts air travel, while the map and compass represent the journey to various destinations.
Cute Ankle Tattoo
This small ankle tattoo looks cute and simple.
Creative Compass, Ship’s Wheel, and Timepiece Tattoo
The ship’s wheel symbolizes travel over the seas, while the intertwining of the watch and compass portray the time and direction.
Proportional Compass Back Leg Tattoo
This back leg compass tattoo boasts clean lines and shading.
Whimsical and Colorful Compass Tattoo
A colorful arm tattoo with more curves rather than rigid lines.
Masculine 3D Upper Chest Compass and Rope Tattoo
This upper chest and shoulder tattoo exudes 3D charm.
Inspirational “Never Lose” Compass Tattoo
Accentuated by the phrase “Never Lost,” this tattoo likely means the person is always guided and heading toward the right direction.
Geometric and Watercolor Style Side Abdomen Tattoo
Splashes of colors encircle this wonderful compass tattoo.
Ferocious Compass and Lion Arm Tattoo
The addition of the face of a lion makes this arm tattoo look more masculine and gives the person an air of strength and authority.
Mandala Shoulder Blade Tattoo
This mandala shoulder tattoo features curvy shapes and a broken circular outline.
Realistic 3D Compass Tattoo
At first glance, this piece of art doesn’t quite look like a tattoo as it’s impressively inked with a realistic effect.
Blue and Black Watercolor Arm Tattoo
Blue is the perfect hue to represent the color of the ocean, making it an excellent choice to liven up and add meaning to this watercolor arm tattoo.
Simplistic Ankle Tattoo
This simple black and gray upper ankle tattoo gives new meaning in putting your best foot forward.
Pirate-Themed Back Tattoo
If you’re fond of pirate stories and you yearn to explore the seas like pirates, this pirate-themed back tattoo is an excellent design. The quote “give up the life you planned for the life that’s waiting for you” implies that you should pursue a life of freedom instead of trudging a cookie-cutter path.
Symmetrical Compass Tattoo
A very artistic tattoo that shows the skilled craftsmanship of a tattoo artist.
Enticing Thigh Tattoo
If you want to spice up your look, especially during summer months, this compass tattoo on the lap is a great choice.
Geometric Compass Tattoo
This compass tattoo shows off clean lines and ample shading.
Amazingly Artistic Dream Catcher-Style Compass Tattoo
Another amazingly artistic tattoo that gives a twist to the compass tattoo by depicting a star compass inside a dream catcher, which is believed to “catch” bad dreams so a person sleeps soundly each night. Feathers and pink flowers complete the look of this fantastic thigh tattoo.
Black-Inked Arm Tattoo
A dotwork-style tattoo that’s placed under the upper arm.
Meaningful Wanderlust Shoulder Tattoo
“Not all those who wander are lost” is a thought-provoking quotation that perfectly suits this compass tattoo, as it means that travelers who “wander” and explore various places know that they are following their dreams and passion.
Vintage Compass and Map Shoulder Tattoo
A touch of realism makes this shoulder tattoo easily noticeable. Like most other tattoos on this list, a map accompanies the compass, thus symbolizing journey, direction, and wanderlust.
Creative Forest-Themed Compass Tattoo
Twigs and flowers crawl around this beautiful watercolor-style arm tattoo.
Attention-Grabbing Watercolor Back Tattoo
Another stunning watercolor tattoo with predominantly splashes of black, blue, and purple hues.
Color Splash Back Tattoo
The back of this person appears like a gorgeous canvas splattered by hints of black, blue, red, pink, and orange colors.
Colorful Compass Tattoo
Warm colors such as sky blue, orange, and yellow are common hues found in watercolor compass tattoos, as they are the colors of the ocean and sky.
Simple Arrow and Compass Back Tattoo
Pointing downward, this arrow and compass tattoo lies right in the middle of the back, creating a sense of balance.
Detailed Map and Compass Arm Tattoo
Brown and black shades meld together in this compass and map tattoo.
Fancy Upper Back Compass Tattoo
A cute compass tattoo with cursive writing that’s perfect for a lady.
Eye-Popping 3D Arm Sleeve
Featuring a combination of 3D and watercolor techniques, this stunning arm sleeve is amazingly brought to life. Tinges of blue run up the arm, while a wavy reflection of the compass can be seen near the wrist, giving the illusion of a compass lying near the seashore and beneath blue skies.
3D Chains Wrapped Around the Arm
If you don’t look closely, you’ll likely think that this realistic compass is simply an accessory rather than a tattoo. Skillful shading makes compass tattoo pop out and look like it’s wrapped around the arm.
Stars and Metal Artwork
Stars and distinctive shapes make this shoulder tattoo stand out.
Proportional Arm Tattoo
This star compass tattoo looks like a shield protecting the arm.
Ancient-Like Compass on the Back
With its distinctive shapes and lines, this black and gray tattoo looks quite unique.
Dark Shades With a Hint of Floral Femininity
Roses and flowers are typical elements found in many compass tattoos.
This dotwork tattoo looks simple but rather appealing.
Watercolor and 3D Style
Slashes of red add color to this compass tattoo placed on the hand.
Grid Map Behind a Compass and Roses
Another arm tattoo that creatively combines the image of a compass with map and floral elements.
Geometric Artwork on the Thigh
This lap tattoo evokes a sense of proportion and tranquility.
Dark Floral Compass Tattoo
Whether you’re a man or a woman, a floral compass tattoo is a perfect representation of your love for travel.
Realistic Compass on a Nottingham, England Grid Map
To personalize your compass tattoo, it’s a great idea to ink the name of your hometown or any particular location that’s special to you, especially your favorite travel destination or a place that you’ve always wanted to visit. This person’s arm tattoo features the map and name of Nottingham, England, which gives the impression that the person is from this city.
Lush Leaves Surrounding a Compass
Instead of roses or other flowers, this shoulder and arm tattoo focuses on using thick leaves to highlight the compass.
Leaves, and Flowers Intertwining With a Compass
“What’s done is done” is a meaningful phrase that heavily implies acceptance of the past and encourages us to move forward. If you’ve done something before that you don’t want to regret anymore, this quotation is a wonderful addition to a compass tattoo. Flowers and leaves intertwined with the compass in this person’s nape tattoo breathe life into the tattoo.
Cute Arrow and Compass Forearm Tattoo
Instead of using the typical star compass or realistic compass, this tattoo uses a feathery arrow and triangular shapes, in which some are shaded while others are not.
Compass With a Bead Chain
This tattoo doesn’t exactly look impressive and the shape of the compass is far from perfect, but the use of a bead chain adds a bit of impact.
Pearl-Embellished Compass on the Foot
Round beads accentuate this compass tattoo on the foot.
Impressive Compass Back Tattoo Featuring Ancient Lettering
Ancient-like symbols and sharp pointed edges give an edge to this fierce back compass tattoo.
Seductive Feathery Compass on the Side of the Leg
Dark-shaded feathers run down the lap and add texture to this very alluring star compass tattoo.