90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

By | 29 Oktober 2018

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This blackwork tattoo looks simple and best suits the forearm, leg, or foot.

Alluring Side Chest Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This nautical tattoo boasts realistic shading and makes for an excellent choice for an arm sleeve.

Feminine Foot Tattoo With Floral Design Elements

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Flowers and leaves are common elements found in many compass tattoos.

Matching Compass and Clock Wrist Tattoos

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

These matching wrist tattoos feature florals and scroll-style quotations.

“Stay True” Quote Upper Chest Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This upper chest tattoo delivers the message of staying true to yourself and being who you are.

Nautical Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This upper arm tattoo showcases a compass in the middle of a ship’s anchor and surrounded by flowers.

Masculine Nautical Arm Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Dark shading makes this compass tattoo stand out and easily noticeable.

Map and Compass Upper Back Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

The map appears like it’s peeling off the skin, creating a more interesting back tattoo.

Captivating Floral Compass Thigh Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This seductive lap tattoo is characterized by rich pink, green, and silver colors.

3D Arm Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This arm sleeve uses realistic tattooing techniques.

Unique Upper Arm Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Clear black outlines and dark shades lend distinctive beauty to this upper arm tattoo.

Eye-Catching Back Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Geometric shapes differentiate this compass tattoo and make it look well-balanced.

Simple Foot Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A well-proportioned compass tattoo is always a safe option when you want to imprint something on your foot.

Cute Wrist Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Two arrow converge in this nape tattoo, which also features very simple lettering of the four directions.

Eye-Popping 3D Arm Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A realistic 3D tattoo is often pleasing to the eye, and it usually draws attention.

Heavily Shaded Compass Arm Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This arm tattoo showcases predominantly dark shades.

Symmetrical Compass Arm Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This geometric tattoo illustrates proportional shapes.

Magnificent 3D Design With Rope and Map Design Elements

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Believed to represent the North Star, this star compass tattoo is symbolic and meaningful.

Black Arm Tattoo With a Tinge of Red

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A small pop of red adds a hint of color to this blackwork compass tattoo.

Creative Mechanical Arm Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This well-crafted and highly artistic design reveals the intricate inner mechanism of a compass.

Inspirational Quotation Around a Compass

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This star compass tattoo features dotwork style and shows off an inspirational phrase encircling the compass.

Dotwork Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Another dotwork-style tattoo that depicts the compass as the North Star.

Mandala Compass Back Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

The upper back is the perfect body area to showcase this mandala tattoo.

Black-Inked Upper Chest Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Tiny black-shaded arrows serve as markers pointing to the four directions in this star compass tattoo.

Lovely Upper Arm Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A feather lies at the tip of the arrow in this arm compass tattoo.

Beautiful Watercolor-Style Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

The use of watercolor tattooing technique adds color and creativity to this star compass tattoo.

Colorful Floral-Themed Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Flowers add a touch of femininity to this beautiful compass tattoo.

Black and Gray Compass Tattoo

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Dark black and gray shading characterize this star compass tattoo.

Simple Arm Tattoo With Cursive Markings

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A simple but well-thought-out choice to adorn your arm.

Arrow and Compass Back Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A back tattoo never fails to add allure, especially when you wear swimsuits and backless outfits.

Lower Arm Sleeve Map and Compass Tattoo

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This arm sleeve showcases a combination of a timepiece, map, and compass.

Back Compass Tattoo With Arrow and Fancy Lettering

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A fancy arrow and curvy lettering characterize this back tattoo.

Clean, Print-Like “Lost Card” Style Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This wrist tattoo looks rather modern, as it shows off a print-like style.

Colorful Nautical Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Ropes and a ship’s anchor are common elements found in most compass tattoos.

Basic Arm Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This is a simplistic star compass tattoo without much shading.

Motivational Back Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Another shoulder tattoo that depicts the essence of traveling with its map and compass design.

Geometric Arrow and Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This geometric tattoo features an arrow that points to a downward direction.

3D Compass, Map, and Paper Airplane Side Abdomen Tattoo

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The paper airplane depicts air travel, while the map and compass represent the journey to various destinations.

Cute Ankle Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This small ankle tattoo looks cute and simple.

Creative Compass, Ship’s Wheel, and Timepiece Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

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This back leg compass tattoo boasts clean lines and shading.

Whimsical and Colorful Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A colorful arm tattoo with more curves rather than rigid lines.

Masculine 3D Upper Chest Compass and Rope Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This upper chest and shoulder tattoo exudes 3D charm.

Inspirational “Never Lose” Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Splashes of colors encircle this wonderful compass tattoo.

Ferocious Compass and Lion Arm Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This mandala shoulder tattoo features curvy shapes and a broken circular outline.

Realistic 3D Compass Tattoo 

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This simple black and gray upper ankle tattoo gives new meaning in putting your best foot forward.

Pirate-Themed Back Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A very artistic tattoo that shows the skilled craftsmanship of a tattoo artist.

Enticing Thigh Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This compass tattoo shows off clean lines and ample shading.

Amazingly Artistic Dream Catcher-Style Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A dotwork-style tattoo that’s placed under the upper arm.

Meaningful Wanderlust Shoulder Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

“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

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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

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Twigs and flowers crawl around this beautiful watercolor-style arm tattoo.

Attention-Grabbing Watercolor Back Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Another stunning watercolor tattoo with predominantly splashes of black, blue, and purple hues.

Color Splash Back Tattoo

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The back of this person appears like a gorgeous canvas splattered by hints of black, blue, red, pink, and orange colors.

Colorful Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Brown and black shades meld together in this compass and map tattoo.

Fancy Upper Back Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

A cute compass tattoo with cursive writing that’s perfect for a lady.

Eye-Popping 3D Arm Sleeve

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Stars and distinctive shapes make this shoulder tattoo stand out.

Proportional Arm Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This star compass tattoo looks like a shield protecting the arm.

Ancient-Like Compass on the Back

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

With its distinctive shapes and lines, this black and gray tattoo looks quite unique.

Dark Shades With a Hint of Floral Femininity

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Roses and flowers are typical elements found in many compass tattoos.

Simple Dotwork

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This dotwork tattoo looks simple but rather appealing.

Watercolor and 3D Style

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Slashes of red add color to this compass tattoo placed on the hand.

Grid Map Behind a Compass and Roses 

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

Another arm tattoo that creatively combines the image of a compass with map and floral elements.

Geometric Artwork on the Thigh

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

This lap tattoo evokes a sense of proportion and tranquility.

Dark Floral Compass Tattoo

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

“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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

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Round beads accentuate this compass tattoo on the foot.

Impressive Compass Back Tattoo Featuring Ancient Lettering

90 Artistic and Eye-Catching Compass Tattoo Designs

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

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Dark-shaded feathers run down the lap and add texture to this very alluring star compass tattoo.

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