"A Sailor without a tattoo is like a ship without grog: not seaworthy."Dating back as far as the sixteenth century, Tattooed Sailors have been sporting various tattoos and bringing these tribal ‘souvenirs’ from the Pacific islands back into Europe. Later on in the seventeenth century, written records spoke about the tattoos that were observed on indigenous people. They called this ‘tatus’ in the native Polynesian language.Compromised as they may seem, Tattooed Sailors had tattoos that once held significance...and occasionally still do, we suppose. At the height of the ship-faring age, symbols like the anchor and north star signified rank and experience. Others were meant to ward off bad fortunes at sea. Back in the day, sailors actually tattooed each other and had to make do with what they had, like gunpowder and...presumably urine (yuck!!)...for ink. A large portion of these tattoos were reminders used to mark a milestone in a sailor’s voyage or exude their patriotism. They were also there to remember certain triumphs or places they've set foot on.Check out the old photos down below to see just how these sailors remembered their journeys. Also, check out how ink has (or has not in your opinion) changed since then. It's actually quite interesting!