When we mention tattoos, at least 50% of people are likely to introduce themselves to seafarers (another 50% introduce themselves to Amy Winehouse). Sailors are known to sometimes wear very eye-catching and often not charming inks. Anchor tattoos are certainly her favorites. The point of her tattoo is not to show the beauty of the image, but to have a strong bond with the person wearing the ink. Anchor tattoos are not just a symbol nowadays that sailors have on their hands. They are a commercial tattoo, very popular in different versions and stylizations.
This type of artwork is rarely used as an isolated image. Instead, tattooists often use it as part of a more complex image or composition. The anchor can be seen surrounded by seahorses, flowers, as part of a tribal composition or even heart-shaped (different stylizations are possible).
Since the anchor tattoo has a negative context (because seafarers or prisoners used to wear it), the fact that they're modern again is pretty intriguing. It is certainly noticeable that anchors look very different today than in the past. They are simplified, often executed in different colors and very subtly designed. You usually see these tattoos on the forearm, ankle, thigh or back.
In the past, 99% of anchor tattoos were worn by men. Recently, however, more and more women have decided to wear anchor tattoos, but mostly in a very symbolistic or stylized version. Women tattoos show their nature, psychology, lifestyle and love of art. Therefore, this character, although not very feminine, can look very charming if done correctly.
If you're curious about where these tattoos come from, your answer is marine. However, the anchor tattoo doesn't just mean that the person wearing it is connected to the boats in some way. No, it actually means that the person with an anchor tattoo is the chosen one.
Here are some pictures of anchor tattoos, have fun.