A compass rose tattoo is a tattoo of a map symbol that explains map orientation. The common compass rose has four points showing north, east, south and west. The compass rose as a tattoo can be a reminder to the wearer to keep moving in a desired direction.
The compass rose can be drawn or inked in intricate and ornate ways. Some of the nautical compass roses in the past had 32 cardinal directions. These showed not only north, south, east and west, but also some of the major variations of paths in between. The geometric symbol can be drawn in a way to appear 3D with shading, which is a popular theme in tattooing.