The symbolism behind anchor tattoos includes maritime service in a seafaring agency such as a navy, strength, safety and security, according to Tattoo Easily. An anchor can also remind the someone that no matter how stormy life gets, he or she can persevere.
Thhe meaning of anchor tattoos has changed over time. According to the Guardian, 90 percent of those serving in the British Navy in the 1800s had some kind of sailing iconography tattooed on a body part. Anchors meant crossing the equator, the soul of a dead sailor or hope on the open seas. An anchor could also mean men would "anchor" themselves in stormy seas.