Wanderlust: a strong desire to travel. To see the world. To explore everything it has to offer. Tattoos have been associated with travel for centuries. Before body art became mainstream, sailors were one of the few “seedy” communities who embraced tattoos as a way to mark their adventures. If you share a sailor’s affinity for exploration and inking up, or if your 2018 New Year’s resolution is to go boldly where you’ve never gone before, consider rocking one of our wanderlust-inspired tattoos:
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir
This tattoo spells it out: you like to explore. Perfect for the avid hiker or mountain climber, treehugger or camper. This tat is named after explorer and conservationist John Muir, aka “John of the Mountains.” Muir was instrumental in establishing the National Parks Department. Early in his life he walked all the way from Indiana to Florida, sketching nature along the way, and in 1903 he spent 3 pivotal nights camping with President Theodore Roosevelt, during which he convinced Roosevelt to create Yosemite National Park. Muir is the founder of the Sierra Club, an organization that preserves land and advocates for environmental practices. If you believe in conservation, clean energy, the healing power of nature, and the importance of getting lost in the woods, you may be a modern day Muir, and this tat may be perfect for you.
Muir, 2.5 x 2.4 inches, $21
The world is a big place, but it’s never been easier to see all of it. With a tattoo of a world map, remind yourself of the beautiful places you’ve visited, the destinations you’ve yet to traverse, and your existence in the context of global affairs. These five maps come in a variety of artistic styles to fit your personality.
From top to bottom:
Fernweh, 3.5 x 3.4 inches, $23
Vale, 3.0 inches, $21
Wabi-Sabi, 1.5 x 1.0 inches, $19
Nomad, 2.8 x 1.5 inches, $21
Desideratum, 1.6 x 1.5inches, $19
As Dr. Seuss said, “You have brains in your head / You have feet in your shoes / You can steer yourself / any direction you choose.” So which direction will you go? If you’re a travel-junkie, you probably want to go in all directions. And—spoiler alert—you can. Sport this compass to remind yourself that adventure is waiting for you to the North, East, South, and West.
Dynasty, 2.6 x 2.6 inches, $21
Pansophy, 2.5 x 2.5 inches, $21
Whether you’re adventurous by nature or want to become more adventurous in 2018, this is the tattoo for you. Tell yourself, and the world, that you’re up for an adventure to a new part of your city or across the seas. The name of the tattoo, Fabular, means “relating to a story, novel, or written as a fable.” In this case, you have the chance to write an adventure-packed autobiography. Get inked, then pack your bags.
Fabular, 2.3 x 0.4 inches, $21
Are you a nomad? Can you pack your bags in fifteen minutes and be on a plane within the hour? If you harbor a deep desire to wander this vast country and this even vaster globe (or the infinite universe!), rock this “wanderlust” tattoo to nurture your adventurous spirit. Fun fact: this tattoo’s name, Milagro, means “miracle” in Spanish. As in, isn’t it a miracle that you can wake up one side of the world and go to bed in another? Or start the day on Earth and finish it on the International Space Station? Whether your ambitions are earthly or inter-galactic, this is the tat for you.
Milagro, 2.6 x 0.4 inches, $21
Leavin’ on a jet plane? Don’t know when you’ll be back again? Invest in this semi-permanent airplane tattoo and celebrate your love of travel. Perfect to spark memories of your favorite trip, or to remind yourself to save and plan for your next one.
Sortova, 1.5 x 1.75 inches, $19