Studio Nakamura

Uncle Knuckles – Navy on Off White

Uncle Knuckles is a collection of hand drawn art inspired by finger tattoos. Many of which were symbolic to sailors.

The Nautical Star was meant to help them get home safely. It is now a symbol of protection, guidance, and good luck.

The Swallow meant you would always find your way home. “Home” in this sense could mean home with your family or called home to God after death (it was believed that birds could carry souls of the departed to heaven).

The Anchor: In the Navy, sailors get an anchor tattoo after successfully crossing and returning from the Atlantic Ocean. An anchor is also the most secure object on the ship, so its image serves as an icon of stability and unfaltering faith. Sometimes you will see “MOM” or “DAD” written across the anchor in a banner because mom and dad are both reasons for staying grounded. You might also see a sweetheart’s name as well.

This design incorporates many of these icons, along with others that people favor pairing, when getting tattoos on their fingers. See also the “Uncle Knuckles – Hold Fast” design, which is another popular sailor, and gentleman’s finger tattoo.