14 Magnificent Map Tattoos
These days, most people rely on GPS to get them from point A to point B, but there are those who still have a soft spot for good old fashioned maps. Here are some people who love cartography so much they got maps permanently inked into their skin.
1. The Traveler
Bill Passman is a world traveler who keeps track of his adventures with this massive back tattoo. Every time he visits a new country, he gets it shaded in. Based on his progress so far, it looks like Passman very well may be able to fill in his whole map within the next few years. The outlines were done by Mike at Tattoo Antigua in Antigua, Guatemala, and the colors were filled in by Natural Mystic Tattoo in Pineville, Louisiana.
2. Unraveling Earth's Mysteries
The stretched and squished proportions make this map completely unique and entirely beautiful, especially when viewed in full—the map explodes from an unraveled string of DNA. This lovely work was photographed by DeviantArtist ComaBlue.
3. The Weight of the World on His Shoulders
He may not have the whole world in his hands, but he's got it stretched across his back. No word on who did this tattoo, but the photographer and model are both Oliver Joe McLaughlin.
4. Worlds And Worlds
Photographer Denise Kreb's friend Maria has a lovely map tattoo on her back, which looks particularly impressive in front of a full-color world map.
5. Colors of the City
Deanna Wardin tattooed this beautiful watercolor version of a map of San Francisco on one lucky local's arm.
6. Beguiling Belgrade
This striking tattoo truly looks like a piece of abstract art. It was done by the Dark Arts Collective of Serbia.
7. Rounded Out
These beautiful stereographic hemispheres, complete with their own sea monsters, were tattooed by Adam Bomb of Milwaukee.
8. Traveling Lily
Compass alstroemeria doesn't have quite the same ring to it as a compass rose, but artist Alexander Lincoln Wolff's tattoo of a compass and a Peruvian Lily on a burnt map shows that any flower will work well as a navigational tool.
9. Surfing the World
Photographer Alan Light captured this fantastic photo of a surfer in Waikiki with a world map tattooed across his back. I have no information on the surfer or who did his work, but the photo is certainly impressive—it perfectly captures that surfer dream of catching the biggest waves across the globe.
10. National Pride
This break dancer has a map of the Philippines tattooed across his back, which is regularly on display during competitions. Like the surfer, there's no information on who he is or who did the work, but the photo was taken by DeviantArtist Schizoasylum.
11. Brazilian Beauty
Northeast Brazil is obviously home to this proud tattooee. Artist Alex Fontes of Arsenal Tattoo did a magnificent job capturing the terrain of Brazil in this impressive piece.
12. Kicking It Old School
This gal is obviously a fan of the classics—though she's obviously not into stuff that's too old or she would have left off the New World altogether. This wonderful map was inked by Karrie Lynne Whitfield.
13. Something Old and Something New
This tattoo by DeviantArtist Strangeris has the burned, frayed look of many classic maps, but the land masses look like they've been removed from the picture, giving the work an all new and intriguing look of its own.
14. Tools of the Trade
Paper maps, globes, and compasses were once all you could use to navigate the brave seas. Andrew Mitchell's cool navigation tattoo reminds us of the majesty of travel pre-GPS.