Well, it was used like that, because people didn’t want to display it but at the same time they felt the need to carry a representation of their faith. This way, they kept their faith and pride of being faithful intact without other people knowing.
The most common meaning of the anchor is the one of stability and power, brought by its function of holding one vessel in one place.
People get anchor tattoos to show that they reached such a point of stability in their lives or maybe that they are searching for one that keeps them holding tight when times get rough. Also, some persons have an anchor tattooed on their body to remind them of someone they lost or dedicated to someone who represented a standing pillar in their lives. This reminder has the purpose of bringing strength and optimism in whichever situation.
Another deep meaning of the anchor is the one that shows a strong will and power when facing abuse and discrimination. The anchor symbol shows that the person bearing it has a mentality that protects him or her of any kind of abuse.
Of course that its relation to the sea comes always to mind when seeing an anchor, so the symbolism of the vast, deep, blue sea is associated with the anchor. If you decide to get an anchor tattoo because you consider its symbolism meaningful to you, then there are many options of design available. You can get a simple one, but also customize it with different other symbols such as a rose, a snake, a rope or a ladder, adding thus a deeper and more personal touch to your tattoo. Try a temporary anchor tattoo before getting the real one, it is easy to remove and you can see where it would fit you best. We have many designs for you!