Ever Hear of the Pig and Rooster Tattoo?

by on Aug.26, 2011, under Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on August 26, 2011

Pig and Chicken Tattoo on the FeetI just learned of a nautical tattoo meaning that came as news to me.  It’s based on similar superstitions associated with nautical stars and mermaids.  There are usually multiple meanings associated with nautical images. Some begin with a superstition and evolve from there into what it means to people today.

So we all know how common and popular anchors, nautical stars, and mermaid tattoo work is, but are you familiar with the rooster and pig nautical tattoo?  I’ve never seen one and I wasn’t familiar with this nautical(?) tattoo or it’s meaning. The superstition is that the sailors knew that these two farm animals really hated the water. So, if they happen to find themselves overboard and in danger, their feet (as long as their feet were tattooed with these animals) would help them to reach safety quickly and get their asses to shore without harm. I thought it funny that sailors would have picked two farm animals to tattoo on their feet.  Why not a couple of sea mammals that would swim them to safety?

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xandy September 17, 2011 at 12:17 am

I like this tattoo picture.
nowdays, a lot of the people like flower tattoo or Dragon tattoos, or skull tattoos etc, but a few people get animal tattoo , in stance pig and chicken.
it is very creatful and cool!!!!!

repo33 October 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

There is actually a deeper meaning to the pig & the chicken tattoo with sailors. The animals were in well built wooden crates back in “the old days”. If the ship was attacked or otherwise destroyed the pigs and chickens would float away. Often they were the only souls to survive a shipwreck.

Chris December 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

This tattoo also means the sailor will always have his ham and eggs and wont go hungry. Normally it is done with the chicken on the right and the pig on the left. This signifies cock on the right never lose a fight, pig on the knee safety at sea. Repo33 is also correct. As an actual sailor, I get upset at some of these people getting tattoos, that have not earned them. I had to get 10,000 nautical miles under my belt before I could get my Sparrow’s.


Nate December 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

The funny thing about this picture is that it’s backwards!
Pig on the left and cock on the right! As the saying goes: Pig on the knee,
safety at sea. A cock on the right, never lose a fight.
Though often put on the ankles as well, this is the way to remember the entire story with the tats on the right sides. 😉

Reggie September 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Man…..im so sickened everytime i see some rockabilly hipster that has a huge hodgepodge of sailor tattoos. Fact is 90% of those people dont even know the neaning of what they have put on thier body! People paid MAJOR dies to have the RIGHT to ware those with pride! Chicken and pig ALWAYS on the feet! Fucking swallows,,,,,you better have sailed 10,000 nautical miles (i have),,,,,hold fast on the knucles,,,,,,better of had a fucking line in your hand at some point!,,,,,,knot of rope on your wrist,,,,bet’n you were never a deckhand!!! Thing is,,,,,this shit pisses people off who earned the right to have them!! Im pretty sure you’d understand why a Hells Angel, or Mongols M.C. tattoo design wouldnt be apropriate to get tattooed on you if you arent part of thier club right? So why the fuck is this o.k.? GOD DAMNED HIPSTERS STEALING PEOPLES CULTURE AND HARD DUES TO “LOOK COOL”………FUCK OFF

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