The word pirate comes from the Latin "pirata" meaning marine adventurer. Some other names for a pirate were buccaneer, freebooter and skimmer. Nautical tattoo designs like pirates, buccaneers and skulls are still a strong favorite with tattoo enthusiasts around the world.
A pirate is one who robs or plunders at sea without a commission from a recognized sovereign nation. Pirates usually target other ships, but have also attacked targets on shore. These acts are known as piracy. Unlike the stereotypical pirate with cutlass and masted sailing ship, today most pirates get about in speedboats wearing balaclavas instead of bandanas, using AK-47s rather than cutlasses.
Below you will find a gallery of inspirational images that will help you in your quest of creating the perfect Nautical tattoo.