Hey. Hey guys.
I think my limited knowledge of sailor tattoos has finally come in handy!
Shutter Island. I never noticed these tattoos before. If I’m not mistaken, that’s a swallow on the right (or his left) of his chest. A single swallow would mean he’s travelled over 5,000 nautical miles. Two swallows are 10,000 nautical miles. Those swallow tattoos, usually on the chest or neck, were used as a way to show off your seafaring abilities/experience.
The tattoo on the left (his right) looks like a nautical star. I don’t know the exact meaning of that one, but I’ve heard it’s similar to the old compass roses that you would see on maps. Perhaps it’s a symbol of how he’s living his life (he being the character Leonardo DiCaprio is playing — I keep wanting to call him Danny Archer but THAT’S NOT HIM).
Anyway, yaaaaaay. (All credit, however, must go to N’kio, because he was the prompt for me to learn more about things like this.)
If this is wrong I’m going to be a sad, sad Chloe.