The pocket watch tattoo is a popular tattoo design that represents the passage of time and the idea of making the most out of time. It can also represent one’s personal values of traditionalism and nostalgia. Different variations of the tattoo have different meanings, but the overall idea generally remains the same. For example, some may add an hourglass, or a compass to the tattoo, which ties into the concept of spending time wisely. For some, the tattoo may be a reminder to take life day by day, while for others it can bring the idea of life being a journey that should be taken carefully and enjoyably.