Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama is a Brazilian multi-sport organization based in the city of Rio de Janeiro, founded on August 21, 1898 by a group of rowers. The team's name was inspired by Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese navigator who discovered the sea route to the Indies.
Its shield, composed of a black background and a white diagonal, pays homage to Vasco da Gama and the great Portuguese navigations, represented by the image of a caravel.
The colors have deep meanings: black refers to the unknown seas of the Orient, while the white of the diagonal strip refers to the discovered route to the Indies. In addition, the colors are also associated with ethnicity (since it was the first club in Brazil to fight against racial and social prejudice).
On the caravel, there is the image of a Cross Pátea or Templar, which symbolizes the Military Order of Christ, which was both religious and warlike. It was printed on the imperial flag and in some cities and municipalities in Brazil.
Meaning of the Vasco symbol tattoo:
- Vasco da Gama
- Portuguese Navigations