One of the most popular tattoos to this day is the star. Whether it be shooting, nautical, or your own variation, the star tattoo can come with a lot of meaning.
Probably the most popular is the nautical star: a five-pointed star with alternating color of dark and light. It is in fact a nod to the star of the American flag and used by the US Navy and Marine Corps.
Many use it to honor their lost loved ones over war, or to show their dedication to a person or their country.
Star Tattoo Design Ideas
However many new meanings have arisen along with variations of this popular tattoo. After all, there are many different kinds of stars. Lets look at some of the most popular types of star tattoos.
Star and Moon Tattoo
Many people see the star and moon similar to the ying and the yang. Equal forces that work together to make a whole. Many people will get the star and the moon on separate parts of their body that can come together when they need to feel serenity. For example, these tattoos on the fingers.
Star Tattoo with Infinity Symbol on Wrist
Many people put star tattoos on their wrist. In the 50s this was a symbolism for homosexuality, but in these days it is much more universal. Some can have similar meaning as to a yin and yang, like this tattoo does, or be more simple with no meaning.
Star, Moon, Sun and Water
Many people have a strong connection to the elements of the Earth and Universe. Using a star in collaboration with a moon, sun, and wave, is a representation of your connection with the outside world.
The Lone Star
Many people have a liking to their hometown of Texas, or the Lone Star State. The star, which is in general just another star, typically has some surrounding art work to coincide with it. Whether it be part of the Texas flag, or in the center of the states outline.
Dallas Star Tattoo
Speaking of Texas, there also is the Dallas Star which represents dedication to the football team the Dallas Cowboys. The star is recognizable by the outline of the star just a centimeter or two outside of the original star.
Star and Moon on Foot
Similar to the moon and star tattoos, these star on foot tattoos are connecting two people through the symbols theyve created. Stars on foot tattoos do not hold any specific meaning, but other are a choice place for a simple tattoo that can be seen easily.
Star of David
The star of David, or Shield of David, is a Jewish symbol that symbolizes the interaction between the Devine and human spirits. The six points of the star symbolize the days of the week with the center of the star symbolizing the Sabbath.
Star Tattoos for Women
Women have popularized the star tattoo to take on more than its original nautical meaning. Now star tattoos are much more of a fashion choice with stars placed in well-positioned areas can heighten a womans style.
A star with eight points is a symbol for fullness and regeneration. Those who choose it are acknowledging their need for fullness or a turning point in their life that feels as though they have regenerated.
Black Star Tattoo
There are different theories as to what the black star means. Some believe its the representation of the North star, a guiding light to help you along your way. While others do no believe it has any meaning, and only a unique way of showing your love for stars.
Colorful Trail of Stars
Many people get a trail of stars to symbolize different moments in their life. What might of started as one star slowly becomes more when their life takes new turns. It is a way of marking significant moments and a helpful way to remember them.
Constellation Stars Tattoo
Stars can be used to make a bigger whole. For example, this constellation on the back shoulder depicts a bear, the Ursa Major constellation. Many people feel connected to astronomy and the stars and want to share that with the world.
Small Star Tattoo
Smaller stars have become popular in the last few years. The main theory as to why has nothing to do with meaning or symbolism. Mainly, people want to have a tattoo without going too overboard. Small stars are an easy option for beginners when it comes to getting inked.
A septa-gram or seven pointed star tattoo is often associated with mysticism. While mostly it is also used to represent seven planets or Hindu chakras, it can also be used by itself.
While the nautical tattoo has direct relation to America, star tattoos can also be used to represent pride in other countries.
Stars Behind the Ear
Stars behind the ear are a popular place to receive a star tattoo but they have no official meaning. The meaning for placement is different for every person.
Outer Space Star
Often people enjoy the thought of outerspace and have a deep connection to it. Whether through Sci-Fi or astronomy, often people can get tattoos that show their dedication to the fun of space.
Compass Star Tattoo
Similar to the North Star, the compass star has meaning within direction. Many people get it as a symbol for a new turn in life or the thought of a guiding force that is helping them.
Star Tattoo on Sleeve
Here is a star sleeve tattoo that helps put dedication to fallen friends and lovers. While there is no specific meaning to why stars are used on a sleeve, often people see them as the specific dedication to one person.
Star on Shoulder
The star on shoulder tattoo is a good positioning for a tattoo as its easy to choose if you want it to be seen or not. As for meaning, the position does not matter.