Star tattoos are generally an illustration of a version of the real star seen in the sky over the earth, but their meaning to the individual can differ significantly.
People choose to get star tattoos for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s a tribute to a favorite childhood memory, a symbol of allegiance to a country, a representation of religious beliefs, or simply for the love of outer space, stars have come to represent many ideas and lifestyles. For that reason, they also make for great tattoos. Because stars can be as large, small, simple, or intricate as you desire, there are countless options for tattoo design and placement on your body.
Certain star and star patterns (constellations) hold significance to astronomers, astrologers, navigators, and stargazers. The historical importance of the star(s) to humans dates back thousands of years. Because of the long history, the star has become enmeshed in our culture in various ways.
Like many real earthly objects, each culture develops its symbolic meaning, rituals, and possible myths about them. Humans observe the movement of the stars and significant events of stars. For instance, when the earth rotates and the constellations visible from our geographical location change, we notice. More exciting, we watch for that shooting or falling star that momentarily seems breathtaking. Such a simple little thing evokes a powerful feeling within us. If you’re lucky enough to see a milky way, for instance, or the aurora borealis, you will never forget the image. The adrenaline rush implants a lifetime memory that will translate sometime in your life to a tattoo; if you’re a lover of body art.
Types and Meanings of Star Tattoos
Nautical star tattoos are a common tattoo inked these days. This tattoo has a long history of sailing. Back in the day, the sailors had to navigate visibility at night by the stars using the North Star as a bearing to find their way home. For most people, nautical stars represent a safe return home. Nautical star tattoo designs are a popular choice with soldiers in the military. They wear the tattoo on their wrist to remind themselves to look and keep looking so they can make it back home too.
Shooting star tattoos are most often seen for their symbolic meaning; rather than meteors traveling through the night sky. Every child at one time or another has the desire to be a star at something. Shooting stars are a great way to show that you are reaching for the stars or representing a fleeting moment in one’s life. Traditionally shooting star tattoos had meanings like changes in one’s life, new birth, or a desire for a better life. These tattoos look great in a single or multiple shooting stars with long trails fading away from view.
Tribal star tattoo designs would look fabulous incorporated into any tribal tattoo. Their geometric shape lends itself perfectly to most tribal designs.
Star Tattoos for Men
Star tattoo designs for men would most likely include the nautical star, representing professions traditionally held by men. The shooting star, the falling star, and the North Star tattoos would all show your masculine side.
This was the name of the nautical before people starting calling it that.
Flower and Stars
Flower and star tattoos offer the best of both worlds, especially for women. Including star tattoos and their design and your favorite flower can give extra special meaning that you may want.
This tattoo is currently trending, and the meaning is unclear. It seems to have mysterious implications for many different groups who have adopted it as their own. Many women are getting inked with the three-star tattoos upon their pelvic areas, right and left hip, and center and don’t discuss why. It just looks cool, and guys like it.
Star sign tattoos are another of saying astrological sign tattoos. So, if you are interested in having a tattoo of your astrological sign, star sign tattoos would be the way to go.
Multiple stars are popular today for a couple of reasons. One, they look great as body art, and secondly, you can use a star to signify each important event or step in your life, kind of like a notch on your gun for a guy and a birthing mark for a woman.
Small Star Tattoos
Star Tattoo Coloring
When considering ink color for any star tattoos, we’ll need to look at the types of designs listed above: Nautical Star, Shooting Star, Tribal Star, Flower and Stars, Falling Stars, Three Stars, Star Signs, and Multiple Stars. Nautical tattoos are seen in virtually every color but must have at least a different shade for depth. Shooting star tattoo designs don’t necessarily need color but are stunning with it. Flower and stars looks great in color.
Placement of Star Tattoos
For some reason, star tattoos are most commonly seen on both men and women on their upper torso. Placements for men are their chest, back, shoulders, and wrist. Women prefer their abdomen, neck, face, hip, shoulder blades, and navel area. The size of your tattoo design also dictates the placement.