Star Tattoos

Star tattoo design


Star tattoos are popular tattoo designs for women as well as men. They are a good choice for a first tattoo because a star is usually small in design and doesn't have to be very complicated; a small and simple black star tattoo can be very striking.

The star is one of the oldest symbols and a significant image in many religions and belief systems. Stars have always been awe inspiring, even today, when we have the science to help us understand what they are.

Before modern times, humans looked up at the sky and tried to explain that magnificent view with the help of mythology and religion. That's why stars became such a powerful symbol. They are universal symbols, not tied to a specific religion or culture, and can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.


Shooting Star Tattoos

Everyone knows a shooting star is a meteor entering our atmosphere, but that's not what you think about when you get a shooting star tattoo.

Shooting star tattoos are a symbol for:

Often a shooting star incorporates a ‘trail’ of smaller stars or stardust, a great way for a tattoo to cover a slightly larger area but still remain subtle.

Shooting star tattoos are usually worn by girls on an arm, leg, foot, wrist, on the side or on the lower back. They are not very masculine, so not a lot of men have them.



Here's a gallery with designs and pictures:


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Shooting Stars Shooting star tattoo Shooting star tattoo on a girl's foot
Shooting stars tattoo Shooting star tattoo Stardust tattoo design
Shooting Star & Stardust


Nautical Star Tattoos

The nautical star tattoo is the most masculine design amongst star tattoos. It is a five-pointed star, the points are split in half and filled with an alternating color (usually black-red or black-white), creating a 3d illusion.

A little bit about the history of nautical star tattoos: In the early days of tattooing they used to be popular amongst sailors, who had them for guidance and protection (Sailor Jerry is a famous tattoo artist from those days).

Sailors used stars and the North Star (aka Polaris) for navigation, so it's not hard to see why so many of them have star tattoos. The tattoos function as a guide to get the sailors back home safely. Soldiers have them for the same reason. Swallow tattoos also have a similar kind of nautical history.


Here's a gallery of nautical star tats (click pics to enlarge):


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Shooting nautical star tattoo Nautical Star And Wings Tattoo Nautical star tattoo design


Today, people have nautical star tattoos for similar reasons, though its meaning can vary slightly:

The nautical star is also a popular punk rock tattoo design.


Star of Life Tattoos

The star of life is a six-pointed star, usually blue and has the Rod of Asclepius in the middle. It represents and is usually worn by emergency medical personnel. The Rod of Asclepius is a symbol of medicine and healing. It's a snake entwined around a stick.

Each of the 6 points of the star has a meaning, as you can see in the following image:


Star of Life Tattoos



Moon Star Tattoos & Other Combinations

The possibilities of combinations in star tattoo designs are endless, but there are some symbols that you'll see more often combined with stars:

Here's some tattoo flash as examples (click designs to enlarge):


Music star tattoo


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Moon Star Sun Tattoo Star Clouds Tattoo



Lower Back & Tribal Star Tattoos

Tribal tattoos were the most popular kind of tattoo in the 90s, but you see them (new ones) less often nowadays. Lower back tattoos are still very popular among girls these days.


Lower back star tattoo


Here are some examples of tribal star tattoos:


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Paisley star tattoo design Star tattoo with tribal (for lower back) Tribal stars tattoo

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Pentagram Tattoos

Pentagram tattoo

Another star tattoo with a religious and spiritual meaning is the pentagram tattoo.

The pentagram (aka pentangle), a five-pointed star, has been used as a symbol by many religions and cultures throughout history, it's one of the oldest symbols in the world.

Here's an overview of the different symbolic meanings of the pentagram:


Star Tattoo Ideas

Here's a gallery with more star tattoo ideas:


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Star tattoos on a girl's shoulder Shooting star tattoo on a girl's neck Tribal star tattoo design on a woman's shoulder
Stars tattoo design (black and white) Moon and stars tattoo flash Swirly star tattoo (purple)
Stars tattoo design on a woman's shoulder Feminine tribal star tattoo Stars tattoo on a girl's neck and back
Stars Tattoo Idea Swirly star tattoo design Star tattoo design


Famous Star Tattoos

The 56 Star Girl

Star Girl

Star Girl

An 18 year old Belgian girl called Kimberley became world famous in a couple of days because of her tattoo story, that goes like this:

Kimberley went to a local tattoo artist because she wanted 3 colored dots tattooed on her face. The tattoo artist convinced her to have 3 stars instead of dots. What follows is a bit unclear, but she claims she fell asleep or passed out... Anyway, when she woke up she discovers she has 56 stars on the left side of her face!

This is a very strange story... Why would a tattoo artist do such a thing anyway and how can you fall asleep while having a tattoo? Some people say the whole story is a hoax orchestrated by a local radio station...

Update: Kimberley confessed "off camera" that she didn't fall asleep and that she made up the whole story because she was afraid of her father's reaction. She wanted the stars tattoo and actually liked it in the beginning. She is now having the tattoo removed (laser removal), a process that will take about 2 years, but should bring her face in the original condition. She says she wants to keep the stars above her eyes...



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