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Updated on February 4, 2016

Meaning

There are several reasons and meanings behind star tattoos. You could look at them as signifying the hope to being a star or your goals and determination to reach for the stars (no pun intended) and to be all that you can be. Otherwise, for the most part, the meaning behind a star will depend on the type of star.

  • It can be as simple as the choice to study in astronomy, or as complicated as to signify the birth a child.
  • They can represent a significant change in one's life or a desire to achieve high goals. Maybe it represents a bright and shining point in your life.
  • The number of points the star has can also determine the meaning. (See below).

Of course, like with any other tattoo, stars don't have to have a particular meaning, it can just be a pretty design.

Pictures

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(by Ryan Krebs, Electric Babylon, Winnipeg, MB, Canada)(by Cliff (Z) Ziegler, Zebra Tattooz, Streetsboro, Ohio)(by unknown)(by Rene, Revolutionary Tattoos, 13382 s.w. 288th St. Homestead, Fl, 33033)(by Charlie, Aces High, Wales)
(by Ryan Krebs, Electric Babylon, Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
(by Ryan Krebs, Electric Babylon, Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
(by Cliff (Z) Ziegler, Zebra Tattooz, Streetsboro, Ohio)
(by Cliff (Z) Ziegler, Zebra Tattooz, Streetsboro, Ohio)
(by unknown)
(by unknown)
(by Rene, Revolutionary Tattoos, 13382 s.w. 288th St. Homestead, Fl, 33033)
(by Rene, Revolutionary Tattoos, 13382 s.w. 288th St. Homestead, Fl, 33033)
(by Charlie, Aces High, Wales)
(by Charlie, Aces High, Wales)
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Types

  • Shooting star. Shooting stars tend to be associated with a moment in time that left a lasting impression. Whether that be a short romance, a special event, a person, job, anything else that may have changed the person's life.
  • Nautical star. Before modern navigation, sailors navigated by using the stars—usually the North Star. They often got tattoos of nautical stars in a superstitious sense, hoping that the star would help them get home safely. It is often a symbol of protection and guidance. Some see them as a means to create your own path. They are often referred to as compass stars, which were similar to the nautical star in that sailors used them to help guide their way in the night.
  • Pentagram. This type depends on whether the pentagram points up or down. A downward facing one is thought to mimic a ram's head and is often seen as the sign of the Devil. Otherwise, the pentagram is often seen as a symbol of protection and balance. Its five points are often thought to resemble the four elements and with the fifth top point representing the Spirit, who resides over the other elements.
  • Hexagram or The Star of David. Also known as the Shield of David, this is a strong symbol of Judaism. The six-sided star symbolizes the interaction of the Divine with the humans. When referred to as the "Creator's Star," the six points each represent a day of the week and the center corresponds with the Sabbath.
  • Septagram. This seven-pointed star symbolizes integration and mystical. It is often seen with the seven planets and seven-fold systems, such as the Hindu chakras.
  • Octogram. This eight-pointed star symbolizes fullness and regeneration. It is often seen with eight-fold systems, such as trigrams, the pagan wheel of the year, and the Ogdoad of ancient Egypt.
  • Nonogram. This nine- pointed star symbolizes achievement and stability. It can represent stability in terms of change. Often, the nine-pointed star is paired with nine-fold systems, such as the nine Taoist kanji.

Nautical star. (by Matt, Sacred Art Tattoo, Corvallis, OR)
Nautical star. (by Matt, Sacred Art Tattoo, Corvallis, OR)
Star of David.
Star of David. | Source

7 Pointed Star Tattoo

7-pointed star.
7-pointed star.

Placement

Common placements include . . .

For women:

  • Ankle
  • Lower back
  • Hips
  • Shoulder
  • Wrists
  • Clavicle

For men:

  • Upper arm
  • Side
  • Back shoulders
  • Wrists

More Pictures and Ideas

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(by Elvis, Tattoo Elvis, Belgium)(Fuzion Ink, Norfolk, Virginia)(by Carlos, Tattoo Arte, Forest Hills,PUERTO RICO)(by Jonathan Pinfield, Blackball Tattoo, Midland, MI)(by Jurassic INK, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada)(by unknown)(by BlueBird)(by Vincent, Plattsburgh NY)(By Christina, @ Evil By Needle - Surrey, BC)(by Emma, Lady Luck, Portsmouth)(by unknown)(by Taylor Mills, Wizards World, Pa)(by Matt, Wizards, Stowe, PA)(Self Done Stars On The Knees)(Lefty's, Chula Vista Ca)(by jason Beuchaw, Sling N' Ink, Joplin, Mo.)by Gabe, American Rebel Tattoos (soon to be moving to the Lucky Dragon), Pigeon Forge TN)(by unknown)Flickr Image: ghostninj@- Nine-point Star TattooFlickr Image: elsammart- Nautical Star Tattoo
(by Elvis, Tattoo Elvis, Belgium)
(by Elvis, Tattoo Elvis, Belgium)
(Fuzion Ink, Norfolk, Virginia)
(Fuzion Ink, Norfolk, Virginia)
(by Carlos, Tattoo Arte, Forest Hills,PUERTO RICO)
(by Carlos, Tattoo Arte, Forest Hills,PUERTO RICO)
(by Jonathan Pinfield, Blackball Tattoo, Midland, MI)
(by Jonathan Pinfield, Blackball Tattoo, Midland, MI)
(by Jurassic INK, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada)
(by Jurassic INK, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada)
(by unknown)
(by unknown)
(by BlueBird)
(by BlueBird)
(by Vincent, Plattsburgh NY)
(by Vincent, Plattsburgh NY)
(By Christina, @ Evil By Needle - Surrey, BC)
(By Christina, @ Evil By Needle - Surrey, BC)
(by Emma, Lady Luck, Portsmouth)
(by Emma, Lady Luck, Portsmouth)
(by unknown)
(by unknown)
(by Taylor Mills, Wizards World, Pa)
(by Taylor Mills, Wizards World, Pa)
(by Matt, Wizards, Stowe, PA)
(by Matt, Wizards, Stowe, PA)
(Self Done Stars On The Knees)
(Self Done Stars On The Knees)
(Lefty's, Chula Vista Ca)
(Lefty's, Chula Vista Ca)
(by jason Beuchaw, Sling N' Ink, Joplin, Mo.)
(by jason Beuchaw, Sling N' Ink, Joplin, Mo.)
by Gabe, American Rebel Tattoos (soon to be moving to the Lucky Dragon), Pigeon Forge TN)
by Gabe, American Rebel Tattoos (soon to be moving to the Lucky Dragon), Pigeon Forge TN)
(by unknown)
(by unknown)
Flickr Image: ghostninj@- Nine-point Star Tattoo
Flickr Image: ghostninj@- Nine-point Star Tattoo
Flickr Image: elsammart- Nautical Star Tattoo
Flickr Image: elsammart- Nautical Star Tattoo

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      blahguy 5 months ago

      How do you leave out the most common meaning? Stars represent group sex, multiple stars account for how large the group was. It's by far the most common reason people get the regular 5 point star

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      Cal 8 months ago

      I saw a guy with a Star of David over an upturned curve ( almost like a scimitar) on the left hand between thumb and forefinger . What does it mean? The guy was very well dressed and walked as if he had been in military.

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      lee 11 months ago

      the star in rusia means respect or death. so be careful guys

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      elysia 17 months ago

      there not cool there apart of a gang

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      elysia 17 months ago

      6 point stars are cool just because ya'll not in a gang dosn't mean nothing

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      fencertattoo 3 years ago

      I have several stars in rainbow colors as both a gay rights statement and a tribute to people who have influenced my life. Stars hold the souls of the dead but also simbolise hope.

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      ebony 4 years ago

      what if u get three stars on ur hip.. but each star has only 5 points what does it mean?

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      Brittany 5 years ago

      Im gettn a back piece with 56 stars in a path and then three big stars with portraits in them for the stars of my life

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      jayson 5 years ago

      i like a star ............

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      Gaboss 5 years ago

      there is another thing that u should know....in russia only mafia tattoo on them stars

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Excellent information about tatoos. Thank you.

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      shayne 5 years ago

      Definitely loved the info on star tats. To add I know a lot of ppl that have star (5 point) tattoo on there neck including me. U didn't have that as a place for a tattoo

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      mitchie 5 years ago

      i like shooting star

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      Elvis/Evoo 5 years ago

      I luv tattoos it give me joy each time I see it on my body ,but I dnt see it as a sin,I dnt no 4 u.

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      fireman151 5 years ago

      My first tat is of a 5inch solid black star to my elbow. When asked why a star? I tell them " I'm a star, half the time i'm shining, half the time i'm down and out"

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      fishface 5 years ago

      so glad I don't have a star tattoo. So unimaginative.

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      mardon 5 years ago

      i'm a star addict ! one thing i'm sure of? it's cool !

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      brennawelker 6 years ago

      Ah... SO that are meanings!Glad to know about them.

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      rabia 6 years ago

      cancer

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      Bonneyblu 6 years ago

      Love my tatts!!! I'm a professional sells person, with my own business and have several. I'm in my 40's and started getting them when I was 18. I get them reinked as needed so they look nice.

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      kimmymac 6 years ago

      That's you!

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      kimmymac 6 years ago

      U guys and girls are crazy.To even use your body as if it was a note pad is off i mean way off,when you become older they become older and look really bad.Have u ever seen an old person with tattoos it don't look very good look for yourself find some one old with tatoos and see your self in the next 20 or 30 years

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      ziggy 6 years ago

      what does star on a mans ear lobes signify(only seen on british)

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      butterfly Tattoo 7 years ago from Dallas Texas

      Star Tattoos if placed nicely look fantastic, But having a large star tatto can look horrible

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      Nathan 7 years ago

      Wow i have a nautical star tattoo on my shoulder but i didn't get it for any of them meanings

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      The Queen  8 years ago

      Very helpful

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      simone 8 years ago

      mann idc what they mean if you get a star tatto and its clean that's all that matter. if you get a star that mean something you is doing way too much just get a star or a regular tatto because you want one.

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      deestew 8 years ago from Kentucky

      Great and helpful information.

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      Alice 8 years ago

      Wow I wanted one of those nautical stars but I never knew what it meant. I'm way too young to legally get a tattoo, my friend is giving it to me, but that made it more meaningful because it means rebellion to me. And this site says that it can mean making your own path, which is similar. Now im super pumped to get it cuz its more meaningful! Thank u so much.

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      Jennalynn 9 years ago

      whoa that top pic with the green star is friccen hot..

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      starrkissed 9 years ago from Arizona

      wow some of those are awesome!

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      stylezink 9 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      You did an awesome job on all your hubs describing the different meanings behind the types of tattoo's. Keep writing!

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      very educational!! i never realised the meanings of these tattoos before!!

      great hub!