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Star Tattoo Ideas: Constellations, Star Clusters, and More

I have thirteen tattoos as well as several piercings, and I think they're all pretty cool.

Star tattoos are bold and beautiful but can still be small and dainty, depending on personal preference.

Star tattoos are bold and beautiful but can still be small and dainty, depending on personal preference.

Stars are, by far, one of the most popular trends in tattoos today. They are so popular, in fact, they will probably soon become too popular and therefore end up going out of style. Oh well, they rock for now, and there are so many different styles and colors and ways of inking the image onto your skin.

8 Star Tattoo Ideas

  1. Basic Star
  2. Filled-in Star
  3. Shooting Stars
  4. Nautical Stars
  5. Star Trails
  6. Constellations
  7. Star Clusters
  8. Stars on the Side
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1. Basic Star

The standard, basic star is a common choice for a first tattoo. It's easy, it's simple, and you can pretty much place it anywhere and it will look good. Although I might be biased, because my first tattoo was a small black star on my lower stomach, I think it's a good way to introduce yourself to the pain of a tiny needle repeatedly puncturing your skin—an experienced artist can ink a small star in under five minutes.

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A small, filled-in black star tattoo.

A small, filled-in black star tattoo.

2. Filled-in Star

A variation to the standard star outline is the standard filled-in star.

A shooting star tattoo.

A shooting star tattoo.

3. Shooting Stars

Shooting stars look good all by themselves, but it is also possible to incorporate a word or phrase into the stardust that trails behind them.

A red and black nautical star.

A red and black nautical star.

4. Nautical Stars

Nautical stars are pretty hot right now. The nautical star is a symbol of protection and guidance, primarily used by sailors or soldiers as a way of finding their way home. It is characterized by half of all five points being colored black. A true nautical star is black and red, but unless you're a diehard sailor to whom accuracy matters, any color will work.

You can add color to star trails to represent things that are important to you.

You can add color to star trails to represent things that are important to you.

5. Star Trails

Star trails, or lines of stars, make great armbands. They can wrap around your wrist, ankle, or bicep, or they can accentuate your lower back or hip bones. Remember, they don't need to be in a straight line—a little curvature is fine.

Colored stars are an easy way of representing people or ideas important in your life: rainbow colors to symbolize gay pride, your favorite color, or the favorite color of someone you love.

Constellation tattoos often feature the wearer's zodiac sign.

Constellation tattoos often feature the wearer's zodiac sign.

6. Constellations

An idea I've recently come upon is constellations. Every zodiac sign has a constellation that rules it, so you can get a set of stars tattooed in your sign's constellation formation. Another option is to get the constellation formation of your significant other's sign either by itself or intertwined with your own.

A delicate star cluster tattoo.

A delicate star cluster tattoo.

7. Star Clusters

Similar to constellations are star clusters, groups of stars which are gravitationally bound. The most prominent clusters are Pleiades and Hyades, characterized by hot blue stars surrounded by a bright luminescent glow.

Stars curving up one's side is a popular design.

Stars curving up one's side is a popular design.

8. Stars on the Side

I've recently noticed a sudden influx of stars on the side, beginning at the hips and winding their way up the rib cage. If it's done correctly and the placement of each star is exact, this can be a beautiful accentuation of a woman's natural curves. If done incorrectly, it looks like the sky exploded onto your skin.

Comments

adult on November 04, 2013:

brutal

Shavanna on December 01, 2011:

Ugly

Kim on July 07, 2011:

i#m going to get stars as a memorial tattoo. at the mo it's gonna be four but i have to have the place to ad on to them soo, not sure yet where. either around the wrist or inbetween my shoulderblades. what do you think?

Star Tattoos Ideas on January 20, 2011:

Star Tattoos Ideas: Putting the Bright Side on Your Skin

country_honey_09 on March 09, 2010:

I have 7 stars going up my right side, They all have zebra print in them, all hand drawn print so I know that they can never be copied. I love them and cant wait to show them off in the summer. Stars are very popular but I doubt they'll ever go out of style because there are so many different ways to have the stars. They might fade away like so many other tattoos but they wont become unpopular just because so many people have them.

cindy on January 05, 2010:

i really like the stars going down the girls back im planning on getting a tattoo with stars aroung my hip but im scared that its really gunna hurt me

voci on January 03, 2010:

i,love shum nejs i,love d stars , it shows off who u r star jan mir

TERRY on July 06, 2009:

ALL STAR TATS ARE AWSOME

tani on April 30, 2009:

love d stars. it shows off who u r

Mouse on April 29, 2009:

I love stars!!! My first tat was a nautical star wit a ribbon round it sayin my last name in da ribbon...Im only 15 and im ready for my next tat!!!! Its gonna be on my back like da 1st one. Of some sorta star idk yet...

erin on March 09, 2009:

i have a tattoo of 4 outlined stars and a nautical star behing my left ear hurt like a bitch but it was worth it

tigerbonn on March 04, 2009:

these are great tattoo of stars.. i lookin as gettin one very soon.. i am goin to get a cluster of stars up back of me leg. i'l post a pic when get

starr on September 17, 2008:

they are kool

starrkissed from Arizona on July 27, 2008:

i love star tattoos.

Ellis on July 17, 2008:

i recently decided i wanted a tatoo of a star and wandered if gettin it done behind the neck hurted??

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Sheila on February 24, 2008:

Those star tattoo's are awesome....I just got one on my neck with my sons name in the middle and it is great!!!!!!!

Nabila on October 14, 2007:

I had a friend who got a bunch of stars tattooed up her side, and she had each one filled in with different animal skins, ie: leopard print, zebra, tiger, etc., and they were all different colors - pink, purple, green, blue...

GreatTattoosNow from San Jose on August 12, 2007:

I like the whole stars on the side. Great picture you added for star tattoos. THe best thing is star tattoos are often smalla nd can be added to later on.

icarusalsoflew on July 19, 2007:

My first tattoo was a nautical star. It serves as a reminder that all I need to guide me is already within me.