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.
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.
A variation to the standard filled-in star is the standard star outline
look good all by themselves, but it is also possible to incorporate a word or phrase into the stardust that trails behind them.
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.
Star trails, or lines of stars
, make great armbands. They can wrap around your wrist, ankle, or bicep, 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.
An idea I've recently come upon is constellations
. Every zodiac sign has a constellation that rules it--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.
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.
I've recently noticed a sudden influx of stars on the side
, beginning at the hips and winding their way up the ribcage. If 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.