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One of the most popular styles of star tattoo designs are nautical stars. Nautical stars have a long history in the world of tattoo designs dating all the way back to the early sailors, specifically Sailor Jerry, and his many tattoo designs.

In those days, before modern navigation, sailors would navigate in part by the stars in the night skies, in particular the North Star in the Northern Hemisphere, and various other constellations of stars in the night sky. In the Southern Hemisphere, sailors had to use different stars and the Southern Cross became quite well-known. Sailors would then tattoo nautical stars on them because they relied on the stars to take them home, and being superstitious, they hoped their star tattoos would get them home safely as well.

Nautical stars don’t have to have a great deal of significance to be appreciated for their simplicity, symmetry and ability to serve as a backdrop or an additional ornamental element of any decor.

Many military people get a nautical star as a symbol for finding ones path home safely. Of course this can also include more symbolically just finding ones way in life. You see many punk bands that have full sleeve tattoos typically incorporate nautical star tattoos either on their elbows or elsewhere. The punk movement traces its history and use of the nautical star back to Sailor Jerry. Sailor Jerry is historically one of the most famous tattoo artists ever. He was well known for his innovative and “cool” designs. Punks have taken this symbol and it has very much the same meaning of finding one way in life.

Most people associate tattoos of stars with high achievement, persistence, or a striking and illuminating event in one’s life. Whether you really are a sailor or maybe an astronomer, these tattoos don’t have to mean anything about who you are. In that sense, they are ultra modern abstract representations of beauty and stability. If you want your nautical stars to have deeper meanings, you can add variations to them. Some people even go as far as to add a skull with their tattoos. A single star alone can make a powerful and dynamic statement of your being and future aspirations.






Nautical Star
The 'nautical' star is a symbolic star associated with the sea services of the United States armed forces and with tattoo culture. It is usually rendered as a five-pointed star in dark and light shades counterchanged in a manner reminiscent of a compass rose.
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