Nautical Stars - Made in the USA!
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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
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.
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.
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.
Item No. Nautical Star