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Nautical Star Tattoos And Meanings-Nautical Star Tattoo Designs And Ideas

Updated on May 16, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One popular tattoo that you may find interest in is the nautical star tattoo. Nautical star tattoos are a popular tattoo designs and considered to be a mainstream tattoo. Nautical star tattoo designs are also an old school tattoo. Nautical star tattoos can be worn by both men and women. Nautical star tattoo designs can portray the nautical star alone or with other symbols and elements. The nautical star tattoo can also hold symbolic value to the men and women that wear this tattoo.

In this article, we will discuss nautical star tattoos and nautical star tattoo designs. We will also review nautical star tattoo meanings and you will have the opportunity to view a variety of nautical star tattoo designs pictured below. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.



The nautical star tattoo is among some of the oldest tattoo symbols. The nautical star tattoo is a creative star tattoo that holds deep symbolic meanings to those who wear this tattoo design. The nautical star is a maritime tattoo. Nautical star tattoos come in a variety of different designs and it is placed in many tattoo designs as well. The nautical star has been placed in anchor tattoos, mermaid tattoos, heart tattoos, compass tattoos, and in other star tattoo designs. The nautical star is one of the top maritime tattoos in popularity.

The nautical star has five points. At each point of the star, there is a straight line that starts from the inside of each point and goes straight down to the middle of the star. This creates two equal sides to each point, 10 sections in total. One side of each point is colored in. Traditionally, these colors were usually black and white or red and black. Today, nautical star tattoos come in a large variety of different color patterns.

Before technology made sonar radar and GPS available, sailors would always use the stars to navigate the open waters of the oceans and seas. One of the most well known stars that was used for navigational purposes was the North star. The Southern cross star was also used to map directions, but it is not widely known like the North star. Sailors would use these stars and others to make sure they were traveling in the correct directions.

Back in the days of early sailing, many people were very superstitious. There has always been stories and legends of man eating sea monsters and other mythical creatures. Not only that, the oceans were a dangerous place to travel at that point in time. Without radar, the weather couldn't be tracked very well. You could only imagine what a hurricane could do to ships back then and sailors had very little warning of such events. Because of all these reasons, the nautical star began to commonly make its appearance. It became a symbol of tribute to the stars. To sailors, the stars were very important to their travels. The nautical star represented that importance.



The nautical star tattoo has many different symbolic meanings that range from person to person. Many people have made the nautical star tattoo their own and meanings only related to them. Here are some of the more common meanings of the nautical star tattoo design.

  • Guidance
  • Good Luck
  • Protection
  • Safety
  • North Star
  • Direction

Two of the most common meanings of the nautical star tattoo is "protection" and "guidance". Sailors would commonly get a nautical tattoo to symbol protection. Sailors believed that the nautical tattoo is a good luck symbol. Sailors wanted nothing more then a safe journey to wherever they are going. The nautical star would represent this. Sailors may even use this symbol on the boat or in other items.

The nautical star tattoos come in a variety of different sizes and designs. The nautical star can be portrayed in any different size. Nautical stars can be placed nearly anywhere, from the arms to the ankles. You may want to think about where you want to place your nautical star tattoo before you go to get it done. Nautical stars can be placed alone or with multiple stars. Some nautical stars can be designed at the same size and others may go from large to small.

As far as the variation in designs, the nautical star symbol can be placed with other tattoo symbols. Nautical stars can be placed with hearts, mermaids, anchors, the moon, the sun, fairies, flowers, stars, and much more. When it comes to this tattoo, the sky is the limit. There are a lot of things you can do to make your nautical star tattoo more creative and desirable. Make sure you look at as many designs as you can to get an idea of what you want. With the nautical star tattoo, there is a lot to consider.

Since so many different people associate the nautical star themselves, the actual meaning of the symbol varies. In other words, as a tattoo, it represents what the wearer wants it too. They can represent dreams and aspirations, such as the shooting star tattoo. They can represent to "reach for the sky". Over the years, the nautical star has took on many different meanings. With this tattoo, it can represent many things.



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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Rosemay, thanks for taking the time to come by. You're absolutely right. When you think about it, without technology, it is a surprise that they were able to do this.

      Alocsin, thanks for taking the time to come by. There are actually a few different variations of the star. It really is surprising.

      Tammy, thanks for coming by and it is good to hear from you. He may be able to find some designs under fantasy tattoos. I would suggest the "Encylopedia of Tattoos". One of the best tattoo books created.

      Donna, always a pleasure to have you come by. I am glad you have enjoyed the series and I hope you have took away some interest in all the art and culture involved.

      AE, I appreciate you taking the time to drop by. I also like the nautical star. I saw a great design the other day with two nautical stars and a rose in the middle. I am glad you enjoy the history aspect, your right, it adds a lot to the designs.

      Gypsy, I agree. The nautical star is a great design. It can be versitile, worn by men and women and comes in different designs. I have actually started on it, but I have been having issues finding enough pictures for the article. I am working on it though. My best friend has his own tattoo shop so I asked him to draw some designs up. I promise, I will get it published as soon as I can. It is the least I could do for everything you have done for me:)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      The nautical star always the most beautiful and intriguing. Good job as usual. Hey I'd like some animal tattoos in-between like beginning with pigs. Any possibilities???

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The nautical star is really beautiful. I think it and the rose tattoos are among the best presented. The history you include adds much to the pictures..Thank you again...

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      Donna Cosmato 

      8 years ago from USA

      I so love your tattoo hubs! I never knew there so many types and designs that were available, ans I thought they were purely decorative. It has been incredibly educational to learn more about the history of each one. Excellent presentation; voted up and pinned on Pinterest.

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      These are great. My son has a nautical star on his arm. He is looking for a Viking battle scene tattoo if you have any suggestions. You always have the BEST tattoos.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      So that's what those are called! I thought they were just stars. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Another very interesting hub Ricky.

      The nautical star must have been so inportant before the days of navigational equipment, the stars were all they had to go on, it is amazing.

      Great hub voting up


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