Star tattoos can have hundreds of meanings, making each star tattoo as unique as the person who wears it. Some of the most common meanings for star tattoos include luck, truth, originality, navigation, the celestial world and patriotism. The five-pointed star is a common image in military attire all over the world and appears on the flags of 35 countries. The five-pointed star is also a common image in religious belief system symbols. A star paired with a hammer and sickle is a symbol for communism. Palm leaves alongside a star represent Scientology. The star paired with a crescent moon represents Islam. Star tattoos sometimes include only one star or a large group of stars in a certain design. Star tattoos on women commonly appear in groups and can be placed anywhere on the body.
A star can be incorporated into almost any style or design of existing tattoo. Star tattoos have been used in nearly every style of tattooing from Old School to New School. Stars are often viewed as a symbol for femininity, which may be one reason star tattoo designs are popular among women. However, star tattoos are popular among men as well. Some cultures believe stars provide guidance, so they may get a star tattoo to symbolize a guiding force in their life. Star tattoos can also represent ambitions and desires. Some people may choose to get a star tattoo to help them persevere through adversity and always "reach for the stars."
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