Let’s start off the new year by talking about tattoo designs.
Some designs have been around for a very long time. I have one of them–stars.
No one knows when the five-pointed star symbol was first drawn, nor how our ancestors decided that it represented what they saw in the sky, but it’s a very ancient symbol. Ancient people saw meaning in the stars, and the rising and setting of the stars throughout the year signaled changes in the seasons. So it’s not surprising that the star was used for body art in ancient times, and continues to the present day, along with its variation, the pentagram.
The six-pointed Star of David is also used to represent religious beliefs. This is also an ancient symbol and has deep symbolic meaning.
Then there are other variations such as the shooting star (or comet) and the nautical star, which has been popular for hundreds of years as a sailor’s tattoo. The nautical star has variations such as the compass rose, and they share a similar pattern of alternating colors on each spoke of the star. The nautical star also has symbolic meanings for some people. It is commonly rendered in shades of red and black.
When I got my first tattoo, I chose a design of seven five-pointed stars. The stars have personal meaning for me and I used them to symbolize something I felt deeply about. I have never been able to articulate exactly what I meant by them for anyone else, though. I originally wanted just the stars, but the artist suggested a “swoosh” of multicolored dots around them, and when he drew what he had in mind I could see that it was a much better idea. So that became my very first ink. The colors have faded a bit in the ten years since it was applied, so one of these days I’ll go back to the shop and have it retouched. The meaning stays the same. 🙂
Do any of you have star tattoos? Would you care to share a photo? I don’t have a good picture of my stars, but this might serve as a reminder to get one.
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