Nautical star

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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.

Naval symbol[edit]

The nautical star is frequently encountered as an informal signifier indicating membership in the United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, or Marine Corps. The symbol recalls both the five-pointed star of the US national flag and the distinctive color pattern of the compass rose found on many nautical charts. The nautical star also represented a traveler or sailor's way home whenever they were lost in life or travel.

Tattoo symbol[edit]

This symbol is also frequently used for tattoo ideas and designs because of its simplistic, condensed, yet quite eye-pleasing conception. Usually paired with its compass-like style, it can come in various color-styles. However, the eye-pleasing black design still reigns within its colorful boundaries. In the 1940's and 50's some lesbians tattooed the nautical star on their wrists as a sign to other lesbians. This location made the tattoo easily covered when necessary.