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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One beautiful and symbolic maritime tattoo that you may find interest in is the starfish tattoo. Starfish tattoos do hold a value of symbolic importance. Starfish tattoos can be worn by both men and women. Starfish are incredible creature of the deep sea and have been a maritime symbol for thousands of years.

The starfish is associated to several different things. The starfish is a symbol of the the Virgin Mary. This gives the starfish an associated link to Christianity. The starfish is also known as the "star of the sea" or "Stella Maris." The starfish symbolizes a variety of positive attributes as a tattoo and in general symbolism. Just as stars do, the starfish can represent guidance and direction. The starfish also is a symbol of love, intuition, and vigilance.

The starfish is also able to grow limbs back that are damaged from the environment or predators. Because of this, the starfish is a symbol of rebirth and healing. The starfish represents positive change and salvation through trying times, meanings that many men and women can relate too. In such cases, the starfish tattoo is a permanent reminder of everything that you went through in life's troubled times.



As you just read, the starfish tattoo can represent a variety of positive attributes. Anyone of the meanings listed below can be applied to your starfish tattoo. But remember, in the end, your starfish tattoo represents what you want it too. Below, you can find the meanings of the starfish tattoo.

  • Guidance
  • Direction
  • Change
  • Rebirth
  • Intuition
  • Healing
  • Vigilance
  • Salvation
  • Love
  • Determination
  • Inspiration


Starfish tattoo designs can be done in a variety of different ways. In total, there are nearly 2,000 different species of starfish. Due to this, starfish tattoo designs can come in several different shapes, colors, and sizes. Starfish tattoo designs can portray the starfish with anything associated to the ocean.Such elements and symbols could include sharks, dolphins, sea shells, whales, swordfish, stingrays, mermaids, anchors, or even a lighthouse. With so many different options for starfish tattoo designs, the possibilities seen endless.

Starfish tattoo designs usually portray the starfish within water. Starfish tattoo designs may be have the starfish completely in water or it may be designed with waves. There are a few examples of this in the starfish tattoo gallery on this page. However, starfish tattoo designs also portray the starfish alone with no other elements or symbols.

Starfish tattoo designs can be designed in any size. Due to this, starfish tattoos can be placed nearly anywhere on the body. And since the starfish can be portrayed with any maritime symbol, you literally have thousands of different designs and combinations to work with. Other symbols that you may include in your starfish tattoo design are sea turtles, oysters, ships, coral, or seaweed. Make sure that you take the time to view all the different starfish tattoo designs in this article. This will give you a general idea of what is available. Plus, you can pick up tips and ideas for your own starfish tattoo.


There are some important things to remember before you get your starfish tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo represents something different from what your first thought.

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that get tattooed on an impulse thought usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. Listen, if you are having any second thoughts, wait it out. Remember, you are going to wear this tattoo for the rest of your life. You want to make sure you make the right choice the first time around. If you are completely sure on your choice, get inked. If you are not, weigh out your options.

Starfish tattoos are a great choice for anyone because of their positive meaning. However, some men and women choose tattoos not for their meaning, but rather for decorative art. Either way, starfish tattoos give you plenty of opportunity to come up with a unique tattoo design. If you feel that the starfish tattoo is not for you, be sure to follow the links set below to view more maritime tattoos. As always, thanks for your visit.



Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 23, 2012:

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Thank you all for taking the time to drop by and comment. It is always appreciated. Best wishes to you all.

kjforce from Florida on September 21, 2012:

thelyricwriter...OMG..please tell me there are no Sponge Bob tattoos..I will definitely loose it...nice pics..have never seen one on anyone and do visit many beaches both here and abroad...enjoy your weekend

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 18, 2012:

These are real nice.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 16, 2012:

It's amazing how such a simply shaped animals can turn into such intricate and colorful designs. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Nell Rose from England on September 16, 2012:

I never knew the starfish was associated with the virgin mary, these are great! I love the color of the feet tattoo, how lovely!

Sueswan on September 16, 2012:

Hi Ricky,

I didn't know there was so many varieties of starfish and that it was the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

My favourite tattoo of the starfish here is with the woman standing by the sea with a flower in her hair.

Voted up and away

Hope you had a great weekend my friend :)

Ryem from Maryland on September 16, 2012:

You always shed light on interesting, unique tattoo ideas. This is another very good one. Voted up

Madeleine Salin from Finland on September 16, 2012:

It's good that starfish tattoos can have so many different meanings. Cool hub!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 16, 2012:

Now these are very cool!

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