Many believe that groups including gay and lesbians, punk rockers and those in the military have adopted the nautical star tattoo as a very important symbol. The diversity of these three groups has lead many to argue the meaning of their tattoos.
Historically back in the 1940’s and 50’s when alternative lifestyles were not the norm and often women had to hide their alternative choices they would sport a hidden nautical star. Often they would get the star tattoo done on the inside of their wrist where it could easily be hidden by a watch during the day but shown off in the evening when out on the town. Today many lesbians wear the nautical star tattoo to show their connection with their early pioneering sisters. Yes, the tattoo was used for lesbians but it also represents the gay community as a whole nowadays. I got it to be apart of something that I am proud of.