I assure you, that isn't the norm where I live. Or the gay equivalent of getting the logo of your local sports team. I see swallows more often. Pretty much any other tattoo is better. Do we mean those star tattoos that are like solid 5-point star, or the nautical star compass tattoos? It was also a physical demonstration of how weighted our community was towards bottoms.
Star Tattoo Usually without the shading.
It absolutely is a thing. Want to add to the discussion? Over time the tattoo gained popularity among other groups sailors and rockers mostly and then among the general population, but it still has origins among our community as a symbol for helping us identity each other. It's like the dumb ass straight guy who had a rainbow tat asking if people would think he's gay for it.
Camp is more white and more classical.