Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
Here are a few colourful sun and moon tattoo designs and ideas handpicked for you to choose from if you want to ink such sun and moon tattoos.
The moon and sun symbolism has been a common choice for inking for most people these days.
What does the sun and moon tattoo mean? Along with innovative design ideas and powerful imagery, these tattoos represent a blend of finding peace in modern times and keep opposing powers at bay. Meaningful sun moon tattoos are an inspiration and add to the beauty of your rising fashion statement.
How much would a sun and moon tattoo cost? Depends on the material, inking, location of the tattoo on the body, sun and moon tattoo designs, custom-made changes and the tattoo artist. In some places, they are actually inked on the body for free. Since ancient and traditional times, many cultures have believed that these tattoos are symbols of the balance of light and dark, day and night, of meaning and life. These tattoos represent not only the images of the sky but the idea of how the entire solar system is inherently viewed inside, for example, a cosmic tribal moon and tribal sun tattoo. The simple sun and the moon often symbolise the dark side and the light side of life. Indian culture and other cultures in ancient Egypt, in fact, worship the sun as a goddess with other god figures and goddesses. Down below are some exclusive sun and moon tattoos and sun and moon tattoo designs to have a look at, and yes, we suggest all of them!
The Yin Yang Symbol: A Symbolic Sun And Moon Tattoo
In this sun and moon tattoo, the designs are minimalistic can be freely tattooed onto both the hands or legs and thighs. In the first one, there is a black sun and a crescent moon; on the other one, the moon is coloured in black ink, and the sun is left outlined. In the first one, the sun represents the dark side of life and the moon balances out the dark side: hence showing a complete human life. The tattoo design with the sun and moon symbol aptly represents and adds to the flow of the course of life; and its inevitable end. This minimalistic sun and moon tattoo meaning is able to evoke a profound symbol through the sun and moon. Instead of getting this inked on one body or the same area, you can also ask your tattoo artist to turn this sun and moon tattoo into a couple matching tattoo or a best friend tattoo as well; so what are you waiting for?
The Inklined Sun And Moon Tattoo
This sun and moon tattoo is a beauty: simple, minimalistic, yet a significant tattoo design. This can be tattooed on the arm as well as the shoulder blade due to its customisable size. This is a very delicate tattoo design and is also intended to bring good luck. The sun design has many crimped, curved rays, and the moon design relates to the crescent shaped-star partially covering the sun in the background. Fine and smooth inkwork with black lines and dots is the showstopper here. With just the simple sun and moon, no background combined with a symbol of grace and cosmic balance, this sun and moon tattoo makes you want to gaze at the tattoo design almost always.
The World Behind The Sun and Moon Tattoo
This bold and meaningful sun moon, and stars tattoo design is sure to grab attention as a bold and strong fashion choice. Not only the sun and the moon, but also the bright Polaris, or as is commonly called North Star, is seen inked right behind the sun. Taking up a large space on the body and hence providing scope for the tattoo artist to experiment with light and darkness, this tattoo design is unique in all its senses. The skin background features a carnivalesque as well as traditional touch with triangular flags and dotted lights: again shaded and meaning the balance (also a symbol) of night and day and perhaps also the entire world/solar system. Interestingly here, the sun is represented as feminine and on the other hand, the moon is masculine (which is usually the other way round commonly found in archetypal art), and together they represent life. So brilliantly inked, this tattoo looks almost like images or a sun and moon tattoo drawing on a canvas!
The “Half Sun, Half Moon” Tattoo
Here is another sun and moon tattoo design that works as a couple or bestie tattoo! The balance in this sun and moon tattoo design is shown by both a feminine sun and moon, with the little visible (almost a new moon but not so, of course) crescent-shaped moon fitted inside the left side of the sun. It is rare to find a full moon tattoo unless with a night sky or details with ink; otherwise, it is pretty common to confuse the two stars in a black and white tattoo design. Fine inkwork with smooth lines once again takes the credit for this tattoo. The symbol for the disbalance on the one hand and hope in life; on the other hand, these types of sun and moon tattoos have all our votes!
The Sun and Moon Hand Tattoo
A beautiful caption such as “you are my sun, my moon and all my stars” just set the right tone for this specific sun and moon tattoo design inked on the back of the hand. Images of the sun and moon as balancing each other is one of the most common ways for the artist to represent symbols and meanings through their work. And the effort of the artist can surely be seen here in the background. With the sun and moon together creating a perfect circle, the rays of the sun are mellowed down and shaded halfway with fine black inkwork to create a stunning gradient. In addition, the tattoo design incorporates the solar system with glittery stars and mini constellations to support the love of the kissing sun. We hope this tattoo finds you in all its grace!
The Male-Female Side Sun and Moon Tattoo
Unlike the previous delicate ones, this sun and moon tattoo speaks volumes even after being minimalistic and customisable. Tattooed here on the collarbone, this sun and moon tattoo design mainly show the fierce strength of balance. The sun rays are strong, many in number and aptly shaded in different gradients of black. The artist has also inked dots and lines in between the rays, with deep meaning like ellipsis showing the journey is yet unfinished. These sun and moon tattoos with human-like stars are surely a go-to!
The Sun Moon and Star Tattoos
We recommend inking these tattoos this beauty in the arms or thighs for grabbing attention. This particular symbolic sun and moon tattoo comes with added meaning; the sun rays make up the stars as well. Stippled inkwork and perfect gradient make this an ideal symbolic statement with deep meaning. With the small sun being overshadowed by the dark moon, this tattoo sets a new perspective on views of light and shade. This tattoo deems to explain the basic principle of good and bad in life: where it is good, there is bad, and a definite balance of the opposing powers is explained through the idea. Unlike many tattoos that humanise the sun and the moon, this tattoo refuses to do so. Simply elegant, as we can say!
The Feminine Crescent Moon Tattoo
This elegant tattoo design is dedicated solely to the moon and exposes a beautiful, feminine side of hers. With clouds representing her locks and tresses and the solar system as her dreamcatcher, the moon looks delicate and exquisitely poise. Brilliant and experienced inkwork once again steal the show. With the moon design being unique in the first place, the absence of the kissing sun or an extra companion besides the moon herself is quite rare in the representation of grace. Moon tattoos and tattoo designs have to be carefully chosen and require great care to ink lest the meaning becomes unclear. However, this moon tattoo design seems like the perfect fit for all your doubts! Another wonderful part about such tattoo designs is found in the liberty to customise the meaning any way you want to. The touch of professional hands is evident in this tattoo!
The Detailed Human Moon and Sun Tattoo
Another brilliantly detailed sun and moon tattoo design donning human features: this bold one can be inked on the back, thighs or your shoulder blades. If you want to go in strong for your new tattoo idea, then this one is surely for you! Exquisitely loud and radiant (literally!), this sun and moon tattoo represents the sun rays as her locks of hair floating out in the wind, with the moon (feminine again, here) sits at the left corner. This is a powerful tattoo, with the correct shading of grey and black tones to fit the meanings it symbolises. However, the constant inking of a needle for such detailed work can be painful and time-consuming; hence it is advised to talk to your tattoo artist before you undertake this experimental sun and moon tattoo.
The Rebirth Sun and Moon Tattoo
The concept of rebirth has probably never been represented this beautifully before by such sun and moon tattoos and designs. Creating for us almost a tribal essence to the space art, this sun and moon designer tattoo recreates the birthing of the moon through the inside of the sun; with extremely detailed inkwork. The faces of the sun and moon bear essential cosmic elements like emblems on the forehead; dotted line works on the faces and coloured eyebrows of the anthropomorphic sun and moon. These sun and moon tattoos behold not only the entire solar system that breaks out during the birth of the moon but also strive to show how the world itself is held inside this fine thread of good and bad. This falls under the category of traditionally exuberant sun and moon tattoos and has all our votes!
These meaningful sun and moon tattoo (small) designs but powerful: this collection is sure to be an attention-grabber and add to a minimalistic yet deep and profound fashion statement. The sun and moon tattoo designs vary from a range of cultural beliefs to strength, balance and calm. The tattoos also hold up the idea that the moon and sun represents, alone as well as together: for example, the fact that there is good and bad blended in the cosmos, and it is perhaps inevitable to escape from it. If you want a tattoo to be profound and have the ability to speak leaps and bounds but take a small, minimal space on your skin, the sun and moon design are the ones to look out for. In its wider course of meanings and cool, new style ideas, these sun and moon tattoos are sure to add a great deal to your life. We recommend them all!