One of the hottest tattoo trends of the moment reflects humanity’s obsession with the night sky. Constellation tattoos are all the rage with many folks choosing to get one of the twelve zodiac constellations tattooed in honor of their sun sign. Of all of the astrology tattoos out there constellation designs reign supreme as the most requested designs. These tattoos are often just dots but some artists take them to a new level with the inclusion of botanical elements, colorful ink, and other unique design choices.
We wanted to get a better idea of the latest and greatest constellation tattoos so we turned to social media to better understand the possibilities and limitations of these tattoos. We were pleasantly surprised to find a variety of great ideas to share with you that you might want to riff on for your very own constellation tattoo. Get inspired by these exciting designs below!
These Constellation Tattoos Will Have You Seeing Stars!
The majority of constellation tattoos show the stars connected by lines or dots to show off the unique shapes they make. In the above example, we find the tiniest of dots doing that work.
Sun and Moon
This constellation design has been improved with the inclusion of sun and moon shapes. Tiny dots are used to compose each element which brings so much texture and visual interest to the design.
Stars of Blue
The vast majority of constellation tattoos are done with just black ink but that’s an option and not a rule. Feel free to experiment with color to find a winning design that best expresses your point of view. The blue stars in the above tattoo really stand out for all the right reasons.
A Perfect Fit
Considering placement might be one of the biggest challenges with these tattoos as they are going to look great just about anywhere on your body. Take into account the shape of the constellation and try and find a part of your body that complements it. For instance, this Cancer constellation’s shape perfectly echoes the natural shape of the ankle.
Adding botanical elements to constellation tattoos is a wildly popular idea. Above, we find a colorful blossom mixed with the Taurus constellation. Isn’t it beautiful?
Delicate for Gemini
Stick and poke tattoos are applied by hand with a single needle. They yield the sharpest and most delicate designs that can contain an immaculate amount of detail in a small amount of real estate. The above tattoo has been tattooed with the method and, as you can see, it’s very tiny.
That Floral Feeling
You absolutely should mix florals with your constellation design for a more visually appealing tattoo. Flowers add depth and romance while also celebrating our natural world.
Here’s a Pisces tattoo that contains a constellation and a pair of fish. If you’re going to get your sign tattooed, consider details about it that would be beautifully expressed visually.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to your constellation tattoo. Simplicity is bliss and a less is more approach will result in an understated and sophisticated tattoo.
Dot Dot Dot
These tidy dots look elegant. A straightforward constellation done in a minimalist style will always be a winning design.
Here’s a constellation tattoo of Cancer. Additional stars and a sun and moon help bring character to the overall design and offer balance.
Lioness for Leo
Leo’s are notorious for showing their dominance in social situations. The above roaring lion and constellation represent the quintessential Leo tattoo.
As we look to the stars for direction and guidance so too do we find our way via a lighthouse. This simple tattoo reads as a visual metaphor for our guiding lights.
You can add pretty much anything to your constellation tattoo to make it pop. Butterflies are an excellent option as you can see in the above example.
The Aquarius myth involves the kidnapping of a young man by Zeus who flew him to heaven to be the cupbearer to the gods. Thus, many Aquarians get water-themed tattoos.
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With Birth Flower
Here’s another Aquarius tattoo, featuring forget me not flowers. We love how the constellation itself has colorful elements that look fantastic next to the pretty, blue blossoms.
Cassiopeia is a constellation named after the vain queen, Cassiopeia, mother of Andromeda, from Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivaled beauty. This understated tattoo is a celebration of it.
For the Libra constellation, scales are used to symbolize balance and order. We find a tiny sun in one and a tiny moon in the other which proves a winning design choice.
You’ll find Orion’s Belt in the above constellation set above a mountain range. The belt is the easiest thing to look for to find the Orion constellation in the sky.
The symbol for Sagittarius is the archer. We find that element paired with the constellation for a very fine tattoo with superbly thin lines. What a dream!
The Little Dipper of Ursa Minor is one of the easiest constellations to recognize in the night sky. A lovely bear has been added to the constellation tattoo for even more visual interest and character.
Cancer in Color
If you’re not married to the idea of black ink, you should totally go with color. These tattoos dazzle and feel livelier and more energetic. There’s a lot to love about the above example that features a rainbow of colors.
Similar to the Ursa Minor tattoo, we find a wolf that symbolizes the Lupus constellation. The golden stars pop next to the purple and blue of the wolf’s fur.
Aquarius Meets Sailor Moon
Here is another Aquarius tattoo that’s been improved by some personalization that includes Sailor Moon’s wand. Express your loves and interest in unique ways with your constellation tattoo.
Here’s another Pisces constellation tattoo that finds two gorgeous fish tattooed in blue and purple. The characters bring so much to this tattoo that would look rather drab without them.
Here are a few constellations set on top of a dreamy galactic sky done in a watercolor effect. Color is always a great idea and watercolor tattoos are a great way to add plenty of it to your design.
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Tattoo artists are experimenting with white ink in very interesting ways these days. In the above example, it’s been used as lines that connect the various stars of the constellation. There’s so much movement in this pastel fantasy of a tattoo.
Did these constellation tattoos make you want some fresh ink? We hope you feel inspired by these winning designs featuring celestial bodies. Stars are endlessly captivating so it only makes sense to celebrate them in ink.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 These Constellation Tattoos Will Have You Seeing Stars!
- 1.1 Connected
- 1.2 Sun and Moon
- 1.3 Stars of Blue
- 1.4 A Perfect Fit
- 1.5 Taurus
- 1.6 Delicate for Gemini
- 1.7 That Floral Feeling
- 1.8 Swimming
- 1.9 Elegant Aries
- 1.10 Dot Dot Dot
- 1.11 For Cancer
- 1.12 Lioness for Leo
- 1.13 The Lighthouse
- 1.14 With Butterflies
- 1.15 The Water-Bearer
- 1.16 With Birth Flower
- 1.17 Cassiopeia
- 1.18 Balance
- 1.19 Orion’s Belt
- 1.20 Super Fine
- 1.21 Ursa Minor
- 1.22 Cancer in Color
- 1.23 Lupus
- 1.24 Aquarius Meets Sailor Moon
- 1.25 Petite Pisces
- 1.26 Galactic
- 1.27 Sagittarius
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