If you want to express your creativity through art, then moon and stars tattoos are just the things for you! These popular designs have been around since ancient times and can add a beautiful expression of a love of nature. Whether single-line mandalas in simple black ink, an elaborate celestial scene featuring galaxies and constellations surrounded in bold colors, or a delicate minimalist design with small stars scattered about – there is always something unique about moon and star tattoos that make them stand out from other types of body art.
The night sky is endlessly captivating, romantic, and mysterious. It’s no wonder why so many people go for moon and stars tattoos. So let’s delve into these timeless tattoo ideas together and explore how these symbols can be used to capture your imagination on display for all the world to see!
Little Gems Behind the Ear
Moon and stars tattoos are highly popular right now, especially when placed behind the ear. These designs are very eye-catching yet unobtrusive. A well-placed Moon and stars tattoo can be a subtle reminder of success, ambition, and dreams.
As Sharp as They Come
Moon and stars tattoos have been popular for centuries, traditionally in black ink. They can signify various things to different people: reaching lofty goals, clarity of thought, or even gaining inner strength. This one has some extremely sharp lines. How clean!
Moon and stars tattoos are popular for those looking to make a bold fashion statement. Symbolizing mystery, romance, and feminine power, they can represent someone’s dream-like journey or their connection to the lunar cycle. Moon Goddess tattoos help empower their wearer with a deeper sense of inner strength.
Moon and stars tattoos are both beautiful and meaningful in equal measure. With a minimalistic fine-line approach, a tattoo featuring stars can be made to suit any preference.
Moon and stars tattoos are a hugely popular choice due to their unique ability to be personalized to the wearer’s desired aesthetic. One particular design that has been gaining traction lately is the moon and radiance tattoo, which features an image of a moon in the center surrounded by rays or lines radiating out from it.
Generally speaking, Moon and stars tattoos are small but can feature thick lines for added depth. With simple shapes and a graphic quality, this is one of our favorites.
A Moon and Stars tattoo featuring a whimsical scene of mushrooms is the perfect design choice for someone looking to express their unique personality. The mix of mysterious mushrooms and twinkling stars bring an otherworldly edge to the artwork, creating an enchanting yet captivating piece that stands out from the crowd.
Tattoos that look like they’ve been drawn on with a single line are gaining traction today, and that’s absolutely true for moon and stars tattoos. There’s a childlike quality to these sorts of designs that also manage to look elegant and peaceful.
Typically, a crescent moon shape with a star in the center is a symbol of Islam. However, this time, we are treated to a character’s face on the moon, making it something different completely. This is not the first moon with a face we’ve shared with you but it is the most unique.
Blue moon tattoos are classic tattoos that have been attracting fans for decades. This one’s for all the sad girls and boys out there.
Mandala-inspired tattoos are all the rage today and many people use these sorts of designs to bring more visual interest to moon and stars tattoos. Doesn’t it look fantastic?
With an Arrow
We only saw this style once! The moon seems to be inspired by decorative art and architecture with its delightful botanical-esque shapes. The straightness of the arrow really helps the curved moon shape pop.
Moon phase tattoos are popular, especially among women, as the changes of the moon reflect various life cycles. Purple and blue give off the coolness factor.
Wow! It’s not completely unheard of, but more often than not, moon and stars tattoos do not contain other moons and stars. This is the case for this galactic tattoo that looks luscious in red.
The moon is made of cheese, and it’s melting? We doubt that’s the concept here, but we could not help but think about it. We love the concept and look of the drips, making the ink appear as if it’s swimming on a piece of wet paper.
A Cosmic Hand
We’re treated to more Mandala motifs in this moon and stars tattoo with a gorgeous and mysterious hand at its center. Isn’t it just beautiful?
Among the Flowers
Flowers are great additions to any tattoo, and our hearts skip a beat every time we encounter them in moon and stars tattoo designs. We’ve got some rose action here with a crescent moon with a sleepy expression.
How about that swirling effect inside the moon shape? The dizzying movement the lines provide is a triumph. Due to the business inside the moon, it was smart to go with simple black stars.
Pastels shift from soft to neon electric energized in this moon and stars tattoo with some of the finest lines. Think outside the box with your color choices for something equally as appealing.
We’ve seen a moon arrow; now it’s time for a dagger moon and stars tattoo. This one appears to be inspired by an Athame, a ceremonial blade used in witchcraft.
Have you ever? This moon and stars tattoo might be composed of black ink, but it is dull. Take a look at all of the tiny dots, like stippling, that add so much texture to the cloud shapes. Find yourself an inspired tattoo artist, and you will be amazed by their creations.
We’ve seemingly slipped into witchy moon and stars tattoo territory. The above example shows a potion in the foreground with the moon looming large in the background. A smoky element slithers behind to make the entire piece look cohesive. Bravo!
While researching, we did not see any other moon and star tattoos like this. With black and gold, a winning combination, we’re told the story of this eery-looking moon that appears to be blowing clouds.
Consider choosing mellow colors and not going heavy on the black ink for a light touch. Our moon and stars tattoo is paired with some handsome yellow flowers contrasting with the cool colors used for la luna.
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Here’s another example of unconventional color choices. You are the boss, and you get to decide what hues you want for your moon and stars tattoo. The sky’s the limit!
If you’re looking for a tattoo that is out of this world, then a moon and stars tattoo may be the perfect choice for you. These tattoos can be simple or complex and can be placed almost anywhere on the body. With so many options available, we hope you have found a moon and stars tattoo that is perfect for you. Keep reading for even more moon tattoo inspiration.
Get Inspired by These Dramatic Moon Phases Tattoo Ideas!
Moon phases tattoos down the forearms are extremely popular. More than any other placement, we found moons down arms in a vertical pattern.
Down the Spine
Another popular placement for moon phases is down the spine. Here’s a pretty example with moons that have a lot of texture to offer visual interest.
Another direction to take moon phases tattoos is to go with a more minimal look. Crisp, simple lines form this understated tattoo of moons over a mountain.
A less popular placement that looks fantastic is to go horizontal with the moons so that form a kind of band around the arm. These small moons look great circling the arm.
A favorite way to mix things up with moon phases tattoos is to switch out some of the moons for flowers. In the above example, we find two sunflowers in place of moons.
People love adding ornamental elements to their moon phases tattoos and it’s easy to understand why. We find an arrow shape going through these moons with some botanical elements flanking either side.
More Visual Interest
We find dots and dashes among these moon tattoos that offer movement. Work with a tattoo artist who understands how to compose a balanced tattoo for something equally as appealing.
In the middle of these moons, we find a full moon in the center of heart. It’s a lovely surprise that we only encountered once while researching tattoos. You might try something similar for your moon phases tattoo.
The Icelandic manuscript called Huld, presumably from the word “Hulda” meaning secrecy was created by Geir Vigfússon in 1860. It is one of many dating from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, featuring collections of runic alphabets and magic symbols and sigils that were used in earlier eras. This tattoo is based on symbols from it.
Part of Something Larger
This giant backpiece has a lot going for it. At the top of the tattoo, you will find moon phases done in bold, black ink. Incorporate your moons into a larger design for something extra special.
A Meditation on Time
Here’s another tattoo that contains the moon phases. Its subject matter seems to be the passing of time as we’re treated to an hourglass as well.
Get a Little Creepy
If you like your art on the dark side, lean into it. These creepy skeleton hands frame the phases of the moon perfectly and offer a touch of magic and mystery.
In this moon phases tattoo, we find a butterfly substituted for the full moon. It’s a stunning design that we feel many people would love to try for themselves.
Do It with Dots
Dots make for very interesting decorative elements. You can employ them to add drama to your moon phases tattoo as this person has done to great effect.
Feeling the Floral
Here’s another moon phases tattoo that uses florals to help bring it to life. The subtle rainbow colors look fantastic next to the grey moons.
Make It Micro
Micro tattoos are a huge trend today. The little moons of this tattoo are smaller than a dime! This example proves that you can make a big statement by going small. We’ll share more small examples with you as this list continues.
If small is not the way you want to go, you can go big with a circular design. While most people put the phases of the moon in a line, we feel the circular placement is more naturalistic.
See It Through
Here’s another example of the circular moon phases tattoo. We find them orbiting a mysterious eye in the center. How fun!
The phases of the moon have been subtly worked into this swan tattoo in the form of a halo shape around the bird’s head. It’s a fabulous idea that you can riff on to make your own.
Here are some more micro moon phases tattoos. These tiny, sharp designs look fantastic in the preferred circular shape. The placement on the shoulder is pretty here but it could work on a variety of places.
One of the most dramatic moon phases tattoos on this list, we find a beautiful tattoo hand pointing toward the moons that are radiating moonbeams.
Consider the Fill
So many of the moon phases tattoos that we’ve seen contain a nice texture that mimics the surface of the moon. But, that’s not the only option. Consider filling your moons with something that inspires you. These floral moons are a beautiful example of how this design scheme can pay off.
A decorative floral element is surrounded by the phases of the moon in this pared-down design that’s all about style. Keep things simple for a sophisticated and beautiful design.
Mandala tattoos are extremely popular these days. We were surprised to discover that the designs could work with the phases but this example shows just how to do it.
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Kill It with Color
Most of the moon phases tattoos we encountered are tattooed in black and grey. Feel free to go your own way with color. This rainbow gradient looks gorgeous and makes the texture of the moons really pop.
There you go! We hope you found a moon phases tattoo that you want to base your own original design on. As you’ve seen, there are many ways to go about getting one of these tattoos. Think outside the box and work with a tattoo artist who has a unique point of view for a unique design that only you can claim!
- 0.1 Little Gems Behind the Ear
- 0.2 As Sharp as They Come
- 0.3 Moon Goddess
- 0.4 Minimalism
- 0.5 Radiate
- 0.6 Be Bold
- 0.7 Whimsical Scene
- 0.8 Line Work
- 0.9 With Character
- 0.10 Blue Moon
- 0.11 Mandala-Inspired Fill
- 0.12 With an Arrow
- 0.13 Phases
- 0.14 Galaxy Inside
- 0.15 Drip
- 0.16 A Cosmic Hand
- 0.17 Among the Flowers
- 0.18 Swirling
- 0.19 Pretty Pastels
- 0.20 Moon Dagger
- 0.21 Cloudy Skies
- 0.22 The Potion
- 0.23 Singular
- 0.24 Delicate
- 0.25 Enviable Color
- 1 Get Inspired by These Dramatic Moon Phases Tattoo Ideas!
- 1.1 Classic
- 1.2 Down the Spine
- 1.3 Minimal
- 1.4 Lunar Band
- 1.5 With Sunflowers
- 1.6 With Embellishment
- 1.7 More Visual Interest
- 1.8 With Love
- 1.9 Huld-Inspired
- 1.10 Part of Something Larger
- 1.11 A Meditation on Time
- 1.12 Get a Little Creepy
- 1.13 With Butterfly
- 1.14 Do It with Dots
- 1.15 Feeling the Floral
- 1.16 Make It Micro
- 1.17 Circular
- 1.18 See It Through
- 1.19 Subtle
- 1.20 Mini Moons
- 1.21 Magic
- 1.22 Consider the Fill
- 1.23 Blissfully Simple
- 1.24 Mandala Moons
- 1.25 Kill It with Color
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