The yin yang symbol finds black representing yin, and white representing yang. Yin is receptive, and yang is the active principle. The ancient concept and symbol represent the duality of our world. Yin yang tattoos have become very popular today as people seek symbols that help find order in life’s chaos. Folks go beyond the traditional symbol and have gotten extremely creative with their tattoos. The most popular motif is of koi fish in the shape of the symbol, with one appearing darker than the other. But, that’s not all there is out there.
We wanted to get a better idea of the yin yang tattoos people are getting today and learn more about the possibilities and limitations of these designs. We turned to social media to discover the tattoos that excited people. We were pleasantly surprised to discover the myriad ways people go about these tattoos, and we are thrilled to share them with you. If you are contemplating a yin yang tattoo, you have come to the right place. Scroll through our favorite, inspired designs below!
Yin Yang With Koi
As promised, here’s an example of a koi fish yin yang tattoo. The crisp, fine lines are remarkable here. Of all the styles of tattoos we surveyed, this is the most popular so if you go in this direction, know that you will be in very good company.
Here’s a cool concept that divides the symbol into the sum of its parts. It looks fantastic down the spine but would also be welcome down an arm or leg.
Sun and Sea
Here’s another extremely popular yin yang tattoo. It finds opposing forces in the ocean and the sun. This example is fantastic, but we have some similar ones to share with you.
A Little Love
We find the circular shapes swapped out for tiny hearts in this charming yin yang tattoo. This is mildly popular, and we think it’s rather cute.
Mountains and Waves
Similar to the sun and ocean yin yang tattoo, this design contains a mountain versus ocean scene. Black and grey look handsome, but you could easily go with color for something more vibrant.
Watercolor tattoos are a huge trend today. The same is true for yin yang tattoos, so it’s a marriage between two very popular designs. There’s so much movement and energy in this piece.
Watercolor Part II
Because this is so popular, we wanted to share another example with you. Contrasting colors pop off of each other here and explode with energy. How beautiful!
Characters, like animals, are also popular with yin yang tattoos. In this design, we find a dark wolf and a white one that also includes astral bodies. What a winner.
Now, most yin yang tattoos are small to medium in size, but this one is situated in a full sleeve. It shows that the yin yang symbol is versatile and can be worked into larger designs.
Here’s a very interesting yin yang tattoo showing the symbol spilling from a split face and flowers. It’s the only tattoo like it that we saw. That makes it a truly singular design.
Ready for This Jelly
Step aside, koi fish, jellyfish are impeccable in this yin yang tattoo. Don’t they look positively haunting? Almost anything can be employed to work as this symbol.
How fun are these little flowers? We think the understated look of this yin yang tattoo will speak to many people. Flowers and other botanical elements are popular, and we’ve got a few more to share with you.
Cute kitties are where it’s at! These darling felines are curled up into the yin yang symbol, and little star shapes sweeten the deal further. Cat-lovers, you could do no better.
Listen to Your Heart
We’ve seen little hearts in the yin yang symbol, but this example is contained in a heart shape. Little botanical elements and ornamentation help bring the overall design to life.
Balance In the Branches
Wow. This yin yang tattoo makes us want to take a deep breath. It’s so perfectly balanced and elegant. We are big fans of tattoos that celebrate nature; this one is a party.
Here is an offbeat yin yang tattoo that encircles the kneecap. The abstract shapes look magical here, akin to flames. This is likely bigger than most will want to go, but you could 100% size it down for something more modest.
As Above, So Below
We find the branches and roots of a tree echoing each other in this yin yang tattoo. It’s perfectly balanced and immediately gave us a sense of calmness.
As promised. more flower yin yang tattoos are on the way. This one has the symbol centered in the flower; instead of a tidy circle, it has a wavy border.
Colorful yin yang tattoos are not as popular as you might expect. You can absolutely take your tattoo in that direction if you want. We find golden petals and flames encircling the symbol and a contrasting green stem that makes the whole thing pop.
Isn’t this yin yang tattoo haunting and ethereal? The swirling lines offer so much movement and energy.
Here’s one of the most unique yin yang tattoos we found. Two bodies have been used to create the symbol in a gorgeous way. This is art, baby!
Head and Heart
A little brain and heart have been used here to create the opposing concepts of the yin yang symbol. Tiny dots have been employed to offer texture and more visual interest.
Cranked Up Color
Did your heart skip a beat? Gorgeous florals stand in opposition to the swirling cosmic scene below. A butterfly and hummingbird flank the shape to complete a natural scene that is bursting with life.
Now, for one of our very favorite yin yang tattoos. A pair of puppies in opposing colors have been used to create the symbol. Aren’t they precious? Bravo to the tattoo artist who brought these fur babies to life.
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Koi Fish Yin Yang Tattoos Are Everywhere
We leave you with one more koi yin yang tattoo because they are just so popular these days. The minute details here will take your breath away. Koi fish are ubiquitous, but you can come up with new ways of representing them by working with a tattoo artist who can help realize your concept.
There you go! What did you think of these Yin Yang tattoos? We hope you found them inspiring and will consider something similar for your own tattoo. If you’d like even more ink inspiration, keep reading. We’ve got some stunning sun and moon tattoos that strike the perfect balance. to share with you.
Get Inspired by These Sun and Moon Tattoos!
Make It Fine
If you’re in the market for a modest tattoo, consider working with an artist who excels at fine lines. The stick and poke method (by hand and without a gun) was likely used to make this sun and moon tattoo so exceptionally fine.
If you don’t want your sun and moon tattoo together, you can pair them in other creative ways. We find two wrists in this example that come together very nicely. Each is outfitted with decorative elements that make them so personal and original.
Among matching tattoos, sun and moon tattoos are hugely popular. We find a matching pair that have some razor-sharp lines. If you’ve got a buddy, consider something similar to share.
In Your Hands
A touch of magic seems to be the subject matter of this sun and moon tattoo. We find the celestial bodies floating above a pair of hands. They cast a spell, don’t they?
Mandala In the Moon
Mandala-inspired tattoo designs are hugely popular today. With this sun and moon we find the familiar shapes filled with Mandala elements which proves a very unique look unlike any other we found while researching these tattoos.
Cycles of the moon cap the top portion of this tattoo with the lower half radiating rays of the sun. It’s an interesting concept that we did not see replicated. If you’d like to celebrate the moon, consider something similar for your sun and moon tattoo.
On Each Shin
The sun and moon tattoos in the above example are located on the shins. Take a look at how the moon is framed in a black and grey area with radiating lines. We love how both “shine” and balance each other out.
We find a crescent moon underneath the sun with rays that appear to be shared. The wavy ones contrast with the straight ones to offer balance.
In this ornamental design, the shapes of the sun and moon are applied in a decorative manner. You get more of an impression of the two in this tattoo which might appeal to you!
We’ll find many more sun and moon tattoos with faces but the rather stern expressions found in this tattoo really stood out. While many of these designs offer whimsy, this one sets a different tone.
We can’t resist a cat tattoo and these fur babies look so cute next to the sun and moon found in this design. Take a look at all of the fine lines used to give the animals’ fur texture. If you love cats, you know it’s possible to incorporate them into your own design.
In this sun and moon tattoo, we find a more abstract approach. The crescent moon is filled with a botanical-inspired design and the sun has a cute pattern that the rays of sunlight seem to emanate from. It’s wonderful!
Dot work is a tattoo technique and form of shading that is made by thousands of tiny dots. Take a close look at the above tattoo and you will see that those dots have been masterfully applied to shade the sun and moon but also as part of the decorative elements surrounding them.
Experiment with Color
We have seen a lot of black and grey examples so far, but that’s not the only option! Feel free to experiment with color and work with your artist to come up with a scheme that makes sense for your tattoo. An ombré technique blends different colors into gradients that truly stun.
Hot & Cold
In this classic sun and moon tattoo, we find a hot sun and a cool moon. This is a classic look that conjures imagery from children’s picture books.
While color can be grand, sometimes bold and black is the right answer. If you’d like to be bold with your color choice, go with something simple like this that makes a big impact.
Watercolor tattoos are a huge trend today. We find the technique applied to the sun and moon tattoo above with splashes of blue and orange. For moms, you might have some names you’d like to add to your design.
We find the personification of both the moon and sun in this mesmerizing tattoo. It’s a very original design that’s more than enviable.
Light & Dark
Playing with light VS dark proves a wise decision for contrasting tattoos that really pop. The same landscape lit by sunlight and moonlight is an interesting concept among these sun and moon tattoos.
Are you a plant lover? Vase tattoos offer you the opportunity to tell your story with the intricate designs on the vessel. A cute little sun and moon make an appearance here but aren’t necessarily the stars of the show.
If you’re not after a huge tattoo, consider going micro with your design. Often they make more of an impact than larger tattoos. We find a hand holding the sun and moon here. Simple, tidy lines are all it takes.
The person who shared this image captioned it, “the relationship between the sun and moon.” It’s another one of the romantic sun and moon tattoo ideas.
Here’s a handsome, straightforward design that’s not breaking new ground but it’s done so well it feels noteworthy. Tidy lines and subtle shading really make this sun and moon tattoo a standout.
On the other end of the spectrum, you can go maximalist with your design. There’s so much color applied to this design. It’s also a watercolor tattoo and you will find stars inside the “paint” that’s leached from the center of the moon design.
Yin & Yang
A classic symbol of light and darkness striking balance can be found in yin and yang. These tattoos are exceptional and take the concept to the next level.
The cool colors in the clouds and moon are balanced with the warmness of the sun and stars. Take a look inside each shape and you will super-fine lines that offer movement and an added layer of visual interest.
Again, you will not find anything out of the ordinary with this design but we wanted to direct your eyes to the starry objects. Inside each, you will find a collection of rainbow-colored dots. If you’re after some sparkle, consider requesting something similar.
Bold In Black
We’re back to black and grey to celebrate its virtues after seeing several examples with colorful ink. These black and grey sun and moon tattoos are exquisite. Brilliant dot work gives both tattoos tons of visual interest and texture.
Make It Pop with White
Tattoo artists have been experimenting more and more with white ink to highlight designs. The sun and moon tattoo above is breathtaking thanks to all of the masterful line and dot work. But, white ink to highlight the features on the faces of each really adds so much contrast.
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“Still I Rise,” proves a perfect pairing with a sun and moon tattoo. Perhaps you can think of other sentiments that work well to use for your own tattoo. Ink is all about self-expression and if a quote will help you do just that, add one to your tattoo!
There you go! We hope you found some fresh ideas for your sun and moon tattoo. As you have seen, there are many ways for you to achieve your celestial tattoo. We urge you to work with a tattoo artist with a point of view that you share for the most original and meaningful tattoo. Happy tattooing!
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- 0.1 Yin Yang With Koi
- 0.2 Deconstructed
- 0.3 Sun and Sea
- 0.4 A Little Love
- 0.5 Mountains and Waves
- 0.6 Watercolor
- 0.7 Watercolor Part II
- 0.8 Astral
- 0.9 The Sleeve
- 0.10 Split Face
- 0.11 Ready for This Jelly
- 0.12 Beautiful Botanical
- 0.13 Meow
- 0.14 Listen to Your Heart
- 0.15 Balance In the Branches
- 0.16 Energy
- 0.17 As Above, So Below
- 0.18 Flower Power
- 0.19 Flaming Flower
- 0.20 Smoke
- 0.21 Bodies
- 0.22 Head and Heart
- 0.23 Cranked Up Color
- 0.24 Puppies
- 0.25 Koi Fish Yin Yang Tattoos Are Everywhere
- 1 Get Inspired by These Sun and Moon Tattoos!
- 1.1 Make It Fine
- 1.2 Opposites Attract
- 1.3 Share
- 1.4 In Your Hands
- 1.5 Mandala In the Moon
- 1.6 The Cycles
- 1.7 On Each Shin
- 1.8 Stylish
- 1.9 Subtle
- 1.10 Stone-Faced
- 1.11 With Cats
- 1.12 Ornamental
- 1.13 Dazzled
- 1.14 Experiment with Color
- 1.15 Hot & Cold
- 1.16 Go Dark
- 1.17 Dreamy Watercolor
- 1.18 Romance
- 1.19 Light & Dark
- 1.20 Decorative
- 1.21 Micro Moment
- 1.22 The Relationship
- 1.23 Cheerful
- 1.24 Drama
- 1.25 Yin & Yang
- 1.26 A Dream
- 1.27 Sparkles
- 1.28 Bold In Black
- 1.29 Make It Pop with White
- 1.30 Share Your Message
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