Much of the popularity of any tattoo design is, quite simply, not symbolic but rather aesthetic. However, we believe that a tattoo is a symbol of our self and social identities. We’re among those who love the tattoos that not only look good, but also have history and meaning behind imagery. Sun and moon tattoos definitely fall into this category, having such a rich symbolism and multiple meanings.

What does a tattoo of sun and moon symbolize?

The sun and the moon have been the subject of visual arts, literature, poetry and countless others in the course of human history.  Like many of counterparts in the nature – day and night, darkness and light, male and female, the moon is the natural counterpart to the sun. Joined together in a design, sun and moon represent a universal belief and expression of the merging of opposites.

Nearly in all the cultures throughout the world, the sun is a masculine figure and signifies strength and power. On the other hand, the moon is considered as a feminine figure and represents calmness and stability.

Sun and moon tattoos signify the basic principle of life – where there is good, there will also be bad. They represent the duality of human nature – everyone has a dark side and a bright side.

Just as there are sun and moon, day and night, everyone has their good days and bad days in life. No one can live this life without having to experience the good and the bad moments that will shape his/hers personality.

Sun and moon tattoos also imply unity in diversity and sometimes sexual and spiritual union of man and woman. They are a symbol of love, being often chosen by couples.  After all, the love story between the sun and the moon is old since the universe.

Joined as one, these celestial symbols represent the cycle of life, death and rebirth. One of the most basic, yet powerful, symbols, the circle is a representation of the universe in its most simple form.

Inspirational Sun and Moon Tattoos

Now that you know the symbolism behind the imagery, it’s time for a little inspiration. Check out the image gallery below and maybe you’ll find a tattoo to inspire your own ink piece. As with any tattoo, it’s important to choose the style, design and location that suit you. And of course, the right artist to put your ideas on the skin.



sun and moon tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist ❁ NiKi ❁

best tattoo ideas for girls

photo credit © tattoo artist @crush.on.line

colorful sun and moon tattoo

photo credit © tattoo artist Robson Carvalho 

body art

photo credit © tattoo artist • Ana •  @anahataink

best sun and moon tattoos

photo source © tattoo artist ???? ?????

best sun and moon tattoos

photo source © tattoo artist Marta Ostrowska

sun and moon

photo source © tattoo artist • Dani@danitattoonyc

best ink pieces for girls

photo source © tattoo artist Felicia Lozoya

cool sun and moon tattoos

photo source © tattoo artist Angelo Parente

body art for girls

photo credit © tattoo artist  S A N D R A S T O R M


best sun and moon tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist • Yana • @ohh.yana

awesome tats for girls

photo credit © tattoo artist Ira Shmarinova

beautiful sun and moon tattoo

photo credit © tattoo artist Shona Lynne 

sun and moon art

photo credit © tattoo artist • Bruna • @brunatattooer

cool ink pieces for girls

photo credit © tattoo artist • Tzeboruko_tattoo@blk_neko

awesome sun and moon tattoos

photo source © tattoo artist • Alina Tu  • @alinatu

cool sun & moon tattoos

photo source © tattoo artist • Cara • @caravanessa.tattoo

beautiful sun and moon tattoos

photo source © tattoo artist • Susanne • @foreverdarkwoodstattoo

best sun and moon tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist • Genie Kittie • @geniekittietattoo

best sun and moon tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist •  L I B B Y G U Y  • @libbyguytattoos


sun and moon art

photo credit © tattoo artist •  Marie  • @marieradfordtattoo

cool hourglass tattoo

photo credit © tattoo artist •  Masa • @masa__island

cool ink pieces

photo source © tattoo artist •  Hannah Stradling • @straddles

beautiful sun & moon tattoo

photo source © tattoo artist •  ????? ???? • @sollyrose

super cute ink piece

photo source © tattoo artist  @tata.tsvetkova

best tattoos for girls

photo credit © tattoo artist •  Emily Brown  • @emily_b_tattoos

cool sun & moon tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist • Shane Po • @shane.po

best tattoo ideas for girls

photo credit © tattoo artist • Anuk Fringeli  • @anuk.tattoo

amazing ink pieces

photo credit © tattoo artist  •Tuğba Bozkurt • @tugbabozzkurt

beautiful ink piece

photo source © tattoo artist • Fanny Chou  • @fannychoutattoo

best sun and moon tattoo

photo credit © tattoo artist • ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? • @vievetattoos

body art

photo source © tattoo artist • ???? ?????????  • @twistedchapel

body art

photo credit  © tattoo artist • LC • @lorencrawley

best sun & moon tattoos

photo credit  © tattoo artist • Juan Beron • @chazsci

sun and moon tattoos

photo credit  © tattoo artist • Anka Kiełtyka • @lama_del_ray

sun and moon art

photo source  © tattoo artist • Andrew • @tatsbyandrew

super cute tattoos

photo credit  © tattoo artist • Fany • @fany.ink

beautiful sun & moon tattoos

photo credit  © tattoo artist • Krysz  • @kryshink

beautiful tattoos

photo source © tattoo artist • @dima.inkart

Sun and Moon Tattoos For Couples

couple sun and moon tattoos

photo source © tattoo artist • Stella Luna {tia} • @stellalunaink

couple sun and moon tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist • K e v i n • @pangspen

sun and moon tattoos for couples

photo credit © tattoo artist • Julia Geyer Tattoo Ravensburg

sun and moon couples tattoo

photo credit © tattoo artist • Fernando Andrade Jr  • @fernxndojrtatts

matching tattoos for couple

photo credit © tattoo artist • Vasıf Daniel Kahraman • @by_vas

sun and moon tattoo for couples

photo credit © tattoo artist • ?????? • @g.yawny

couple sun and moon tattoo

photo source © tattoo artist • Spoony • @spoonytattoos


Sun and Moon Tattoos For Sisters Or Best Friends

sisters tattoo

photo credit © tattoo artist • Rebecca Rubia • @rebeccarubiatattoo

matching tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist @takko.san

friendship sun and moon tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist • CPH • @cphtattoo

friendship tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist @amarinvi

cool sun and moon tattoos for friends

photo credit © tattoo artist • P A N N I • @pannipix

sun and moon tattoo for friends

photo credit © tattoo artist • Vera Rupf • @veronikarupf

friendship sun & moon tattoo

photo credit © tattoo artist • Lexi Berger • @lexxibergger

sun and moon tattoo for sisters

photo source © tattoo artist • Maria Salonen • @mariasalonentattoo

friendship tattoos

photo credit © tattoo artist • @bonattihousetattoo

Check out our roundup of amazing tattoo artists from around the world for more ink inspiration:

Beauty Lies In Simplicity: Minimalist Animal Tattoos Created At Sol Tattoo Parlor
Painterly Colorful Tattoos by A.D. Pancho
Jun Cha Creates Beautiful Hyper-Realistic Tattoos That Will Leave You Stunned
Bumpkin Tattoo Studio, a Great Place to Get Colorful, Cartoonish Tattoos
Vikings tattoos by Peter Walrus Madsen, a Mash-Up of Nordic Folk Art and Geometry