Glorious moon tattoos! The moon watches over us as we sleep. And we watch over the moon as it sleeps in ink on our bodies.
You may not realize it, but moon affects our lives just as much as sun does. How is that possible, moon doesn’t keep us warm, nor provide daylight? Moon energizes life, especially night life. Because of the moon, ocean tides rise and mushrooms sweat.
The moon is a symbol of feminine power and fertility. Ancient cultures associated goddesses with the moon, due to its hidden powers, secret wisdom and quiet influence.
But, men are also connected to the power of moon. Certain tribes, such as Native American tribes, Japanese, Maori, and many others, associate the moon with males. It is believed that the moon also influences hunting, and there are various lunar gods.
A moon tattoo is perfect for both genders. Here are some of the best moon tattoos that will inspire you!
20. Full Moon Tattoo
When it comes to moon symbolism, its meaning is way more different than the meanings for all our previous tattoo designs. We interpreted many tattoo designs, and they mostly represent strength, power, freedom, family, etc. But, when it comes to the moon, its unique illumination has deeper meaning. A moon tattoo is usually associated with mysticism, sensuality, shadow, mystery, purity, and, of course, magic. Full moon tattoos usually mean that everything is seen.
19. Beautiful Moon Tattoo
This is a beautiful, colorful moon tattoo. Usually, moon tattoos are done in dark colors, such as black or gray. But, this moon tattoo is truly unique. Instead of the moon’s typical whitish surface, we have something that looks like a reflection of the universe. This tattoo truly reminds us of all the beauties that lie within our universe.
18. Moon and Flowers Tattoo
What an intriguing moon tattoo this is! The moon is made out of dots, and, what seems to be two flowers. When it comes to flower tattoos, they usually represent love, birth, unity, and growth. However, these flowers do not look like typical
The sun and the moon tattoo is very similar to the meaning of Yin and Yang. It shows the strong attraction between two opposing forces. The sun and the moon are contrasting bodies, but when they are together they make a truly powerful, united body. Just like the Yin and Yang. Tattoos like this are meant to represent a person’s harmony and balance.
16. Phases of The Moon Tattoo
A tattoo of the moon cycle can represent the circle of life, rebirth, and even immortality. In Greek mythology, the phases of the moon were associated with three goddesses: Demeter, Kore-Persephone, and Hecate. These goddesses symbolized three different stages in life – the maiden (youth), matron (motherhood), and crone (old age). These phases are symbolized with the waxing, waning and full moon.
15. Moon Phases Tattoo
This tattoo is practically the same as the tattoo above, but the difference is in the position of the tattoo and the size of the tattoo. Every moon phase has its meaning. Waning moon is usually a symbol of release, letting go. New moon is the symbol of rebirth; a fresh start or a new beginning. Waxing moon represents growth, attainment, and manifestation. When the moon is full, it is on its peak. Therefore, a full moon tattoo represents the height of power, as well as fullness and the peak of clarity. It can also symbolize obtainment of desire.
14. Ribs Crescent Moon Tattoo
A crescent moon tattoo, as mentioned, symbolizes a new beginning. If you are finally done with your old life and habits, then symbolize your rebirth with a tattoo like this. Or, if you are planning to start over, you may use this tattoo as a symbol of support and encouragement.
13. Beautiful Moon Tattoo
This is a very beautiful and complex moon tattoo. You have a crescent moon, an arrow, and stars. However, this tattoo also reminds me of a dream catcher. A dream catcher was used to protect newborns from bad spirits. A crescent moon symbolizes new beginnings. An arrow tattoo usually sends one strong message – it needs to be pulled back before it is shot. This tattoo may be your lucky charm, your symbol of rebirth and the fact that you needed life to drag you down before you started shining bright, all at the same time!
12. Tiny Crescent Moon Tattoo
If you are not looking for a symbol of new beginnings, but still want the crescent moon tattoos, then go and get it. Even though a crescent moon generally symbolizes one thing, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get this beautiful tattoo. Your tattoo should have a meaning you want it to and symbolize what you want it to.
11. Tribal Moon and Sun Tattoo
We already showed you one example of moon and sun tattoos and told you it’s meaning. But, that tattoo was colorful. Do you prefer more simple, tribal tattoos? If so, then look no more. This tattoo is the perfect choice for you. It clearly states what you want it to, but, still it keeps a tiny dose of mystery within.
10. “La Luna” Moon Tattoo
Translated “la luna” means actually the moon. But, you probably already knew that. Besides the “la luna,” here we also have a full moon. A full moon represents that everything is seen. However, Native Americans believed that a full moon is different for every month. That is why they gave names to every full moon, based on the characteristics of the month the moon appears in. They had 12 names, just like there are 12 months. Some of them are Egg Moon (April), Flower Moon (May), Harvest Moon (September), Cold Moon (December), etc.
9. Sun and Moon Feet Tattoos
What do you think about this sun and moon tattoo? It is a bit more complex than the previous ones, and the sun and the moon look like actual persons. Also, you can notice tiny sun and moon tattoos on the fingers of this person. Simple, mysterious and intriguing tattoo. Check out more matching tattoos!
8. Howling Wolf and Moon Tattoos
Let’s remember all those books and movies about werewolves. Humans turn into werewolves when? On the full moon night, that is right! Many may consider wolves dangerous predators, but the truth is so much different. Sure, they are predators, but wolves are true warriors who value their pact and loyalty more than anything. Wolves stay with the same mate for the rest of their lives. Could this full moon represent your change, and your new life with your loved one?
7. Beautiful Crescent Moon Tattoo
Crescent moon tattoos do not need to be simple. You can make your moon tattoo unique with various designs and patterns. Take a look at this one, for example. Moon tattoo is a great way to symbolize your new beginning!
6. Amazing Moon Tattoo
Why would your moon tattoo only have a moon? The moon actually is a symbol of the night. Sun is very important for us, humans. When the sun rises, we come to life. But, when the moon shows up on the sky, that is when all the other creatures come to life. Your tattoo can represent all those things that happen beyond our sight.
5. Night Tattoo
As I’ve just said, when you think of the moon, you are associated to night. Night and moon have one thing in common – they are so mysterious. If you are like them, then this beautiful, yet mysterious tattoo is the perfect choice for you.
4. Moon and the Woods Forearm Tattoo
Moon tattoos look great on your forearms. The moon above the woods tattoo looks pretty amazing, right. And, the greatest part about this tattoo is that you don’t have to make it this small. You can get this tattoo in a larger format.
3. Tiny Crescent Moon Tattoo
Crescent moon symbolizes change and new beginnings. So, if you are ready for a rebirth, you may show that off to everyone with a tattoo. However, if you are a more subtle type, you should definitely get this tiny, elegant tattoo, instead all the big ones we have demonstrated.
2. Unbelievable Moon Tattoos
This is actually a matching tattoo. You may see two pictures, but I think there are only two hands here. The tattoos are done around the entire hand. So, you have the front side and the back side of your hand tattooed. This sleeve moon tattoo looks amazing. It would also look great on two or even four friends!
1. Elegant Moon Tattoo
I don’t think I should say anything about this tattoo. It is so realistic and so perfect. Even though you might think the nature sleeps at night like you do, think about it once again. I think that during the nighttime nature starts waking up. Actually, I am pretty sure about this. And, the beautiful, mysterious moon wakes it up.