Sun tattoos radiate with warmth and celebrate the sunny days of summer and beyond. The sun is a powerful symbol of regeneration, rebirth, and life itself. It’s only natural that these sorts of designs are highly favored among tattoo enthusiasts as they are both beautiful and hold special meaning to folks. Sun tattoos come in all shapes and sizes and people really get creative with them stepping away from more traditional designs and favoring new ways to express their love of the sun.
We wanted to get a better idea of the types of sun tattoos that are popular today so we turned to social media to the latest and greatest designs that really discover put a new spin on our solar friend. We have rounded up a mix that shows the possibilities as well as the limitations of sun tattoos so that you get a good idea of the ways you can make your sun tattoo really shine. Take a look below and gather some ink inspiration for your next tattoo!
Discover the Right Style of Sun Tattoo for You Below:
Some tidy dots and dashes are all it takes to form a very simple but elegant sun tattoo. You don’t have to make a huge commitment for yourself if you’d like something understated and small.
Expressive Sun and Moon
Wow! How gorgeous are these two faces? We find a sun and moon together here details with beautiful dot-work to add depth as well as texture to the design.
Here’s a very simple sun tattoo that has a gentle fade to gray in the rays of the sun. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel for your tattoo if that’s not your style. Something established and simple will also get the job done.
Take a look at all of the tiny lines and dots used to bring the mesmerizing design to life. We find a sun splitting to reveal another face. Is it the moon? Is it another character? This handsome tattoo is open to interpretation.
Feel free to go an ornamental route with your sun design. You can draw inspiration from architecture or any sort of decorative art for an original and stunning tattoo.
Okay, we know most of you are not after an entire sleeve, but this was such a beauty we felt a need to share it with you. Feel free to take elements from this design to help compose a (likely smaller) tattoo of your own.
Kiss the Sun
How sweet is this design that reads like a love letter to the sun? If you’ve ever wanted to kiss the warmth from the sun, it could be the best sort of sun tattoo for you!
Most of the sun tattoos on this list are black ink as that is the most common type, but do not fear color! In fact, the sun offers you the perfect opportunity to radiate vibrant hues.
Here’s a lovely thigh tattoo with a sun that appears to have a meditative face. Make sure your tattoo reflects the intended mood.
Eye of the Sun
We find a burst of sunshine and an eye in a cloud. It’s a mysterious design that looks stylish and unique.
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For this sun tattoo, instead of putting the face inside the sun, the artist has decided to use the sun as a feature of a face. How handsome are those pink and blue clouds!?
Here’s a sun tattoo like none other on this list. The person who shared the image explained that the tree represents mother earth and her relationship to the sun. What a fantastic piece!
Sun on Your Back
Do you always want the sun at your back? A sun tattoo can arrange that for you. The back offers you the opportunity to go bigger with your design and really express yourself.
How gorgeous are those floral elements? They look splendid framed by the sun shape. What a stunning celebration of nature.
Here It Comes
Are there any Beatles fans out there? “Here Comes the Sun,” inspired this beautiful piece that finds the sun sprouting from a vase.
Fresh and Offbeat
The face in this sun tattoo is a really cool one. It’s a touch mysterious and romantic and a real delight to behold.
Sleepy Setting Sun
The eyes on the face of this sun tattoo are closed, an intentional decision the artist made to express a setting sun. It’s like the sun said, “Time for bed, later!”
Classic Design, Clean Lines
Tidy, clean lines compose this gorgeous back sun tattoo. A very steady hand and tons of skill went into this beautiful tattoo.
How playful are those geometric shapes used to highlight the rays of the sun? They seem to house a red sun and a crescent moon. Red ink and black ink will always be a winning combination. Consider it for your own sun tattoo design.
Three micro tattoos are very small in this example but they make a huge statement. A sunflower, another golden flower, and an expressive sun all line up to present a warm nature-inspired design that totally soars.
Sun and Moon Alchemy
The person who shared this mesmerizing image described it as “sun and moon alchemy.” Do you see it? We find both pouring into a vase. There are so many decorative and stylish elements to this design and you should feel free to incorporate some into your own original sun tattoo.
Tarot card tattoos are wildly popular these days. One of the most cheerful cards you can get as a tattoo is the Sun card. The card acts as a frame for the sun design which adds dimension and depth.
Rad in Red
Red ink is always a smart choice. It looks much more evocative and lively than black ink. If you’re not married to using black ink, consider going red because it will take the most basic design to the next level.
This sun tattoo looks like it could be from an illuminated manuscript. There’s a sort of sun knight character here that’s so romantic and arresting. Get weird and it will pay off!
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We leave you with a landscape tattoo that echoes elements of painting. Look at all of the amazing colors the artist has worked into the reflection of the sun on the waves. Bravo! It’s one of our favorite sun tattoos on the list and a great direction to take your own tattoo in.
There you go! What did you think of these sun tattoos? We hope you found them inspiring and that you will consider your own sun design. There are so many different ways to go about your sun tattoo so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and develop a singular design that’s all your own. Happy tattooing!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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