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56 Dreamy Moon Tattoos With Meaning

Moon tattoos are evergreen. Be it in the spotlight or as a background, the moon is often seen in tattoo designs across cultures. In astrology, the moon is regarded as a symbol of femininity, as opposed to the sun. However, it holds a special place in many hearts for various reasons.

I love moon tattoos because it gives me the strength to embrace my authentic self. Despite the imperfections, the moon always glows. It is covered with craters from impacts. But the flaws never dull its shine.

Some people get a moon tattoo because it is a symbol of changes. There is only one moon. But the shape and brightness vary at different times. Similarly, you will have your good days and your bad days. No feelings are final, and no pain is permanent.

Another reason why moon tattoos are so popular is for the representation of long-distance love. Wherever your loved ones are, you will always be looking at the same moon. And it makes the distance in between smaller. If you miss someone from far away, matching moon tattoos may be a token of your unbreakable connection.

Tattoos are all about self-expression. The crescent moon, full moon, or half-moon all have different meanings. And one can always find a moon tattoo that tells his own story. To give you some ideas, here is a collection of creative and meaningful moon tattoos. Keep scrolling for inspiration.

Disclaimer: This tattoo collection is for inspiration only. Please do not copy the artwork. If you love these tattoos, follow artists and show them some support.

Unique moon tattoos with meaning

Table of content

  • Small and minimalist moon tattoos
  • Creative tattoos for the moonchild
  • Elegant sun and moon tattoos

Small and minimalist moon tattoos

A moon tattoo can be intricate. Or it can be as simple as a single line. And these small moon tattoos are proof that simplicity can carry meanings and depths.

One line moon phase on the back

A single line minimalist tattoo on the back by @cagridurmaz


Just like other tattoo elements, moon tattoos come in different shapes, sizes, and placements. This petite nape tattoo is a perfect example of simplicity and elegance. The fine line represents the crescent moon. And it vibes with the feminine energy symbolized by the moon phase. Together, this moon tattoo showcases both strength and serenity.

Minimalist crescent moon tattoo

crescent moon arm tattoo by @mint_tattooist


A heavenly starry night

A cloudy night by @christinetaylortattoo


No matter how dark the night is, the light will always shine through.

A deep poetry tattoo

moon tattoo with a quote by @cagridurmaz


Quote tattoos carry different meanings and stories, and this k.tolnoe’s poetry tattoo is no exception.

Maybe we all wear masks, pretending to be someone else in the day. Only when we are alone at night can we truly live as we want. And this is the beauty of solitude.

Watercolor crescent moon

Watercolor blue crescent moon tattoo by @mint_tattooist


Above the sea

Moon over the sea by @olive_forestink


Music in the night

Music in the night _fine line tattoo by @playground_tat2


If you are a night owl whose creativity surges at night, this sleek symbol tattoo is a great fit for you.

A small moon and stars shoulder tattoo

A small moon and stars tattoo on the shoulder by @cagridurmaz


Moon in Aries

Rainbow moon with Aries constellation by @alynanatattoos


With the sun being the major sign, we also have a moon sign, a rising sign, and more. While our sun sign represents who we become, the moon reflects our true desires.

If your moon sign is Aries, you are an untethered spirit. Independence is essential. But you may not be comfortable showing your vulnerable side as Aries is a sign of strength and action.

Read also: 61 Stunning and fiery Aries zodiac tattoos

Triple moon symbol

Triple moon symbol tattoo by @cagridurmaz


The triple moon demonstrates three states of moon phases:  waxing, full, and waning. Together, the three moons cover the entire cycle of life: birth, growth, and death. Thus the triple moon becomes a symbol of life and feminine energy, and it’s often seen in witchy tattoos.

Waxing crescent on the chest

Minimalist crescent moon chest tattoo by @choiyun_tattoo


Not alone

Not alone _abstract minimalist moon tattoo by

No one is an island. Even a small plant in the desert is accompanied by a full sky of stars and moonlight.

Rose in the moonlight

Rose in the moonlight by

Beauty is not about being perfect. It lies in the courage to glow despite the loses and wounds. And this elegant arm tattoo is a perfect reminder.

Sunset in the moon – a stunning landscape tattoo

Sunset in the moon - a stunning landscape tattoo by

Bunny and the moon – a girly ankle tattoo

A girly ankle tattoo for minimalist by

Red moon in floral pattern

A floral crescent moon between the boobs by @by_vas


Creative tattoos for the moonchild

Moonchild doesn’t just refer to the Cancer sign. Anyone that feels a connection with the moon can be a moon child.
A moonchild is someone that is out of this world. Moonchildren are blessed with powerful intuitions and wild thoughts. But they also overfeel, overthink, and overlove. If you are one of them, these creative lunar tattoos will illuminate your imagination.

On cloud wine

One more drink _ a creative moon tattoo by @cagridurmaz


Sometimes a glass of wine is all the zen we need.

An intricate snake and moon fantasy tattoo

Snake and moon fantasy tattoo by @claire_m_tattoos


Moon and the little fox

Fox on the moon calf tattoo by @naomivargatattoo


Fly to the moon

Astronaut and moon tattoo by @bo2_ta2


The bright side and the dark side – A waning gibbous moon tattoo

bright side and dark side moon tattoo by @brenna.eagan


Waning gibbous is found between full and last quarter moon. It rises after sunset and sets after sunrise. Waning means the moon is getting smaller.

Spiritually, the waning gibbous moon phase is the time to reflect on old habits and existing relationships. What was dragging you down? Is there any toxicity in your circle? The waning moon gives us the power to cut off what no longer serves us.

A witch cat tattoo

the witch cat tattoo by @siarnthecatwitch


Black cats and the moon are both commonly seen in witchy tattoos. They are mysterious and you will never know how powerful they truly are.

It will shine again

It will shine again - a meaningful moon tattoo by @hakanadik


Moon phase and angels

Moon phase and angels _ lunar tattoo by @jefreenaderali


The night whisperer

The night whisperer_creative lunar tattoo by @stickandchoke


Stunning diamond moon tattoo

stunning diamond moon tattoo by @tattooist_jammy.j


A realistic moon phase tattoo

A realistic moon phase tattoo by @pannawisniatattoo


Moon phase tattoo on the back of neck

Badass neck tattoo by @jooyfava


A geometric moon phase nape tattoo

A geometric moon phase tattoo by @ladyshenone


The serenade

The serenade _ a beautiful watercolor tattoo by

This small piano tattoo was created by tattooist Ovenlee and inspired by her passion for music. She has also created a collection of dainty and sophisticated tattoos. Check out our interview with her to know more about her work.

Talking to the moon

Talking to the moon  _ an illustrative tattoo by

A stunning triple moon sleeve tattoo

More than one version _ colored moon tattoo by @hansantattoo


Because of the light from the sun, the moon may appear in different colors. What looks blue to you may be red to others. This is proof that there is more than one answer to a question. And we can only find our truth when we explore on our own.

Kitty on the moon

Realistic cat and moon tattoo by

Moon and Pisces tattoo

Moon and Pisces tattoo by @abii_tattoo


In astrology, the moon child often refers to Cancer. But when it comes to the emotional side, Pisces is a lot like Cancer. Their imagination flows like water and their mood may vary in a day just like the moon phase.

The lunar knight

The lunar knight by @starseed_ink


The moon child

The moon child  - unique full moon tattoo by @peria_tattoo


Never let anyone dull you shine.

Guarding serenity

Guarding serenity _ a creative crescent moon tattoo by @dogmanoir


Watercolor moon phase on the ankle

New to full moon by @peria_tattoo


A landscape painting tattoo

Realistic painting tattoo by @jiro_painter


Turn on the night

Turn on the night _ tattoo by @maya_gat


Floral moon tattoo

Floral moon tattoo by

The blood moon on the chest

The blood moon by @studiobysol


Witness of the night

Witness of the night by @_naradaya_


The inspiration for this tattoo comes from Piero Fornasetti, an Italian artist obsessed with Lina Cavalieri. To honor her beauty, he created 1000 plates with her face printed on them. Whether you relate to his passion or not, this tattoo is a perfect example of a personal twitch.

Wild thoughts

An artistic arm tattoo by @maya_gat


Whale and crescent moon

Whale and new moon by

A dreamy thigh tattoo for the moon child

A stunning thigh tattoo by @e.ple_tattoo


A simple one-word tattoo

Moon child tattoo by @pureum_tattoo


Read also: 56 Meaningful one-word tattoos that say a million things

Starry night

Starry night by @tattooist_namoo


Elegant sun and moon tattoos

Night and day, yin and yang, the sun and the moon are two opposites. As different as they are, their energies create a balance of life and completes a cycle. Sounds like you and your person? Then these sun and moon tattoos may relate to you.

A small ankle tattoo

A simple sun and moon ankle tattoo by @cagridurmaz


Matching sun and moon tattoos for couples

Matching sun and moon tattoo for best friends by @kristinevodon


Think by the day. Feel by the night

Think by the day feel by the night _ uncommon tattoo by @lhkiosk


Crayon wrist tattoos for the artists

Matching sun and moon wrist tattoo by @xin_tattoooo


Day and Night – Matching leg tattoos

Day and Night - Abstract matching tattoos by @maritdatter


Go with the flow

Flowing free _ poetic sun and moon tattoo by @ally.ink_

An intricate floral pattern tattoo

The overlapping sun and moon tattoo by @lishytattoo


Sun and moon tarot card tattoo

Sun and moon tarot tattoo by @dogmanoir


Which of these moon tattoos is your favorite?

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