50+ Moon Tattoo Designs That Will Evoke Your Feelings

By Jason Hamilton / March 9, 2019
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We’ve all caught ourselves staring at the moon; the wondrous celestial body that illuminates the night sky. It is a universal experience to gaze at its rocky terrain from the confines of earth and imagine the vastness of space. The moon represents the antithesis of the sun. The cosmic counterpart signifying an ultimate balance throughout the universe. Every person that walks this planet is guilty of staring at the moon with wide eyes and a craned neck, hypnotized by the idea of an entity so massive and bleak revolving around the earth. Subsequently, this fascination with the gray rock, which holds the distinction of being the largest planetary satellite relative to the size of the planet it orbits, has influenced our art.

In this article, we will be sharing with you our rich gallery of moon tattoo designs that will stir up emotion and amazement within you. We will also be parting you the preferences of both men and women for this tattoo design.

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The Meaning Behind The Moon Tattoo

Moons have a wealth of meanings, both on their own and when paired with other images, but some of the most common and easily recognizable meanings are:

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  • Cyclical nature
  • Insanity/lunacy
  • Feminine Mystique
  • Power of astrology
  • Magic
  • Fertility
  • Creativity
  • Growth
  • Expulsion of negative energy
  • Darkness/dark side
  • Wiccan beliefs
  • Rarity
  • The memory of loved ones
  • Mischief

Moon Tattoo Designs Available For You

There are several different variations possible when considering a moon tattoo design. As the moon waxes and wanes over the course of the lunar cycle, your first choice might be to decide which phase you want your moon to be in. From there, you can consider how you want your moon to be depicted, or if you want other symbols or elements added to the moon or additional embellishments like geometric tattoo elements or tribal tattoo designs.

Here are some of the best moon tattoo designs that we saw on the internet that you might like:

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Crescent or Half Moon  Tattoo

Getting a half moon tattoo, is a great way to demonstrate the duality of your own nature, or of life in general. The half, or crescent, moon occurs when the moon is waxing (going towards its full moon phase) or waning (going towards its new moon phase). Having a crescent moon tattoo, therefore, can symbolize a couple of different things: if the moon is in its waning crescent phase, it symbolizes the expulsion of negative energy from your personal, spiritual, or work life: you are ridding yourself of the people, habits, or things that you no longer need or which are harmful to you. If it is in its waxing crescent phase, however, it symbolizes growth and creativity.

Here are some of the most wonderful crescent and half moon tattoo designs we saw that might stir your interest:

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A very detailed forearm tattoo of a crescent moon made of flowers and feathers.

A highly detailed crescent tattoo with the Gemini symbol.

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A pair of wonderfully made cosmos crescent moon tattoos on the forearms.

A hand tattoo of the crescent moon and arrows.

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A beautiful but simple finger tattoo of the crescent moon.

Another wonderful finger tattoo of the crescent moon.

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Another finger tattoo of the crescent moon.

A beautiful tribal shoulder tattoo of the crescent moon and a wolf.

Another beautiful tribal tattoo of the crescent moon and a wolf.

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A highly detailed and intricately designed watercolor tattoo of the crescent moon adorned in numerous artistic decor.

A detailed leg tattoo of the Gemini symbol with a crescent moon.

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A small and simple crescent moon tattoo on the finger.

Full Moon Tattoo

The full moon has been a source of superstitions since the beginning of man. When the moon is full, it has the strongest celestial power over the earth. While this directly relates the ocean’s tides, many cultures believe a full moon is connected to change and insanity. According to some superstitions, a full moon is a time when the boundaries between here and the next world are especially fluid.

When creating a full moon tattoo, some individuals choose to embrace the otherworldly connection. They may use symbols from Wicca or images like a witch flying across the moon. Gothic emblems like the transformation of werewolves during the full moon are also popular. For a more realistic tattoo, you could draw in the Sea of Tranquility and other landmarks from the moon. This style is especially popular among people who love studying astronomy.

Here are some of the best full moon tattoo designs we saw on the internet that will surely evoke emotions:

A beautiful full moon tattoo on the sternum with added flowers for additional decor.

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A beautifully crafted and intricately detailed full moon tattoo with a fox on the forearm.

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A beautiful forearm tattoo of a full moon and the moon’s other phases.

A detailed and realistic full moon tattoo on the shoulder.

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A beautiful and intricate full moon tattoo in a triangle galaxy tattoo.

A highly detailed and intricate full moon tattoo with pine trees.

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A realistic chest tattoo of the moon.

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A galaxy tattoo on the shoulder with the full moon.

A cute forearm tattoo of the moon with a heart.

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A highly detailed and intricately made tree and full moon tattoo.

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A beautiful and colorful galaxy tattoo on the sleeve with the moon as its main object.

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Tribal Moon Tattoo

The moon has been the subject of various superstitious beliefs of a lot of early civilization tribes and societies. Early humans believe that the moon is a supernatural deity that watches over humanity for danger. Others believe that the moon is a god that will release its wrath on to the Earth if not appeased with. This might be the reason why tribal moon tattoo designs are still somewhat relevant today. There are still parts of the world that practice animism and other religious beliefs aside from the usual we often hear. Others would also love to have this tattoo not because they believe in the moon or something but rather they are drawn to its visual appeal.

Here are some of the best moon tattoos in tribal tattoo renditions that we saw on the internet that we think is visually striking:

A beautiful tribal moon and star tattoo on the sleeve.

A beautiful tribal crescent moon and wolf tattoo on the upper sleeves.

An intricate and highly detailed crescent moon tattoo on the thigh.

A well made highly detailed tribal crescent moon tattoo on the shoulder.

An intricate and highly detailed crescent moon tattoo on the thigh.

A wonderfully made tribal crescent moon tattoo on the upper back.

A beautiful sun and moon tattoo on the upper back.

Another beautifully crafted sun and moon tattoo on the upper back.

A tribal tattoo of the sun and moon on the chest.

A highly detailed and intricate tribal tattoo of a crescent moon inked on the upper back.

Moon Tattoo Designs For Men

Men do not usually get this tattoo design because it is mostly associated with women and is regarded to be a female tattoo design. This does not hinder tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts though as they have come up with various designs that made the moon tattoo visually striking and masculine.

Here are some of the best moon tattoo design we have seen that is perfectly suited for men such as you:

A leg tattoo of the moon and stars.

A highly detailed leg tattoo of the moon and a person hanging from the foot.

A small but highly detailed wrist tattoo of the moon and stars.

A beautifully crafted and intricately detailed forearm tattoo of a scenery with the crescent moon as its main object.

A beautifully made sleeve tattoo of A Trip To The Moon.

A highly detailed forearm tattoo of the crescent moon and a tight rope walker.

A sleeve tattoo of the moon and a person playing the guitar.

A large colorful, and vibrant rib cage tattoo of the moon and the cosmos.

A side tattoo of a tribal sun and moon.

An upper back tattoo of the moon and a wolf howling to it.

Moon Tattoo Designs For Women

The moon tattoo is generally regarded as a feminine tattoo design because of the superstition surrounding the big grey rock above the clouds. A ton of designs is available for women who want to have a moon tattoo inked on their skin which is why when you see moon tattoo designs for women, there are just hundreds upon hundreds of designs you can choose from.

Here are some of the best moon tattoo designs for women that we think will spur emotions inside you:

A beautiful tribal tattoo of the moon decorated with flowers and leaves.

A tattoo of the moon on the wrist decorated with flowers and leaves.

A beautiful sleeve tattoo of the moon on the horizon.

A fairly large and highly detailed thigh tattoo of the sun, moon, and a mandala.

A cute and vibrant watercolor tattoo of the moon and a witch riding a broom.

A beautifully detailed upper back tattoo of the moon with flowers and pine trees for additional detail.

A highly detailed forearm tattoos of the mon and the sun.

A long and simple tattoo of the moon and its phases on the upper back to the nape.

A highly detailed and vibrant watercolor tattoo of the moon on the forearm.

A very colorful and highly detailed upper back tattoo of the moon and a butterfly.

The moon tattoo design is just one of the many meaningful tattoo symbols that are very aesthetically pleasing. Which one do you think will suit you?


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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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