50+ Radiant Sun Tattoo Designs To Make You Feel The Heat

By Jason Hamilton / March 4, 2019
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One of the most unique and beautiful tattoos is the sun tattoo. These tattoos have been applied by many people and they are usually extremely elegant in their visual appeal. Essentially, the sun gives you light, energy, and heat. Above all, it is also an element of growth and life for most living things.

In this article, we will be sharing with you a brief background on sun tattoo designs as well as the preferences of both men and women for this tattoo design. We will also share with you our rich gallery of sun tattoo designs.

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Background On Sun Tattoo Designs

Ancient civilization across the globe revered the sun as a powerful deity. They used the symbol of the sun to signify fertility and energy. The Native Americans regarded the sun as the day’s guardian and that it had the powers to heal. The ancient design of the sun was an ordinary circle that had a point at the center.

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This is the design that is mostly used in astronomy and astrology. In ancient Egypt, they linked the sun with Ra, the zenith of the sun, Horus, the rising sun and Osiris, the setting sun.

There are some cultures that considered the sun to be sacred and it was generally used as a holy symbol. There are some that worshiped the sun for that, they had tattoos of the sun around their bodies. Different cultures had a different understanding of the sun, but it was all understood that the sun was highly holy.

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Meaning of Sun Tattoos

Sun tattoos can be independent tattoo designs or be a part of other designs to convey a different message. Because of this, each type of sun tattoo could mean a lot of things to different people. Actually, the meaning of a certain tattoo design depends on the artist who made it or the person who wears it. If you’re a naturally positive type of person, then you would probably give a positive meaning to your tattoo.

In general, the sun symbolizes great energy.  The sun provides energy to the Earth by emitting heat. Although it is a million light years away from the Earth, it is still a releases enough heat to cover the entire planet during the day. There wouldn’t be life on Earth if the sun isn’t around. Just imagine living in a cold dark planet all your life. You’ll probably end up freezing to death.

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Sun tattoos can also represent passion and desire. Passion is the burning desire to do something. The sun’s burning heat is comparable to a person’s strong desire for greatness. When you have this kind of tattoo, you are telling everybody that you are passionate enough to do the things you love to do.

Sun Tattoo Designs

Since various cultures have had the sun as the main motif of their pantheon or religion, a variety of designs from across the globe sprung up and here are some of the sun tattoo designs that we think is best suited for you:

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Moon and sun Tattoos

By far, this is one of the most popular sun tattoo design today. Although a sun alone can express many messages, the addition of the moon makes the meaning and symbolism of the tattoo much deeper.

This tattoo can have different meanings but it generally speaks about unity between two different things. The sun lights the Earth during the day, while the moon brightens the night sky. The Moon rises while the Sun sets. Just like the sun and the moon, humans have two opposite personalities, the good and the bad. This tattoo is more like a message to the rest of the world that you are ready to embrace both your good and bad sides.

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It’s not only applicable to one person alone. In actuality, this meaning can also be associated with lovers who embrace their differences without too much trouble.

Here are some of the best moon and sun tattoo that we have seen:

A beautiful sun and moon tattoo on the upper back.

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

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

A side tattoo of a tribal sun and moon.

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

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

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A highly detailed and intricate thigh tattoo of the sun and moon.

A very detailed upper back tattoo of the moon and sun.

A highly detailed back tattoo of the moon and the sun.

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A highly detailed moon and sun tattoo made of flowers.

Rising Sun Tattoos

This kind of sun tattoo symbolizes new beginnings. The beginning of each day is marked with the iconic rising of the sun. Whenever the sun rises from the east, people start doing their daily routines and activities. Since the sun rises every day, it gives you the chance to start anew. New beginnings like this also allow you to leave the past behind and move forward. This tattoo design is perfect for people who have recently experienced an upturn of life events. This tattoo will convey a message of starting a new life all over again. This tattoo design could also mean a change in the physical attributes of a person.

Here are some of the best rising sun tattoo designs we saw on the internet:

A wonderfully made sleeve tattoo of the rising sun.

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A very detailed wrist tattoo of the rising sun.

A detailed sleeve tattoo of the rising sun.

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A large and detailed japanese style rising sun tattoo on the chest.

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A very detailed rising sun tattoo inked on the upper sleeves.

A very detailed rising sun tattoo with waves.

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A simple but meaningful rising sun tattoo on the sleeve with mountains.

A highly detailed and very intricate tattoo of the rising sun with Mt. Fuji and a Japanese Gate.

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A vibrantly colored rising sun tattoo on the forearm.

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A very detailed rising sun tattoo on the forearm.

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Stars and Sun Tattoos

This is another sun tattoo design with added elements, the stars. Usually, this design involves the Sun accompanied by three stars. This design is quite mysterious since it holds a lot of meanings.

Some people take this design negatively, while others think of it on a more positive note. Basically, this tattoo design signifies your achievements in life. Remember when your teacher gives you stars every time you get high scores during exams? Well, that probably explains why the stars have always been associated with achievements.

This could also a wonderful tattoo honoring the wearer’s Filipino roots. The three stars and a sun is a common motif for Filipino art, especially after the Philippines’ Independence.

Here are some of the best Stars and Sun Tattoo designs we saw that might interest you:

A detailed tattoo of three stars and a sun.

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A very painful and intricate sole tattoo of the sun and stars.

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A tattoo of the sun and three stars inked on the back.

A forearm tattoo of three stars and a sun.

A highly detailed sun and stars tattoo on the forearm.

A tattoo of the sun with the pentagram or star in the middle.

An ankle tattoo of the sun and stars.

A very detailed but small forearm tattoo of the sun and stars with the moon.

Sun Tattoo Preferences of Men

Sun tattoo is quite famous for men since the Sun is considered as a male motif in ancient pantheons and belief. The Sun always adorn men of power when ceremonies and other religious gatherings are being held during ancient times in various civilizations.

Men usually go for the visually striking sun tattoo designs rather than the simple ones. Like other tattoo options, men want a tattoo design that will make them be noticed.

Here are some of the best sun tattoo designs that are inked on men:

A highly detailed and very intricate sun tattoo with an eye at the middle.

A small chest tattoo of the sun with a spiral motif.

A very detailed sun tattoo inked on the back.

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a small upper back tattoo of the sun.

A wrist tattoo of the sun with the yin and yang.

A highly detailed sun and hand tattoo inked on the back.

A very detailed sleeve tattoo of the sun.

Another very detailed sleeve tattoo of the sun.

A highly detailed sun and moon tattoo on the leg.

A vibrant and colorful sun tattoo on the sleeve.

Sun Tattoo Preferences Of Women

Women would often just get a Moon tattoo since that is the female counterpart of the sun in various pantheons and mythology. Some, however, would still like to get sun tattoos despite the sun’s relation to masculinity. This has sprung up various designs that are suitable for women. These designs are often very detailed and intricate to make it even more applicable to women’s skin.

Here are some of the best sun tattoos we saw on the internet that are inked on women:

A highly detailed sun tattoo on the upper back.

An artsy and intricate back tattoo of the Sun.

A very detailed sun and moon tattoo inked on the back.

A very small but intricate sun tattoo with a spiral motif in the center.

A colorful and detailed sun and moon tattoo on the shoulder.

A small but detailed sun tattoo inked on the back of the neck.

A very detailed sun tattoo inked on the sternum.

A very intricate and highly detailed sun and moon tattoo on each foot.

A small but intricate sun tattoo on the shoulder.

An intricate and medium-size sun tattoo on the upper back.


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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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