60+ Space Tattoo Ideas Inspired By The Cosmos

By Jason Hamilton / August 1, 2019
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Get ready to relive those space expedition ambitions again, without the rocket ship of course.

These outer space designs will make you feel as if you have literally stepped in another dimension!

From galaxies to constellations, and the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere, these ideas will provoke more than just inspiration, but also curiosity to explore and discover.


Take in the beautiful colors of the nebula in vivid detail, the radiant glow of planets, and the stunning stars shinning brighten upon the skin. These top 70 best outer space tattoos for men are almost as realistic as looking through an actual telescope! I’ve also included a handful of personal favorite ink pieces, such as astronauts drifting around in an awe-inspiring sky.

In this article, we will be sharing with you the various different space tattoo designs inspired by the cosmos above! We will be sharing with you our richly curated gallery of space tattoo designs as well.


The Meaning of a Space Tattoo

A tattoo can have any meaning that you want, and you can also give it numerous meanings depending on your preferences. You can also have one just because you find it attractive and so it is not always necessary to give your body marking any symbolic meaning. However, there are some particular things that each tattoo usually represents and this mostly depends on its origins and also the design.

The space tattoos just like any other type have numerous common meanings, and it is a good idea to understand a few of them before getting one so that you know what message you will be passing across with the totem.


One of the most common variations of this tattoo is one that entails introducing the face of a woman or a man in space. It is a very attractive design, and most people will have it to show that the individual means the world to them. You can also have this beautiful space tattoo to say that you have found love, and you are in a mystical dimension beside your loved one.

It does not necessarily have to be a spouse because you can also have someone important to you such as a mother, child or sibling and so in such cases, the space tattoos can symbolize family ties and their importance.


These tattoos also symbolize the mysterious nature of the universe. Our cosmos is immense and full of different types of heavenly bodies, and we know little about it. In fact, the world is just a small spec in the universe and having this body marking shows that you adore and respect the mysterious space.

Some of the mysteries about space have answers, but most others do not and so you can use this tattoo to show that you are also a mysterious person, or you are a person that likes to look for answers for things that puzzle most other people. However, the greatest meaning behind this tattoo is that despite all the achievements that people make, there is still much more to the story of the cosmos than humanity and so at no point should humankind feel superior.


The Designs Of Space Tattoo Ideas

Space is vast, and so you can be sure that there are many things that you can draw. Whether you prefer something simple like a small moon or sun on your wrist or other more detailed things such as a constellation or Nebula there are many options available.

You can also get a little creative with your totem and add in the face of something or someone special to you to give the tattoo some extra detail and a deeper meaning. And just like with other tattoo genres, some particular designs and types are prevalent with most enthusiasts. Although they can vary in appearance from one person to the other due to size and color, the idea behind them is the same. Below are some of these common types of space tattoos.

The Galaxy Tattoo

A galaxy, if you are not aware, is a large celestial body comprised of stars, constellations, and other celestial bodies existing in our universe. The word galaxy is derived from the Greek galaxias which literally means “milky”, a reference to the Milky Way, our own galaxy. Galaxies range in size from dwarfs with just a few hundred million stars to giants with one hundred trillion stars, each orbiting its galaxy’s center of mass which is usually a black hole or another supermassive star.

A galaxy tattoo offers a lot of meaning to different people. Each meaning depends on the perception of the people who viewed it but commonly, this tattoo symbolizes three things.

A watercolor arm tattoo of a mountain scenery with a cosmic sky.

A twin arm tattoo of a galaxy tattoo with a crescent moon and geometric detail.


A highly intricate mythical moon tattoo with the cosmos as the background.

A detailed arm tattoo if a sandglass with galaxies inside it.

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A large colored thigh tattoo of galaxies with hexagonal detailing.

A colored sleeve tattoo of a constellation with geometric details.

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A large colored highly intricate full sleeve tattoo of a catastrophic outer space.

A large colored sleeve tattoo of a tree with the galaxy above.

A hand tattoo of a purple rose with the galaxy behind as background.


The first one is life and dreams. Ever dreamed of something that you really want and looked up the stars? That is the reason why it represents life and dreams. People tend to look up to the night sky when thinking something deep or dreaming something.

Lastly, galaxy tattoo designs can also mean love and loyalty. Having a galaxy or cosmic tattoo means that your love for a person is like a universe. From beginning to the end of life, he or she is your only one. Despite the numerous stars out in the universe, you chose him or her as your partner for life.

We may not have all the answers to your questions about the universe but we have the next best thing! Galaxy tattoo designs that will inspire you to get one! Here are some of the images we have seen on the web that caught our keen eyes.

A watercolor sleeve tattoo of a cosmic wolf.

A large watercolor arm tattoo of a pine tree forest with a cosmic sky.


A colored sleeve tattoo of a valknut with a nebula inside.

A watercolor arm tattoo of a triangle with a galaxy inside and dripping paint as the embellishment.


A watercolor geometric arm tattoo of a unicorn in the cosmos.


A large sleeve tattoo of a spiral galaxy.

galaxy swirl sleeve tattoo

A leg tattoo of a street lamp with the universe inside it.


A colored knee tattoo a skull with cosmic details.

A colored sleeve tattoo of the cosmos framed by ripped skin.

A large highly intricate sleeve tattoo of outer space with planets and nebulas and stars.


The Sun Tattoo

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

A sun sternum tattoo with lace patterns

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 Japanese style sun tattoo with red sakura flowers

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.

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

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

The Moon Tattoo

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.

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:

  • Cyclical nature
  • Insanity/lunacy
  • Feminine Mystique
  • Power of astrology
  • Magic
  • Fertility
  • Creativity

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.

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

A hand tattoo of the crescent moon and arrows.

A beautiful but simple finger tattoo of the crescent moon.

Another wonderful finger tattoo of the crescent moon.

Another finger tattoo of the crescent moon.

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

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

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

A detailed and realistic full moon tattoo on the shoulder.

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.

A sun and moon tattoo enclosed with intricate patterns

A combination of a butterfly, flower, and moon tattoos

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A galaxy tattoo on the shoulder with the full moon.

A cute forearm tattoo of the moon with a heart.

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


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

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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 combination of moon and wolf tattoo

Other Space Tattoo Designs

More space tattoo designs are out there ready for you to have! What we have given here are just some of what you can do with a space-inspired tattoo. Here some more and we will add to this one as time goes on!

A small sleeve tattoo of a galaxy contained inside a chemical bond component.

A small colored arm tattoo of the cosmos contained inside the outline of a cat.

An artistic arm tattoo of a galaxy inside a bottle.

A sun and moon tattoo embracing each other

A large leg tattoo of a galaxy as an atom.

A large arm tattoo of a galaxy with bohemian detailing.

galaxy artsy arm tattoo

A watercolor low poly geometric tattoo of a bear on the back

A watercolor low poly geometric tattoo of a howling wolf with cosmic detailing on the back.

A watercolor tattoo on the legs that features a shadow of a forest against the cosmos.

An arm watercolor tattoo of an astronaut.


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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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