30+ Stunning Galaxy Tattoo Designs

By Jason Hamilton / April 20, 2018
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“Look up young man! Look up” look at the mesmerizing night sky. The night sky filled with stars and galaxies makes us minuscule compared to the large bright objects outside this Earth. Looking up the night sky makes you want to contemplate the life you have and what could have been during those tough decision making moments of it. You started questioning why everything is happening. What is the reason for it to happen? Why you of all people? Before you start delving yourself into the many questions that shroud our universe, let us enjoy the beauty of what we see in the night sky above us. Be mesmerized by its captivating aura. Tattoo artists and enthusiasts are captivated by the night sky which is why galaxy tattoo designs were born. It was born by the questions these people have and how beautiful the universe is.

In this article, we will not answer your questions about the universe nor give an answer to the questions you have about your life. No, we also do not have the answers for it. What we do have, however, are the answers you commonly ask about galaxy tattoo designs. We will be giving you a background about the tattoo design which includes a background on the celestial body, the meaning of it if it is inked as a tattoo, and the perfect body placement for the tattoo design.

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What Is A Galaxy?

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.

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History Of How Galaxies Were Discovered

Galaxies were initially discovered via telescopes and were known as spiral nebulae because, at the time, people do not have a grasp on the idea of a galaxy. Most 18th to 19th Century astronomers considered them as either unresolved star clusters and were just thought as a part of the Milky Way’, but their true composition and natures remained a mystery. Observations using larger telescopes of a few nearby bright galaxies, like the Andromeda Galaxy, began resolving them into huge conglomerations of stars and the idea of galaxies was born.

What Is The Meaning Of A Galaxy Tattoo?

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.

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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.

The second meaning of a galaxy tattoo is optimism. This meaning is actually quite related to the first one but the difference is that some people do not dream of something to happen but rather wish to have a positive life that is free from problems.

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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.

Where To Place My Galaxy Tattoo?

Since galaxies come in various shapes and sizes, this tattoo design can be very flexible and can fit right in with any body part you want to have it. Most people, however, like to place their galaxy tattoo on the limbs (sleeve, arms, legs, thighs, shoulders) to show off the intricate detailing and colors of the tattoo. Others also ink their galaxy tattoos on the chest and back because it offers a bigger space to work with that the limbs.

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Galaxy Tattoo Designs You Will Surely Love

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.

1. A watercolor sleeve tattoo of a cosmic wolf.

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

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

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

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

6. A large sleeve tattoo of a spiral galaxy.

galaxy swirl sleeve tattoo

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

8. A colored knee tattoo a skull with cosmic details.

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

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

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

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

14. A highly intricate arm tattoo of a mythical moon with the cosmos as the background.

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

galaxy hour glass arm tattoo

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16. A large colored thigh tattoo of galaxies with hexagonal detailing.

17. A colored sleeve tattoo of a constellation with geometric details.

galaxy geometric arm tattoo

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

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

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

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

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

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23. An artistic arm tattoo of a galaxy inside a bottle.

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24. A large leg tattoo of a galaxy as an atom.

25. A large arm tattoo of a galaxy with bohemian detailing.

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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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