30 Meaningful Moon Tattoos & Moon Phase Tattoo Ideas

Stay wild, moon child.

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If you've found yourself looking for tattoo designs of the moon in its multiple stages, search no further.

Whatever your reason for wanting some new ink, moon phase tattoos and crescent moon tattoos are the perfect go-to tattoo designs that can have beautiful meaning behind them or simply be an artsy touch to your body.

Have you ever seen a tattoo so beautiful and powerful that you couldn’t help but stop to admire and compliment it? I know I have.


Every time I come across a person with a tattoo, I find myself wondering what inspired them to get it. Everything is done for a reason, and no matter how simple or silly it might seem, there is a reason behind getting a tattoo.

Tattoos in all different shapes, colors, sizes, and placements are used as a form of expression. Ranging from pledges of love to spiritual devotion, people have different reasons for wanting to get a tattoo.

Depending on where a person is from, what they believe in, and what their culture is, a tattoo can be both symbolic and impactful.

Take moon phases for example. The moon itself is a feminine symbol, that through its many cycles represents the rhythm of time. The phases of the moon are known to symbolize enlightenment, immortality, eternity, and the dark side of nature, just to name a few.


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It is special because, through all of its changes, the moon always manages to get through the darkness. The moon therefore often reminds people of life. Life is constantly changing but no matter what people’s lives continue to carry on. It is one big circle, infinitely recycling.

As individuals, we must decide to try our very best to fight every day to keep up. A lunar cycle tattoo is a perfect reminder of this. By energizing our night life, the moon reminds people that no matter how dark life may get that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope that things can and will get better.


If you’ve been considering getting a lunar tattoo, here are a few moon phase tattoo ideas to get your juices flowing.

1. An intricate moon and dreamcatcher combination.

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2. A minimalist moon tattoo on the forearm.

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3. A subtle crescent moon on the wrist.

crescent moon wrist tattooPhoto: Alexandra Avelar / Unsplash

4. A matching sun and moon tattoo.

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5. A small, yet detailed moon phase tattoo.

6. The phases of the moon down the spine.

7. Geometric and detailed lunar phases.

8. The moon phases in a pointillism tattoo style.

9. Moon phases intertwined with a mandala.

10. Minimalistic moon phases.

11. Moon phases within a larger adventure piece.

12. Pointillism moon phases.

13. Moon phases for foodies.

14. A dot-work thigh piece.

15. Minimalist moon phases above the elbow.

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16. Geometric moon phase tattoo.

17. Hands holding up the phases of the moon.

18. A large depiction of the phases of the moon on the spine. 

19. Moon phase tattoo with an inspirational quote.

20. Moon phases as flowers.

21. Moon phases with a splash of color and imagination.

22. Moon phases with a shin mandala tattoo.

23. Tiny moon phases along the wrist.

24. A moon phase chest piece.

25. Colorful moon phase sequence.

26. Floral moon phases.

27. Moon phases within a moth's wings.

28. Moon phases wrapped around the shoulder.

29. Wrist-to-elbow full phase moon tattoo. 

30. Watercolor moon phase tattoo.

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Alexis George is a writer who covers love, relationship advice, and astrology.