Sun Tattoos – Ideas, Meaning & Sun Tattoo Designs

Sun Tattoos are probably very popular because the sun is an icon. All cultures place some significant meaning on the sun; negative or positive depending on the culture.  Without the sun, there would be no life. With too much sun; all life would perish.  Taking the aforementioned and applying it, you can see how the sun could take on many meanings and be held responsible for both good and bad events historically.  The love of the sun runs deep.  For instance sun bathers, still bath in its glorious rays, even though we’ve all been warned of the hazards.  The sun is simply irresistible and that applies to sun tattoos as well.

Types of Sun Tattoos & their Meaning

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Sun and moon tattoos – Sun and moon tattoos can have many different symbolic meanings that are personal to you. However there are some commonly accepted meanings, as well. Some of these universally shared meanings for sun and moon tattoos are the merging of opposites, unity in diversity and cooperation rather than controversy. In some religions the sun and moon tattoos represent life, strength, power, energy and rebirth. Sun and moon tattoos are often seen on the body side by side in a circle design with one half the sun, and the other the moon. This tattoo design will give you plenty of opps to add more detail for that personal touch.

Rising Sun Tattoos – Rising sun tattoos can mean a new beginning or new life. The rising sun is usually seen as a masculine symbol with both majestic and divine powers. Some other popular meanings for wearing the rising sun tattoos are vitality, knowledge, courage and energy. The Japanese rising sun tattoo has and still been very popular due to its cultural history, and great looks. Many people use this tattoo now days to show their love of sport of automobile drifting that is very popular in Japan and the United States Martial art fans have used the rising sun tattoos for many years also.

Sun Devil Tattoos – Sun devil tattoos are popular with college sports fans. Sparky is the mascot for Arizona State University. For you Disney fans, Sparky the Sun Devil is a Disney character with face features of Walt himself to illustrate the devilish fun side he had. Sun devils are also a weather phenomenon that we know as a whirlwind; it’s like a dust devil without the dust. This design can be tweaked to fit that sun devil in you.

Sun Fish Tattoos – Sun fish tattoos show images of a very mysterious ocean fish. These fish are referred to as the mola witch in Latin and the definition refers to their roundish shape. The Mola has an odd habit of floating on the surface of the ocean for long periods of time appearing to be sunbathing; hence, the name sun fish. These are odd shaped fish with their body twice as wide fin tip to fin tip as they are long. The sun fish tattoo design is most often seen on the human body in a side view and look great in a tribal art design.

Tribal sun tattoos – Tribal sun tattoos, in the recent past have made a huge comeback. The tribal sun patterns give meanings like a new life, strength and power. With their bold flames or barb wire design patterns coming out of a dark circle, it looks like it is slowly spinning and moving. There are tons of tribal sun tattoos for you to choose from. Picking the right one and adding to the design will give the tattoo that special look and meaning you are looking for.

Cloud and Sun Tattoos – Cloud and sun tattoos are a fascinating topic.  For some Japanese both the sun and the clouds hold extremely significant meaning and importance. However, for the music lovers, “Black” by the popular alternative rock band Pearl Jam reference Clouds and Sun.  It’s apparent when studying cloud and sun tattoos that some people wear this body art as a tribute to Pearl Jam or the song, or the genre.  It could be the lyrics mentioned being all tattooed.  It could also be that they relate to the lyrics and the desire and pain of a lost love. All in all a very cool choice in cloud and sun tattoos.

Three Star and Sun Tattoos – Three star and sun tattoos are significant to the wearer.  The three star tattoos itself is a mysterious tattoo that has been adopted by many subcultures; some negative, some positive and some just like it because they’ve seen it in movies.  Many people like the multiple use of starts.  It can represent just about anything you want; from spiritual to counting important events in your life.  Adding the sun to this tattoo, if meaning is important implies life giving to whatever your stars mean.

Coloring of Sun Tattoos

The use of color in all of the sun tattoos is just about mandatory.  If you’re on a budget, simply add color as you can afford it. Many of these tattoos just beg for brilliant but natural colors with the exception of tribal sun tattoos.  However, even these tattoos are worn with the sun often in color and the rest in traditional black.  The cloud and sun tattoo present the most challenging in terms of design and color depending on why you’ve chosen this tattoo.  You’ll need to discuss these sun tattoos with you design artist who will be able to offer suggestions.

Placement of Sun Tattoos

Any of these sun tattoos can be an epic piece or a simple piece.  For women, placing a brightly colored sun with the navel as the center is a nice look.  The sun fish tattoos look extraordinary placed on the waist.  Sun devil fans will want their tattoo visible.  So put it where everyone can see it!  Any of these sun tattoos are a great choice and their versatility and cultural acceptance is outstanding.  Talk with your artist about personalization techniques, color, sizing and working it into your existing body art.

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