37 Enchanting Moon Tattoo Designs And What They Mean

by Harini Natarajan

The moon has been important for humans since mankind came into existence. The full moon has forever been connected to supernatural creatures like witches and werewolves. In many mythologies, the moon is associated with goddesses and symbolizes hidden powers, secret knowledge, and wisdom. It is also considered a sign of femininity and fertility.

However, the moon isn’t only connected to women. Tribes in Japan, Africa, Native America, and New Zealand have a lot of stories that connect the moon to masculinity and the male gender. If you are fascinated with the moon and are looking to get a tattoo, you are on the right page. Here are 37 moon tattoo designs with their meanings to inspire you to get one. 

37 Moon Tattoo Designs And What They Mean

1. Simple Crescent Moon Tattoo

Simple Crescent Moon Tattoo On Sleeve

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These tattoos are preferred by plenty of people who find themselves being most productive or active at night. Traditionally, the half moon tattoo is also an icon of the feminine divinity and a symbol of purity. A crescent moon can also symbolize the wearer’s strength, especially someone who has conquered the toughest time in their life and emerged victorious.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearms, aide upper back, and ankles.
  • Size: Small
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

[ Read: Best Simple Tattoo Designs ]

2. Couple Moon Tattoos

In many cultures, cats are associated with the moon and are associated with mystery and companionship. These beautiful couple tattoos of the moon are designed using black and white cats that form the shape of a crescent moon.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearms
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and extremely fair skin tones

3. Tribal Moon Tattoo Design

Tribal Moon Tattoo On Leg

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The moon is a common spiritual symbol having a lot of significance to cultures across the world, and tribal moon tattoo designs are pretty common amongst most people. This tattoo is usually indicative of the wearer’s belief system, their connection with the dead and their strong bond with nature.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black ink
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Wrist, calf, ankle, or chest.
  • Size: Small
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

[ Read: Best Tribal Tattoo Designs And Meanings ]

4. Crescent Moon With Star Tattoo

Crescent Moon With Star Tattoo

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When two powerful celestial objects come together, it is an indication of heavenly power. A crescent moon with a star signifies divine strength with feminine overtones. The crescent moon symbolizes progress, and the star depicts knowledge and light.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Wrist, chest, and upper back
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

[ Read: Best Star Tattoo Designs ]

5. Watercolor Moon Tattoo Design

Watercolor Moon Tattoo Design

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This design shows a personified crescent moon that is surrounded by colors in a watercolor pattern. It indicates the wearer’s easy-going personality. The crescent moon can be a connection to spirituality and nature, and the colors add an aesthetic appeal to the design.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black ink with multiple colors
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Thighs and sleeves
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

6. Wolf And Moon Tattoo

Wolf And Moon Tattoo

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This combination is not surprising because the wolf is strongly associated with the full moon. Here, the wolf is howling at the moon, calling out to his brethren. This tattoo is for people who are great at communication and act as leaders of a pack.

  • Best Suited For: Men
  • Preferred Ink: Black ink with blue or violet
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Shoulders and sleeves
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: Medium to fair skin tones

[ Read: Best Wolf Tattoo Designs ]

7. Rose Moon Tattoo Design

Rose Moon Tattoo Design

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This half moon tattoo with blue roses looks alluring. The half moon symbolizes creativity, growth, and positivity, and the roses symbolize desire, love, and striving for the unreachable. On the whole, this tattoo depicts hope and the beauty of nature.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black ink with blue, red, or pink ink for the roses
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Sleeves, neck, and ankles
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

[ Read: Best Rose Tattoo Designs ]

8. Lotus Moon Tattoo Design

Lotus Moon Tattoo On Back Of Shoulder

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The lotus is a spiritual symbol that defines divine birth and purity, and the moon symbolizes rebirth and feminine energy. Together, they not only look aesthetically appealing but also tend to form a heavenly spiritual element with the energies of both the individual objects combined.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Any colored ink
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Side upper back and thigh
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

[ Read: Top Lotus Flower Tattoo Designs ]

9. Full Moon Tattoo

Full Moon Tattoo

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The full moon is associated with the dark side of one’s life and the werewolf, a supernatural creature that uses the light of the full moon to turn into a wolf. The full moon is extremely powerful and stands for calm and clarity.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black ink combined with shades of red and maroon.
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Chest, shoulder, and wrist
  • Size: Small
  • Skin Tone: Fair and extremely fair skin tones

10. Traditional Half Moon Tattoo

Traditional Half Moon Tattoo On Back Of Neck

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The half moon is also called the crescent moon, and it occurs when the moon is going to a new phase of the cycle. A half moon tattoo symbolizes growth, positive choices, and that change is inevitable. It is usually a small tattoo done on a place that is easy to flaunt for gathering attention and removing any negative energy from one’s life.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Neck, ankle, and wrist
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair skin tones

11. Lunar Eclipse Tattoo

Lunar Eclipse Tattoo

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This design shows the lunar eclipse in its entirety, with the moon covered entirely with the earth’s shadow. In Greek mythology, the moon symbolizes subtle influences and hidden powers. The women sport the eclipse tattoo to represent their connection to the lunar energy.

  • Best Suited For: Ideal for women.
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Arms, neck, and wrists
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

12. Geometric Moon Tattoo Design

Geometric Moon Tattoo On Sleeve

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Perfect geometric shapes like circles and squares form this neat tattoo that looks chic. This is for people who believe in ‘less is more.’ Circles are often used for representing relationships and community, while squares represent stability.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearm, thigh, and waistline
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

13. Black Moon Tattoo

Black Moon Tattoo On Sleeve

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This is a jet black tattoo with a bleeding red overtone that looks amazing and mystique. This is a dark, bold, and sharp tattoo design that depicts the curious and dark side of the wearer. A black moon tattoo captures the natural aura of the moon at night.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black ink with a dash of red in the middle.
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearm and the lower back
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

14. Moon And Water Tattoo Design

Moon And Water Tattoo Design

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Both the moon and water are feminine symbols. This is a complete landscape tattoo, where the entire scenery comes alive at night under the full moonlight. The moon governs tides and water symbolizes transformation, cleansing, and the source of life. Together, they symbolize absolute power.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Sleeves
  • Size: Large
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

15. Floral Star And Moon Tattoo

Floral Star And Moon Tattoo

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A bunch of flowers forms the star and the moon. This tattoo not only looks creative and beautiful but also represents the positive energy in the universe and everything divine with powerful feminine undertones.

  • Best Suitable For: Women
  • Preferable Ink: Any color
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearm
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: Wheatish skin tone

16. Lion And Moon Tattoo

Lion And Moon Tattoo On Shoulder

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There is nothing more magnificent than the king of the jungle. When you get a lion tattooed on your skin, it could mean that your personality matches that of a lion or that you look up to the lion for strength. This tattoo combining the moon with the lion and personalized with flowers and colors looks stunning.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Any color
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Side upper back
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

17. Moon Mandala Tattoo Design

The moon mandala tattoo design holds great importance in Buddhism. It is called ‘bodhicitta,’ which means ‘mind of enlightenment.’ The origin of the word is from the Sanskrit language. Mandala designs are used to represent spiritual symbols, and along with the moon, they represent harvest, protection, and abundance.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Sleeves, thigh, and back
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

18. Cat And Moon Tattoo Design

Cat And Moon Tattoo Design

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There are a number of superstitions that are associated with the cat and the moon. People who get a tattoo of a cat seated on the edge of a crescent moon often believe in the power of the moon and that a cat can turn into a witch by channeling those supernatural powers. Cats also have great significance in various cultures across the globe. In ancient Egypt, cats are considered the incarnation of the moon goddess, Bastet. In other cultures, cats are appreciated for their dual nature of being both fierce and docile.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearms, chest, and side upper back
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

19. Realistic Moon Tattoo Design

Realistic Moon Tattoo Design

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Since the beginning of human life, the moon has been a source of many superstitions, and the full moon is considered the strongest celestial object. This realistic design of a personified half moon with a cat sitting on it and looking at a star looks amazingly aesthetic.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Sleeve, ankle, and palm
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

20. Fairy On A Half Moon Tattoo Design

Fairy On A Half Moon Tattoo Design

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The moon is a symbol of female energy, and a fairy sitting on a crescent moon is a popular design that intensifies the symbolism of feminine mystique and power. The fairy can represent mischief or compliance and innocence or contempt at the same time, thus showing the various contradictory elements of a woman’s nature.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black and hues of blue and violet
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Back area, below the shoulder
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

21. Abstract Watercolor Crescent Moon Tattoo Design

Watercolor tattoo designs are preferred by most teens and young adults solely because they look appealing. Using abstract shapes and patterns to up your moon tattoo designs is a great idea and can also indicate your artistic as well as spiritual personality.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black along with a combination of colorful inks
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearms, thighs, and neck
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and extremely fair skin tones

22. Bat And Crescent Moon Tattoo Design

According to the Native Americans, the bat is a symbol of death and rebirth. However, certain tribes in China believe that the bat symbolizes good fortune, happiness, and good luck. In general, a bat tattoo can also represent that the wearer is extremely aware of whatever is happening around them. A bat with a moon tattoo design suggests that the wearer has a mysterious side.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black ink for silhouette and colored ink for filling
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Sleeves and thighs
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

23. Small Crescent Moon Tattoo Design

Small Crescent Moon Tattoo Design

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The half moon tattoo is the perfect symbol representing the yin and yang of our world. The crescent moon is in the phase that is the right balance between the waxing and waning of the moon. This can be used to show the ejection of any negative energy that can exist in one’s personal, professional, or spiritual life.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Wrist, neck, and ankle
  • Size: Small
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

24. Phases Of The Moon Tattoo Design In Watercolor

The moon transitioning from one phase to another signifies the transformation of life from one point to another and that it will eventually come back to where it all began. This moon tattoo design is also a call to the inside animal as many wild animals come out at night and become invincibly powerful. They draw their energy from the moonlight.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: A combination of several colored inks
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearms, calves, and back
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

25. Moon Among The Cosmos Tattoo Design

Moon Among The Cosmos Tattoo Design

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The moon forms an important part of our universe. This tattoo shows how the moon revolves around the earth because the moon and the earth are always held in a synced rotary motion. This tattoo symbolizes womanhood and the different phases of femininity that exist in the life of a woman.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Back and forearms
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

26. Embellished Crescent Moon Tattoo Design

If there is one thing that’s definite, it is that you can never go wrong with a crescent moon tattoo. However, how do you change a simple crescent moon tattoo into something more flashy and chic? Enter embellishments. The waning moon is considered a symbol of growth, manifestation, and creativity. With a crescent moon tattoo, the lunar body gets trapped into a time of transition, being a reminder of the constant changes.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearm and sleeve
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

27. Blue Moon Tattoo Design

Blue Moon Tattoo Design

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A blue moon symbolizes a rare event, so this tattoo can symbolize a big achievement or an incident that left a mark on the wearer. Blue is associated with a sense of peace and calm. Overall, this tattoo looks mesmerizing.

  • Best Suitable For: Men and women
  • Preferable Ink: Hues of blue with a dash of black ink
  • Where: Arm
  • Size: Small
  • Skin Tone: Fair and extremely fair skin tones

28. Moon And Mountain Tattoo Design

Moon And Mountain Tattoo Design

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This is a very popular designed among people who love hiking and trekking and have a mysterious streak in their personality. Here, the moon is seen looming over the mountains. The moonlight guides you through the rough forest and natural trails at night, so it acts as an object of wisdom and guidance.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black, maroon, and blue
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Side upper back, arms, and neck
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones

29. Personified Crescent Moon Tattoo Design

Personified Crescent Moon Tattoo Design

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Personifying your half moon tattoo can give it personality and intrigue. It can represent your own set of beliefs in the power of the moon and create a whimsical effect. Since the moon is most commonly associated with femininity, you can combine the half moon tattoo with a female face that holds the utmost importance in your life.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Foot, wrist, and palm
  • Size: Small to medium
  • Skin Tone: Fair and medium skin tones.

30. Crescent Moon With Tree Tattoo Design

Crescent Moon With Tree Tattoo Design

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This tattoo depicts the strength of nature by tying two of its most powerful entities together. Many people get this tattoo to symbolize the time when they needed strength to go through certain hardships in life. Both the tree and moon are also spiritual symbols, which people can use to represent their inner thoughts and beliefs that connect them to the energy of the universe.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black with a contrasting color
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Sleeves and the back of the neck
  • Size: Any size
  • Skin Tone: Fair skin tone

31. Pointillism Moon Tattoo Design

Pointillism Moon Tattoo Design

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This tattoo is more about the process than a deeper meaning associated with the design. Pointillism tattoos are a lot different than your regular machine enabled tattoos and also a bit more painful. The process involves using hundreds of tiny dots to create a shape or image that become blended when viewed from a distance. A great tattoo artist can make any kind of image you can imagine using the pointillism technique.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Wrists, shoulders, and neck
  • Size: Any size
  • Skin Tone: Ideal for all skin tones

32. Watercolor Moon And Tree Tattoo Design

Watercolor Moon And Tree Tattoo On Wrist

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This tattoo might confuse you at first glance because it doesn’t look like a moon at all. However, it is an extremely enchanting design that uses different colored inks brilliantly to make the tattoo. This combines two of nature’s most powerful elements together in one design. You can clearly see the amalgamation of the tree with the moon in the bottom in this tree and moon tattoo.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: A combination of many inks
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Forearms, shoulders, and neck
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones, depending on the choice of colors

33. Minimal Moon Tattoo Design

Minimal Moon Tattoo On Finger

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This tattoo can have a mystic meaning as a crescent moon can often be an indicator of the darker side of an individual. It can also be seen as a symbol of personal growth and creativity. These cute finger tattoos are a good choice for those excited about getting tattoos but do not wish to go all out with an elaborate design.

  • Best Suited For: Men and women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Fingers and behind the ear
  • Size: Small
  • Skin Tone: Medium and fair skin tones

34. Small Crescent Moon Tattoo Behind The Ear

Crescent moon tattoo designs can be of varied sizes, making them a great choice for a small, hidden place – like behind the ear. This tattoo is a great style statement and looks extremely chic and is pretty common among young adults. A dark black silhouette of a crescent moon works for people who want a trendy yet tiny tattoo design.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Behind the ears and on the fingers
  • Size: Small
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones

35. Snake And Moon Tattoo Design

Snake And Moon Tattoo On Back Shoulder

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Similar to the moon’s waxing and waning, the snake has the ability to renew or change its skin regularly while shedding the old one. Both the snake and moon have been associated with immortality.

  • Best Suited For: Men
  • Preferred Ink: Black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Sleeves, back, and forearms
  • Size: Small and medium
  • Skin Tone: All skin tones.

36. Sun And Moon Tattoo Design

Sun And Moon Tattoo On Back

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Sun and moon tattoos have been known to symbolize the merging of opposite entities, unity, and cooperation exactly like they reside together in the sky despite being different. The sun typically symbolizes masculine traits, and the moon is associated with feminine traits. You can use this tattoo design to represent you and your partner, or your father and mother, or even you and your sibling who are different individually but fit together perfectly.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Any ink
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Neck, chest, and wrist
  • Size: Medium
  • Skin Tone: Medium and dusky skin tones

37. Artistic Earth And Moon Tattoo Design

Artistic Earth And Moon Tattoo Design

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Nothing can beat this simple and minimalistic back tattoo of the earth and the moon. This tattoo exudes a sense of calm and tranquillity and is chosen by the type of people who love nature in its entirety and believe in the power of kindness and peace.

  • Best Suited For: Women
  • Preferred Ink: Blue and black
  • Where To Get The Tattoo: Shoulder and side of the back
  • Size: Small
  • Skin Tone: Fair skin tones 

There shall be a lot of reasons for you to get inked, so making sure that you know the meaning behind it is imperative. We hope that our collection of top moon tattoo designs is exactly what you need to choose your tattoo. Here are some precautions you need to take before and after getting a tattoo.

Which of these moon tattoo ideas did you like best? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Harini Natarajan

Harini has over 12 years of experience in content writing and editing for online media. She specializes in the areas of business, health and wellness, and lifestyle and is proficient in Medical Sciences (Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Biochemistry). As the Chief Editor, Harini ensures that her team delivers interesting, engaging, and authentic content. Her background in Biomedical Engineering helps her decode and interpret the finer nuances of scientific research for her team. Harini is a certified bibliophile and a closet poet. She also loves dancing and traveling to offbeat destinations.
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