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85+ Moon and Stars Tattoo Ideas That are Out of This World

by Sherri Owens

If you think there are only simple designs for a moon and stars tattoo, think again! From a moon and a single star tattoo to a stylized crescent moon and stars tattoo, there are dozens of ideas to choose from.

As an artist, I have drawn up numerous ideas and can show you the wide variety of designs available to you.

Check out the many beautiful designs for this tattoo idea.

Moon and Stars Tattoo Ideas

Here are the best moon and stars tattoos you can choose from:

Moon and Star Tattoos

Looking for just a moon and single star tattoo design ideas? Here are our favorites:

moon and star wrist tattoo

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Moon and Star Tattoo on the ankle

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Moon and Star Tattoo on the hand

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Moon and Star Tattoo on the chest

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big moon and star hand tattoo

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moon and star shoulder tattoo

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This is a good idea if you want subtle and small moon tattoos - this concept can be inked practically anywhere.

It also works if you are a mom with just one kid, a cute and cozy design for just the two of you!

Minimalistic Moon and Stars Tattoo Designs

If you are searching for a simple moon and stars tattoo, then a minimalistic design is the way to go. This is a more modern concept and works well for anyone who likes sharp lines and simple designs.

A minimalistic moon and stars tattoo doesn't have to be plain or boring. It can be incredibly beautiful. Here are some ideas you can borrow from:

small moon and star tattoo on the arm

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small moon and star tattoo on the back of the neck

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minimalist moon with stars tattoo

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small moon and stars line tattoo

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moon and stars tattoo with clouds

Image by @ugnes_tattoo_art via Instagram

miniature moon and stars tattoo

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moon and stars black ink tattoo

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moon and stars ear tattoo

Image by @ink.joy.tattoo via Instagram

black filled moon and stars tattoo

Image by @gee_sanchez.tattoo via Instagram

moon and stars neck tattoo

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simple moon and stars tattoo

Image by @chaotic.beauty.artistry via Instagram

What's great about these moon and stars tattoo ideas is that they use lines and dots to represent the stars. This is a contemporary style and helps set your stars and moon tattoo apart from the others.

This style is also great for making the stars appear as though they are shining, adding dimension to this tattoo idea.

moon and stars tattoo behind the ear

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moon and stars tattoo on the ribs

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thin moon and stars tattoo on the shoulder

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vertical tattoo with moon and stars

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moon and stars tattoo on the ankle

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small moon and big stars tattoo on the shoulder

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moon and stars shoulder tattoo for men

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moon and stars hand tattoo

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This stars and crescent moon tattoo is proof that minimalistic designs don't have to be basic. The crescent moon also represents a bow, making this a complex and interesting ink design.

complex moon and stars tattoo

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Crescent Moon with Face and Stars Tattoos

With this type of crescent moon tattoos, facial features are given to the moon. In doing so, you're giving the moon a more human element as the tattoo is able to covey emotion.

This kind of moon and stars tattoo is more common with ink representing motherhood or a mother and her children.

As you can see from this moon and star tattoo array, the moon is distinctly feminine and maternal.

Crescent Moon with Face and Stars Tattoo

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moon tattoo with face and stars

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moon face tattoo with stars

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moon and stars tattoo with wording

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coloured cartoonish moon and stars tattoo

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shaded moon and stars tattoo

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moon and stars back tattoo

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While the above theme for a moon and star tattoo is a common one, this doesn't have to be what your own crescent moon with a face tattoo has to be about.

This moon and star tattoo design could be about artistic expression. See what these crescent moon tattoos with facial tattoos represent:

artistic moon tattoo with stars

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traditional moon and stars tattoo

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detailed tattoo with moon and stars

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detailed back tattoo with moon and stars

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Full Moon and Stars Tattoo Designs

Crescent moon tattoos are more common as they tend to be easier to ink on the body. A full moon can have just as much meaning, though. It usually signifies completion, abundance, and fulfillment.

A full moon tattoo can also be a symbol of transformation. So, if you have achieved something recently or have changed your life in some way, then stars and a full moon tattoo are something you should get.

Just remember that full moon tattoos can be more complex to ink. Due to this, make sure that you have a talented tattoo artist on hand to get the job done.

Full Moon and Stars Tattoo

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full moon tatoo with stars and year

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coloured full moon tattoo

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full moon tattoo with shading

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zodiac moon tattoo

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moon and stars tattoo

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New Moon and Stars Tattoo Ideas

At a glance, you may think that a new moon tattoo and a crescent moon tattoo is one and the same. Look a little closer, however, and you will notice that a new moon is far narrower, just a sliver, really.

New moons are technically invisible - it's the time where the part of the moon not illuminated by the sun appears in the sky. This is why a new moon and stars tattoo has a moon that has a slim profile.

New moons hold a lot of significance for people. They can mean a new beginning. Some also believe it to be a symbol of rebirth.

Here are a few moon and star tattoo designs to get if you like this symbolism:

purple new moon tattoo

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new moon crescent tattoo with stars

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new moon and stars neck tattoo

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crescent moon tattoo with cat paws

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Stars and Black Moon Tattoo Designs

If you haven't heard of a black moon before, you aren't the only one. As there has been an increased interest in astronomy and astrology, more people have been learning about it.

In scientific terms, there are different meanings for a black moon. If you're looking at it from a strictly symbolic point of view, a stars and black moon tattoo represents an unusual or unique event.

black moon tattoo with details

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black moon and flowers tattoo

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black moon and stars tattoo

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black moon and stars tattoo on the shoulder

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large black moon tattoo

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Stars and Moon Phase Tattoos

The moon phases tattoo has become quite a popular choice over the last few years. For one thing, it's a beautiful piece of ink. These moon tattoos can be simple and delicate or a full blown piece of art.

As mentioned, the phases of the moon refer to the cyclical nature of both celestial bodies as well as life. Thus, it is a good reminder that everything comes back around.

If you want a fresh approach to the moon phases ink, adding a star tattoo is the perfect way to do this. You are staying in line with the theme, but the star tattoo adds a slightly different take, and prevents your ink from looking tired or dated.

Keep in mind that if you want a more complex stars and moon tattoo design, you should work with a tattoo artist that has experience with these types of moon tattoos.

arm tattoo with moon and stars

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black moon phase tattoo

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dot work moon phase tattoo

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artistic moon phase tattoo

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black and grey moon phase tattoo

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tattoo with moon phases

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The Night Sky Tattoo Ideas

If you're looking for something a bit more complex than your typical stars and moon tattoos, a night sky could be just the thing for you.

While your moon and stars tattoo will be front and center, you can also include other celestial elements in the picture.

This idea is great if you want to capture the beauty of a moon and star tattoo and not just the symbolism behind these images.

Here are some ideas you can borrow from:

detailed night sky tattoo

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blue moon tattoo

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black detailed night sky tattoo

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wheel of fortune tarot card tattoo

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simple night sky tattoo

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half sleeve night sky tattoo

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small moon and stars tattoo

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moon and mountains tattoo

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Sun, Moon and Stars Tattoo Ideas

If you love all celestial symbols, a sun, moon, and stars tattoo is the perfect one to get as it incorporates all these images.

There are a couple of different ways to design this sun, moon, and stars tattoo. You can have the sun and moon tattoo incorporated into the same image and have the star tattoo separately.

Or, they can all be incorporated side by side. With this sun, moon and stars tattoo, you have the option of keeping it simple with merely an outline of the sun, moon, and stars. Or, you can choose to have more detailed images.

shoulder wide Sun, Moon and Stars Tattoo

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Sun, Moon and Stars Tattoo with shading

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This sun, moon and stars tattoo looks glorious in color as well. As you can see, the colors have been carefully chosen. You have the sun in gentle shades of yellow, orange, and red. The crescent moon tattoo is in yellow and the star tattoo is outlined in yellow to depict their shining light.

Take a closer look and you will see that the moon and stars tattoo has a blue background to indicate the night sky. All in all, it is an intricate and beautiful design.

colourful and intricate moon and stars tattoo

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Butterfly, Stars and Moon Tattoos

You might not imagine that these images go together but they have a lovely meaning. Butterflies are associated with transformation and rebirth, much like moon tattoos. Adding a star tattoo helps to complete the image of hope and ambition.

There is also no denying that these butterfly, star, and moon tattoos are incredibly beautiful. They are feminine, delicate, and otherworldly all at once.

butterfly and moon tattoo with stars

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Butterfly, Stars and Moon Tattoos

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coloured butterfly tattoo with stars and moon

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Butterfly, Stars and Moon Tattoos with shading

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Witchy Moon and Stars Tattoo Ideas

Not only are moon tattoos associated with feminine nature, they also have ties to witchcraft. After all, most witches are said to cast spells by the light of the moon.

So, if you love witches and the paranormal, a moon and stars tattoo with witchy elements will be just the thing for you. Star and moon tattoos like these are bound to contain other elements associated with witchcraft, sorcery, or paganism.

Witchy Moon and Stars Tattoo

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halloween themed moon and stars tattoo

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complex Witchy Moon and Stars Tattoo

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Flowers, Moon and Stars Tattoos

Interestingly enough, flowers also feature in moon and stars tattoos. Once again, this has to do with the fact that flowers are seen as a beautiful and feminine symbol.

There are lots of lovely ways that flowers can be incorporated into these tattoo designs. Here are some of the top ideas:

colourful roses tattoo with moon and stars

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purple moon and flowers tattoo

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crescent moon with flowers tattoo

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crescent moon with flowers and wording tattoo

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vibrant moon, stars and flowers tattoo

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hand flowers, moon and stars tattoo

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rose tattoo with moon and stars

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Creative Stars and Moon Tattoos

Are you tired of the same old moon and stars tattoo designs? Well, there is no shortage of these ideas either!

Some of these moon and stars tattoo ideas have a common theme that bring the different elements together. Others are completely zany but still beautiful.

After all, your moon and star tattoo doesn't have to be meaningful. All that matters is that you like the design you have chosen.

creative moon and stars tattoo with a face

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detailed moon and stars tattoo with a hand

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artistic moon and stars tattoo on the back

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infinity feather stars and moon tattoo

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pattern moon tattoo with stars and beads

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What Do Moon and Stars Tattoos Mean?

Unlike other tattoo designs, there isn't a specific meaning behind the moon and stars tattoo. Some believe that it's symbolic of family - the moon representing the mother figure and the stars, her children.

Moon and stars tattoos can also be a good choice for someone who is interested in space or celestial bodies. Those who believe in astrology may also find meaning in these tattoos.

More often than not, moon and stars tattoos are steadfast symbols in most people's lives - they are ever present in the night sky. Not to mention, they are incredibly beautiful images.

What Does a Moon Tattoo Mean?

If you're wondering what a moon tattoo symbolizes, know that it has numerous meanings.

The moon is typically considered a feminine symbol, a moon goddess. There is some association with fertility and life - the waxing and waning of the moon are indicative of the beginning and ending of life.

There are many different cycles as the moon waxes and wanes - in these instances, the moon represents the life cycles or the passages of the time.

Some also see the waxing, the full moon, and the waning as a goddess symbol of the Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

Of course, people can also assign their owning meaning to a moon tattoo.

What Do Stars Mean in Tattoos?

Wondering what a star tattoo symbolizes? Stars tattoos have plenty of different meanings as well. They can symbolize a goal, ambition, or mean that you're simply aiming high.

Stars can also be a source of light and therefore, a symbol of hope. They may also be a sign of enlightenment and knowledge.

Once again, you may also attach a personal meaning to your star tattoo.

What Does the Half Moon and Sun Tattoo Mean?

The half sun and moon tattoo usually represents balance. The sun is associated with strength and power - a typically male symbol. As mentioned, the moon is more about hope and light and is thought of as a feminine symbol.

So, when you have both a half sun and moon tattoo, it's a depiction of balance of these two forces. Some cultures use this as a symbol of union between two people.

The moon and sun tattoo is also a symbol of how every individual carries both masculine and feminine energies.

There you have it - all the moon and stars tattoo inspiration you could possibly need. It doesn't matter if you're looking for something basic or want a tattoo that's a true work of art. You will be able to find the perfect design in this post.

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