29 Brilliant Sun Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023
What else represents life as profoundly as the Sun? It rises and sets to gift us day and night, and it brings warmth to us all. To celebrate this magnificent star, many people have gotten Sun tattoos, which have inspired various gorgeous designs. It’s often said that ink pieces of the Sun are linked to rebirth, light, and a perfect balance in life. What an inspiring idea!
But before you go and get your own Sun tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the best, most gorgeous, and most stunning Sun tattoo ideas for 2023. You’ll surely be inspired with the perfect idea of which tattoo style to get, as well as where to get tattooed on your body.
With that said, let’s begin!
Old School Tattoo of the Sun on Lower Leg
This joyful design makes me smile right when I see it, because of the happy face and the colorful palette. I always find that the Old School style has such a unique charm, and this design is a good example of that. I love how this sun looks just like a beautiful, happy flower!
Fineline Triceps Tattoo of The Sun
I love how this design looks just like a piece of jewelry. How cool is it to have something so gorgeous on your skin forever? The fineline style with the thin, even black lines seen here, really gives this piece a very elegant, delicate look.
Linework Forearm Tattoo of Sun Broken in Half
This marvelous work showcases steady, even black lines. The adjacent well-packed opaque areas of black ink add a sense of mystery and intensity to the piece. For more beautiful works like this one, definitely check out the artist at IG: @elsetattoo
Linework Polaroid Forearm Tattoo of Sun
This one is so interesting, because it looks to me like a tarot card. There’s also a very whimsical vibe to it, thanks to the dreamy eyes and blush on the beautiful face. This effect is obtained using the specialized technique of whip shading, creating a stippled texturing. Gorgeous work by the artist at IG: @dollheart.tattoos
Linework Underboob Tattoo of Sleeping Sun
I love this marvelous piece! It’s very interesting to have a design of a sleeping Sun, as the Sun is usually associated with daylight and energy. But there’s a very calming energy to this tattoo that I enjoy. The shading looks great, too, adding much more dimension to the piece. If you want to create a focal point on your body, this is the way to go. Seen By Invitation Only!
Linework Tattoo of Sleeping Sun on Upper Arm
Another adorable tattoo of the sun asleep! This design is smaller than the previous one, and is placed on the upper arm. Some of the details are also hand-poked, which creates such a raw, fascinating look!
Micro Realistic Tattoo of the Sun Above the Shore
I really like the geometric influence seen in this piece, because it adds such a modern touch. There’s no outline around the Sun, only some shading to demonstrate its blinding light. It’s so interesting how there’s even a tiny solar system surrounding it!
Blackwork Full-Back Tattoo of the Sun, Skull, and Flowers
This masterful work of art impressed me at first sight. I love how everything in this design is so powerful and dimensional, turning this client’s back into a top-notch piece of art! Look at those hollow eye sockets, don’t you feel like they’re going to suck you in? That’s masterful shading skills on display!
Blackwork Arm Tattoo of Two Lovers and The Sun
This gorgeous piece has such a mystical vibe to it, reminding me of Greek mythology. I love every detail of the design: from the tiniest hair strand to the tears on the lovers’ faces. The stars and the clouds surrounding them create a sacred, beautiful scene that’s completely unmatched. What a wonderful job done by artist IG: @la_main_innocente
Black and Gray Tattoo of Sleeping Sun
What a piece of joy this tattoo is! I adore the sleeping face of the Sun, and the white highlights that give it such a glimmering look. They create a source of light that reflects off the face.The dotwork surrounding the sun is really interesting, too, making the whole piece more interesting.
Illustrative Blackwork Tattoo of Bull Skull with Sun
A wonderful example of how two different styles can go so well together. I love how the bull skull is done in blackwork. Although there aren’t the heavy opaque areas of black ink, this is in fact a variation of the style as only black ink is used. Alternatively, the Sun behind it is alive with color! The linework is absolutely immaculate, credited to the artist at IG: @ristamarietattoos
Fineline Tattoo of Sun on Forearm
Another tiny piece for anyone who’s looking for low-key design. Despite its small size, this fineline tattoo manages to set a mood. With minimal detailing, you can still sense, and feel, the warmth of the Sun. The elegant linework is credited to the artist at IG: @muroxtattoo
Blackwork Tattoo of Sun and Clouds Over Biceps
I absolutely adore the intense look of this design, thanks to the blackwork and the intricate detailing. Linework shading is also used, giving the whole piece such a classic, refined feel.
Custom Old School Tattoo of the Sun
The color palette of this piece is simply wonderful. I really like how yellow, orange, and red work so well together along with the black. The gradient of orange tones creates a glistening effect, as if light is glistening from the surface. The typical bold outlines of Old School style give this tattoo a very grounded look. Wonderful job done by the artist at IG: @liana_joy_tattoo
Custom Neo Traditional Tattoo of Sun God on Knee
I’m simply in love with how well this design is executed. Working on the knee is no easy feat, as it’s a non-flat body part subject to movement. The Sun’s face here appears to be leaping out, trying to get closer to us. I adore the stylized shading, so characteristic of Neo-Traditional style, that’s on full display in this tattoo.
Blackwork Tattoo of Sun on Thigh
Tattoo artist IG: @nem_il thrives at blackwork, with designs that have a fierce, powerful feel to them. This one is no exception. I love how abstract and unique the Sun looks. There’s such a captivating and soulful look on the girl’s face, making it hard to turn my eyes away!
Linework Tattoo of Sun, Leaves and Stars on Forearm
If you want a Sun tattoo that looks like a pretty flower, this one’s for you. I love how delicate and mesmerizing the linework is, as if this tattoo is designed with a fountain pen. The leaves and stars also create such a lovely, cheerful mood!
Blackwork Chest Tattoo of Sun with an Eye
This tattoo is probably one of my favorites. I just love the ominous, mysterious vibe coming off of the eye. If you want to create a focal point on your body, a tattoo over the sternum is always a winner.
Blackwork Tattoo of Sun on Forearm
We’ve seen tattoos similar to this one, but nevertheless, I have to include it on our list. Look how the white ink gives this Sun such a polished, slick look! These touches might look simple, but it should be noted that white ink isn’t easy to work with; real skill is a requirement. I also love the whip shading that immediately makes this piece so dimensional with its resultant stippled texturing.
Linework Tattoo of Sun on Forearm
A lovely, clean linework design coming from the studio of artist IG: @rhiantattoos. Fun fact, there’s a moon design that matches this one that’s posted on the artist’s profile. If you’re looking for ideas for a couple’s design, definitely check it out.
Blackwork Tattoo of the Sun
The linework in this design is absolutely gorgeous. I love how clean and neat all the lines are, serving to define the piece. The whip shading also looks wonderful, adding so much texture to the Sun. And topping it all off, are the stars and clouds framing the Sun.
Custom Black and Gray Thigh Tattoo of Sun
Artist IG: @janaperrytattoos does absolutely amazing black and gray pieces, and we pulled this one straight from her original collection. I like how the artist positioned this tattoo over the thigh, as there’s sufficient “canvas” here for this big, bold design.
Linework Tattoo of Sun on Outer Arm
Here comes something simple but no less exciting than the others. If you’re looking for a straightforward clean design, this one may be your cup of tea. It gives off both a classic and classy vibe, which we can all easily love. Its position allows for easy viewing by all.
Linework Tattoo of Sleeping Sun on Arm
I absolutely adore the lashes and the blushed cheeks that make this Sun look like Sleeping Beauty. The stars of varying sizes are also a nice addition, helping to create a dreamlike, mystical mood. The linework used here, also nicely blends with that of the other tattoo.
Black and Gray Writ Tattoo of Sun
This small design fits nicely on the wrist like a lucky charm! I really like how simple but eye-catching it looks, especially with the intentional shading and linework. For more delightful pieces, definitely check out the artist at IG: @doloremtattoo
Custom Old School Tattoo of Sun
Another Old School-inspired piece for those of you who like its old-time look. I love the clean linework, and how the bold, black outlines really hold all the details together. The shading adds a very nice touch, too, giving the sun a glowing appearance!
Minimal Tattoo of Sun on Upper Arm
I laughed the moment I saw this one, because of how much attitude this Sun has. The Sun seems to be rolling its eyes at anyone who even wants to steal a glance. What a fabulous little bit of sunshine!
Linework Tattoo of Sun on Calf
Here’s one more linework piece with a clean, simple design. I really like the linework shading seen here, something seemingly so simple yet so effective. For more beautiful pieces, definitely check out the artist’s page at IG: @velenotattoo
Fineline Matching Tattoos of Sun and Moon
Last but not least, we have a matching set of tattoos for the best friends out there, looking for a friendship token! I adore how the linework and the shading work together to create such beautiful designs. The dotwork and subtle blackwork are immaculate, creating such magnificent patterns! Absolutely wonderful work by artist IG: @kirahelmert.tattoo
We hope you found what you were looking for and had as much fun looking at these tattoos as we had writing about them. Until next time, happy inking!