Humans’ fascination with outer space dates back thousands of years. Long before the invention of the telescope, our ancestors looked to the stars to orient themselves, tell time, and seek out spiritual guidance. Nowadays, even with our advanced technology and the remarkable ability to physically leave planet Earth and travel through space, our knowledge about our solar system, and the universe at large, is still extremely limited. Perhaps it’s this immense air of mystery that surrounds the cosmos that makes it such a fascinating topic.
In addition to being mysterious, outer space is also undeniably beautiful. An open, star-studded sky on a clear night can be awe-inducing. It’s no wonder then that stars, planets, and the moon feature prominently in art throughout history--van Gogh’s famous “Starry Night” painting is just one classic example.
Starry Night tattoo by Mani, a resident artist at Dark Age Tattoo Studio
Space’s influence has also infiltrated pop culture in the form of science fiction. The worldwide popularity of Star Wars and Star Trek can attest to our curiosity about space travel and what lies out there beyond our reach. All this goes to show that you certainly don’t have to be an astronomer to appreciate the stunning immensity of outer space. If you’re a fan of astronomy, or simply a fan of cosmic imagery and symbolism, you may wish to consider getting a cosmological tattoo.
Astronomy-themed tattoos are very trendy, but there are many ways to make them unique if you so choose. Designs range from ultra-simple (think stars or a crescent moon) to complex and intricate. For instance, realistic and detailed depictions of our solar system or a black hole can be quite compelling--you’ll see an example of the latter in the gallery below, where we’ve rounded up 15 inspiring examples of outer space-themed tattoos. We’ve also included 2 designs from our collection of temporary tattoos. A semi-permanent tattoo is a great way to experiment with the artform and share your fascination with outer space without the commitment.
"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night" - Sarah Williams (Not by Galileo oops)