Sunrise Tattoo Ideas


The sun is a favorite symbol in tattoo art. It can be used in several different ways and in almost any location on the body. One of the more unusual and memorable ways to portray the sun is in a sunrise tattoo. The sunrise symbolizes fresh beginnings, rebirth or a new chapter of one's life. If you want a sunrise tattoo, take care to use bright colors to indicate that it is not a sunset, which has the opposite meaning of a sunrise.

A Scenic View

  • Re-creating a scene from your own life in a sunrise tattoo is one way to permanently display a sunrise on your skin and create a beautiful reminder of a pleasant memory. Choose a location that is important to you, such as the park where you met your spouse or the beach where you took a memorable vacation. Work with a tattoo artist to draw out a picture of this scene that is suitable for a tattoo, ensuring that she includes a beautiful sunrise to symbolize the new beginning that took place there.

An Abstract Sunrise

  • A sunrise is, in essence, a simple image consisting of a sun coming up over the horizon. As such, a sunrise tattoo does not need to be overly complicated. A tribal sun, half-visible over a line that signifies the horizon, makes for a striking depiction of a sunrise. With or without color, a minimalist sunrise is just as powerful as a more complex scene built around a sunrise.

Mixed Images

  • Combining the image of a sunrise with other tattoo imagery can result in a unique and personal tattoo. A rose blossom opening up to release a new sun could symbolize a new love. A sunrise paired with two flying swallows symbolizes newly-found freedom. A phoenix in front of a sunrise can represent a truly profound rebirth since both of these images symbolize new beginnings.

Religious Tattoos

  • The image of the sun has long held a meaningful place in religious symbolism since the sun is seen as the origin of all life. Pairing a sunrise with a religious tattoo may represent a new-found faith or a renewed devotion to that faith. Some possibilities include the Virgin Mary cupping a sunrise in her outstretched hands or Buddha meditating beneath a bright and colorful sunrise.

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