The universe is an expansive and beautiful place, but if anything in it deserves tattoo tributes, it’s the sun. If it were not for this ball of fire, we wouldn’t even be able to see tattoos, not to mention that life as we know it wouldn’t exist. It’s a pretty big deal, literally. The sun contains 99.86% of the Solar System’s mass. To put that in perspective, you could fit 1,000,000 Earths inside of it, but unfortunately we’ve only got one, which will eventually be consumed by solar flares anyways. Alpha and omega, right? Thankfully, the human race will be long gone by then, but in the meantime, we can all keep expressing our appreciation of the giant light in the sky by getting tattoos of it.
The sun has always been a muse for artists since it gives us life, appearing in countless works of art over the ages. Depending on the context in which it appears, the sun can be symbolic of a vast number of meanings, most of which are associated with divinity. The majority of major religions have deities for the sun, Apollo in Greek mythology, Ra in Egyptian, Surya in Hinduism, Christ in Christianity, and etc., so it’s become synonymous with godliness over ages. In general though, images of the sun can be interpreted as emblems of vitality, truth, and masculine energy, more of often than one-to-one representations of higher powers.
The sun has risen in nearly every style of body art. It is a common fixture in some of the oldest traditions of tattooing, like Polynesian and Irezumi, and it’s frequently seen looming behind clippers in traditional sailor tattoos. You’d be hard pressed to go through life without running across somebody who has a sun with a face on their body. And who can forget the fashion statement that Sully Erna from Godsmack made in the late '90s? But for as common as they are, at the end of the day, tattoos of the sun are as beautiful as the sun itself but without the adverse effects. Looking at a sun tattoo too long won’t make you go blind or give you a sunburn, much less skin cancer, and, best of all, they don’t degrade your tattoos with pesky gamma rays.
To see more stellar body art, perhaps even a few more tattoos of the hardest working star in the galaxy, fly on over to these tattooists’ Instagrams. Should you want to pay tribute to the sun, brighten your life and get a tattoo of it from one of them.