In ancient days, tribal sun tattoo designs were used to mark a person as a member of a particular tribe. Today, these simple yet elegant pieces of art serve as a fashion statement or declaration of a personal belief.
One of the most requested is the sun, popular for their look as well as the various meanings they portray.
A tribal sun tattoo design is a reflection of the sun's profound symbolic nature in most cultures around the world. It represents all the qualities, characteristics and energies associated with the sun. Because of this flexibility, the tattoo’s message is completely dependent on the style, color, and content of the image.
Perhaps the most important meaning of sun skin art is that of truth and light. This is often done with simple designs, such as with a monochromatic sun shining clearly as a beacon of truth. As in ancient times sunlight made the harvest possible, it was and is often seen as a symbol of fertility and growth.
In Christianity, the sun is the house of the Archangel Michael, as well as a symbol for Christ and Christ like virtues. Because the sun rises and sets each day, it is a powerful symbol of rebirth and eternal life. Association of the sun tattoo design with a cross can be a strong statement of personal faith and an eternal devotion to mimicking Christ.
Like a lion’s head in the sky, the sun is a classic symbol of vitality, courage, strength, and leadership. Sharp angles about the sun can depict power, dignity, force, and clarity.
Tattoo artists can create amazing deviations from the basic sun body art form with the use of colors, styles and the addition of striking tribal designs.
A tattoo of the sun is often seen as a representation for self-knowledge and individuality, and colors can be used as an expression of unique personality. Vivid, angry, or flaming suns can symbolize the anger and fire associated with the sun design, and can be used to depict the wearer’s passion for anyone or anything in their life.
The design of the Celtic sun symbolizes fertility, healing and the source of life. The choice of this design depicts the energizing and healing powers of the wearer. A human face inside the sun’s center is said to supply protection from danger and sadness.
While the sun is seen as a masculine figure in many cultures, tribal sun tattoo designs for women are very common. Ancient African, Japanese, Germanic, Celtic, and even some Native American perspective’s place feminine power within the sun’s rays. The look of a tribal sun can be softened when used in conjunction with portrayals of the moon or stars.