The critically acclaimed, enduring pop culture anime icon Sailor Moon remains the subject of ink inspiration nearly three decades on from its first series released in the 1990s.
Originally a manga series created by artist Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon was adapted into an extremely popular 1992 cartoon now considered one of the world’s most popular anime titles.
The original series, known in Japan as “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon,” ran for five years but has been reborn to admirers old and new in the digital era.
At its peak Sailor Moon dominated prime time weekend television, inspiring a legion of fans drawn to the show by its emphasis on friendship, innovative cast portrayal, and embracing real-world themes integrating clever action scenes with broader concepts of sexuality, diversity, and the coming of age.
As is often the case with anime titles crossing over to western culture, Sailor Moon merchandising exploded to the tune of 5000+ related products, from the mundane to extremely weird. It’s a popular theme for Cosplayers, anime aficionados, and tattoo lovers that either grew up with the show or came to love it in Sailor Moon’s later iterations.
Check out the gallery below for an amazing range of Sailor Moon tattoos depicted in a range of styles and techniques, along with some useful information for those new to the series, or the world of ink.
89 Sailor Moon Tattoo
When it comes to the Sailor Moon series as a whole, it’s not just the storyline that has achieved success. Each of the characters within the story has touched the hearts of fans worldwide. A strong testament to this is the sales of merchandise associated with all the characters combined that run into billions of dollars worldwide.
By selecting tattoos below with the symbolism that follows, you’ll appreciate that all the characters are powerful and independent. Each has its own set of unique abilities, making them popular choices among tattoo designs. Don’t forget to scroll through the end of this article for the symbolism.
1. Chibiusa & Luna P Tattoo
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This forearm tattoo is elegant, colorful, and inked to perfection. I love the contrast between Chibiusa’s pink hair with Luna’s purple look.
2. Black Line Sailor Moon Tattoos
These Sailor Moon tattoos are fine examples of simple manga-style imagery. These designs focus on using a variety of single needle techniques such as single line flowing black line, standard black sharpie fill effects, geometric concepts such as symmetrical patterning and shape.
One or two of the Sailor Moon tattoos opt for circumspect technical dotwork applications, supporting the more crisp black lines with subtlety.
3. Broken Heart Sailor Moon
This is a very poignant design as it has a great story behind it. It features the black lady, the adult version of Sailor Moon’s daughter, Chibiusa, who was brainwashed and turned into something evil. This broken heart symbolizes the heartbreak that Sailor Moon must have felt for herself because of the way Chibiusa was turned against her with the intention of destroying her and the other Sailor Scouts. Probably quite dramatic and hurtful for the Sailor Moon.
4. Luna Ball Tattoo
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This tattoo of Luna as a ball, nestled between flowers, looks apt on her calf space.
5. Watercolor Sailor Moon Tattoos
This Sailor Moon tattoo work with finely etched watercolor, rather than the more typical cartoonish use of vivid flat color fill. These watercolor techniques are versatile – deftly able to support a black and gray inked central figure, or be made the vibrant focal point of the artwork. These tattoos show off a tremendous deployment of darker, vivid watercolor, or more delicate palettes that help augment different features and flow within images.
6. Sailor Jupiter Tattoo
This one includes a very simplistic design of the Sailor Moon holding a realistic version of Luna and Artemis. The tattoo surely looks very gorgeous because of the talented tattoo artist. This is great for someone who doesn’t want a complicated design for themselves but just a subtle reference to the popular anime.
7. Greyscale Sailor MoonTattoo
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The simple, black-and-white linework on the forearm depicts Sailor Moon’s innocent teenage look.
8. Delicate Sailor Moon Tattoos
Sailor Moon, being a female-centric iconoclastic style of the show, allows for a variety of different technical approaches to ink. The examples above work fantastically by utilizing delicate imagery and color in supporting heavier black and gray shadow application. Others show how a finely crafted, tremendously detailed piece of art can be delivered with soft hands, clean linework, and outstanding use of shape and space.
9. Sailor Moon Love Tattoo
Love tattoos are always heartwarming. Who doesn’t love a little romance? And it’s true for the dramatic love story of the anime series featuring the romance of Tuxedo Mask falling deeply in love with the Sailor Moon. Isn’t it just too adorable?
10. Sailor Moon With Luna Tattoo
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Nothing is more adorable than this impeccable artwork of Sailor Moon with the adorable cat Luna. The tattoo looks simple yet sophisticated.
11. Cartoon Color Sailor Moon Tattoos
These examples are the traditional cartoon-style tattoos your mind immediately links to classic shows such as Sailor Moon, One Piece, or Full Metal Alchemist. They show off coalescing brightly colored amongst flowing black or colored lines and photorealism aspects which make the tattoos look lifted straight from the screen and onto the skin.
12. Sailor Moon Eating
Although a larger aspect of being a superhero that Sailor Moon popularly is, she is also a normal teenage girl who likes to give in to her whims and fancies once in a while. And isn’t it what all the superheroes are? They’re humans too after all! Like any other teenager, she struggles to get up on time and pass her exams with good grades.
This is the reason why absolutely anyone can relate to her! Here is an inked tribute to Usagi Tsukino, the real name of Sailor Moon, that captures the imperfection of the cute superhero, doing what she does the best when she is not fighting evil.
13. Sailor Jupiter and Jolteon Tattoo
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Sailor Jupiter looks at the peak of her action, fighting evil to save the world. I love the color palette of this well-composed design with precision results.
14. Anime Portraiture Sailor Moon Tattoos
There’s tremendous versatility in this range of Sailor Moon tattoo portraits. They use effective profiles placement in shaping each image to reflect the differences between each depiction of the ‘Sailor’ characters. Some opt for bold, brightly colored neo-traditional-style artwork, while others use subtlety of shading and finely etched support framing such as flowers, masks, or elaborate hairstyles to show off technical aspects of each piece.
15. Sailor Moon Mandala
Mandalas are quite a common tattoo design inspiration and is super trending these days. Mixing the Sailor Moon anime tattoo with a mandala pattern is quite unique. This tattoo includes Sailor Moon’s prime and most cherished weapon, the moon stick, and her three feline sidekicks: Luna, Artemis, and their pet kitty, Diana, who have come together to create this elaborate, geometric composition.
16. Sailor Moon Brooch Tattoo
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This small design looks pretty on the upper forearm. The colors and attention to detail bring out Sailor Moon’s characteristics.
17. Technical Sailor Moon Tattoos
I enjoy when pieces use their technical approach as a feature of the overall tattoo. Rather than being a by-product of the tattoo’s story, the application is fundamental to the ink. Whether it’s fully saturated black ink highlights, extroverted 3D new wave, or the painstakingly precise delivery of colored pointillism, making the point to feature technical work adds another layer of excellence to the body art.
18. Sailor Pluto Geometric Tattoo
This is yet another geometric Sailor Piece composition that includes Sailor Pluto’s prime weapon, The Granet Rod. The main function that this weapon endures is the fact that it also serves as a key to the Space-Time Door, which Pluto takes care of.
19. Sailor Moon Hairdo Tattoo
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Sailor Moon is famous for her two buns and long hair. This tattoo is entirely about that cute style. Many teenage girls adore her hairstyle; this is for them.
20. Comic Panel Sailor Moon Tattoos
These Sailor Moon tattoos are quality examples of matching solid black ink fill with strong, single color fill effects to make comic book style vertical panel patterns. They also apply geometric concepts to shape each piece, using the color in a similar fashion to how negative space applications support fat heavy blocks of black ink in more traditional ink expressions.
21. Sailor Mars Tattoo
Isn’t this an adorable tattoo of Sailor Mars? This tattoo serves to work as a mark of commemoration for the most cherished Sailor Scout besides Sailor Moon herself! The real name of Sailor Mars is Rei Hino and she is known to have an agitated relation with Sailor Moon, as they seldom lock their horns because of Sailor Mars’ short-tempered demeanor and Sailor Moon’s tendency to always put her through tests.
Sailor Mars is quite famous as she represents the strong woman of today due to her fiery personality and her outspoken temperament. The most unique thing about her is that although she often gets into trouble, she never lets her friends down.
22. Sailor Mercury Wand Tattoo
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She raises her wand and shouts out “Mercury Power, Make-up!” to transform into a Sailor Guardian. Fans of Sailor Mercury would be happy with a design like this.
23. Black and Gray Sailor Moon Tattoos
This black and gray tattoo showcase the different methods you can use in taking this approach. These Sailor Moon tattoos range from simple grayscale shading to heavier stippled shade, fine line balance, and negative space support. The heavier, darker images smartly employ white ink highlights to create an extra finishing touch or make an already detailed piece seem brighter and more well-rounded.
24. Sailor Moon and Luna
The significance of the manga and anime illustrations is the fact that they are super colorful and vibrant. They certainly are a treat for the eyes. So no matter if it’s a hero or a villain, they are equally beautiful with their luscious hair, beautiful costumes, cute weapons, and their adorable little sidekicks. This particular tattoo always draws attention mainly because it looks uber vibrant because of all the beautiful colors.
25. Moon Stick Tattoo
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The artist has done a flawless job at making the Moon Stick look right out of the television series. It looks so vivid and elegant you feel like lifting it off of the skin.
26. Sailor Uranus and Neptune Tattoo
Sailor Moon is one such anime series that offers lessons on friendship, strength, fierceness, and courage. However, it was quite ahead of its time too! I am saying that all those who follow the show know the love story of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, actually called Haruka and Michiru, in the support of the LGBT community.
It stands as a true inspiration behind the acceptance of this community for young girls. It is one of the first examples that young girls could relate to. Additionally, Sailor Uranus’ short hairdo and her love for everything masculine shows that it is not necessary for the girls to look pretty and dressed up all the time. There is more to them than just that, after all.
27. Sailor Pluto Wand Tattoo
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The Sailor Pluto Wand is inked on the forearm, the perfect place for such a pattern. The choice of colors is subtle, which is characteristic of the magical purpose of the wand.
28. Sailor Saturn Tattoo Designs
An added widespread demand for the Sailor Moon series is the truth that every sailor scout is different in their own ways, with their distinct strengths and dispositions which are peculiar to them. Therefore, there is bound to be a persona that resonates with the spectators. Sailor Saturn, or Hotaru Tomoe, relates greatly with numerous fans because of her mysterious roots.
Because her superpowers can cause the complete annihilation of the cosmos, Sailor Uranus and Neptune battle to evade the situation where Hotaru’s powers rise up. She is also a really isolated character until she comes across Sailor Chibi Moon. Her idiosyncrasies and her inability to connect with many are probably something that makes her connect to her fans who are also, to some extent, introverts.
29. Moon Prism Tattoo (Pink & Blue)
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The transformation into a superheroine is happening in this tattoo. Sailor Moon takes over her alter ego as she sparkles with beauty.
30. Eternal Sailor Moon Tattoo
Do you remember when characters in pokemon were upgraded? I guess it’s quite common in manga and animes too to power up and fight against evil. This transformation requires the superhero to upgrade into better clothes as per his or her new version of superpower. It is very common that with each series comes a new heroic form. Do you remember that when Sailor Moon upgrades to Eternal Sailor Moon it came along with various subtle transformations including a set of beauteous wings?
31. Moon Prism Tattoo (Red & Pink)
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Each time Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon, we get to witness a beautiful new dress, magic, and lots of gorgeous weaponry.
32. Sailor Neptune’s Weapons
Sailor Moon is quite trendy amongst the feminists probably because it’s an all-girl gang who have taken it upon themselves to fight the crime. The themes are quite worth appreciating too. That’s exactly the notion which this tattoo design has picked up. This tattoo represents Sailor Neptune’s weapon with the words “fight like a girl” engraved.
It has a profound significance because it represents that girls are not less in anything than their counterparts. It surely induces a positive message of courage and strength. The unique female superheroes are the enigmatic characters of the Sailor Moon series and that’s exactly why this design holds gravity.
33. Moon Prism Tattoo (Green & Pink)
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Here Usagi is transforming into Sailor Moon. The colors and electrifying energy make this a gorgeous tattoo for the arm.
34. Sailor Transformation Tattoo
The best part of any superhero series or movie is the turn where the normal-looking characters transform themselves into the superhero version of themselves. One such vivid memory is that from Sailor Moon when the cute little teen girls transform themselves into the Sailor Squad to fight the crime and save the world.
This resulted in beautiful and sparkling costumes, gorgeous weapons, and vibrant colors all over spreading a positive message. If this part, where the girls undergo a transformation, was your favorite too, you’ll definitely love this tattoo design.
35. Crisis Moon Compact Tattoo
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The Crisis Moon Compact is a stunning item that came second in line in the series to aid Usagi’s transformation. This particular tattoo looks perfect on the hand.
36. OG Sailor Moon
This whimsical portrayal of the OG Sailor Moon is quite striking. The vibrant colors just make the beauty of the tattoo pop out even more. That’s the thing about anime tattoo designs, that they always radiate with vibrancy. The arm is such a cool place to show off the colorful and cheerful tattoo design.
37. Adorable Sailor Moon & Luna Tattoo (Black & Grey)
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With her eyes shut, Sailor Moon is hugging adorable Luna. The artist has captured the emotion with incredible depth and simplicity. The linework and solid inking are done perfectly in this tattoo.
38. Locket Tattoo
Wish you had a magical locket like this too? We sure do too. The colors are quite exquisite. Plus, the blue galaxy-like design is quite attractive and gives the tattoo an ethereal look. This pretty locket is amazingly lovely and something which every girl would love to possess.
39. Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask Romance Tattoo
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Romance and scenes of Sailor Moon with her love interests are commonplace in the series. Not meant for children to see, but teen fans adore these tattoos. This is a super cute tattoo of Sailor Moon with her handsome love interest, Tuxedo Mask. It looks ideal inked above the elbow.
40. As an Icecream Cone
This is actually a very creative design pattern which is also quite silly in my opinion. However, it is symbolic of the connection between the normal life of a teen girl and the superhero life. The ice cream cone, which is a regular thing, has great detailing and includes stars and a moon which links it to the Sailor Squad’s ethereal world. This design of Sailor Moon as an ice cream cone is rather cute. Did you notice the sparkling icing that is peeking through her hair?
Sailor Moon Symbolism
The above anime tattoos aren’t just tattoos; they carry incredible symbolism as well. Here’s why each character shown above is so popular that it has fans lining up at tattoo studios.
#1. Sailor Moon
As mentioned in the intro, Sailor Moon is a superheroine. Yet, she’s also an average teenager with a pretty normal human life when she’s not out fighting evil in the battlegrounds. She faces all the basic struggles typical teenage girls go through. She struggles to keep up with classes, pass her exams with decent grades, and keep up with fashion, for instance.
As a result, all teenage girls can relate to her. The characterization of Usagi Tsukino (a.k.a. Sailor Moon) is the epitome of ‘shojo,’ which is a Japanese concept for girlishness. According to the idea, she is free to pursue all her passions, with an undying spirituality that aids in overcoming obstacles along the way.
Chibiusa (civilian identity of Sailor Chibi Moon) is the daughter of Sailor Moon. She is among the main characters of the series. Being a small child hailing from the 30th century, she seeks the Sailor Soldiers’ help by traveling to the past.
A few years later, upon her return, she gets trained herself and becomes known as Sailor Chibi Moon, translated to be Sailor Mini Moon. Chibi is a small girl with distinct natural pink hair. During the progression of the series, her other forms include ‘Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity and ‘Balck Lady.’ As an adult, she becomes a villain, wherein her name is ‘Wicked Lady.’ Her powers are significant as she destroys enemies in tandem with Sailor Moon. Her distinct hair, cute looks, and superpowers make her character a great Sailor Moon tattoo design choice inspired by the series.
The adorable Luna is the enchanted black cat that Usagi first meets. Luna tells Usagi that she’s destined to fight all forces of evil to save the world. Usagi can transform into Sailor Moon ever since Luna hands her the magical brooch. Luna also informs Usagi that she should protect the Silver Crystal by leading the Sailor Soldiers and becoming a warrior with immense power.
The unsurpassable cuteness of Luna makes her look a popular tattoo choice. Often, we see incredible tattoo designs having Sailor Moon and Luna or Chibiusa and Luna together.
#4. Sailor Jupiter
In the series, civilian Kino Makoto transforms into Sailor Jupiter. The green-gowned lady embodies the greatest strength among all the guardians. She’s the princess of the planet Jupiter, known by her famous catchphrase, “I’ll make you feel so much regret; it’ll leave you numb!”
Her superhuman strength and unique powers connected to electricity and plants make her character popular outside the series as well. Besides being capable of manipulating lightning and Earth, today, she’s also known for her spin-off series and CD single. It’s no wonder tattoos featuring her are so much in demand!
#5. Sailor Mercury
‘Ami Mizuno’ is ‘Sailor Mercury,’ a brutally intelligent soldier. She was the first Sailor to be recruited by Sailor Moon. Besides her superpower of being intelligent, she’s also known for her abilities in connection to water and ice. This teenage Japanese schoolgirl that protects the solar system from evil through her supernatural skills also has a strong fanbase.
Like Sailor Jupiter, this character, too, is hugely popular. Having a CD single and a spin-off show to her credit. Lots of teens identify with her fictional characterization. Wherein she’s intelligent and perceived with either amazement or jealousy by her classmates. I love the choice of tattoos doing the rounds on the internet depicting Sailor Mercury in vibrant colors.
#6. Sailor Venus
Sailor Moon’s fourth selected Sailor, Aino Minako (a.k.a. Sailor Venus), has a strong association with everything golden, including love, beauty, and light. In the earliest episode, she’s recommended to wear a red bow on her hair. Since then, she’s been seen adorning her hair with it on every single occasion. Bow tattoos with Sailor Moon imply Sailor Moon’s recognition of the great work by Sailor Venus.
#7. Sailor Neptune
Sailor Neptune (a.k.a. Michiru Kaioh) appears to be in love with Sailor Uranus. Besides her supernatural powers to fight evil, she’s also talented, dedicated, wealthy, and beautiful. And, she’s known for her flashes of anger. Her unique abilities and power over the sea come from a magic mirror.
Furthermore, Sailor Neptune tattoos are pretty popular for their universal appeal, unbound by gender or sexual orientation differences. It’s noteworthy to mention; she’s the perfect symbolism of grace and elegance. She’s also the most mysterious among Sailor Moon’s soldiers.
#8. Sailor Mars
Sailor Mars (a.k.a. Rei Hino) is a soldier in command just below Sailor Venus. She’s the level-headed soldier who, at the same time, is at the forefront when it comes to being the first one to jump into a fight. Sailor Mars puts her life at risk for Sailor Moon time and time again.
Another interesting fact is that she’s the only Sailor Senshi who wears high heels without a strap or any other support form. She wasn’t the most romantic of the soldiers, but you would want to tattoo her on your body if you identify with her heels, smart looks, and fighting spirit.
#9. Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask Romance
There’s no hiding the fact that the two characters Sailor Moon And Tuxedo Mask (a.k.a. Mamoru Chiba), were deeply in love. Tuxedo Mask is a charming and heroic individual, although he is evil in 16 of the episodes. Their love scene tattoos are adorable and majorly in demand.
#10. Usagi and Mamoru Love
In the anime, Usagi is a magical girl, and the focus remains on that. However, the two teens, Usagi and Mamoru, are in an intense romantic relationship in the manga. Tattoos depicting this relationship look adorable.
#11. Moon Prism
When Usagi Tsukino’s transformation into the superheroine Sailor Moon happens, she revamps herself into beautiful, sparkling costumes, adorning attractive weapons. During the process, you witness an array of vibrant, flashy colors that spread the faith and positive energy all around. Tattoo designs depicting this transformation of gorgeous Usagi are trendy.
#12. Moon Stick
Sailor Moon used the Moon Stick (a.k.a. Crescent Moon Wand) to perform Moon Healing Escalation. The Stick, used as an attack item, has a crystal material crescent moon on the top. The rest of it is made of pink material. All in all, the Moon Stick makes for an astounding tattoo design if you’re a Sailor Moon fan.
#13. Sailor Pluto Wand (the Garnet Rod)
Sailor Pluto (a.k.a Setsuna Meioh) uses her transformation wand called Garnet Rod to stop time in Sailor Moon Crystal. The Garnet Rod is a gigantic key designed with a Garnet Orb and a heart on the top.
The significance of the Garnet Rod is that it symbolizes Sailor Pluto’s stewardship over the Door of Space-Time. Overall, it makes for a really pretty tattoo design.
#14. Crisis Moon Compact
Originally, Usagi transformed into Sailor Moon using the Transformation Brooch. Later, the second item she could use for turning into Super Sailor Moon was the Crisis Moon Compact. This item was given to her by Pegasus as an upgrade to the first item.
This time, the activation phrase was “Moon Crisis, Makeup” instead of “Moon Prism Power, Makeup.” In terms of tattoo designs, this one looks out of this world on the hand or any other visible area of your body that you want to place a small, compact tattoo on.
Whether you’re a die-hard Sailor Moon fan or recently fallen in love with these adorable, colorful, and seemingly energetic bunch of characters and symbols, you would’ve loved the 30 Sailor Moon tattoo designs I just shared. The styles and techniques used by the artists combined with their equipment resulted in such flawless art.