Once you decide you’re ready to get inked, the hardest part is choosing your art. Tattoos are a pretty serious commitment, so it’s worth it to think long and hard about what designs best represent you and which tats you’ll really be able to grow old with. A good way to do this is to let the zodiac be your guide.
Your astrological sign holds clues to your inner workings, likes, dislikes, and the truest essence of who you are. It can help you narrow down your tattoo choices to something you’ll truly love and want to show off. That’s why I got some tips from Berry’s resident astrologer, Maressa Brown, on which designs work best for each sign. Here, some tat inspiration based on the zodiac to help you find the art for which you’re destined.
Aries (March 21–April 19)
Aries are bold trailblazers and natural-born fighters. Ruled by Mars, the God of War, they love any kind of competition—the fiercer, the better. The perfect tattoo for an Aries signifies strength and their willingness to fight for what they want at any cost.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Taureans are ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. They’re sentimental, romantic, and love to indulge in the finer things life has to offers. A Taurus might prefer a tattoo that’s tiny and chic, or, if they go bigger, something lace-inspired with tons of intricate details.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Gemini is an air sign, and the people born under this sign are usually expressive and understanding. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, Geminis are known for their ability to see issues from many sides. They can be simultaneously sensitive and serious, relaxed, and restless, and they’ll want art that represents all of these qualities.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Cancer is the most maternal of all the zodiac signs. Those born under this sign are nurturing, loyal, and generous, and they’re most likely to get a tattoo that holds uniquely signifiant meaning for them or acts as a tribute to someone they love.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Fire sign Leos are confident, vivacious, and love to be admired. They’re ruled by the sun and roll through life with an air of royalty. As a bold Leo, you’ll want a tattoo that’s noteworthy, unique, and expresses who you are.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Earth sign Virgos are detail-oriented and highly intellectual. They’re always thinking and analyzing, and they prefer logic over emotion. Meticulous Virgo should opt for a tattoo with intricate, clean lines, like a geometric pattern, or even something that represents their innate independent spirit.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Air Libra is a partner by nature. Ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty, and Libras seek balance, harmony, and companionship—which is why Libra is symbolized by the scales. Libras should opt for a tat that signifies their loving spirit, or even get something matching with their SO.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Water sign Scorpios are deep and intense. Associated with the eighth house of sexuality, they’re also extremely passionate. A scorpio might be willing to get a tattoo in a more suggestive place, like their hip or lower abdomen, and they’ll almost certainly choose something that shows off their sensuality.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck and adventure, Sagittarians are philosophers. They love traveling, reading, and expanding their minds. A Sagittarius will want to use their tattoo to pay tribute to a great thinker or even to memorialize their favorite adventure.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
An earth sign ruled by the taskmaster planet Saturn, Capricorns are hardworking and goal-oriented. They’re also traditionalists, so they’ll probably want something that’s classic, clean, and will help remind them to stay focused, like a motivational quote or even an anchor to keep them grounded.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Ruled by Uranus, the planet of sudden change and revolution, air sign Aquarians are innovators. They’re always on the cutting edge of whatever they’re into, and they like to be seen as eccentric and unconventional. They’re also environmentalists at heart. The best art for an Aquarius is something that shows off their love of earth, science, or innovation.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Water sign Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of dreams and spirituality, so they’re usually artists, empaths, and maybe even a little psychic. The perfect tat for a Pisces is something psychedelic, hippie-inspired, or even a tribute to an artist or musician they admire.