Skull tattoos are among the oldest and most established tattoos. Skull tattoo designs can run the gamut from small, black and white skulls to ornate, full color tattoos. Skull tattoo ideas can include the skull and crossbones common to pirates, to sugar skulls or various Hispanic skull imagery. Day of the Dead skull tattoos are especially common. Rose and skull tattoos are another common subtype of the skull tattoo, as are those featuring flowers and skulls.
- Skulls are associated with death, decay, mortality, and the end of life. - Skull tattoo designs are often meant to remind the wearer of the fleetingness of life and to encourage bold living. - Skulls have also been a good luck tattoo design for gamblers (a kind of superstitious ward.) - Mexican Day of the Dead skulls are meant to celebrate the lives of passed love ones. - Skulls (especially the Jolly Roger symbol) have also been used to represent triumph and rebelliousness. - A skull and crossbones represents danger.
Skulls are what’s left when people die, so they’re a natural symbol of death, danger, and mortality. Often, they’re chosen as tattoo designs for positive purposes—to remind people of the fleeting nature of life and to encourage people to embrace it.