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Unique Skull Tattoo Meanings and Pictures

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Jaymz has held numerous jobs in several states, but no matter where he lives, he always has a job as a tattoo artist.

Here are ideas for skull tattoos, from feminine to traditional designs

Here are ideas for skull tattoos, from feminine to traditional designs

Skull Tattoos Can Have Different Meanings

One of the more popular tattoo designs would include skulls.

Skulls can serve a number of symbolic purposes, the most common being death and mortality. However, one can use the image of a skull to symbolize various things.

Other skull symbolism can include:

  • Protection
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Overcoming death
  • Overcoming a tough time
  • A past life, now changed, never to revert

Although at first glance, they may appear to resemble a gothic or negative image, they do not always mean what they resemble. The meaning behind a word is just as strong as the meaning behind an image.

Skulls can be drawn as cutesy doodles, demonic spirits, celebrations, etc.

Each person that chooses to have a skull tattooed on his/her body has a reason and a meaning. Not every case has to be meaningful, but many can be.

Feminine Skull Tattoos

Not all skulls have to be masculine, demonic, or of the average skull tattoo design. You may be interested in a more feminine design. Many women may even prefer it to the more demonic skull looks.

In some cases, couples will get matching skull tattoos but of different sexes. Some women may like the skull imagery but prefer to smooth out the rough edges.

Feminine skulls tend to be of pink and purple hues and/or have bows, and many have hearts as eye sockets versus various degrees of circles and ovals.

Sugar Skull Tattoos

The Day of the Dead holiday is celebrated in Mexican cultures on November 1st and 2nd. November 1st, All Saint's Day, is a celebration of the children and infants that have died throughout the year, whereas November 2nd is All Soul's Day, which is the celebration of all adults who have died.

The most common symbol of the holiday is the skull, which is represented by masks, called calacas, and sugar skulls. Some people get a Mexican Day of the Dead skull to some decorated extent tattooed on their person to express a death or maybe even a renewal.

Decorated Skull Tattoos

In many cases, skulls can be highly decorated with various objects and symbols. As each tattoo on every individual person will mean something different, the symbols and designs around it will also vary.

Flowers can symbolize a number of thoughts and emotions. As minute of a difference as a white rose versus a yellow or red rose can mean something different. The comparison of a tulip with a daisy to a pansy will also carry contrasting connotations.

Taking into account the general symbolism of flowers to the personal symbolism, a skull tattoo decorated with and around flowers can mean near infinite things.

Tattoos With a Twist

Skulls can be decorated with just about any added theme, design, or characteristic. The overall feel of a skull tattoo depends on you.

The symbolism in a tattoo is most important, so adding bits and pieces of yourself into the tattoo makes it all the more unique. Flowers, wings, hearts, and stars are all common symbols for tattoos. These four symbols are also not uncommonly added to skulls to enhance their visual appeal.

Old-School Tattoos

Old-school tattoos are those designs that were practiced in the earlier days of tattooing. There are many tattoo artists that still specialize in this style of tattoo. The characteristics of old-school tattoos tend to be simple designs with bold outlines.

You may see many navy and military symbols, pinup girls, hearts, and other designs with ribbons surrounding a motto, names, or a special date.

For the most part, a skull is a skull. Many current skull tattoo designs are still considered old-school tattoos with their bold and simple designs.

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Hilda Gonzalez on July 02, 2020:

My Image of my

Eric on June 21, 2012:

I'm in the process of filling one of my sleeves it's for my son (10) and he really wants a sugar skull. The artist and myself have come up with the idea of taking his school picture and turning it into a dye of the dead/ sugar skull. I'm just looking for some outside input. There are a lot of feelings about the meanings of those skulls.

Breezy on May 31, 2012:

i think skull tattoos are demonic and stupid...they represent the devil.. EVIL

Fashion Blasts on April 19, 2012:

Nice Post. I Really Like it. Good Job Thanks For Posting it. I Would Like To Come Again.

Visit this, it is also about Fashion & Style.

kelly on September 02, 2011:

what the heack

Shelley Day on March 22, 2011:

great info. Easy Read

Owner of a tattoo shop

Zombie Chris on January 09, 2011:

Ah Mike: She doesn't want you man, if a girl inks your name on her skin, you just know that it's a death sentence for the relationship - if it ever happens again you need to run - fast!

Janelle on December 06, 2010:

Mike: That means she regrets putting your name on herself...Haha

Alexandria on September 02, 2010:

Skull tattoos are awesome! I'm designing my own tatto right now and the inspiring pictures were really cool.

angeldawnkris on August 21, 2010:

I love skulls. To me they represent all the people I have lost and there path to another state of being. There is nothing wrong with skulls. I just got my first tattoo and it is a skull tattoo on my wrist.

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on April 24, 2010:

LOVE the blue sugar skull with the butterflies! That is stunning! Great hub

mike on February 04, 2010:

if a girl places your name on there body than covers it with a skull with flowers over it. what does that mean??????

Marc on November 22, 2009:

Thanks for all the info. The artistic side is what attracts me but to add meaning and depth is even better.

Rob Free on November 15, 2009:

thanks for the info. Excellent source hub

Tattooed-mama on September 08, 2009:

This page is awesome! Way to go. And for those who have a negative comment should take a walk. I think the pictures and the info is phenominal. Nice work.

suzy kalstelic on June 03, 2009:

those are wickied

chelsea read# on April 30, 2009:

you sick people

pink_desire28 on January 21, 2009:

love the tats, i've been looking for a knew tat and i wasn't for sure what i wanted, now that i have came to ur page now i know what kind and how my design will be. i hope u dont mine me taken some of the design on some of them and put them with mine. if not that's cool. thanx's for ur page.

starrkissed from Arizona on July 28, 2008:

another great hub!!

jaymz (author) from USA on March 26, 2008:

Thank you. I really appreciated the comments.

GreatTattoosNow from San Jose on March 25, 2008:

Hey Jaymz-

I can see why this is one of your best pages. It is awesome. YOu have done a great job of including a lot of picures, text and info about a bunch of different tyeps of skulls. I love this page it is my new favorite! I esepcailly like the sugar skull tattoos.

GreatTattoosNow from San Jose on December 29, 2007:

Great hub. I like the pictures and amount of work that went into your hub page. Way to go. I especially like the Sugar Skulls. Those are awsome.