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Meaning of Skull Tattoos & Skull Tattoo Pictures

Updated on August 12, 2011

Skull Tattoos

One of the more popular tattoo designs would include skulls.

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

Other Skull symbolism 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, negative, or some such image, they do not always mean what they resemble. The meaning behind a word, is just as strong as a meaning behind an image.

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

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

Female Skull Tattoos

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Flikr: Twisted Minds
Flikr: Twisted Minds

Girly 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.

In some cases, couples will get matching skull tattoos but of different sexes, as many woman may like the idea of a skull tattoo, but prefer to smooth out the rough edges

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

Day of the Dead Skull Tattoos

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Flickr: Marzia Tattoo
Flickr: Marzia Tattoo
Flickr: Crash n Donna
Flickr: Crash n Donna
Flickr: decator
Flickr: decator

Sugar Skull Tattoos

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

Skull Tattoos and Flowers

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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 all vary.

Flowers can symbolize a number of thoughts and emotions. As the minute of a difference of a white rose to a yellow to a red rose; each means something different. The comparison of a tulip with a daisy to a pansy will all mean something different.

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.

Skulls with Wings

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Skull 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.

Skulls Designs

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Moe: Skin Traditions: AL
Moe: Skin Traditions: AL
Moe: Skin Traditions: AL
Moe: Skin Traditions: AL
Moe: Skin Traditions: AL
Quincey Locklear: Skin Traditions: AL
Quincey Locklear: Skin Traditions: AL
Quincey Locklear: Skin Traditions: AL
Quincey Locklear: Skin Traditions: AL
Quincey Locklear: Skin Traditions: AL
Quincey Locklear: Skin Traditions: AL
Jeff: Ink 66: GA
Jeff: Ink 66: GA
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Shawn: Porky's Tattoos: GA

Old School Tattoos

Old school tattoos are those designs that were practiced in the earlier days of tattooing. There are many tattooist 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.

As, 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 design.

Pictures without a source are those from BMEzine.


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    • GreatTattoosNow profile image

      GreatTattoosNow 9 years ago from San Jose

      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.

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      GreatTattoosNow 8 years ago from San Jose

      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.

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      jaymz 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you. I really appreciated the comments.

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      starrkissed 8 years ago from Arizona

      another great hub!!

    • pink_desire28 8 years ago

      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.

    • chelsea read# 7 years ago

      you sick people

    • suzy kalstelic 7 years ago

      those are wickied

    • Tattooed-mama 7 years ago

      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.

    • Rob Free 7 years ago

      thanks for the info. Excellent source hub

    • Marc 7 years ago

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

    • mike 6 years ago

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

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      theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

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

    • angeldawnkris 6 years ago

      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.

    • Alexandria 6 years ago

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

    • Janelle 6 years ago

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

    • Zombie Chris 6 years ago

      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!

    • Shelley Day 5 years ago

      great info. Easy Read

      Owner of a tattoo shop

    • kelly 5 years ago

      what the heack

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    • Breezy 4 years ago

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

    • Eric 4 years ago

      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.

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