Meaning of Skull Tattoos & Skull Tattoo Pictures
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:
- 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 TattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 TattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 FlowersClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 WingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 DesignsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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