03.06.2013
Skull tattoos have a wide variety of symbolic meanings, depending on how the skull is used.
There are skull tattoos that are meant to be frightening, ones that are drawn to be as realistic as possible and some that are drawn in pink with hearts for eye sockets.
Death head images have been a motif used in a lot of classic art, denoting the fact that time passes and we all die.
Custom skull tattoos have become so popular that the art behind them has evolved significantly. Sugar skull tattoos are popular with women because of the original blend of skull and color, dead and life. Some people pick a sugar skull tattoo as an in loving memory tattoo, to honor someone dear who has died.


The grim reaper has been used a lot in medieval art to remind us of the fact that life is not infinite and that there is an afterlife.
There are many who choose a Southwest-style bull skull tattoo to represent their own style and the area that they love. Nick Cave: has a winged skull and bones design on his right shoulder with the name of his ex Anita underneath. The skull is such a universal symbol that it can be adapted to literally any meaning, from religious to political to simply an artistic design with aesthetic merit.
A skull tattoo can be a reminder to live life to its fullest because it will ultimately end. After all, another reason why the skull image is so popular is that its dramatic lines lend themselves well to art.


Like the Day of the Dead itself, the tattoos can be both a symbol of mourning a life that is over as well as a celebration of that life and of everything that life has to offer. Confederate skull tattoos may use the skull and crossbones in other ways as well, such as a skull that is covered in the Confederate flag’s stars and bars.



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