Skull tattoos always have and, I’d imagine, always will be popular. While some may think of them as morbid, others will disagree.
One of the reasons skull tattoos are so popular is because they’re so versatile. They’re found in pretty much all tattoo styles; from old-school to new-school to realism.
You will find skulls in a huge variety of tattoo designs. Whether it be a Mexican-inspired sugar skull, a macabre realism piece or an old school-style death’s head moth, they’re everywhere. And because of this, they can represent a number of things.
The most obvious of their meanings is, of course, death. For example, skull tattoos can symbolise a person’s acceptance of their own mortality. It may show that the person understands that death is simply part of life, and as such, should be embraced.
Skulls are also used to celebrate those who have passed away. The Mexican sugar skull’s origins lie in Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. During this holiday, people create sugar skulls to dedicate to somebody close to them who has died.
However, skulls in other forms represent things other than death too. For example, Celtic Skull tattoos. Celts believed that the skull was the ‘seat of the soul’, so these designs symbolise things such as power and understanding.
Animal skulls also bring different perspectives to the table. An example of this are bull skull tattoos, which represent strength and courage.
Want to see some awesome examples of skull tattoo designs?
Below, we have put together a collection of FIFTY mind-blowing skull tattoos for you to take a look at.