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Skull Tattoos And Meanings


Skull tattoo designs are a popular choice for many men and women. The skull tattoos represent a variety of different meanings. Although many people would differ, the skull tattoo is one of the most sought tattoo designs in the world and they are one of the most misunderstood tattoo designs as well. Skull tattoo meanings can symbolize both positive and negative attributes. Skull designs come in a variety of different designs. Some skull tattoos can be very realistic while others can look like a cartoon. Some skull tattoos can represent evil and others represent positive things. Skull tattoos are most commonly associated with snakes, flames, crossbones, daggers, scorpions, and spiders. The overall opinion of skull tattoos range depending on who you speak too. In this article, you will learn all the different symbolic meanings of the skull tattoo and you will also discover all the different designs that they come in. It may just surprise you.






The skull tattoo is widely seen associated with bikers. Many different biker groups usually display their group with skull tattoos. Many people that get skull tattoo designs feel like the skull represents them in a personal way. It is worn to represent their lifestyle or themselves. As most of us already know, bikers usually tend to live a dangerous life. This doesn't mean that they are part of a gang, it just means that riding motorcycles can be dangerous at times.






In the tattoo world, the skull is one of the most popular designs around. Even though it is popular among men, some women also seek this kind of tattoo. Skull tattoos are thought to represent dark thoughts or negative feelings. Gothic skull tattoos do represent that very thing. But what many people don't know, is that skull tattoos also represent positive things and good things. Like many other tattoo designs that have a variety of symbolic meanings, the skull tattoo is popular among many different cultures. Those who decide to get the skull tattoo usually decide to get the tattoo for symbolic purposes and personal reasons.






So what does the skull tattoo represent and stand for? The most popular and known meaning of the skull tattoo and skulls in general is death. Someone who may think about getting this tattoo may get it to represent death of someone that they knew. It could be a close friend, parent, or someone else. Memorial skull tattoos in this case would be a symbol of remembrance, a decorative symbolic tattoo. If you are seeking a tattoo to remember someone, the skull tattoo gives you that option. For example, you may want to consider a skull tattoo with roses and a ribbon with the name of the deceased on it. In this case, the roses can be either black or red.Skull tattoo designs for men and skull tattoo designs for women can contain a variety of different colors, styles, and variations. Most people prefer to add color to their skull tattoos when they are expressing remembrance due to the dark nature of the skull and it's common dark shades.






Even though people use the skull tattoo to remember someone, it can also be used to represent someone that has overcome death. The wearer of a skull tattoo in this case may have overcome a deadly disease or some other form of illness. In another scenario, one would get a skull tattoo because they overcame a deadly vehicle accident. They could have been shot during a war or even on the streets. Although it is brutal, gangs on the streets may get a skull tattoo because they killed someone. All of these are examples why someone may consider a tattoo design with skulls. Most of us already know that death is associated with the grim reaper. The grim reaper tattoo is usually worn by someone that feels that they have escaped death at one time or another. In fact, skull tattoo designs are often portrayed with grim reaper tattoo designs.






Although death is one of the most known and common meanings associated with the skull tattoo, there are also many other meanings. The skull tattoo can also represent change in someone's life, a changed past. As we all should know, none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes and we all choose the wrong paths to take at some point and time. A skull tattoo can represent the fact that someone has changed their lifestyle in a positive way. For example, a criminal may get a skull tattoo because they have turned their life around. Someone may feel like they didn't do thing rights earlier in their life and they can choose to get the skull tattoo because they no longer live like that. For these people, the skull tattoo represents their change from their past lifestyle.












Power and strength are two more meanings of the skull tattoo. Someone that wears this tattoo for these reasons believe that the tattoo will give them strength and power. The skull tattoo represents that fact for the wearer. Did you know that skull tattoos can also be worn for good luck? Well, it is true. If you are a regular at casino's, then you may have noticed people with skull tattoos. For these people, the skull tattoo is a good luck charm/symbol that is used to end a bad streak. You may also see them with skull key chains or skull rings. These people believe that the skull will bring them good luck and success in the near future. If you are around a group of gamblers or you watch the World Series of Poker, pay attention and you will see a skull or two somewhere.

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Sugar Skull Tattoos


Sugar skull tattoos are a popular variation of skull tattoo designs. Although most skulls usually use dark colors and have some dark meanings, there are also creative and colorful skull tattoos. Sugar skull tattoos are very popular in Mexico and Spanish communities. The sugar skull is the most popular symbol of Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, which is the "Day of the Dead" in English. During this time, sugar skulls are everywhere, from tattoos to shirts. They are creative and very colorful as you can see from the tattoo images on the right.






The Day of the Dead is celebrated in many Mexican cultures on November 1st and November 2nd. On November 1st, the day is known as "All Saint's Day". This is when citizens celebrate the death of children and infants during that year. The second day is known as "All Soul's Day". On this day, the death of all adults that passed throughout the year is celebrated. For those who celebrate the event, it is a major holiday. During the two day holiday, sugar skull decorations are created to celebrate death.






Those who have Mexican roots or follow their traditions often get the sugar skull as a tattoo. These skulls are very colorful and they are usually very creative. They are usually decorated with flowers, butterflies, and other images. Many people choose to get these tattoos to represent someone that has passed away. Others may decide to get a sugar skull tattoo because they enjoy the unique colorful design of the skull. Ribbons and beads are also used to decorate the skull.






Even though the main reason to get a sugar skull tattoo design is associated with death, some people just like the colors that are used in the tattoos and they like them because they are unique. When I lived in Arizona, I knew a few people that had these decorative tattoos. I haven't seen many on the East Coast, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist. Other people like them because they are a unique tattoo. When you search for the perfect tattoo, you want to find a tattoo that is unique. For many, the sugar skull provides that.

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More Skull Tattoo Meanings


You can see why the skull design is so popular. It has so many different designs and meanings. The skull tattoo is also a symbol of triumph and victory. Many soldiers that have fought in current wars and wars of the past wear these skull tattoos with the highest regard and respect. They wear them proudly. To these soldiers, it is a symbol of everything that they had to endure and go through. These type of tattoos usually have a flag in the back ground of the country they fought for or the skull head may have a helmet. It can also represent the fallen soldiers that they served with during the war. These tattoos may have a rose associated with them or a grave marking. They can also have decorative ribbons with scriptures or names of the deceased.






They can also represent a once in a lifetime triumph or accomplishment. For example, say someone saved a life in a fire. They may decide to get a skull tattoo to represent this. Remember, the skull does represent death, but it can also represent the escape of death as well. If you have a special success, you may want to get a skull tattoo to mark that occasion. Police officers and firemen have wore skull tattoos to represent the fact that they are in constant danger. Someone that has a dangerous job or life may get a skull tattoo to represent that danger.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Lyricwriter I'll tell you.. oh first thanks the the lesson.. but some of these tats are pretty damn scary..LOL I'm enjoying your little lessons on tattos FRank


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for explaining how the skull can have meanings other than death. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Thank you for explaining the various meanings. It is funny how we have preconceived ideas until someone like you comes along and puts it all into perspective.

Thank you and voting up


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Stunning photos! I really love your tattoo hubs. You make it very tempting!


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

I'm so glad I read this even I was a little put off at first by the "skull" in the title. Reading it shows me how wrong I was to automatically associate that word with death since there are so many more meanings. Thank you for an absolutely awesome research job and wonderful illustrations. Voted up.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Frank, thanks for taking the time to come by and read this article. I agree, some of them are wild, but it is quite interesting to learn all the different meanings.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Alocsin, thanks for coming by again and glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for your time, vote, and comment friend. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Rosemay, thanks for taking the time to come by and I hope your doing well. It is wild what we believe we know about something or a meaning of a symbol, but yet, it is totally opposite.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Tammy, lol:) Tattoos are in high demand in this day and age. There are so many different designs and stykes to choose from. I try to educate people that tattoos are worn for a variety of different reasons. Glad you enjoyed it.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Donna, thanks for taking the time to come by and read this article. I am glad you were able to take something away from this article. You really wouldn't think that the skull would have positive meanings huh. Take care Donna.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Definetly voted up and passed on. Wonderful job as always. Skulls have frightened and fascinated me. I especially like the look of a skull with a candle in it.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thanks for dropping by and checking it out. I believe they do this to a few different people. It is like you either love them or hate them. I believe all the different meanings mske them interesting though.


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nanetteparker 4 years ago

cool tattoos thelyricwriter! I love especially the flowery-skull tattoo that is tinted just below the nape. I wish I also have the courage to have one on my back, But whenever I think of the possible infection I might acquired, it always changed my mind.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Nanetteparker, thanks for coming by and for the comment. I like the design also. It is unique and that is what I look for in a tattoo. Infection is important to remember. Always choose a tattoo artist you trust.

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