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Day Of The Dead Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Day Of The Dead Tattoo Ideas And Pictures

Updated on September 24, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Day Of The Dead Meanings And Rituals

The Day of the Dead is a holiday that celebrates family and friends that have passed away. The Day of the Dead is very prominent in the Mexican culture, but it's also practiced in other cultures around the world. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a national holiday, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. If you're familiar with the Day of the Dead, you know that it is celebrated with sugar skulls and marigolds. Gifts and altars are commonly used to mark this national holiday and time for remembrance.

It's believed that the Day of the Dead was inspired by Aztec rituals and ceremonies. Due to this, these traditions can date back centuries. South America and Europe all have associations to the Day of the Dead. It is believed that the departed will be able to hear their loved ones during these rituals. Also, it's thought that the soul of the departed visits during this time. In Spanish, the Day of the Dead is called El Dia de los Muertos.

This particular Day of the Dead tattoos portrays women and unique features that associated them to the Day of the Dead. As you can see, these Day of the Dead tattoo designs have unique elements. These designs focus on the facial features of the woman. The women's Day of the Dead tattoo can portray skull-like structures and features. In this article, you'll have the opportunity to view pictures, learn meanings, and get ideas for your Day of the Dead tattoo. In the end, we hope you gain ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo venture.

Day Of The Dead Tattoo Designs

There's a variety of different Day of the Dead tattoo designs that can be associated to this special holiday. Day of the Dead tattoo symbols can include sugar skulls, marigolds, altars, or graves. This particular Day of the Dead tattoo design portrays a women with skull-like features, elements, and structures. To best describe it for you to understand, it's part women, part skull. The tattoo can vary from one side to the other, women to skull. And as you can see from the examples, there's a variety of different ways to make this tattoo your own.

The Day of the Dead women tattoo design focuses on the facial features. Correct proportion, shading, detail, and line work are all important with this tattoo. Most of the Day of the Dead tattoos in this article has more natural elements then skull elements. The symbols and elements that are used on her face can give meaning to the tattoo. Most of the Day of the Dead designs have art as this is a common practice seen in sugar skulls. Symbols such as hearts and roses can be designed in an artistic manner with this tattoo.

Features such as the eyes, hair, nose, lips, and other elements are crucial to the Day of the Dead tattoo. Non-realistic elements are added to such tattoos, such as spider webs. You may also see the Day of the Dead tattoo with symbols and elements that represent remembrance, such as the cross, rosary, or praying hands. Make sure that you take the time to view all the different Day of the Dead tattoo designs in this article. This will give you a general idea of what to expect when you begin looking for the right Day of the Dead women tattoo. Plus, you can pick up tips and ideas for your tattoo.

Day Of The Dead Tattoo Meanings

Day of the Dead tattoo meanings can represent a variety of different meanings. Day of the Dead tattoos commonly represent positive attributes, representing loved ones that were lost. Remember though, in the end, your tattoo represents what you want it too. Below, you'll find the meanings of the Day of the Dead tattoo.

  • Death
  • Remembrance
  • Soul
  • Mexico
  • Return
  • Spirituality


There's a variety of different things that you want to consider before you get your Day of the Dead tattoo or any tattoo. Just as you are now, take the time to research your tattoo from trusted source. You want to make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for.

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get tattooed usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. Don't get in a hurry, take your time and make sure that this is what you want. Remember, you're planning to wear this for the rest of your life!

The Day of the Dead tattoo is a great choice for many men and women. This type of tattoo is very popular in the Mexican and South American culture. Even so, you may feel that it's not for you. If so, please take the time to view more tattoos in the links below. We want to encourage you to view a variety of different tattoos until you find one that you're sure to love. Don't choose the first one you see, view various tattoo symbols and designs. We provide free tattoo information and advice to all visitors. If you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Once again, thanks for your time and be sure to view our other tattoo articles.


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      2 years ago

      I know that these are typically done for remembering a lost one, but I love the design and thought of getting one resembling my wife on our wedding day is this a weird idea?

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      2 years ago

      Hey! I have been wondering about getting this kind og tattoo for a very long time. But, in the forhead i've wanted to put the deathly hallows mark. Why? Remembrance. The problem is that i do not know if it fits the meaning of the tattoo (since it is no about a person). It is difficult for me to explain in english, since i am from Norway. Please tell me what you people think :)

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Day Of The Dead Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Day Of The Dead Tattoo Ideas And Pictures, great ideas and looks so chilling

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      @Bill, thanks for dropping by. The detail and art in this Day of the Dead tattoo variation is amazing, easy to appreciate such art. There's so many elements that can make such a tattoo pop out.

      @Imogen, appreciate your opinion. LOL Glad you found the history interesting. With doing so, you can appreciate the meanings and symbolism behind the Day of the Dead.

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      Imogen French 

      5 years ago from Southwest England

      Ooh, creepy tattoos - some of them are so realistic! Very interesting to read about the meaning of the images and history of this subject.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not my style but exquisite. Well done my friend...amazing detail.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      @Faith, thanks again!! That's a great Day of the Dead tattoo choice. I remember being in Arizona and being close to Mexico, you saw these celebrations in November. They are a bit timid, but I love the symbolic meanings behind the tattoo.

      @Btrbell, thanks again for your support. The art in the Day of the Dead tattoo is amazing for sure, very creative and unique.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Interesting and different. The artwork and detail are amazing! UP++

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Wow lyric,

      Fascinating info here. I have heard of the Day of the Dead but never really understood exactly what it was about, but now I do. Those are so vivid and a bit frightening. I do like the one you have on here twice the best, or they are similar ...the last one.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper


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