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Skeleton Tattoos And Designs-Skeleton Tattoo Meanings And Ideas-Skeleton Tattoo Pictures

Updated on September 25, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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One interesting tattoo that you may find interest in is the skeleton tattoo. The skeleton tattoo consist of any skeleton parts from a human or even an animal. This may include the entire skeleton or parts of the skeleton. One of the more popular skeleton tattoos includes the skull. Skull tattoos are a popular tattoo choice among men and a percentage of women. Skelton tattoos are worn by both men and women. In this article, we will discuss skeleton tattoo designs and skeleton tattoo meanings. We will also review all the different variations of skeleton tattoos. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your own tattoo.

One of the best things about skeleton tattoos is the fact that they can be designed in a variety of different ways and combinations. Some skeleton tattoos may be designed whole while others may include only the skull or hands. Animal skeleton tattoos may also be included in this theme. There are also a variety of different symbols and elements that can be designed with the skeleton tattoos. With so many different options, if your interested in the skeleton tattoo, you should be able to find something that fits your personality.

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Just like most tattoos, the skeleton tattoo holds symbolic importance to the men and women that wear such a tattoo. Since there are so many different variations, skeleton tattoo meanings can very. If your choosing an animal skeleton tattoo, your tattoo would take on meanings that represent that specific animal. It can also hold symbolic meanings from the skeleton. It just all depends on the type of skeleton tattoo that you are choosing. Remember though, in the end, your skeleton tattoo represents what you want it too. With saying that, below are some of the meanings behind the skeleton tattoo.

  • Death
  • Life
  • Sacrifice
  • Fearless
  • Afterlife
  • Protection
  • Chance


As you read above, there are several different variations and combinations used for skeleton tattoo designs. The skeleton tattoo can be designed as an entire skeleton or certain parts of the skeleton can be tattooed. As mentioned above, the skull is one of the most popular skeleton themed tattoos. The skull is actually a mainstream tattoo that is worn by both men and women. Animal skeleton tattoos can also be included in this category. One popular skeleton tattoo design in this category is the skeleton dragon.

Due to all the different variations of skeleton tattoo designs, there are a host of symbols and elements that may be designed with the skeleton. Skull and skeleton tattoo designs commonly include fire, flames, barbed wire, blood, spiders, daggers, or scorpions. Since the skeleton can represent both life and death, some skeleton tattoo designs can be very personal and meaningful.

The skeleton tattoo can also symbolize a life and death experience. It can be a symbol of survival over death. Due to this association, some men and women may include personal symbols and elements. You may find some type of skeleton tattoo design on someone that has had a near death experience also. For such tattoos, you may think about including symbols and elements that are personal to you, ones that are meaningful to you. Anyone in the military may consider such a tattoo.

Some skeleton tattoo designs portray the skeleton or skull dressed and detailed. Some skeletons may be dressed with a variety of different accessories. You will see skeleton tattoo designs portraying soldiers, such as the U.S. Army or Navy. You may also see skeleton tattoos dressed as a Confederate or Union soldier. The skeleton tattoo can be designed in any clothing that you wish. You will also see skeleton tattoo designs that include full and half sleeves. In such cases, you may see multiple skeletons or skulls designed in one tattoo design. The skeleton and skull theme is quite popular among both sexes.

Skeleton tattoo designs can also portray the skull with different facial expressions. Most skeleton tattoo designs portray the skull to look evil, violent, tough, and fearless. However, you will see skeleton tattoo designs with softer facial features. Skeleton tattoo designs that portray the skull in a fearless way are usually designed within that same theme. You will see them designed with weapons, flames, or associated symbols. Skeleton tattoo designs that are designed with the softer approach will include roses or other types of flowers.

In total, there are many different tattoo designs when it comes to the skeleton theme. Make sure that you take the time to view all the different skeleton tattoo designs within this article. This will give you a general idea of what to expect when your looking for the right skeleton tattoo design. This can also give you ideas and inspiration for your own tattoo.


There are a few things that you want to remember before you choose to get your skeleton tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo represents something different from what you first thought.

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get inked usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. Don't make this same mistake. Make sure you do your research and make sure you get what you want. Remember, tattoos are meant to last a lifetime. You don't want to go through the process of laser removal and cover ups.

Make sure that you also research your tattoo artist. You want to go to a tattoo artist that you trust and know. Make sure you take the time to research them and their work. If they are legit, they won't mind showing you their prior work, art, or stencils. You can also read online reviews. If you want a tattoo, you want it to be done right the first time around.

If you feel that the skeleton tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoo designs, please feel free to follow the links listed below. If you have any questions, be sure to leave us a comment and we will do our best to answer them. As always, thank you for your time.

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    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another awesome group of tattoos that is bone chilling and so cool !

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      wow frightening but awesome nonetheless bro :)


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