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Skull Tattoo Ideas And Themes-Skull Tattoo Designs

Updated on August 10, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


There are several different ways to come up with ideas for a tattoo. Choosing a tattoo can be a difficult process due to the fact that there are thousands of tattoo symbols. Each tattoo symbol can be portrayed alone or with other tattoo symbols. In this article, we will be focusing on skull tattoos. The skull is a very popular tattoo symbol. Skulls can be portrayed with several appropriate tattoo symbols. Skull tattoo designs look great when the skull is designed alone or with other symbols. The skull is a universal tattoo symbol, meaning that it is very versatile. In short, skulls can be designed with a variety of other tattoo symbols.

There are a lot of creative ways to design skull tattoos or include them in tattoo themes. Skull tattoo designs can portray skulls to be fierce looking, evil per say. Skull tattoos can also be designed to look elegant, as we see in candy skull tattoos. Although you can choose to only get a skull in your tattoo, many people choose to create a theme with their skull tattoo. Either way, the skull is a great tattoo symbol to work with.

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There are several tattoo symbols that are associated with the skull. Although you can choose any symbol that you want to have designed with your skull tattoo, many men and women choose to include appropriate tattoo symbols. What are appropriate tattoo symbols? You may want to choose a theme for your skull tattoo, a topic, or subject. For example, let's say that we are doing a Harley Davidson theme. Our skull tattoo would only include symbols that are associated to Harley Davidson, such as their eagle. If you were to choose a grim reaper theme, you would only use symbols that are related to the grim reaper, such as scythe, cloak, dagger, or skeletons. If you used a gambling theme, you could portray your skull with dice, poker cards, poker chips, cherries, or money. In the end, it is your choice is you go with a specific theme. This would be great for sleeve tattoos if you wish to go that route.

Below, you will find a list of symbols that can be designed with skull tattoos. The list below are common tattoo symbols that are portrayed with skulls. Anyone of these tattoo symbols would be appropriate. However, know this, you can choose to include any tattoo symbol that you want. If you want a skull and butterfly tattoo, more power to you. This is just a list of tattoo symbols that are commonly designed within skull tattoos. The sole purpose of this article is to help give you ideas for your skull tattoo, nothing more. With saying that, below are a list of appropriate tattoo symbols designed with skull tattoo designs.

  • Anchor
  • Ace Of Spades
  • Angels
  • Bats
  • Candles
  • Crowns
  • Daggers
  • Dice
  • Eight Ball
  • Feathers
  • Four Leaf Clovers
  • Flames
  • Flowers
  • Grim Reaper
  • Harley Davidson
  • Hearts
  • Horseshoes
  • Poker Cards
  • Roses
  • Scorpions
  • Skeletons
  • Spiders
  • Stars
  • Swords



If your looking to add tattoo symbols to your skull, you may want to consider the skull and rose tattoo. Skull and rose tattoo designs are one of the most popular skull tattoo combinations. The rose is a popular symbol applied to skull tattoos. In most skull and rose tattoos, the skull is portrayed "at peace." There is no sign that the skull is evil or dark. Instead, the skull is designed to appear peaceful, almost with no emotion. This tattoo design is totally different from a skull being designed to look evil or intimidating.

The skull and rose tattoo is just one example of many skull tattoo combinations that can be used. There are many other skull tattoo combinations that can be used, as seen above. Skull and flame tattoos are another popular tattoo design within the skull theme. Skull and fire tattoos are often portrayed as a Harley Davidson theme. Due to the skull tattoo meanings, the skull is a popular choice in gambling tattoos or lucky tattoos. This skull tattoo theme often places skulls with dice, poker cards, poker chips, or four leaf clovers. If your the type of person that wants a related theme tattoo, this may be a route that you may want to consider.

Snakes and spiders are also commonly portrayed within skull tattoo designs. There are a variety of different snakes and spiders that could be used with this tattoo design. Most commonly, snakes are placed going in and out of the skull. Spiders are often placed on the skull, possible even with a spider web or other symbols. There are several symbols and elements that can be used to decorate your skull tattoo. You may see a Native American themed skull tattoo. The skull would be decorated with feather, stones, beads, and hide. You may see skull tattoos decorated with flowers, barbed wire, vines, ivy, diamonds, or jewels.

The grim reaper has been a top rated combination with skulls for decades. Grim reapers and skulls go together well and you could create a dark theme is you wish. In this skull tattoo combination, you may see ghost, demons, flames, angels, crosses, or graveyards. This is a popular theme as there are many appropriate symbols that may be considered. Although we didn't touch on it much, you may also consider a sugar skull tattoo or a bull skull tattoo. Sugar skull tattoos are associated to the "Day of the Dead." They can be chosen to represent a lost loved one. Sugar skull tattoos are very colorful and eyecatching tattoo designs. Sugar skull tattoos are commonly decorated with hearts, diamonds, flowers, and birds. The bull skull tattoo can represent strength, durability, and hardship. Some people choose to get the bull skull tattoo done in a Native American theme, adding feathers, stones, and beads to the bull skull.

Ultimately, you can choose to have your skull tattoo portrayed alone or have it designed with other tattoo symbols. The skull tattoo itself can represent both life and death. Skull tattoos can symbolize a near death experience or a new found lease on life. There are several different scenarios that make a skull tattoo design appropriate, if your looking for a tattoo with meaning. Did you nearly loose your life at some point in time? Were you left to make a life or death decision? Were you serving your country proudly and nearly lost your life? Many men and women can find such meanings in their skull tattoo. Maybe, you just live life in the fast lane. Either way, you know what you have been through. If you want to represent these facts, the skull is a perfect idea for a tattoo.



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

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get inked usually regret their tattoo later on down the road. Don't make this same mistake. Research different tattoo symbols and designs. Remember, you are planning to wear this for the rest of your life. Make the correct choice the first time around. You don't want to go through the process of cover ups and laser removal, trust me. They can take up valuable time and cost you money.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It's summer and tattoos are displayed in glorious color and intricate design! thank you for sharing these!

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      Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

      Great article. Whoever inked the Indian skull did a great job. It appears to be 3D in the photo.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      man these are tough to look at even the whimsical skull tats are frightneing.. great job sharing thelyricwriter :)

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend this is a great collection of skull tattoos loved all the beautiful photos, well done !

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the tattoo on the woman's foot, without the skull..Lol..Thank's again...