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Badass Skull Tattoo Designs for Men and Women

Updated on January 27, 2013

Skull tattoos can define your image

Skulls are powerful symbols. They've been a long part of human history signifying death and/or power over the living. In the body art or tattoo culture, skulls are one of the most popular designs. Those with skull tattoos select them for various meaning. But typically, it has something to do with danger whether overcoming danger or, at least in the mind of the wearer, being dangerous to others.

Still, skull tattoo designs are preferred by tattoo fans for many other reasons that could simply be because the style and design fancy them. Plenty of colorful Mexican skull designs in the spirit of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are out there. Not to mention the stylistic rendition of skull and crossbones. Fans of NFL football ought to be familiar with the skull and crossbones of the Oakland Raiders. It's a very popular symbol that some diehard fans of the Raiders tattoo on themselves. It's simply badass!

Additionally, ladies in some cases put on feminine touches in many tattoo designs using ribbons, long flowing hair, and lipstick to soften up the harsh image of skulls. It doesn't have to have any meaning which is usually part of the artistic freedom that tattoo fans relish.

Below are tattoo designs that represent the majority of themes representing the skull:

Mexican Skull Tattoos

mexican skull tattoo on calf
mexican skull tattoo on calf

Image Source: http://imgur.com/rxBbN

Mexican skull tattoos are some of the most colorful designs in tattoo art. That's not a surprise since these skull designs are inspired by the Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos meaning Day of the Dead in English. This is a festive celebration that occurs every year on November 2 to honor deceased members of families. The festivity is not one of mourning, but rather along the line of a reunion, if you will, since deceased relatives are said to join with the living. Thus, colourful sugar skulls, lively mariachi skeletons, religious (mostly Catholic) symbols and artifacts such as crosses, and music are common during Day of the Dead.

More Mexican Skull Tattoo Designs - includes sugar skulls, candy skulls, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

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Mexican skull tattoo.  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/antonella1933/media/mexican-skull-tattoo.jpg.htmlCute girly skull tattoo. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/ALMAPUNKRAWK/media/mexican-tattoos.jpg.htmlColorful Sugar Skull Tattoo ala Day of the Dead.  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/anabarrera83/media/Tattoos/sugar_skull_tattoo-1.jpg.htmlDia de los Muertos Skull Tattoo.  Source:  http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Claypatch/media/IMG_2109.jpg.html
Mexican skull tattoo.  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/antonella1933/media/mexican-skull-tattoo.jpg.html
Mexican skull tattoo. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/antonella1933/media/mexican-skull-tattoo.jpg.html
Cute girly skull tattoo. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/ALMAPUNKRAWK/media/mexican-tattoos.jpg.html
Cute girly skull tattoo. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/ALMAPUNKRAWK/media/mexican-tattoos.jpg.html
Colorful Sugar Skull Tattoo ala Day of the Dead.  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/anabarrera83/media/Tattoos/sugar_skull_tattoo-1.jpg.html
Colorful Sugar Skull Tattoo ala Day of the Dead. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/anabarrera83/media/Tattoos/sugar_skull_tattoo-1.jpg.html
Dia de los Muertos Skull Tattoo.  Source:  http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Claypatch/media/IMG_2109.jpg.html
Dia de los Muertos Skull Tattoo. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Claypatch/media/IMG_2109.jpg.html

Sample of 'Day of the Dead' Skulls - Festive and colorful art pieces that often inspire many skull tattoos

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Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Valeria30/media/skulldayofthedead.jpg.htmlSource: http://zomography13.tumblr.com/post/39536529138Source: http://i-see-things-8.tumblr.com/post/37705704228Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/opheliarises/media/deathskull.jpg.htmlSource: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/barnoski69/media/tattoos/mexican-day-of-dead-tattoos.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Valeria30/media/skulldayofthedead.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Valeria30/media/skulldayofthedead.jpg.html
Source: http://zomography13.tumblr.com/post/39536529138
Source: http://zomography13.tumblr.com/post/39536529138
Source: http://i-see-things-8.tumblr.com/post/37705704228
Source: http://i-see-things-8.tumblr.com/post/37705704228
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/opheliarises/media/deathskull.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/opheliarises/media/deathskull.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/barnoski69/media/tattoos/mexican-day-of-dead-tattoos.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/barnoski69/media/tattoos/mexican-day-of-dead-tattoos.jpg.html

"Girly" Skull Tattoos

girly mexican skull tattoo design
girly mexican skull tattoo design

A popular variation of skull tattoos is the "girly" skull design. Typically, these images are that of a skull that is undoubtedly feminine. This includes a skull with a girl's hair, whether it be a flowing long hair, with curls, or braided. Additionally, many are depicted in such a way that a girl would wear her hair such as with flowers, tiara, scrunchies, ribbons and others.

It's not just the hair. Many images include lipstick, eye shadows, and eyelashes.

Image Source: amacias09 via Photobucket

Girly Skull Tattoo Designs - A sample gallery of feminine skull tattoos

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A modern day hooded sugar skull girl.  Source: http://imgur.com/n5GkfYvHalf skull, half girl tattoo.  Source: http://imgur.com/r/tattoos/dTTgfSkull chick tattoo.  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/xx_love1312/media/Tattoo/girl_large.jpg.htmlSource: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/wearegod/media/girl_skull_by_jangotat2.jpg.htmlSource: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/SweetRevenge791/media/Tattoos/0915081939.jpg.html
A modern day hooded sugar skull girl.  Source: http://imgur.com/n5GkfYv
A modern day hooded sugar skull girl. Source: http://imgur.com/n5GkfYv
Half skull, half girl tattoo.  Source: http://imgur.com/r/tattoos/dTTgf
Half skull, half girl tattoo. Source: http://imgur.com/r/tattoos/dTTgf
Skull chick tattoo.  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/xx_love1312/media/Tattoo/girl_large.jpg.html
Skull chick tattoo. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/xx_love1312/media/Tattoo/girl_large.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/wearegod/media/girl_skull_by_jangotat2.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/wearegod/media/girl_skull_by_jangotat2.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/SweetRevenge791/media/Tattoos/0915081939.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/SweetRevenge791/media/Tattoos/0915081939.jpg.html

Girl Skull Art - A sampling of pieces that inspires girl skull tattoos (not necessarily Dia de los Muertos skulls)

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http://nevertrustapunk.tumblr.com/post/32693947551http://blue-vans-and-v-cans.tumblr.com/post/34290157693Girly skull and crossbones designs with pink ribbon. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/ariezona24/media/batrooms%20of%20skull/GirllSkul.jpg.htmlA fairy girl skull?  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/GOODVOODO/media/paintings043.jpg.htmlThis blue rose skull girl design would make a pretty good tattoo.  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Rose_Bloodlust/media/scythe_girl.png.html
http://nevertrustapunk.tumblr.com/post/32693947551
http://nevertrustapunk.tumblr.com/post/32693947551
http://blue-vans-and-v-cans.tumblr.com/post/34290157693
http://blue-vans-and-v-cans.tumblr.com/post/34290157693
Girly skull and crossbones designs with pink ribbon. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/ariezona24/media/batrooms%20of%20skull/GirllSkul.jpg.html
Girly skull and crossbones designs with pink ribbon. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/ariezona24/media/batrooms%20of%20skull/GirllSkul.jpg.html
A fairy girl skull?  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/GOODVOODO/media/paintings043.jpg.html
A fairy girl skull? Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/GOODVOODO/media/paintings043.jpg.html
This blue rose skull girl design would make a pretty good tattoo.  Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Rose_Bloodlust/media/scythe_girl.png.html
This blue rose skull girl design would make a pretty good tattoo. Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/Rose_Bloodlust/media/scythe_girl.png.html

Tribal Skull Tattoos

cool tribal skull tattoo design
cool tribal skull tattoo design

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One of the more badass looking design is the tribal skull tattoo. It's right up there with dragons. I do not think that there's a specific tribal symbolism that's followed for these drawings, but rather any symbol that looks great in combination with a skull. Thus, there are designs influenced by ancient cultures such as the Mayans and Aztecs, and modern cultures that are still around such as those in Polynesia.

More Tribal Skull Tattoo Designs - A small gallery of tribal skull tattoos

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Tribal skull tattoo in someone's ribcage.  Aztec or Mayan head dress?  Source: http://taboo-tattoo.tumblr.com/post/38601361180Matching skull tattoos.  Source: http://skindeeptattoo.tumblr.com/post/6681414545/this-was-a-first-for-me-i-had-to-match-theSource:  http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/mesh_360/media/Chris-Tattoo.jpg.html
Tribal skull tattoo in someone's ribcage.  Aztec or Mayan head dress?  Source: http://taboo-tattoo.tumblr.com/post/38601361180
Tribal skull tattoo in someone's ribcage. Aztec or Mayan head dress? Source: http://taboo-tattoo.tumblr.com/post/38601361180
Matching skull tattoos.  Source: http://skindeeptattoo.tumblr.com/post/6681414545/this-was-a-first-for-me-i-had-to-match-the
Matching skull tattoos. Source: http://skindeeptattoo.tumblr.com/post/6681414545/this-was-a-first-for-me-i-had-to-match-the
Source:  http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/mesh_360/media/Chris-Tattoo.jpg.html
Source: http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/mesh_360/media/Chris-Tattoo.jpg.html

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