Badass Skull Tattoo Designs for Men and Women
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
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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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Sample of 'Day of the Dead' Skulls - Festive and colorful art pieces that often inspire many skull tattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
"Girly" Skull Tattoos
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.
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Girly Skull Tattoo Designs - A sample gallery of feminine skull tattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Girl Skull Art - A sampling of pieces that inspires girl skull tattoos (not necessarily Dia de los Muertos skulls)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Tribal Skull Tattoos
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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 tattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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