87 Skull Tattoos - Meanings, Photos, Designs for men and women

MEANING OF SKULL TATTOO

The image of the skull is quite versatile, so it is perfect for both girls and guys. Depending on the color palette and additional elements, the picture can be intimidating, alarming or having a positive connotation. In any variation, the tattoo has philosophical meaning of death and life. In the article, we will tell you how to successfully choose photos and sketches for skull tattoo, and on which part of body should the image be inked.




Skull tattoo means chaos, danger and transience of our life. Gamblers perceive the symbol as desperation, and bikers, metalheads and rockers associate it with risk and believe in its protective power. They give importance to death, try to scare it away, show that they are stronger than it.

With the help of such a picture young men emphasize courage and decisive action. They let others know that they will not be afraid of life changes.

In the underworld, meaning of skull tattoo is ambiguous as well: a person belongs to the thieves’ environment or strives for power. The skull, pierced by a blade, means revenge to a blood enemy, most often intended for law enforcement agencies.

Meaning of skull tattoo is derived from historical facts, legends of ancient tribes and religion. In Christianity, this image means forgiveness and truthfulness. They say, Jesus Christ washed Adam’s bones with his blood and thereby atoned sins of mankind. Adam’s head is a popular sign among military men and various special squads.

The ancient Celts believed that the human soul was in the skull, so they kept heads of their ancestors and courageous warriors. They believed that their wisdom and courage would pass to its owner.

In the Maya tribes, the priests scared tribesmen with a jeweled bowl in the form of a skull, as if only they were able to control evil. Shamans were confident that it was endowed with magical powers.

A Mexican skull has an interesting implication. It means rebirth, stamina and a new life. In honor of the feast of the Day of the Dead, a sugar skull or “Calavera” was invented. According to legend, on this day, souls of dead children and adults descend from heaven to earth. Mexicans meet them with dances, unrestrained merriment and sweets. Calavera, the goddess of death, is depicted as a girl with an elegant body, but she has a skull instead of the head. Flowers blossom in her pupils, and eyelashes are like rose petals. The sugar skull is inked on the arms, thighs, shoulders or chest. The same tattoos are often inked on both sides. Sometimes they represent half the skull with skin, which means a continuous cycle of life.

MEANING OF TATTOO OF SKULL WITH ROSE AND OTHER ELEMENTS

A frightening symbol with a flower has different interpretations, depending on where the plant is located. Skull tattoos with a rose are the unity of opposites: love, flowering of life and death, the end of all living beings.

If the plant wraps around the bones or lies below, it means that its owner has lost a loved one. If the flower is between teeth, it is a symbol of carelessness, a desire to enjoy boozy life that rocks. Sometimes such a composition is supplemented by wings or a halo. In the underworld, the tattoo of a rose means that a person has celebrated his 16 years’ birthday in prison. The tattoo of a skull with a crown, inked on chest means the desire for power, but the Mexicans interpret it differently: in the next life the owner will be luckier.

If a snake creeps out from the eye socket of the skull, it is a symbol of wisdom and immortality. Life is short and it is not worth wasting, and the experience will remain on the earth.

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Skull with bones, which was painted on the flag of pirates, symbolizes destruction, but if there is fire, it means courage and hatred. Pirate sign for men means freedom and resistance to various twists of fate, a feeling of invincibility.

Tattoo of a rave n on skull represents destruction and death, but the meaning of the bird is ambiguous too. If it is depicted near a nest or with light feathers, it is a sign of wisdom, longevity and family happiness.

Meaning of the skull depends on its attractiveness: if it has good-natured outline – it means happiness and success. If it’s sullen and evil, it tells about hatred and destruction.

Before you ink a tattoo, clearly determine its meaning and what kind of meaning it should carry. Consult with the master, in which version it is more suitable for your lifestyle. Remember: an identical image for women and men can be interpreted in different ways.

WHERE SHOULD SKULL TATTOO BE INKED?

Meaning of the inked skull is the same on any part of the body, unlike the crown, for example. However, you’d better think carefully: should you hide the tattoo from prying eyes or show it to everyone. You should take into account your occupation and attitude of people surrounding you, because in the business sphere, the skull on wrist or neck is alarming and frightening.

Most often, skull tattoo is inked on shoulder, but back is the best for large compositions with animals, flowers or various symbols. Solid pictures are better to be in ked there. An oblong skull with climbing flowers and plants suits girls most of all. Popular places for such tattoos are feet, shins or arms.

Ribs, belly, face, area behind the ears, some parts of back are considered to be male zones for tattoos. Girls ink skull tattoos on legs or shoulder blades, back, in chest area, on any part of arm. Colorful compositions with intricate patterns on thigh or shin look spectacular. Pink and pearly shades add femininity, uniqueness and tenderness to girls. Black and red colors mean passion and sadness.

If a girl wears clothes with an open neckline, the skull with symmetrical flowers or wings will look very attractive and create a mysterious image. Skull tattoos on arms and thighs with a bright color palette, ornaments and climbing plants will look more spectacular than the ones back or back of the head.

Having chosen a pattern, it’s better to ink a temporary tattoo on body. In such a way, you can make sure: it doesn’t spoil your image, how impressive it looks and how it looks when you move.

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SKETCHES AND PHOTOS OF TATTOOS WITH SKULLS

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ON LEG

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ON SHOULDER

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ON HAND

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ON FACE

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SKULL AND OWL

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ON CHEST

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SKULL WITH FLOWERS

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SKULL WITH WINGS

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SUGAR SKULL

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ON BACK

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SKULL IN BERET

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SKULL WITH SNAKES

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SKULL IN HELMET

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TWO SKULLS

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MEXICAN SKULL

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SKULL PAINTED WITH HENNA

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ON CALF

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ON NECK

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ON FINGER

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ON THIGH

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THREE SKULLS

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SKULL IN HOOD

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