The skull tattoo has different meanings. In most cultures, the skull is considered a symbol of death. A tattoo can be used as a symbol that a person is not afraid of death or as a symbol that life is fleeting and everyone will die, so every day is worth living as the last. Because of this symbolism, a skull tattoo can symbolize the death of a friend or a loved one. Depending on the style of execution, the tattoo sketch can be intimidating and brutal, or vice versa colorful and bright.
Once such a tattoo was worn by people, wanting to seem intimidating and inspire terror. Used in prison tattoos and tattoos of criminal gangs. A skull tattoo for bikers is a talisman against death. From an artistic point of view, a sketch can be very effective both by itself and in combination with other images: animals, fire, flowers, playing cards, wings, weapons, dice, jewelry and coins. The choice of a place on the body for the location of the sketch is diverse.
Types of skull Tattoo Sketches
- "Candy", in the Mexican style. El Dia de los Muertos (Spanish, Day of the Dead) is a popular festival in Mexico, in which skulls play a central role. People gather in families to honor the memory of their deceased loved ones. During the celebration, skulls are made from sweets. From here comes the execution of a sketch with flowers and jewelry, which is often chosen by girls.
- Men's tattoo. A brutal sketch will demonstrate to others that its owner is not afraid of death or recognizes that the outcome is inevitable.
- Female tattoo. A skull tattoo is not only for brutal guys. Girls choose tattoos for the same reasons. The sketch can be made more feminine due to flowers, jewelry and bright colors.
- Pirate tattoo. Do you consider yourself a pirate? The skull and crossbones are perfect for people who live by their own rules, regardless of the opinion of society.
Skull and roses. It is performed in honor of a friend or a loved one. It looks contrasting, bright and stylish.
- Tattoo of an animal's skull. It means the balance of life and death, the transition from the physical to the spiritual. Another value is longevity.
The history of the skull tattoo
- It is a centuries-old Spanish tradition to mark the entrance to the cemetery with a skull and crossbones.
In the ArrayArrayth and ArrayArrayth centuries, pirates used skulls on their Jolly Roger flags. The flags inspired terror and urged the victims to quickly surrender. Because of their lifestyle, pirates remain a source of inspiration for many freedom-loving individuals today.
- Germany. The Totenkopf symbol (it. The head of death) was a skull, sometimes on crossbones. The Hussars of Frederick the Great wore black uniforms with the image of Totenkopf on their hats. The same uniform was worn by members of the Nazi SS during the Second World War.
- America. Since the ArrayArrayth century, the skull on the crossbones denoted containers with toxic substances. In the modern world, this is how poison and the danger of death are designated in many countries.
Celebrities with skull tattoos
Rocker Adam Levine boasts a tattoo of a mermaid holding a skull on his back.
- Ginny Depp-tattoo on the ankle. A skull with the inscription "Death is Certain", which means "death is inevitable".
- Ben Affleck wears a pirate tattoo on his right arm.
- Rapper Timati is the owner of a full-back tattoo. A skull in a crown with two crossed microphones instead of bones and the inscription "The Boss" and "Moscow City".
Slash-tattoo on the left hand.
- Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly got a pirate tattoo on each leg.
- Mickey Rourke is an Indian tattoo, complete with bulls and feathers.
Choosing the place of applying the skull tattoo
The tattoo is universal and can be placed on any part of the body. An experienced master will draw a sketch of any size in the chosen style, taking into account the area that you want to fill in the tattoo. Sketches can be either independent or part of a large sketch with many details. Popular places: back, hand, leg, hip, neck.