Skull tattoos have a wide variety of symbolic meanings, depending on how the skull is used.
There are skull tattoos that are meant to be frightening, ones that are drawn to be as realistic as possible and some that are drawn in pink with hearts for eye sockets.
Skull images are, first and foremost, associated with death, and we are a society that prefers not to confront death until we absolutely have to!
Death head images have been a motif used in a lot of classic art, denoting the fact that time passes and we all die. Custom skull tattoos have become so popular that the art behind them has evolved significantly. The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) is a celebration in Mexico in which the skull (calavera) plays an important role.
Sugar skull tattoos are popular with women because of the original blend of skull and color, dead and life.
Some people pick a sugar skull tattoo as an in loving memory tattoo, to honor someone dear who has died. Sometimes the skeleton is dressed differently – he may be wearing more casual attire, or holding a guitar for example. The grim reaper has been used a lot in medieval art to remind us of the fact that life is not infinite and that there is an afterlife.
There are many who choose a Southwest-style bull skull tattoo to represent their own style and the area that they love. Allen Iverson: NBA player, has got a skull with military helmet and the word SOLDIER underneath. Nick Cave: has a winged skull and bones design on his right shoulder with the name of his ex Anita underneath. Dragonfly tattoos have something mystical about them, they have a fairy tale quality that can be quite beautiful, but in a more offbeat way than a fairy or butterfly image. Change and rebirth: a dragonfly lives in the water as a nymph before it splits out of his larval skin to become the beautiful insect we all know.


Dragonfly tattoo designs can easily be given a bold tribal look that’s quite masculine. Photographic wings: you can combine dragonfly tattoos with portrait tattoos by inserting a portrait into the wings. Sequential dragonflies: you can put some movement in your tattoo by having a series of dragonflies flying on your back, legs, arms, or somewhere where there is a decent length of space.
Tag-along dragonfly: you can incorporate other flying creatures into your design that tag along with the dragonfly.
A different angle: most people think of dragonflies having a body with two wings on each side.
Psychedelic wings: if you are a fan of color, you could get creative with the color pattern on the wings. The skull is such a universal symbol that it can be adapted to literally any meaning, from religious to political to simply an artistic design with aesthetic merit. Think of the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations – complete with decorative sugar skeletons and skull cookies! A skull tattoo can be a reminder to live life to its fullest because it will ultimately end.
After all, another reason why the skull image is so popular is that its dramatic lines lend themselves well to art. Extremely elaborate scenes involving many skulls are possible, as are painstaking details that bring the skull to life. On the Day of the Dead (November 2), family and friends gather to remember dear ones who have died.
Like the Day of the Dead itself, the tattoos can be both a symbol of mourning a life that is over as well as a celebration of that life and of everything that life has to offer.
They usually features the skull and prominently displayed horns, sometimes combined with Native American symbols like feathers. Confederate skull tattoos may use the skull and crossbones in other ways as well, such as a skull that is covered in the Confederate flag’s stars and bars.


While there are designs out there that do scream 19 year old sorority girl, there are also some that can be taken in a whole different direction.
They are about the size that we would imagine a fairy to be, with beautiful, gossamer wings.
They can be words that represent something significant in your life, like your children's names or a poem written in the wings. Note that you will have to get a fairly large tattoo to do this because of the detail, but it should be worth the space. You could have the dragonfly growing to represent growth in your life, or you could just have several of them whimsically floating around. You do not always have to go with a top view though, Get a profile of the dragonfly instead, and you might be able to get a little more creative with its placement. It signifies that when you are dead, your flesh disintegrates and all that's left is the memory of you and you become an angel. Unlike a fairy, dragonfly tattoos are not categorically feminine, they have a universal appeal. This is perfect if you want the creature to be approaching a flower or something along those lines. Japanese and Chinese dragons are benevolent creatures, while Western dragons are usually evil.
He wanted to have something not too demonic, so he put a halo over it to turn the skull into something positive.
The most popular dragon tattoo designs are Chinese dragon tattoos and tribal dragon tattoos (Angelina Jolie has got a small dragon tattoo).



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