Scary, gorgeous, amazing skull tattoos. These are the 37 best skull tattoos, including the most popular one.
Tattoos are images on your body that have the power to speak out and bring out your personality. Everything that you think of becomes alive once you get it inked on your skin. Your attitude does not have to be worded or explained because it will be visually represented through your tattoo(s). And that is the beauty of a tattoo. And, that is also why you should never choose a tattoo based on someone else’s opinion. Your tattoo will represent you, and not somebody else.
For some, skull tattoos sound cool, while for others they are morbid since skulls are very often connected to death. However, the fun part about skull tattoos is that you can get very creative. You can add various symbols, and even colors to make your tattoo unique and distinctive.
Skull tattoos do not necessarily need to be connected with bad, but can also sometimes be connected with good. Some people get skull tattoos to signify certain good things in your life.
If you were thinking about getting a skull tattoo, then you must take a look at our 37 amazing skull tattoo ideas. You are very likely to find a tattoo you would like to have inked!
37. Blood, Rose, And a Skull
Skulls do look scary, and people associate them with death, but if you change your perspective, skulls will get a whole new different meaning. Skulls can be taken as a symbol of a person’s death, but they are also the symbol of rebirth. They symbolize the eternal life which can only be achievable through spiritual death and rebirth.
36. Forearm Skull Tattoo
Some time ago, people who had skull tattoos were believed to have been in certain cults. But, nowadays, skull tattoos are used to represent bikers. Biker groups usually have skull logos and love to display their skull tattoos. No, they are not being morbid. They are simply showing the world that they love to live the dangerous life they have chosen for themselves. This tattoo is a great example of a tattoo a biker would get.
35. Sugar Skull Tattoo for Men
When people get sugar skull tattoos, the skull looks feminine (you will see what I’m talking about later). But, this is one great example of the sugar skull. Sugar skulls are associated with the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead. During this holiday, families build and decorate ofrendas (altars), dedicated to the souls of their departed loved ones. Sugar skulls are an integral element of the ofrenda decorations.
34. Amazing Wrist Sugar Skull Tattoo
Believe it or not, the size of the sugar skull tattoo is also very important. Usually, small sugar skull tattoos represent the souls of children or babies. Logically, bigger skull tattoos represent adults. If you are going to get only one sugar skull tattoo, then you can choose any size you want. But, if you go for more, pay attention to the size of the skulls.
33. Skull Tattoo Idea for Men
Even though it is a simple symbol, you can get very creative with skull tattoos. You can ‘adorn’ them in any way you want to. You can color the inside of the skull, like the person in this picture did. You can even choose what teeth will your skull be missing. The less teeth there are, the scarier the tattoo is!
32. Incredible Finger Skull Tattoo
Skull tattoos may represent the loss of a loved one, or even your dedication to the dangerous life. However, they also may be symbols of change in life. We are all humans, and we are prone to doing some things we may not be proud of. But, if you are finally done with that part of your life, do not hesitate to get the skull tattoo as a symbol of your new beginning.
31. Heel Skull Tattoo
Of course, ladies can also get skull tattoos. They can choose from the large ones to the small ones. Sometimes a skull tattoo makes a person feel more brave or bold. Or, it can be a tiny symbol which shows everyone that no matter how nice you seem, if someone messes with you, you can be deadly.
30. Epic Skull Tattoo
What another adjective can you use for this tattoo, besides epic? The color orange does remind you a bit of the jack-o’-lantern. However, this is one of the examples of endless possibilities of skull tattoos. This tattoo was dedicated to the Day of the Dead.
29. Feminine Skull Tattoo
Usually, skulls are gender-less. But, you can connect your tattoo to a certain gender by adding certain elements to your tattoo. Take this skull tattoo for example. By adding hair, flowers and a bandana, this skull certainly represents a female person.
28. Awesome Skill Tattoo on a Finger
Just like every other tattoo, the size of the skull tattoo can range from very big to extremely small. This is a rather small tattoo, but it looks amazing. It is suitable for both men and women.
27. Skull Tattoos for Men
Did you know that sometimes skulls can also represent triumph and rebellion? I have just one word for you – pirates. They used skulls on their flags, and also their tattoos to show their triumphs or their dangerous side. They believed skulls would give them a greater power, strength and even protection.
26. Intriguing Skull Tattoo
This is one very intriguing tattoo. First, you have a skull. This skull is a sugar skull. You can deduce so because of the symbol on the forehead. Mexicans would include the names of their dead ones on the forehead of a skull. However, if a tattoo is there for aesthetic reasons, you can add a certain symbol to the forehead. Below the skull is something called the “All-Seeing Eye.” A universal symbol representing spiritual sight, inner vision, higher knowledge, insight into occult mysteries. This symbol is also associated to the Mason cults or Illuminati. But, however, the origin of the All-Seeing Eye comes from Egyptians, who equated the eye with the deity Osiris. The use of the eye emblem to represent God was quite common in the Renaissance. An emblem like this can be found in numerous examples of Christian art.
25. Skull and Roses Tattoo
In many cases, people get skull tattoos as a symbol of remembrance of someone who has passed away. Usually, besides the skull a rose is added. In this picture, you can also see a cross and a butterfly. Butterflies usually represent freedom, and the cross is a religious symbol associated with God. All in all, this tattoo would be a memorial of someone who has died, whose spirit is now free, and who is in God’s hands.
24. Mysterious Skull and Raven Tattoo
Ravens and skulls? Sounds like a horror movie. This tattoo certainly reminds you of death, but it is in no way morbid. Ravens are often very misunderstood creatures. Not many people are aware of their great intelligence, trickery, and deceit. A tattoo like this may symbolize one’s escape from death. For example, someone who has survived a car accident could get a tattoo like this.
23. Exceptional Sleeve Skull Tattoo
Skull with a hat and cards? Does it remind you of something? Possibly casinos? If you visit casinos, pay attention to the tattoos the regular gamblers have. You will notice many skull tattoos. Gamblers believe a skull tattoo is a good luck symbol that will end their bad strike.
22. Unique Matching Skull Tattoos
Skull tattoos can also be matching. You can get a matching tattoo with your friend, partner or even a relative. Sugar skulls can represent your spirits which will stay together even when the two of you are gone.
21. Unusual Skull Tattoo
Sometimes tattoos can become… strange. The ear is an unusual placement for a skull tattoo, but if you like what you see here then feel free to get an ear skull tattoo. As I always say, tattoos are personal and they should represent you in every light. If you believe your skull tattoo should be inked on your ear, then ink it there!
20. Amazing Hand Skull Tattoo
Sometimes, your tattoo does not necessarily have to have some deep meaning. It can simply say: “I love horror movies.” And, if you do, then this tattoo is the perfect choice for you! Unless, you have a way to make it even scarier.
19. White Skull Tattoo
I believe that this sugar skull indeed does represent the soul of a child. The color white is connected with innocence and purity. And there is nothing more pure than a child’s soul. However, if you really like this tattoo, feel free to get it. It can have a whole another meaning for you.
18. Sugar Skull Tattoos
As I mentioned, for the Dia de los Muertos, people would write names on the forehead of the skull. However, when you get a tattoo, you can leave the forehead empty or get a certain symbol there for aesthetic reasons. In this case, you can see the All-Seeing Eye, once again.
17. Candy Sugar Skull Tattoo
A sugar skull tattoo does not necessarily mean a decorated skull. Sometimes sugar skulls can be depicted just like in the image above. Sometimes, sugar skull tattoos may be represented with an image of woman. The vibrant look of sugar skull tattoo like this one is very likely to mimic the upbeat and lively commemoration of the Day of the Dead festival.
16. Skull & Rose
You may often notice a tattoo combination like this – a skull and a rose. Tattoos that include a skull and a rose are believed to represent the contrast of life and death, or beauty and decay. Such a symbol of duality is a reminder to the wearer of the contrast of good and evil and the balance of such important matters in life.
15. Thigh Skull Tattoos
Sometimes, you may even see sugar skulls packed with marigolds and other flowers. The followers of the Mexican culture use marigolds to honor and commemorate the dead. The most authentic sugar skull tattoos include bright orange-red Mexican marigolds. Of course, other species are also acceptable
14. Matching Skull Tattoos
A matching skull tattoo with your partner? Why not? Replace the typical vows and wedding rings with incredible matching tattoos. The phrase “‘Til death do us part” will get a completely different (and better) meaning with this artistic, yet eternal symbol of love.
13. Creative Skull Tattoo Idea
This skull tattoo is very different from the others. The skull is not clearly seen, and all the typical symbols that are combined with tattoos like this one are not present. This tattoo can bear many different meanings, but the true meaning is only know to the wearer of the tattoo.
12. Clever Skull Tattoo Idea
Just like with every other tattoo, you can get creative with your tattoo. Sometimes, what may seem like a regular skull tattoo placed on a hand, gets a completely different meaning when a hand touches the face. What do you think, could you make any other combinations similar to this one?
11. Hand Skull Tattoos
This is the same tattoo idea like on the image above, but the wearer is male. There may be many reasons to get a tattoo like this. Sometimes, a tattoo like this can remind you that we are all the same, made out of flesh and bones, and certain differences between people are irrelevant. But, a tattoo like this may also even encourage the wearer, and he/she may feel tougher and braver.
10. Owl & Sugar Skull Tattoo
Who says skulls can’t be girly? Add certain details, such as flowers, bows, the color pink, heart/flower shaped eyes, and the tattoo will look tough but also girly at the same time. This way, you can show everyone that you are feminine, yet tough. What do you think, why did this person match the owl (night predator, usually symbol of wisdom) with a skull?
9. (Almost) Matching Thigh Skull Tattoos
Sometimes, just one skull tattoo is not enough! You may have some ideas that are impossible to be incorporated into one skull tattoo. No worries, you can always get two skull tattoos. Considering the fact that these are two large sugar skull tattoos, they may also represent the two souls of the ones who have died.
8. Scary Skull Tattoo
This is a tattoo that is somehow more common for men. Men love those tattoos that make them look tough and dangerous. Sometimes, a permanent symbol like this can truly help someone feel braver than he really is, and conquer certain fears. A tattoo like this one may also represent the overcoming of death, or certain (bad) things one has done.
7. Watercolor Skull Tattoo
It doesn’t matter what skull tattoo design you decide to get, because you can always kick it up a notch by making your tattoo a watercolor tattoo. Colorful designs and ideas get a whole new meaning once inked like this.
6. Beautiful Skull Tattoo
I believe that this is one of not so many skull tattoos for which you can say they are beautiful. It is a sugar skull tattoo, but it is decorated in such a way that you don’t immediately realize it is a skull when you look at it. This skull tattoo is the perfect example of the fact that skull tattoos do not necessarily symbolize death. They can also be associated with an end of a certain period or a spiritual rebirth.
5. Galaxy Skull Tattoo
You should always be ready to interpret your tattoo, especially a skull tattoo, because it is very likely that people may misinterpret it. For example, this tattoo is truly beautiful. The universe is endless, and skulls may also be associated with the eternal life – the afterlife. This tattoo may represent the never-ending circle of life. But, some people may not realize this, until you explain it to them.
4. Back Skull Tattoos
Mirror tattoos are not very common, especially not a mirror tattoo with a skull stuck in it. You may have heard the stories, but when a person dies, people usually cover the mirrors in the house. Why? Well, people say that before a person crosses to the other world, his/her soul may walk around the house. If the soul walks next to a mirror the glance of the dead person may be fixed on the mirror later on – forever. I just got goosebumps. How about you?
3. Hidden Skull Tattoo
Sometimes, the beauty and the true meaning of the tattoo may not be visible immediately. You may want to get a skull tattoo, but you may not want others to see it immediately. Hiding your tattoo in such a mysterious way, like in the image above is truly a clever idea!
2. Skull Inside a Butterfly
Skull and a butterfly – two complete opposites. The meaning of this tattoo can be associated to the meaning of the skull and roses tattoos. These two opposites may represent the constant battle between good and evil, and one’s attempts to balance beauty and decay in life.
1. Manly Skull Tattoo
If you are looking for a skull tattoo design that is very masculine, and that will make you look tough, but none of the previous tattoos are not good enough for you, then I present you this one. Dangerous wolf, a scary skull… It can’t get more masculine than this!