These are incredible Day of the Dead Tattoos! A Day of the Dead Tattoo celebrates the famous Mexican holiday.
20. Day of the Dead Tattoo Feet
These are incredible Day of the Dead Tattoos! A Day of the Dead Tattoo celebrates the famous Mexican holiday. Beautiful line work and intense color make these sugar skulls shine bright as day and dark as night celebrating Dia de los Muertos in truly festive style. Perfectly matched placement on top of the feet along with complimentary coloring and gorgeous highlighting and shading really makes this work snap crackle and pop. Each of these skulls can stand alone as magnificent works of art but together they really bounce off each other like a trick or treat-er on a candy corn fix. Black, gold and red of the licorice skull on the right foot gives a real fall season feel and the bursts of bright yellow really bring this work back from the dead. In stark contrast the left foot features a sugary cranium in bold border line psychedelic glow that screams celebration of life through wonderfully bright hues and uniform yellow focal points, making these tattoos a sweet memorandum of departed souls.
19. Black and White Day of the Dead
Outstanding shading really makes this tattoo an awesome rendition of traditional Day of the Dead portraiture. Looking more like a watercolor masterpiece, this ink easily reads sugar skull beauty and perfectly captures ghostly charm through flawless shading and highlighting that appears more like brush stroke than needle work. The added detail of the line work on the face and shroud gives a stylized element that brings out the classic Calavera aesthetic, and the overall quality of this work makes it seem like a morbid photograph developed on skin. Really delicate and quite beautiful work proudly celebrating Mexican tradition in brilliant form.
18. Day of the Dead tattoo using multiple body parts
Check out other amazing matching tattoos. A very unique composition with unconventional placement makes this tattoo a complete success and coupled with the intense red and black mix of fine lines and bold bursts of color and shading, it’s definitely an eye draw and a conversation starter. Each arm has an impressive design that stands out individually but when placed together the artwork gracefully shows the balance between, and the beauty of, life and death intertwined in highly detailed outlook. This ink reads well whichever way the wearer holds his arms, the saturated red roses wonderfully tying the work together, and there is an elegance in both the face and the skull, sealing in meaning and celebrating the delicate line between this world and the beyond.
17. Blue eyed girl
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder….and these intense blue peepers will grab your attention in an instant, much like a vampire’s gaze or Medusa’s enticing stare. The delicate shading on this tattoo subtly raises it off the skin bringing this morbidly painted doll to life, and the crisp, clean lines and bright white highlights give it a very realistic feel. But back to those eyes, impossible not to linger on, the quality of the artist’s ink and the contrast between black and color intensely on display. Sapphire blue with unreal highlighting, they really make this art stand out in all its dark, sugary glory.
This non-traditional pin-up proclaims Day of the Dead in full color and unique style. Not conforming to the usual pale faced ladies of death reincarnate, this tattoo features evenly shaded skin-tone color throughout that also contrasts from the wearers skin making the piece stand out from the canvas, and stand out from the crowd with bold purple, red and fuchsia injections. The addition of the Monarch butterfly is a pretty touch and a subtle hint to the origin of this holiday, (Mexico plays host to these wonderful creatures during their hibernation cycle each year) and the delicate balance between life and death. Overall a very well accomplished, well placed tattoo. I especially like the butterfly and the intricate flowing line work that ties the design together.
15. Eyes closed
Pale as death and decorated with life. This is an extremely well designed and brilliantly executed tattoo. Design wise it is simple, elegant and has a traditional sugar skull feel painted on pale, airbrushed flesh. The shading is flawless and brings this deceased mannequin to life, and the sudden streaks of neon color bring a rush of energy to death depicted. Calla Lilies frame the piece exquisitely symbolizing purity, innocence, and the purification of a departed soul. At the focal point of the tattoo is a red rose, true to Dia de los Muertos tradition, flowers represent love, passion and death. A really nice piece that both artist and wearer can be proud of.
14. More Abstract
Reading like a journal page, this tattoo has elements of a sketch book with imperfect lines, writing atop writing and multiple layers to the design that make it one of a kind and beautiful. Day of the Dead is subtly hinted at in the face, through sugar skull patterns which come across like make-up, war paint or a mask that has super hero written all over it, and “Dia de los Muertos” boldly scrawled twice over, titling the work. The background imagery of a skull and flower almost resemble fresh scars, and although some parts are out of proportion it gives this tattoo an overall very raw feel that reminds me of dark comic book art, I love it.
13. Day of the Dead arm sleeve
Bold, vibrant and great artistry, this tattoo sleeve really stands out and is easy to read yet elaborate in design. The composition of this piece is beautiful and the placement of both flowers and faces perfect so that nothing gets lost in translation. The real eye catchers here are are the deep red flowers, in keeping with Day of the Dead tradition, one gets drawn in and transfixed by the crimson folds until you realize they are merely the frame for pretty faces masked in clean intricate lines of Calavera style. The artist’s skill here is amazing, shading and line work are perfect and the highlighting of the faces really makes them stand out like paintings come to life. A classy and stunning way to forever celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
12. Colorful Lady
Beauty in a death mask. This smoking princess of death wears a skull crown and is branded with her own skull in ink. I love this concept of a tattoo within a tattoo, it adds an extra dimension to an already impressive piece. Boldly outlined in thick black and red, this tattooed lady seems to display life and death simultaneously, wearing her own decorated skull as a mask and inviting a slow death with her cigarette. She is already dead, and she embraces this with a tattoo of a skull framed in scarlet flowers. A permanent homage to Dia de los Muertos on both counts.
11. Naked Woman
An alluring portrait etched in skin, with thick smudging and well blended shading that is more reminiscent of charcoal artistry than a tattoo, appears to sink into flesh like watercolor bleeding into canvas. Day of the Dead reads easily in the face, complete with stitching of the mouth and decorative seeping outline of the eyes. And exposed breast follows the natural curve of the body making for great placement and realistic au natural imagery. Overall a very well executed piece with perfect use of black and skin tone that gives a photographic like finish and an infusion of vitality into a living dead doll pin up.
Reaper in waiting worn by painted sugar skull darling. With winged outline forming a heart this skeletal depiction of death manifested features perfect lining and beautiful shading work and conjures up notions of morbid, angelic fascination. Santa Muerte, or Holy Saint, is a Mexican folk saint synonymous with healing, protection and safe passage into the afterlife. Fitting then, for a unique representation of Day of the Dead creative, this tattoo is nicely placed and the attention paid to detail quite stunning. A permanent reminder of death as a part of life and the great notion that life travels beyond death.
9. Flower Eyes
Sugar skull turned secret garden. This tattoo is simply amazing! It is a classy, offbeat and distinctive sugar skull rendition and the muted glow is breathtaking, bordering on sepia tone and suddenly erupting in color, the details made up of a flowery maze. An array of flowers, leaves and butterflies are inked-in perfectly and the way that half of the face fades into the shadow is brilliant craftsmanship on another level of inksanity. With the skull comprised of flowers this piece serves to symbolize death as a beautiful and integral part of life, and ultimately out of death springs new life. Death and re-birth captured in gorgeous, dramatic harmony; a wonderful tattoo.
8. Day of the Dead
Beautiful black and grey portraiture framed by magically highlighted Calla Lilies, bring this Day of the Dead damsel into focus in photo realistic form. Her face a morbid mix of skull, skin and muscle it gives a notion of transformation, and that really captures the ideology of Dia de los Muertos in sublime style. Exquisite shading is what really makes this piece stand out, and coupled with expertly placed highlights this tattoo will ensure the wearer proudly represents this ghoulish festival for eons to come.
7. Day of the Dead Disney
Out of the sea and into Day of the Dead. For fans of the classic Disney hit, The Little Mermaid, this tattoo design will satisfy your love for mermaid Arial with your desire to represent your macabre festival of choice. The red hair and flowers will really stand out once this design meets skin and if the shading is done right this ocean princess will really pop. To be, or not to be…a mermaid? That is the question.
6. Laughing skulls
Traditional in design, this tattoo screams Day of the Dead with Miriachi band skeletons laughing and popping out of the skin in bold red and black line and coloring work. I like this piece a lot, it is a simplistic design but has a lot of finer detailed elements and clean shading work that really breathes life into these dead heads. Placement is splendid, perfectly lined up with the shoulder frame, and overall this tattoo has a very festive feel and celebrates Mexican culture in style. Art work that will be worn with pride and honor Dia de los Muertos for life.
5. Red Arm
Same picture as number 13???
4. Purple skull
Day of the Dead bleeding purple. This skull has crazy eyes and equally insane pattern detailing, it’s a purple overload but you can’t take your eyes away, and the backdrop just adds more violet fuel to the fire. Beautiful and intricate patterning is etched all over the skull and upon closer inspection the lines bleed slightly adding to the intoxicating effect. This design would make a great tattoo and nicely commemorates Day of the Dead with classic petals surrounding the eyes and lacy patterns covering the cranium.
3. Day of the Dead tattoo skull
This cute and colorful tattoo really looks like it’s sugar skull counterparts; rainbow sweet and kid friendly. Very clean line work and beautiful coloring make this tattoo shine and it’s swimming in traditional Day of the Dead inventive, in the color palette, folk art style and decorative elements. The tattoo is nicely placed on top of the foot making it read well from all angles. All in all, a simple yet bold Day of the Dead memorandum in full candied spectacle.
2. Back tattoo
Stunning tattoo, the lining, shading and color saturation are all impeccable. This art proudly but solemnly pays homage to Dia de los Muertos; the decorated doll hangs her head, eyes closed in quiet reflection, surrounded by pretty flowers to honor those passing. Well positioned on the body, this piece curves with the hip and back stretching up towards the shoulder blade. From the Calavera painted face to the butterflies rising around her, the tattooed carnival lady is a beautiful reminder to celebrate in life and in death, and a visually stunning and sexy work of art honoring both the wearer and the festival.
1. Day of the Dead sketch
This pin-up sketch is true to Day of the Dead form with traditional Calavera designs decorating the face and the neatly drawn flowers that are just begging to be colored in ruby red ink. This sketch is exceptionally well shaded and the extra fine, wispy detail in the hair, flowers and Day of the Dead make-up really make this work shine. Elegance and beauty in raw form.