The History of Skull Tattoos

Continuing with this new section of “The history of tattoos”, dedicated to tell the story and the meaning of those classic tattoos that never lose prominence among the most popular designs, today we will know the history of skull tattoos. Also, just in case you are thinking of making yourself a design of this type, we leave you some useful designs.

The Skull Tattoos: ancient symbols of death

Throughout the history of mankind, the skulls have occupied a fundamental place in the imaginary of all collectivities. Whatever the culture to which we refer, historically, the skulls were and are related to death in some sense.

See also: Mexican skull tattoos symbolism

As a cultural symbol, from the ancient rituals in the most primitive villages to the various branches of art; from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Claesz’s paintings or hidden in those of Gilbert or Dalí himself (among many others) to the street art of anonymous graffiti or the tattoos of our days, skulls and skulls were always present.

The old pirates used it to represent the danger of death and today, surely if you see a warning sign that includes a skull you will move away immediately and you would not dare to drink from a bottle that had this symbol. It is not like this?

In reality it is something very simple and almost instinctive: a skull or a skull is the face of death itself. Even if we look for it in the dictionary, we find it as the group of bones that form the head but stripped of the skin and flesh. And what is life but the flesh?

A skull is therefore a structure that once housed life but beyond all that can be said, the fact that it is something beautiful as well as its great aesthetic or visual appeal is undeniable. Our brain recognizes this and it is enough to see a tiny section of a skull to recognize it as such, as the remains of what was once a human face. So in addition to death itself, we could say that it also represents the mortal, fragile, ephemeral and finite condition of the human being.

Precisely, there are those who use this symbol to represent that condition; sometimes exquisitely and including phrases such as the Latin Memento mori, that is, as a memory of mortality. A moment that, all equally, sooner or later we will cross and that is part of life itself.

The Design of skull tattoos

In tattoos one can find a wide variety but there are two styles that are particularly frequent: the old school and biomechanics in black and gray. On the other hand, for a long time now, a new way of seeing and applying skulls and the idea of ??death has been exported from Mexico.

The tattoos of the day of the dead, which include the sugar skulls and the lady of death (a woman with a skull face), have become enormously popular over the past few years. Something that for many is a profound taboo, is a celebration and a festivity for a large part of the Mexican people.

Here are some designs of skull tattoos that are worth considering.

What do you think of these types of tattoos? Do you have a skull tattoos? Would you like to become one?.