Skull Tattoo Meaning

Skulls are not always gothic and do not always represent death. There are many meanings of skull tattoos, and for each person, there will be different meanings.

Popular skull tattoos include variations of the Day of the Dead, or Sugar Skulls, which commonly symbolize a death or renewal. For example, the Mexican holiday (All Saint’s Day) celebrates the deaths of children and infants who have died throughout the year, which is why it’s not uncommon for Sugar Skulls (Day of the Dead Skulls) to symbolize someone what was lost.

Many people adorn a skull with other images to further represent their meaning and symbolism. Flowers may represent family members, hearts and wings are also commonly added to decorate skull tattoos, adding meaning to their purpose on the body.

Common meanings of skull tattoos include:

  • Mortality
  • Overcoming death
  • Overcoming a tough time
  • Past life, now changed
  • Power
  • Protection
  • Strength