60 Best Skull Tattoos – Meanings, Ideas and Designs

Skull tattoos are very common amongst men and women. They have always been favorite tattoos for many since the ancient sailors’ days. Today, they have become very popular. The skull & crossbones is one of the oldest and still in the memories of many. It represents death as well as danger. A lot of designs for the tattoos have come up today.

Skull tattoo ideas

Why they are Popular

Different people like different things. For this reason, many people choose skull tattoos because they come in various designs with various meanings as well. This way, one can get a tattoo that interprets what he or she believes in, whether positive or negative. In fact, these kinds of tattoo are some of the most popular in the world today.

Meaning

Individuals with such tattoos possess different reasons as well as various meanings for them. On the other hand, different people interpret them differently. All the same, they can symbolize both negative and positive attributes. Skull tattoos have a wide range of meanings. However, this will depend on the way the actual skull is utilized. A human skull tattoo that has huge eye sockets will mostly be associated with death. On the other hand, it can be very remarkable. Some will wear them to show that death doesn’t frighten them. Other designs symbolize acceptance to own mortality while others remind people that they have to die at some point hence, they need to enjoy life while they can.

Different designs and their meanings

Sugar Skull- this one is associated with Mexican’s day of the dead, which is quite significant within the culture of Mexicans. This is a time when families come together to make sugar and candy skulls. For women, the skull has to be integrated with beautiful flowers.

The Skull Leaves- these are quite common too. They are meant to cover the arm or the leg. They indicate that whoever wears them loves living by his or her rules. People who love pirates combine the skull with crossbones.

Old school- there are several of these and they were in practice during the early times. They have bold outlines and are naturally simple. Most contain the skull in the company of military symbols, pinup girls, as well as hearts. Others have ribbons comprising of unique dates, mottos, or names. Most modern skull designs could be considered to be old school mainly because they are simple, however, bold.

Skull & Rose- a common skull design brings together both skulls & roses. Both roses and skulls portray different meanings hence such designs cannot be easily misinterpreted. Such tattoos mostly characterize the difference that exists between the two elements (death & life/decay & beauty). They create a symbol of duality, which portrays the undying struggle between ugliness & beauty, as well as evil & good.

Cool skull tattoo on man’s hand

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This cool tattoo shows a skull drawn on a man’s hand in such a way that all of the skull is drawn except the eye sockets. The skull is all black and white and the man’s hand can be held onto his face in such a way that one may think the skull is part of his face.

Dark skull tattoo on a guy’s upper arm

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This cool tattoo depicts a black and white skull drawn on a man’s upper arm. The skull appears to have worn a crown. It appears to be smiling with part of its lower teeth broken. The skull appears to be set on some red flowers.

Intriguing skull tattoo on a man’s lower arm

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This cool and intriguing skull tattoo idea is definitely for those who want something intriguing on their arms. The tattoo itself only shows one half of a black and white skull that appears to be laughing.

Cool human skull tattoo on a guy’s upper arm

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This is the best skull tattoo idea for anyone who wants something intriguing on their arms. The tattoo itself depicts a skull with an open mouth. Its sockets, nose and mouth all appear to be red in color like some light is inside the skull.

Awesome human skull tattoo on a man’s upper arm

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This awesome skull tattoo design depicts a black and white human skull set on a man’s upper arm. The skull has been drawn in such a way that all its interiors appear to be red in color suggesting that a red light is emanating from within the skull.

Cool skull tattoo design on a man’s arm

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This cool skull tattoo design has been set in such a way that it does not have the conventional skull features. A diamond has been drawn in place of the usual empty eye sockets and the skull nose has been drawn in such a way that it looks like a spade sign.

Intriguing skull tattoo idea on a buy’s arm

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This is the ultimate skull tattoo idea for anyone who wants something intriguing on their upper arms. The tattoo depicts a human skull with part of a catholic rosary hanging from its shut teeth. Part of a clock has been drawn on its forehead and a large eye has been drawn just below the skull head

Large black and white skull tattoo on a guy’s back

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This is one of those skull tattoos ideas that is best suited for individuals who want something cool on their backs. The tattoo depicts a large skull set on a guys back with a clock with roman numbers worked into the skull to appear like its forehead. Two other skulls appear to be beside the large skull.

Awesome skull tattoo on a guy’s hand

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This is probably one of those skull tattoos that are best suited for an individual who wants something intriguing on their hands. The black and white tattoo only shows part of a human skull set on a hand in such a way that the eye sockets and nose are shown. A dark green color is emanating from these openings.

Epic skull tattoo on a guy’s back

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This is probably one of the best skull tattoos that one can place on their backs. The tattoo depicts a large skull placed on the back to feel the entire back. All the skulls openings such as the eye sockets and the nose are completely black.

Cool tattoo on guy’s arm

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This cool black and white tattoo has been placed on a guy’s upper arm. The skull appears to have been set among some flowers with a red rose flower placed below the skull, another one placed right behind it and another one placed right above the forehead.

Cool skull tattoo on guys arm

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This is the best tattoos idea that an individual who wants something awesome on their arms can adopt. The tattoo depicts a skull set among some flowers and leaf vegetation. Some spike features appear to be running along the middle of the top of the skull all the way down its back to the bottom of the skull.

Awesome skull tattoo on a guy’s breast

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This is a tattoo whose position and artistry are simply nothing short of magnificent. The tattoo itself depicts a black and white skull with its jaws wide open. A wolf appears to be having most of the skull head within its mouth.

Epic skull tattoo on a guy’s arm

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This black and white skull tattoo is nothing short of awesome. The tattoo depicts a skull with an olive branch placed round its head. The skull appears to be holding a large hoe.

Intriguing skull tattoo on guy’s arm

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This intriguing tattoo depicts a skull that has something like a hood covering it. One of its eye sockets appears to be empty while the other has an eye. A boney hand holding four cards has been drawn just below the skull.

Full length skull tattoo on guy’s arm

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This tattoo depicts a human skull that has been drawn to cover most of the arm’s length. The skull has the usual empty eye sockets and nose with jaws shut to make it appear like it is smiling. A flower has been placed on the skull’s head.

Cool skull tattoo on guy’s arm

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This tattoo depicts a skull placed among some red rose flowers and some leaf vegetation. A black bird appears to be flying over the skull. The skull has some flowers in place of its empty eye sockets.

Cool tattoo with a skull on a guy’s arm

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This cool tattoo depicts an owl drawn on a guy’s arm. A human skull has been drawn in such a way that it appears that the skull is within the owl.

Awesome skull tattoo on guy’s chest

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This is the ultimate idea for a skull tattoo that would best suit anyone who wants something that is far from plain on their chests. The tattoo depicts a skull set in the middle of a man’s chest. A pair of hands appear to be held over its eye sockets while another pair of hands have been held over the skull’s side. A single hand is covering the skull’s jaws. A human head is on each side of the skull.

Cool skull tattoo on a guy’s upper arm

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This awesome skull tattoo best suits individuals who wants a lesser than usual tattoo on their arms. The skull has been drawn to include some flowery detail on its forehead with a cross symbol with triangle shape at its top placed in the middle of the forehead. An eye surrounded by some love shape designs has been placed right below the skull.

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