Traditionally, the skulls are used as a symbol of death and decay. This does not mean, however, that is their only possible meaning. The skull may take on many different connotations until you reach the symbolism of strength and protection. Skulls have always had a following in the world of tattoos. Just think of the classic image of a skull and crossbones, pirate icon and symbol of death, danger and rebellion.

Even the popular beliefs play an important role: in Christianity, for example, the skull symbolizes eternity: leave all worldly goods on this earth to let the soul be free in the world of the afterlife. In the Mexican tradition, the skull is used as a symbol of the festival of the dead, during which we honor and remember deceased loved ones. Often the tattoos of skulls, especially in the tradition of Old School, are accompanied by red roses, an image that represents the duality of life and death, beauty and decay, between good and evil and the understanding that every death rises from a new life.

Gear Skull Women Sleeve tattoo by Jay Freestyle
Skull Belly Dreamcatcher Breast tattoo by Jay Freestyle
New School Flower Skull Rose Candle tattoo by Solid Heart Tattoo
Chest Skull tattoo by Solid Heart Tattoo
Realistic Calf Skull Sea tattoo by Carlox Tattoo
Shoulder Skull Tooth tattoo by Piranha Tattoo Studio
Arm New School Skull Owl tattoo by Piranha Tattoo Studio
Arm Snake Skull tattoo by Nemesis Tattoo
Arm Skull Owl tattoo by Nemesis Tattoo
Arm Skull Leaf tattoo by Nemesis Tattoo
Arm Skull tattoo by El Loco Tattoo Lounge
Arm Skull Dagger tattoo by Tattoo Power
Snake Skull Thigh tattoo by Parliament Tattoo
Skull Back Eagle tattoo by Parliament Tattoo
Arm Snake Skull tattoo by Parliament Tattoo
Shoulder Skull Crown tattoo by Proskura Art
Shoulder Arm Skull Crow tattoo by Proskura Art
Skull Ankle Bird tattoo by Proskura Art
Flower Japanese Skull Sleeve tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Shoulder Skull Dagger God tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Leg Skull Woman tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Arm Skull tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Arm New School Skull Pencil tattoo by Niteowl Tattoo
Old School Skull Rose Thigh tattoo by California Electric Tattoo Parlour
Arm Old School Skull Sword tattoo by California Electric Tattoo Parlour
Flower Japanese Skull Dragon Demon Sleeve tattoo by Nicklas Westin
Arm Skull tattoo by Nicklas Westin
Chest Skull Dotwork tattoo by Luciano Del Fabro
Skull Belly tattoo by Luciano Del Fabro
Arm Skull Owl Dotwork tattoo by Luciano Del Fabro
Leg Skull tattoo by Luciano Del Fabro
Skull Back Neck Cat Dotwork tattoo by Marla Moon
Side Skull tattoo by Aero & inkeaters
Shoulder Skull Moth tattoo by Aero & inkeaters
Skull Hand tattoo by Aero & inkeaters
Arm Skull tattoo by Cloak and Dagger Tattoo
Shoulder Arm Old School Skull tattoo by Forever Tattoo
Old School Skull Thigh tattoo by Forever Tattoo
Old School Skull Head tattoo by Forever Tattoo
Realistic Flower Skull tattoo by Slawit Ink
Leg Skull Owl tattoo by Slawit Ink
Arm Skull Abstract tattoo by Michael Litovkin

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