The skull theme is very popular and appears in every tattoo style from sailing tattoos, classic, old-school, to new school, bio-mechanic or realistic tattoo. The skull as a symbol is to remind us about the fragility of human life and about passage of life. This tattoo presentsa strongcharacter,indicates thephilosophical,mysteriousordarknatureof the owner.
Mexican skulls (Sugar skull tattoos) represents day of the dead celebrated on 1st and 2nd November. Similar to the Christian all Saints Day this time is an occasion for remembrance of the dead friends and family members.
The tradition to celebrate Dia de los Muertos began more than 3,500 years ago in the days of the Aztec, who used to celebrate it for an entire month, during which the souls of the dead return as skulls to make a visit their living people and family. The Spanish conquistadors with their arrival brought Christianity to Aztecs life and changed their culture in this well known to us today. Families are welcoming dead by building them complicated to construct altars from important to dead person objects.
It is not known why sugar has played such an important role in this tradition, but for the explanation of this fact we can accept it low price and ease of melting processing to make a skull. The world of tattooing used this ancient tradition to create a unique style, combining in itself the influences from around the world to create each specific and unique themes.
Sugar Skull Tattoo Meaning
Mexican tattoos have different meanings for different people. The main meaning of sugar skull tattoos is dead, people who are making those tattoos want to commemorate dead of people who was close to them. According to tradition, the size of the tattoo presents the age of person who pass away. Large tattoos are used to memorialize adults, smaller to remember about the children.
You don’t have to be Catholic or live in Mexico to make sugar skull tattoo. People more often are making those tattoos because of their interesting and good looking shapes rather than history meaning, so you can cut off the specific meaning and design a tattoo according to your preferences. Comparing to Maori or Japanese tattoo there is no specific rules about making this tattoo. Mexican skull can be decorated with almost everything you want. This can be flowers (roses are often used symbol), stars, dots, lines, shapes, etc. Below you will find examples of such tattoos, which will help you to choose your own.