Lately, the skulls and sugar skull designs have gained popularity and can be found in all shapes and sizes printed on clothes, sculpted in jewelry, illustrated in graffiti or inked on skin.
Unlike the classic skull, which is usually associated with the dark and macabre, the sugar skull is an artistic depiction of a cranium in a very colorful and whimsical fashion, often adorned with flowers and gemstones.
The sugar skull (or Calavera) origin comes from Mexican culture and is the main symbol representing the Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos), a Mexican holiday celebrated on the 1st and 2nd November. The sugar skull symbol is used to represent the ancestors and to decorate the gravestones of the deceased. The reason they are called “sugar skulls” is because the authentic sugar skulls were made out of clay molded sugar.
Sugar skull tattoos are a great choice if you are a tattoo lover and have an optimistic view of death, you want to commemorate someone loved who passed away or simply like this designs.
You can find below a wide selection of sugar skull tattoos, from the simplest to most intricate designs, ornated with flowers or combined with portraits of people and animals.