Skull is one of the most popular tattoo designs. It serves a number of symbolic purposes. The most common are death and mortality, celebrating the memento mori cultural movement. But in many aspects, one can use the image of a skull to implicate various things.
Skulls can be a symbol of protection, strength, and power. For some people who already experienced danger, it can be a symbol of overcoming death, danger, or a tough time. For those people who overcome trials, it can be a symbol of a past life, now changed, never to revert. Skulls can also be a reminder of death and bad behavior. In history, it is a symbol of victory over the enemy and a warning to the people defeated in battle. Skull is an obvious declaration of triumph.
Although skulls, at first glance, may appear to resemble a negative or dangerous image, it does not always mean what they resemble. The meaning behind a word is as strong as the meaning behind an image.
Skulls can be drawn in various ways. Every person that chooses to have a skull tattooed on their body has a reason and meaning. They are also popular with girls who want a tattoo because not all skulls have to be demonic and masculine. It can also be in a more feminine design but many women even prefer the more demonic skull. In some cases, couples that want matching skull tattoos but of different sexes, the women prefer to smooth out the rough edges to show their feminine side. Feminine skulls tend to be in pink and purple color and/or have ribbons and flowers to lessen the demonic appeal. Skulls combined with crosses, roses, and wings are not only a reminder of mortality but also the fight for the soul, resurrection, and eternity.
The skull is as popular as it ever was. In games, literature, movies, comics, and of course, tattoos, it continues to gather many different symbolic meanings and implications as the artistic and creative imagination of the artist itself. Some designs can be humorous, and some implicate danger and threatening, but Death is always part of the picture.