What is the first thing you think of when imaging a skull? Death? Mortality? Alchemy and dark magic? What about twisting your way of thinking a bit and try to associate skull with beauty, power and maybe even femininity? Yes, that’s right! You’ve heard me – skull tattoos are diverse and not reserved for men only!
What is more sexy and feminine than a bit of secret and mystery? Look at this girl – would you expect her to have another skull tattooed apart from the one on her arm? Me neither. That’s why it’s so sexy – to find out what’s the mysterious shape, peeking from under her skirt.
2. Black and white look from The Hood
It’s OK to go for classic, a bit scary and sinister look. Or maybe you want to play with emotions and under gloomy atmosphere of black and white image there’s a deeper thought? Do you want to remember about somebody who left too early or maybe memento mori is your motto?
3. Black and… color!
Who said that black always has to come with white? Color contrasts with blacks just as good, but instead of underlining sadness and darkness of death, makes the image more vivid and optimistic. It’s one of the most girlish ways of tattooing skull.
4. Extreme Skull Tattoo
OK, you’re a tough guy. And you want to show it to all people around you. You’re not scared of pain, and anything you do is done with maximum devotion. So is done your tattoo.
5. Less is more
If you don’t like to have just one tattoo, it’s always a good idea to save some space and make a few smaller ones. They are subtle and easy to hide if needed and fit both women and men, even those working in the office.
6. Shape it!
Skull is a great idea to put on an unusual places, such as the front of your leg. Its shape fits perfectly, making great, complete image with natural curves of your body.
7. More than one
Nobody said that you are allowed to have only one skull in the same place. In fact, a few of them can make interesting composition itself. It’s perfect for more detailed image or even the whole sleeve.
8. Día de Muertosos
One of the trendiest skull images of last years are colorful skulls used in Mexico during the Day of Dead. Totally understandable, why people went crazy about them. They fit anyone, regardless the sex and are quite flexible as well, looking great both as small patterns and big, determined tattoos.
9. Perfect match
I have two arms and two legs. I love skull theme. Why not to do two tattoos, one per hand? That can look really cool and bring some consistency to your whole image.
Do you want sexy, but strong, powerful look? Rockabilly style will be perfect! Making tattoo on your chest will show your independence and intrigue at the same time.
11. Roll up the sleeves!
Sleeves are really popular because making tattoo in this place is relatively painless and the result looks impressive. Doesn’t matter what style you choose and what sex you are. Having skull as a part of the bigger tattoo, exposed quite often to other’s eyes, will instantly make you feel like a rock star.
12. Mix and match
More artistic types might find it boring to follow only one style. Why not to twist it a little bit and mix for example Mexican pattern with dark shades and gloomy feel? No rules here, sky is the limit!
13. He’s the second half of my skull.
If anyone ever tells you that skulls are boring, show him the picture below. Think outside the box and adjust ideas to your personality. Tattooing only half of skull can be a great idea for couples.
14. Old School Poison
Tattooing fingers in an old school idea. You can still use it, but in new, contemporary manner. Why not to go for a couple of skulls, together with catchy sentence? Skulls used to be common image in medicine. It meant that whatever is in the bottle, it will kill you. Good theme for somebody living on the edge or ‘Poison Ivy’ types.
Another proof that skull doesn’t have to be a man’s attribute. Delicate, linear tattoos are perfect even for ethereal, sensitive women. Add some flowers to make it even more feminine.
Not many people associate skull with romance and melancholy. That couldn’t be more wrong. Did you know, that ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula’ are one of the purest romantic stories? And what about ‘Hamlet’? Death can be scary and gloomy, but it can be mystical and mysterious, just before fog comes down.
17. For couples
Everyone knows that tattooing name of your beloved might not be the smartest idea. What if it doesn’t work at some point? You’ll have to cover it with another one, or find a new partner with the same name. Or, you can make matching tattoos instead. Even if you split, it won’t stop looking great. And if your relationship works, your skulls will stay together ‘until death do them part’.
18. Fifty shades of skull
What if you love skull theme, but you’re not a huge fan of colors? But on the other hand, you don’t want this classic, obvious sinister look either? Going for delicate, but detailed shading made of lines and dots would be perfect choice. Delicate and strong at the same time. Just like you.
Why not to go for the whole character? That image would work well if you wish to have something subtle, but still in black and white. When you want something quite big, but you’re not sure about tattooing the whole sleeve. This skinny guy will look great on a thin arm.
Wild West theme can bring a bit of humor and optimism to the whole tattoo, without stealing ideas from Mexicans. If you are history geek that can work for you just as good. Tattooing cowboy and native Indian underlines American history and brings a hint of American pride.
If you don’t believe that skull can be sensual, take a look at picture below. And now think about this once again. Delicate, feminine lines, together with floral patterns and modern character are quite sexy and not aggressive at all.
22. Real man is not afraid of colors
Thank God we live in times when blacks, greys and navy are not the only masculine colors any more. It’s the way you wear it, not the color itself what makes you look like really tough guy. In fact, having colorful tattoos shows that you are self confident, courageous guy who doesn’t really care about other people’s opinion.
23. Sensuality and strength
You don’t have to choose between sensuality and strength. Even if you are a man, it’s natural that sometimes you want to feel sensual, sexy and attractive. On the other hand, sometimes you might feel more like a warrior, strong, courageous human being. Because skull is a theme both for death and melancholy, it will work in both cases.
24. Like a rock star
Tattoos are often associated with strong, rock music. If you are a fan, skull will be ideal for a tattoo. Especially when you match if with rock guitar. Let’s rock and roll, babe!
25. On the shoulder
Doesn’t really matter if you are a boy or a girl. This is perfect place for skull tattoo. Not only easy to hide, but delicate and not aggressive either. Roundish shape of your shoulder blade makes perfect match with the skull shape, making it easy to tattoo and nice to wear.
26. Perfect for alternative models
Modelling market is full of beautiful, perfect people. In fact, there’s so many of them, that having tattoo can really help in your modelling career. No matter if it’s huge tattoo covering all your back or just small image, you can use skull as your secret weapon, using it in creative way.
27. Light like a skull
When you put skull next to feathers and flowers, you’ll give light, faint character to the ‘sinister’ skull. It’s a wonderful way to show how different skulls can be and that all stereotypical thinking can be basically put to the bin.
There’s nothing wrong in tattooing evil, disturbing skulls. Depending how do you feel about all idea behind demons and horror, it can really be your second skin. In fact, it can finally make you feel yourself, no matter what other say.
29. It’s ok to be freak
Matching skull with other, someone could say random images, such us birds, stars, flowers, mist, triangles, arrows, rainbow, etc. might actually work, if it fits your personality and the way you are in the everyday life. It’s good idea to put a short sentence somewhere there as well, so that it underlines the whole point of this big pot of curiosities.
30. Just one color
If it’s hard to decide whether you want to have colored tattoo or go totally monochromatic, choosing just one color might be a solution. Pick blues and greens for colder, scandinavian look, or red and yellow for blazing, hot character.
One detail can change the whole. And what’s the tattoo if not one big piece of art that you have always with you? Skulls are great to play with shapes and images. And remember – the bigger tattoo, the more details you can put in.
32. Delicate or full cover
Skull tattoo works great both as a delicate, feminine image and full body cover. It’s nice to start with smaller ones and then go further and further, until you feel fulfilled. This has one drawback, though. It might happen that you have no room left for new tattoos.
Making a tattoo on your neck can be controversial. But it’s up to you whether it would look like prison type or really fine piece of art. Choice is totally yours!
34. Not too much
Skulls are perfect tattoo choice for those, who don’t like to put too much colors, shapes and contemporary trends on their body. It is great how it is, just perfect in its simplicity.
35. Where is skull?
Because of being universal, skulls are great to play with as a part of the whole body tattoo. It’s there and it matches perfectly, but you have to take some time to find it.
36. Be yourself
It doesn’t really matter if you are romantic, tough or delicate guy. Skull tattoo can make you feel amazing in each case. Just choose proper style that shows your personality and you won’t have to worry that skull theme is not for you.
If you think about yourself as a contemporary witch, skull is perfect choice for tattoo. No matter if made as a part of the whole or as an individual piece of art, this theme will definitely add up some mystery to your image.
Minimalism became very trendy lately. Tiny little skulls will show ‘the other side’ of you, without weird looks and disgust that some people can show when they see really big tattoo. Making it tiny is a great way to find out how does it feel to have tattoo done and how bad it hurts. Just be careful, it’s addictive! Once you have one, sooner or later, you will go for more.
The best way to show your artistic soul and real beauty of skull is to get watercolor skull tattoo done. Alternative, classic and delicate at the same time.
40. Contrast matters
Contrast is not only about play of colors. You can use it with shades of grey and black, contrasting with your skin. Or add a hint of vivid, bright color to make your tattoo stand out.
When you feel inner warrior inside of you, it might be worth trying mixing it with universal skull theme.
42. Moths, clocks and dead flowers
Night butterflies, clocks and dead flowers symbolize death, passing of time, mystery. Mix all of them or choose one and put it next to your skull tattoo. It will get totally new character.
43. Think outside the box
Mix happy thoughts with sad ones to get a unconventional tattoo. Romantic skull will look a lot less scary when showed as a colorful, just married couple. Or why not to go for adult’s coloring book image?
44. From plain to color
Once you’ve done tattoo it doesn’t mean that it has to stay the same for ever. You can always start with plain, monochromatic skull and then add some color, if you want to. It’s your body, all in all!