This design and its symbolic meaning have evolved over the years. Following are some interpretations.
What does the grim reaper convey to you? It is not associated with Satan as some believe, nor does it represent simple death. These hooded skull tattoo designs are a reminder from medieval times that life is infinite and it suggests that there is life after death.
Skull And Crossbones
This design is known universally as the sign for poison and is seen on household cleaners and other substances. The image is white placed upon a black flag. This design has other meanings as well, depending on the views of its recipient.
Men choose it for its representation of masculinity and the stigma surrounding it, while others choose this design to mean change, such as those recovering from addictions who wish to remind themselves of where they have been and the changes they have undergone in life.
Bull And Dear
These skull tattoo designs are often associated with western areas or tribal art. An avid hunter may choose a dear and a set of trophy horns to display. A bull skull is often displayed in a dessert scene along with predatory birds such as the vulture. Add a few cactus and one is reminded of our beautiful state Arizona.
This type of design is used as a memoriam to honor a loved one who has passed on. A name is engraved and the colors are richly blended together. It can also be construed as a symbol of life. Often you will see flowers in the mix with a sugar skull design.
Birds, snakes and insects can be integrated to offer a story line to the design. The phases of life and nature can be seen in some full back tattoos. The skull is the center piece with other depictions surrounding it.
Skull design tattoos can be richly ornate or simplistic. They can be dramatic or cartoon-like, small or large. There endless possibilities that are only limited by the imagination. Their true meaning lies with the one who wears them. The rest of the world is free to offer its own interpretation.. Part of the beauty of body art is the canvas itself.