Whether you are interested in getting a skull tattoo or you’re not quite sure how you got here, you came to the right place. These skulls are cool, edgy, creative, and unique. There are many articles out there featuring skull tattoos of various qualities, but these are definitely some of the best.
Even though skulls mainly signify death and danger, most people are attracted to them as tattoo designs simply due to their aesthetic appeal. Below we’ll explore a diverse collection of skull tattoo designs created by most talented tattoo artists from around the globe.
These diamond-shaped skull tattoos.
This guy here has some very interesting tats. But what stands out the most are the three skulls set inside diamond-shaped frames. The contrast of each skull seems to slowly dim from left to right. (Photo: Doctor Woo)
This abstract sketch style piece.
As you get further down the list you’ll start to notice a reoccurring trend. Sketch style skull tattoos. And for good reason. Sketch style tattoos are cool, edgy, and currently one of the trendiest new tattooing techniques. (Photo: Felipe Rodrigues Fe Rod)
This floral skull tattoo.
This is a design that has been recreated many times. While it’s tough to pin point who is responsible for the original, it’s always a pleasure to see different versions of it especially when brilliant artists like Joice Wang throw their hats in the ring. (Photo: Joice Wang)
If you’re in need of a large cover-up, then this is certainly one way to go. This deteriorated skull looks as if it was made of metal and still sitting in the red hot forge. (Photo: Jozsef Beres Jr.)
This opaque grey skull.
Looking for a realistic solid grey skull tattoo? Skull tattoos have come a long way since the days of the crude skull and cross bones design. Pirates around the world would definitely be a little jealous if you were rocking this beaut. (Photo: Chris Rigoni)
This sketchy rib cage design.
Another breathtaking sketch style skull design. Dino always manages to put a creative twist on whatever he does. These three skulls blocked together are complimented with geometric shapes and dotwork accents. (Photo: Dino Nemec)
This honeycomb skull design.
Here we have a black and grey ink skull segmented into a honeycomb design. The negative space lines are a nice touch that add to the continuity of the overall design. (Photo: Deborah Genchi)
This creative hand piece.
Well, this would be fun. (Photo: Ivy Saruzi)
This broken jaw.
Frank Carrilho is one of our favorite sketch style tattooists. He has perfected his own unique style that mixes overdrawn lines with dynamic dotwork shading. His work can be seen throughout this list. (Photo: Frank Carrilho)
This joker chest piece.
Low poly designs are Sven’s thing. And this is a perfect example. (Photo: Sven Rayen)
This electric watercolor skull.
A turquoise light radiates from the interior of this skull. The purple and orange colors go well with the turquoise and grey ink skull. (Photo: Felipe Rodrigues Fe Rod)
This black and grey ink calavera.
The calavera is a decorated edible skull made out of sugar created to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The skulls are traditional folk art from Mexico which often become the subject of tattoo art. (Photo: Elisabeth Markov)
This landscape skull.
You think you may be seeing a skull but it’s actually a cleverly drawn landscape. This one is pretty obvious, but just in case you can’t see it, the gondola is a mouth and the trees on the riverbank are the eyes and nose. (Photo: Balazs Bercsenyi)
This stylish watercolor skull.
Ya, the skull is cool, but what really stands out is the details that were put into the watercolor blotches. (Photo: Russell Van Schaick)
This sprawling chest piece.
If size was the goal, than this design would definitely take first prize. The large scale of things allowed for the artist to incorporate an eye-popping level of detail into the bone. (Photo: John Anderton)
This negative space skull.
A large forehead makes for a very ominous looking skull. (Photo: Matt Pettis)
This forearm piece.
Here we have a well-shaded skull that seems to almost appear out of no where. The lack of boundary lines gives the soft shading an extra boost. (Photo: Jason Butcher)
This floral skull.
This tattoo was featured before on one of our other lists but it was just too amazing so we thought we would bring it back for this list. (Photo: Dino Nemec)
This back piece.
Polish artist Victor Potugal always puts together the most detail driven tattoos. This large back piece is no exception. (Photo: Victor Portugal)
This botanical skull on thigh.
You could scour the dictionary for an entire lifetime and still be unable to find a word that accurately describes just how beautiful this tattoo is. (Photo: Sasha Masiuk)
This Greek warrior tat.
Here we have a Greek warrior statue fading out into skull with its mouth wide open. This is a great example of a technique which we seldom see. (Photo: Arlo DiCristina)
This skull, rose, and hourglass.
Another masterpiece by the talented Fredao Oliveira. (Photo: Fredao Oliveira)
This tiny geometric skull.
This sketched marker piece.
This colorful back shoulder piece.
An explosion of watercolor ink sets the background for this dotwork skull. (Photo: Nathan Fisher)
This cool Day of The Dead skull.
Another sugar skull tattoo with an abstract spin. (Photo: Georgia Grey)
This shoulder tat.
Perfect teeth. (Photo: Gara)
This hand tat.
This skull tattoo appears as if it was lite from above, Godfather style. (Photo: Den Yakovlev)
This plugged in skull.
Watercolor tattoos are everywhere now but Felipe’s unique watercolor style has him leading the pack. (Photo: Felipe Rodrigues Fe Rod)
This plaid skull.
The human skull is one of the oldest and most powerful symbols in the history of civilization. Although most people today associate the skull with danger, death, and evil, many cultures view it in a much different light. Here are just a few examples of the various symbolism of skulls.
As a good luck charm. Many gamblers wear a stick pin skull as a good luck charm while gambling. During the Day of the Dead, the skull is also displayed to bring good fortune for the following year as well as honor the dead.
To evoke fear and caution. Dangerous chemicals are often labeled with a skull and crossbones to signify poison and danger.
To symbolize the afterlife. Most notably represented on the Death card when reading Tarot.
These matching hand tats.
Two skulls, one red and one blue set against a black background. (Photo: Benjamin Laukis)
This black and grey ink back piece.
This sprawling back piece looks like an x-ray of two large roses and a skull. (Photo: Fren4i)
This laughing skull.
Another epic piece of ink from Fredao. (Photo: Fredao Oliveira)
St George and the Dragon.
St. George and the Dragon is a popular folk tale that can be traced all the way back to a Georgian text from the 11th century. Today the story is retold mostly in the form of children’s books where St. George slays the mighty dragon. This tattoo stays true to form with its engraved style that looks as if it might have accompanied the original text from the 11th century. (Photo: Sanghyuk Ko)
This DaVinci skull sketch.
Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical sketches were groundbreaking to say the least. Most of us tend to think of Da Vinci as a painter, which he was, but it may come as a surprise to you that only 15 paintings have been positively attributed to the great renaissance man. However, we do have thousands of pages of doodles which included his famous anatomical sketchs which were truly ahead of his time. (Photo: Doctor Woo)
This large floral skull on thigh.
Another beautiful floral skull, this time located on the thigh. (Photo: Antonio Proietti)
This skull with headdress.
The master of the dotwork tattoo strikes again. (Photo: Lawrence Edwards)
This money skull.
Here we have another Day of the Dead sugar skull complete with 100 dollar eyes. (Photo: Isaiah Negrete)
This sternum skull.
Watercolor and amazing. (Photo: Paolacurradoottat)
This heavy blackwork hand tat.
Deep cavities are illustrated with heavy blackwork fill. (Photo: Alex Bruz)
This circuit skull.
Because why not? Notice the heavy shading on the left side that really makes the piece. (Photo: Matt Pettis)
This textured skull.
This smooth skull.
This beautiful watercolor skull.
Simona’s watercolor style always manages to amaze us. This skull uses every color under the rainbow. (Photo: Simona Blanar)
This tiny floral skull.
Tiny white cherry blossoms decorate this skull. (Photo: Zihwa)
This optical illusion.
Art within art. (Photo: Dmitriy Samohin)
This epic back piece.
This tiny sternum tat.
This surreal skull.
This skull and hand.
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