The Coolest Skull Tattoos You’ll Ever See (50 PHOTOS)

Nothing mediocre about these.

This Greek warrior tat.

Greek warrior tattoo by Arlo DiCristina

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.

Skull, rose, and hourglass tattoo by Fredao Oliveira

Another masterpiece by the talented Fredao Oliveira. (Photo: Fredao Oliveira)

This tiny geometric skull.

Small geometric skull tattoo by Evan Tattoo

(Photo: Evan Tattoo)

This sketched marker piece.

Sketched marker skull by Frank Carrilho

(Photo: Frank Carrilho)

This colorful back shoulder piece.

Colorful skull tattoo on back shoulder by Nathan Fisher

An explosion of watercolor ink sets the background for this dotwork skull. (Photo: Nathan Fisher)

This cool Day of The Dead skull.

Day of The Dead skull tattoo by Georgia Grey

Another sugar skull tattoo with an abstract spin. (Photo: Georgia Grey)

This shoulder tat.

Skull on shoulder by Gara

Perfect teeth. (Photo: Gara)

This hand tat.

Skull tat on hand by Den Yakovlev

This skull tattoo appears as if it was lite from above, Godfather style. (Photo: Den Yakovlev)

This plugged in skull.

Plugged in skull tattoo by Felipe Rodrigues Fe Rod

Watercolor tattoos are everywhere now but Felipe’s unique watercolor style has him leading the pack. (Photo: Felipe Rodrigues Fe Rod)

This plaid skull.

Plaid skull tattoo by Sven Rayen

(Photo: Sven Rayen)

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.

Matching skull tattoos on hands by Benjamin Laukis

Two skulls, one red and one blue set against a black background. (Photo: Benjamin Laukis)