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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One tattoo design that you may want to consider is the sugar skull tattoo. Sugar skull tattoos are not a mainstream tattoo, but they do have a popularity. Sugar skulls are a proud symbol of the Mexican culture. Sugar skull tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different ways and are very colorful. Just like most tattoos, the sugar skull tattoo can represent a variety of different meanings. Sugar skull tattoos can be designed in several different sizes. However, due to the detail work in this tattoo, they are commonly designed as a larger sized tattoo.

In this article, we will discuss sugar skull tattoos and sugar skull tattoo designs. We will also review sugar skull tattoo meanings and you will have an opportunity to view a variety of different sugar skull tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.


One popular tattoo that men and women may want to choose is the sugar skull tattoo. Sugar skulls are created too celebrate the Day of the Dead. This Mexican holiday is celebrated on November 1st and November 2nd. It is believed that Heaven opens and the departed are allowed to visit their families. The Day of the Dead is also celebrated in Spain, South America, Italy, and the Philippines.

The sugar skull tattoo represents anyone that has passed away. Traditionally, sugar skulls were created to honor our lost loved ones that have died. Their name was written on the forehead of the sugar skull. They were then placed inside the home or at the grave too honor their return.



The sugar skull tattoo does hold a high level of symbolic importance to the men and women that wear this tattoo. Although the sugar skull tattoo represents death, it represents death in a positive manner. Remember though, in the end, your sugar skull tattoo represents what you want it too. Below, you can find the meanings behind the sugar skull tattoo.

  • Death
  • Return
  • Remembrance
  • Spirituality


When it comes to sugar skull tattoo designs, the limits are endless. Sugar skull tattoo designs are very versatile and often include symbols of one's personality within the tattoo design. Sugar skull tattoo designs can be decorated in a variety of different ways. Sugar skull tattoo designs can be decorated with a host of different flowers, from roses too orchids.

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The flower that is most used for sugar skulls is the marigold. The marigold is said to be the "flower of the dead." This may be a flower that you want too consider if your trying to keep your sugar skull tattoo traditional. One great thing about the sugar skull tattoo is the fact that nearly any color combination can be used. Sugar skull tattoo designs are very colorful, just as they are in real life.

Sugar skull tattoo designs are typically designed with an oval shaped skull, possibly stated as a cartooned shape skull. However, sugar skull tattoos can also portray a realistic skull. Women typically stray toward the oval shaped sugar skull tattoo while men lean more to the realistic approach. One of the more striking features of the sugar skull is the eyes. Sugar skull tattoo designs can portray the eyes in several different ways. Some sugar skull tattoo designs may portray the eyes as flowers, jewels, or diamonds. Others may include candles within the eye sockets of the sugar skull.

Sugar skull tattoo designs often include art and a host of related symbols. If you are considering a sugar skull tattoo design, be aware that you can include any symbol or element that you wish. Some symbols that you may find appropriate to add to your sugar skull tattoo design may include hearts, stars, cross, flowers, birds, vines, or

Make sure that you take the time to view all the different sugar skull tattoo designs in this article. This will give you a general idea of what sugar skull tattoo designs look like. Plus, you can pick up tips and ideas for your own sugar skull tattoo design.


There are a few things that you want to consider before you get your sugar skull tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you are completely aware of what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo represents something different from what you first thought.

Don't rush to get tattooed! Men and women that rush to get inked are more likely too regret their tattoo later on down the road. Don't make this same mistake. If you are not completely sure or your having second thoughts, wait to get inked. Remember, you are planning to sport this for the rest of your life. You don't want to have too go through the process of having a tattoo removed or covered up.

Sugar skulls are a unique tattoo and a very versatile tattoo. This is the type of tattoo that you rarely see copies of. The sugar skull tattoo also offers room for you too add your own personality and style to the design. If you believe that the sugar skull tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links set below. As always, thanks for your visit.


cautious on October 06, 2016:

I would look into the meaning more deeply before accepting what you have read. That is the surface story, but there is something deeper here and I'm not sure it is necessarily good.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 11, 2013:

Simone, thanks for the comment. The sugar skull tattoo is based on sugar skulls that are created for the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday. The celebration occurs November 1st-2nd. This is a special day for all Mexicans as they remember those who they have lost. You can get a custom tattoo as you want. I don't where you live, but you should consider researching tattoo artist that live in your area and make sure you go to a professional Simone. Tattoo artist can convert your image or design into a sugar skull tattoo if that is what you want. I would go to a tattoo artist that has an artistic background, one that is good with line work. You can tell them what your looking for and the artist will be able to make a sketch of the tattoo that you want. Hope this helps. If you have any additional questions, feel free to let us know. Tell us where your located and we'll find you a professional tattoo artist in your location.

Simone on September 10, 2013:

Hello, I've seen very well informed on the subject.

I would like to ask you a question: could you tell me the meaning of any symbol in a skullcandy tattoo?

I would like to get a tattoo, and I would like to customize with picture that have a real meaning for me. I would like that is not equal to many other photos stored in the internet.

Sorry for my bad english: P



Leigh Bresnahan on April 22, 2013:

Thinking of getting a huge Shoulder Piece Sugar Skull for my Dad, Im not a religious guy but the meening behind the suger skull is really Nice.

Catherine Taylor from Canada on March 18, 2013:

Beautiful pics thelyricwriter. I would definitely consider getting one of these tattooed on me one day in memory of a loved one who has passed. Your info on their meaning was most helpful. Another stellar tattoo hub.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 30, 2012:

May I redundantly say wow again and again? I thought these would be gross but they are just lovely.

Sueswan on November 24, 2012:

Hi Lyric,

Very interesting but I would not choose to remember a loved one with a Sugar Skull tattoo. Too busy and creepy looking for me.

Voted up and interesting.

Happy Belated Anniversary to you and your wife, my friend. I don't remember the date but your wife and you were married on Thanksgiving day, right?

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 16, 2012:

I haven't seen these before. Vivid colors..Voted up..

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 16, 2012:

These are relatively common here in Southern California among the Latino community. I imagine those unfamiliar with day of the dead traditions think it's creepy. I can only think of those yummy sweets when I see the tattoo. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 16, 2012:

Voted up and awesome. These are really colorful and intriguing.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on November 15, 2012:

Awesome and very cool and colorful tattoos, well done !

Vote up and more !!!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 15, 2012:

What a powerful and beautiful meaning behind these skulls representations. This was a stellar hub with interesting background to the designs.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on November 15, 2012:

I have also never heard about these tattoos. This is a very interesting hub.

Voted up.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 15, 2012:

you have introduced me to so many different tats my friend.. I can open up a tat store and know what Im talking about bless you bro...:)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 14, 2012:

Never heard of them, but they are very interesting and quite cool! Love this one my friend. Good work!

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