The meaning of the tattoo images with a skull
The tattoo with the image of the skull spread in all over world since ancient time.
Respect for the human skull symbolizing death and the mysterious power is generally accepted.
Many of ancient nations believed that the skull saved the souls of their owners. That's why they treat them with reverence and faith that when mastering other human's skull they acquired his strength, intellect and other advantages. It was also believed that the spirits of the dead submitted to the keepers of their skulls and were able to scare away hostile and evil spirits.
But in despite of the seeming uniqueness of the image as a symbol of death, the interpretation of the sign of the skull rather diverse.
The symbolism of the skull has usually a negative and depression character, as a reminder of the inevitability of death. Also close in spirit the meaning of the skull: the destruction, hatred and danger. Also, the skull tattoo symbolizes belonging to black magic, or has an awesome sense.
But not always and everywhere the skull is a negative symbol. In some nations the tattoo with the skulls symbolizes the arrival changes (good or bad) in the lives of their owners. The American Indians consider the skull that a talisman against the death. The modern bikers and metalists borrowed this symbols from their, considering that the image of the skull is distinctive mark of death, that function to bring down her confused, scare off her, if she would think to come for someone.
In many cultures it is believed that death is not the end of life, it is only a transitional state between the different lives, the skull can also symbolize the life and the reincarnation (rebirth in another entity). There is an original holiday - the Day of the Dead in Mexico. The main attribute of this fun is the skull and skeleton, large and small, painted, carved, molded from different materials, but always funny. In these images-talismans are written the names of various relatives (living and deceased), loved ones and other dear people, charms which they are meant to be. These talismans protect dear people. This holiday shows the attitude to death as a natural process of transition to a new state after the physical life or as the global liberation, it is not fearful and not sad.
The tattoo with the image of the skull spread in the criminal world and it mean that her owner belongs to thief environment and he desires of power. If a felon has a tattoo with a pierced by a dagger skull, this mean an oath of vengeance law enforcement officials.
In modern civilized environment, a skull symbolizes:
- the truth;
- forgiveness, and sacrifice;
The attitude to the skull is purely individual: from fear and disgust to admiration and delight. That's why for everyone who wants to make a tattoo, it will symbolize what he wants, depending on their own perception of that image.
The tattoos with the skull done in a variety of styles and has the size from the minimum, that can be located in the auricle, to huge, that be located in full-back. But the most common of application of this tattoo are shoulder, back, between the shoulders or chest.