Mexican sugar skull tattoo.
Tattoos can come in all kinds of shapes and forms. Each of the different styles used says a message, and in a way that tells something about the owner of the said skin art. Over the course of history, one of the enduring tattoo designs is the skull. It’s not uncommon nowadays to have fully customized inked versions of the skull at particular parts of the body. Some may view it as strictly for show. But often times, there’s a reason why people have it inked that way. Just like any other tattoo, what it really means sometimes can only be answered by the person who got it done. Being tattooed with a skull nowadays can take on a completely different meaning altogether. It all depends on the person being inked on how he/she sees the art form going to his/her flesh.
Mexican sugar skull tattoos are very popular as body art designs. Tattoos of sugar skulls can be designed for the individual and contain decorative symbols that have meaning for the tattoo owner.
Sugar skulls were used in Mexico to commemorate a departed loved one. A skull would be made from sugar and candy and the deceased person’s name would be written on the skull. The skulls are decorated with bright colors and intricate designs to celebrate the return of that person’s spirit to the world. The designs on sugar skulls are a symbolic celebration of the life of a deceased person and the return of their spirit to the world of the living. The confectionery designs on sugar skulls are also created to delight the returning spirit. Often the skull will have a smiling face painted onto it, following the artistic traditions of South American folk art. The eye sockets of sugar skulls sometimes contain jewels or candy flowers.
The meaning of a sugar skull tattoo is dependent on the person wearing the tattoo. Some people choose a sugar skull design for a tattoo because they would like to commemorate a deceased loved one. Other people simply like the image of a decorated skull. For many people, the combination of death and beauty creates contrasting symbolism that is both fascinating and alluring.