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Skull Tattoo Designs

Updated January 2, 2018 878 votes 166 voters 11.5k views15 items

Skull tattoo designs are as varied as the people who get them. Some are elaborate, featuring realistic shading in the bones, teeth, and hollows, and others are more whimsical, like Day of the Dead sugar skull tattoo designs or cartoonish skeleton tattoos. This variety means every tattoo is as unique as the wearer and no two skull tattoos are exactly alike. Whether you're looking for something big and bold or a little more understated, check out this list of some popular skull tattoo designs to help you decide!

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  • 5. Skull Spider

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    3D shading can make objects stand out as if they are actually there. Who wouldn't want an adorable skull-spider crawling on your arm?
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  • 6. Ripping Through Skin

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    There is a class of tattoo that I like to call the "lurking beneath" design. This is a good example of that. Here you have a classic skull ripping through the skin in a star shaped pattern.
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  • 7. Hello Skully

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    Not even Japanese mascots can live forever.
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  • 8. Sugar Skull

    Photo: flickr / CC0
    By using the sugar skull design you can add color to your tattoo and make an otherwise grim skull lively and joyful.
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