Sugar skull tattoos or a calavera in Mexican language, is a representation of the human skull. It is a popular figure in Mexico and is usually made of sugar (thus the name sugar skull) or clay especially on the Day of The Dead celebration, which is quite similar to our celebration of All Souls Day and Halloween. These sweet skulls are often given as gifts and and can be eaten. They are decorated in lovely colors and flowers to add more beauty to such grim figure in other cultures.
Unlike other cultures, the Mexicans and other related cultures celebrate The All Souls Day by decorating and spending time at the graves of the dead loved ones.
Sugar skulls are also popular tattoos. The skull is a symbol of human power and energy to the Aztecs. In this post, we have collected 38 beautiful sugar skull tattoos:
With no further ado…
38 Cool SUgar Skull Tattoos:
1. Sugar skull tattoo on wrist
This is a temporary tattoo in case you don’t notice, but it would also look great if you get it permanently. The size is cute and I love the tiny details despite its size.
2. Small sugar skull tattoo
This may look big, but it’s actually a small tattoo, judging from the 50 cent coin beside it, yet the detail and the white ink tattoo effect is great!
3. Back piece sugar skull tattoo
Here’s a simple back piece in black and grey ink tattoo. Not bad.
4. Nice sugar skull feet tattoo
I love this one. I actually prefer colorful sugar skull tattoos. It’s really nice to the eyes, especially done in traditional way.
5. Black ink sugar skull tattoo
You see, despite the absence of other colors, the sugar skull tattoo still looks great as long as you create beautiful patterns on it.
I love these couple’s tattoos.
7. Sugar skull tattoo
I love the placement and colors of this tattoo. Make me jealous and want to get one for myself. This picture looks great because of the heels she’s wearing and the tattoo near her ankle.
8. Cool Sugar Skull Tattoos
Don’t you just love everything on these tattoos?
9. Simple sugar skull tattoo
Although it is filled with curved lines, I find this sugar skull tattoo to be simple.
10. Arm tattoo
The eyes freaks me out a bit.
11. Sugar skull tattoos on both arms
This is an example of the traditional American tattoo design.
12. Sugar skull bicep tattoo
I just think that wherever you put the sugar skull tattoo, it would still look perfect!
13. Feminine sugar skull tattoo
This is one unique sugar skull tattoo since it’s got a head band and used daisies as the flower.
14. Full back sugar skull tattoo
15. Beautiful leg sugar skull tattoo
16. Sugar skull tattoo half sleeve
The pink background color made the tattoo look prettier than it already is.
17. Sugar skull
I like the hear shaped nose. I would appreciate this more if the face of the skull had more color.
18. Interesting bicep tattoo
Lovely isn’t it?
19.Black and Grey are beautiful
Another good placement idea for your sugar skull tattoo.
20. Sugar skull tattoo and other stuff
21. Sparrows and sugar skull
The sparrows in the skull’s eyes are really nice and the nautical star on the forehead.
22. Center back piece tattoo
The touch of blue ink is an eye candy for me.
23. Sugar skull wrist tattoo
For those who wanted smaller sugar skull tattoos, the wrist is a perfect placement. I wish this one had more color in it.
24. Sugar skull tattoos made of flowers
I think this is very lovely and beautiful. Something different from the usual sugar skull tattoos.
25. Water color effect
I’ve always loved anything with the water color effect art. Here’s another unique sugar skull tattoo for your inspiration.
26. Sugar skull and Russian doll
Who would’ve thought that a Russian doll and sugar skull tattoo combination would be such a great idea!
27. Owl and sugar skull tattoo in black and grey
I have see quite a lot of owl and sugar skull tattoo combinations lately, and they’re all pretty good and a great idea.
28. Broken sugar skull and flower
You don’t see this design everyday.
29. Male and female sugar skull tattoos
This thigh sugar skull tattoo looks really awaesome!
30. Day of the dead sugar skull tattoo
I like the fire effect on the crown. It’s like the virgin Mary on make up.
31. Black and grey tattoo
Diamond eyes and key hole on the forehead. For a second there, I thought those were G-clefs. Not bad idea, don’t you think?
32. Sugar skull chest tattoos
I love these sugar skull chest tattoos. The colors are richly attractive.
33. Sugar skull thigh tattoos
34. La Calavera Catrina
The vintage design of this tattoo is very effective.
35. Mustached sugar skull
I guess the mustache makes it look more Mexican. Agree?
36. Adorable skull tattoo
Who would’ve thought a realistic skull and daisies together would look so pretty?
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38. Interesting details
Sugar skull tattoos are beautiful and interesting, which is probably you see these tattoos a lot even in different countries. A skull may be a grim symbol to other cultures, but sugar skulls are actually representations of dead loved ones and are richly decorated to add more beauty and life. It also means that we must enjoy and live life to the fullest because we won’t be here forever.