It is not really an old school tattoo, but the tattoo of the Mexican skull, with its bright colors, can be considered a modern classic. Find out what it means!
When you think of tattooing a skull, are the meanings that come to your mind macabre and scary? If you are imagining the Mexican skull tattoo as a bleak symbol, you are definitely on the wrong track! Calavera (which in Italian translates as skull, skull) in the Mexican tradition is anything but a symbol of death, indeed it is a lucky charm. Let’s find out what the tattoo of the Mexican skull means and what its particular characteristics are.
The meaning of the calavera skull
In the Mexican tradition, the sugar skulls are the protagonists of the processions of the night of October 31 and have the function of paying homage to their deceased loved ones. During that night in fact the tradition wants that the dead can return to the earth and just the bond with loved ones that are no longer there, and the affection that is felt for them despite the death, is one of the many meanings of the tattoo of the skull calavera.
The spirits of the ancestors, moreover, are considered able to drive away the evil to protect and watch over those who are still alive, so much so that the skull was also painted near the doors of the houses just as a warning against the bad guys.
From the reworking of these meanings of the Mexican skull, over time, a tattoo has come to symbolize protection but also intimidation towards one’s enemies and connection with one’s dead.
As a tattoo, the traditional Mexican skull is often represented along with marigold flowers, a symbol of life, or surrounded by roses, almost a contrast between death and life force. Similarly to all the other tattoos, however, also calavera can be associated with designs that are not typical of the culture in which it was born but which can equally be interesting.
For example, the skull, which representing the head is often used to symbolize intelligence and rationality, can be drawn with an owl, a symbol in many cultures of wisdom and wisdom.
Ultimately, although not properly an old school tattoo, the calavera skull can rightfully claim a place among the new tattoo classics.
The peculiarities of the Mexican skull
Considering its history and its tradition, the tattoo of the Mexican skull is never a simple black and white tattoo, it is indeed always colored precisely because it does not have a bleak meaning, but rather tells of a relationship with the afterlife made of confidence and almost of joy.
Colors like orange, yellow, blue and green can symbolize that death may not be the terrible thing one believes and that the bond with those who are still alive is not broken, but continues. And for this reason even a tattoo of a small Mexican skull can be customized in many ways: combining it with a lit candle in memory of a person who is no longer present or approached the name of the deceased.
Why choose a tattoo with a Mexican skull
From what has just been said it is clear that the tattoo of the skull is not only suitable as a tattoo for men and because it also appeals to the female audience.
The area of the body perfect for tattooing a calavera skull, therefore, will depend exclusively on personal tastes: a woman might prefer to have this colorful lucky charm on her thigh or leg, perhaps at ankle height, while men could choose the arm, forearm or calf.