There much more depth to the meaning of the skull tattoo designs than what you glean at first glance – much more than just fear, danger and death. In fact, it was never conceived as a symbol for any of those negatives. Originally, it was intended as a symbol of ‘great change’. By looking at how ancient cultures viewed the skull, we are able to learn of its association to great changes and we can deduce that the connection with death came out of fact that death is the most significant change in the human condition.
Unfortunately today, the bulk of pop cultural consensus sees the skull only in its connection to death and danger. As such, many conservative type people detest the skull imagery because of their misperceptions about it. Perhaps, if they were enlightened as to the subtleties of meaning, they may come to appreciate the depth of the symbol.
Once you’ve decided on getting a skull tattoo, you need to choose from an assortment of styles that have developed over the long history of our fascination with skulls. The genres range from the historical Jolly Roger (the pirate flag with the skull and cross bones) to the futuristic cyborg skull (a la Terminator). It’s a matter of your taste as to which of the many options you prefer.
Before you adorn your body with any particular design, no matter how fantastic, take the time to research all the meanings it might symbolize, so that you can be sure the tattoo is truly an expression of your views.