The sugar skull girl tattoos have grown quite popular. While we have a number in this post, we also wanted to provide some background on where the sugar skull face-painting originated and how it is traditionally used.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrated in Mexico (and other places around the world) starting October 31st and carrying through November 2nd. Calaveras (skulls), in Aztec culture, represented death and rebirth. Aztecs believed that death was a positive thing: a person was on their way to a higher level of consciousness. Life on earth was more of an illusion to the Aztecs.
The skull masks have grown as a custom to many cultures and represent the ability for humans to get in touch with their darker, more chaotic side. The skull face-painting is to eliminate the fear of death and for a night, create mischief that is not permitted other times of the year.
Cempazúchitl (marigolds) are considered the flower of the dead. Cempazúchitl belonged to the Aztec God of the Dead, Mictantecuhtli. They’re incorporated in many of the face-painting and sugar skull designs because they’re believed the scent of Cempazúchitl helped guide the dead to them.
Everyone gets tattoos for their own reasons… Doesn’t have to mean anything. We just felt it important to talk a little bit about it’s origin and the deep meaning it carries for others around the world as many cultures have variations of the holiday.
If you’re going to get a sugar skull girl tattoo… Make sure you get it from the Perfect Artist! As you see in this post… These are all examples of stellar tattoo work.