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.

 

Realistic Day of the Dead giri tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Dmitriy Samohin

 

Realistic black & grey Day of the Dead tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Martin Binczewski

 

Realistic Day of the Dead girl tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Alex de Pase

 

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.

 

Realistic Day of the Dead girl tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Karl Berringer

 

Black & grey Day of the Dead girl tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Pavel Krim

 

Realistic Day of the Dead tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Todo Brennan

 

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.

 

Neo-traditional Day of the Dead girl tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Drew Shallis, STR Body Modification

 

Realistic Day of the Dead girl tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Liz Cook

 

Day of the Dead girl tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Tom Muron

 

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.

 

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Tattoo Artist: Shawn Will

 

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Tattoo Artist: Liz Cook

 

Neo-traditional Day of the Dead girl tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Nick Hartung