Another classic design is the tribal skull tattoo.
This type of skull image dates back to ancient times. The ritualistic tattooing by tribe members signified membership of the clan, and was a vital part of defining oneself within their culture.
Tribal skulls follow a dualistic pattern that is both simple and ornate, and can be identified by the thick black lines of elegant curves and sharp points. The bold brush strokes of the design make for an eye-catching image.
Layering skull tattoo images over or entwined with a strong tribal design is a great way to create a unique picture that will have people staring for all the right reasons. The skull body art can add symbolic meaning to an existing adornment, or change the meaning of a simple tribal design.
This design is not an adornment for the faint of heart—skull wearers have to live up to their ink! Location is a prime factor to consider when getting any tattoo, but the skull image can be especially difficult to place.
For men, a skull tattoo works well to play up your best feature, like a bulging bicep, a strong calf, a sinewy upper back, or a well toned forearm. Oh, and the bigger the skull image on a man, the better.
However, women can wear a big skull image just as well as a man can—if you’re going big, try a skull tattoo that covers the décolleté, the upper arm, or the whole of the back.
Tribal skull adornments for women work best when used subtly, such as a medium sized or smaller design in the ear, on the back of the neck, the foot, between the shoulder blades, the upper back, or the hip bone.