Sugar skulls can be quite spooky. 1
With time, the imagery around the Day of the Dead has become much more festive than frightening, but you can always find a good artist to give your tattoo a theatrical twist.
Death is bound to be a common factor in these tattoos. 2
Although the Day of the Dead is supposed to be a celebration of the life and spirit of those who have passed on, you cannot escape the symbols of death itself when talking about this day.
Is there a better way to declare your undying love for someone? 3
We honestly don't think so.
The depictions of Catrina, the Dame of Death, are varied and very creative. 5
In this case, she almost looks to have been inspired by Che Guevara, with the cigar and the beret.
This is a beautiful blend of a realistic woman with the Day of the Dead aesthetics. 6
Not trying to be scary is also a very cool option. The colors in this tattoo are truly amazing.
They say time ruins everything, except death. 7
Talk about an abstract concept here. A gorgeus girl, sugar skull makeup, a clock crushing the girl and a stunning rose. Día de los Muertos really goes well with everything when it comes to inspiring tattoos.
Abstract designs involving time are quite a popular theme. 8
Because what is death but the ultimate end of time on this earth. It makes total sense to have these concepts mixed up on abstract designs inspired by the Day of the Dead.
There's nothing spookier than a beautiful girl in Day of the Dead make up. 9
The look in this version of Catrina is mesmerizing. Of course, you couldn't miss the rose by the shoulder.
You have to love tattoos that seem to live under your skin. 11
This one being Day of the Dead themed is specially scary.
A very sexy Catrina-styled woman makes an amazing tattoo. 12
This is still a work in progress, but you can tell the fine features of this woman will make a terribly seductive Day of the Dead inspired tat.
Silence must be kept during Day of the Dead. 13
Although it has become quite the celebration in and out of Mexico, respect for the dead must be shown by keeping silence. This tattoo does just that.
You must trust, but always be careful who you trust. 14
I love this one! Fide sed cui vide is a strong Latin saying, that reminds us to always be weary of whom we put our trust in. But when you mix it with the sugar skull of the Day of the Dead and that amazing design... you get this masterpiece!
Sexy women have always been quite the motif mixed with Day of the Dead. 15
Mixing a pinup girl with Day of the Dead decor results in a very interesting tattoo.
The artistry and options that go into decorating sugar skulls are truly endless. 16
This piece is simply marvelous. The detail of every single part of the skull, including the flowers around it, are delightful... and spooky at the same time.
Sensuality can be quite scary. 18
This piece blends the motifs of the Day of the Dead to perfection.
There's really no rule of thumb to choosing the right Catrina look. 19
And that's what makes Day of the Dead a great inspiration for tattoos. You can choose your own adventure and simply add the motif for stylistic purposes.
Some people even modernize Catrina as much as posible. 20
No one said Catrina could not have been a city-dwelling teenager, right?
Owls are a clear motif of Day of the Dead, but they are not all super scary. 21
This version is actually quite classical and blends a Catrina-styled woman perfectly with the design of the owl's body.
The peacefulness of the Dame of Death itself also resonates a lot with this celebration. 22
In the Day of the Dead we show our respect for those who have passed, but in doing so we elicit imagery of a sensual and very calm Dame of Death. This piece speaks volumes to that end.
Don't cry for me Catrina? 23
Something about this tattoo reminds me of Madonna signing her heart out in Buenos Aires' Presidential palace.
Sometimes a black and white scheme is really all you need. 25
Look at the detail on this piece. It is almost hypnotic.
Even though this tattoo is not fully finished, you can't help but admire the commitment to the Day of the Dead. 26
It's not only about the huge amount of real estate this tattoo will take, but also the intricacy of the design and how beautifully it depicts the most important aspects of the celebration. Slow clap for this one, for sure.
Albeit a little bit freaky, when you love the Day of the Dead aesthetics anything goes. 27
Painting a child with the sugar skull's makeup may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you are into it, who's to say you are wrong?
The beauty of some of these designs make the tattoos irresistible. 28
There's something mesmerizing about a beautiful girl, with long luscious hair, in full sugar skull make up and decorated with colorful flowers.
The Dame of Death can be quiet mischievous too. 29
This design is sexy and frightening all in one. Perfect if you are looking for a Day of the Dead-inspired tat to be your next work in ink.
There's always the option to straight up scare anyone who looks at your tattoo. 30
There's nothing sugary about this skull, and that makes it simply amazing to stare at.