Skull and Crossbones Tattoos

Skull and Crossbones Tattoos
Skull and crossbones tattoos have had a fan following since the time tattoo art was first invented. However, now the number of lovers of this design has increased manifold. Here's a look into a little about these tattoos.
Skulls and crossbones are represented in a number of tattoo designs and it is certainly a very popular tattoo design among the tattoo aficionados. They are also known as 'Jolly Roger' tattoo designs. In most cultures, skulls and crossbones are associated with death and shortness of life that precedes death. These tattoos are not only famous among the men, but also among women. There are many meanings attached to skull and crossbones tattoos. The meanings may change in accordance with the skull which is used to make the tattoo. Since it is a universal symbol, it can easily be adapted to mean different things, from political to simply artistic design with aesthetic merit.
Meaning
Skull and crossbones tattoos were considered as a sign of rebellion; however, the symbolism behind the skull is often more positive than negative. This a favorite design in the pirate world. They used it to intimidate their victims. If you have to look at the international meaning associated with skulls and crossbones, it is of prison. It can also be used to symbolize poison and death, especially if it is used on a pirate flag. However, with the current romantic notion linked to pirates, the skull and crossbones tattoo is increasingly becoming popular and less frightening.
Designs
You can choose to have skull, crossbones and flame tattoo. It is one of the coolest designs which you can sport. However, you will have to make sure the design is made properly. If you like decorated tattoos, then you have the option of getting a decorated skull and crossbones. This is very popular among girls and women of all ages. For the decoration, there are a number of options like colorful flowers or different patterns. If you have to ask me, I would opt for abstract patterns. These tattoo designs are often made in loving memory of loved ones.
In choosing your skull design, you can opt for animal skulls as well. It will make for a unique and interesting design. Among animal skulls, bull or deer skulls are very popular among tattoo lovers. In case you want a macabre looking tattoo, you can opt for a skull and crossbones tattoo along with a scythe. It will stand for the Grim Reaper. Although, the grim reaper is known as the harvester of human souls, they are said to be neutral between the good and the bad. The other option is to combine the skull and crossbones with a guitar. It will make a humorous tattoo and will be able to tickle a funny bone.
Among the other designs which are hugely popular are tribal tattoo designs. These tattoos are often made in black. So if you want a tattoo in single color, you know what to choose. Even in the skulls there are a number of options which you can choose from (demonic skulls for example) which can be used for the tattoo design.
Skull and crossbones tattoos were initially said to be the domain of bikers and low-lifes. However, the trend has changed a lot now, as we have celebrities, sportsmen, musicians as well as the common man, sporting these tattoos with pride. There is no age or gender bar either, and these tattoos are visible on men as well as women.