Mexican Skull Tattoo

6/6/12 – Tattoo Design

The other day, a classmate sent me a photograph through Face book, which displays a very artistic tattoo design.  The image replicates the skulls from the Day of the Dead through the use of colour, shape and texture. The tattoo features a very interesting design, which features a large blue skull that compliments with the red-eye sockets, the teeth and the yellow swirls.

A couple of days ago, a friend of a friend had asked why the Mexican sugar skulls were so popular. The friend had explained that the Mexican sugar skulls have become a very popular tattoo design, which have been appropriated across different styles or representations. The friend also believed that it was unacceptable for others to get a tattoo of a Mexican sugar skull without recognising its cultural or the spiritual associations with the Day of the Dead.

Is it appropriate for people to get a tattoo of a Mexican sugar skull without any insight into its cultural significance? This is quite a difficult question to answer and perhaps the Mexican sugar skulls have become a popular trend or style within the consumer culture.

Carmichael, Elizabeth, and Chloe Sayar. The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico.  Texas: Texas Press Printing, 2003.

Foltlyn, Jacque Lynn. “To Die For: Skull Style and Corpse Chic in Fashion, Imagery and Branding.” Scan Journal 7 (2010)

Image from,  http://fyeahtattoos.com/post/24529821329


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