Skull tattoos have been around longer than Twinkies, and it’s with good reason. Skulls represent a mysterious anomaly, and many have tatted the mark to represent the obvious – death – while others use it as a form of intimidation or a mark of positive nature.
Killer piece by Fernie Andrade
Now some of you may be wondering how a skull tattoo can represent something positive, and it’s easier to understand when you have a creative mind – and an explanation. You see, many people tattoo skulls on them to remind them about the fragility of life. It also serves as a reminder that every second we live, we die. With respect to that, it comes as a reminder to live life to its fullest and cherishes the time you have on earth.
Skull & Smoke by Andy Pho
So now that you know a little bit about more about skull tatts, it might make for an even more interesting piece and when you’re looking for a reference tattoo, always be aware that certain skulls can bring more depth and interest to your tattoo. Take for example, the skull pictured here, considered the oldest skull in the world, it’s a fascinating piece with a pretty mysterious history.
Skull tatts on the hands of DJ Ashba of Guns N Roses by Fernie Andrade.
A) Shows a full frontal view B) A detailed ectocranial shot of the trauma fractures C) A close-up look of the notch in T1 with a light microscope D) Another view of T1 and T2 from inside the skull and shows the large cortical delamination of the inner table (black arrows).
Pictured above is perhaps the oldest skull in the world. Here are a few facts about the skull:
Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma (that should be obvious)
Time of Death: 430,000 B.C., give or take a few thousand years.
This skull pictured here, was found first discovered in the Atapuerca Mountains. It was found in what became known as Sima de los Huesos, or “pit of the bones”. The bed of bones is said to home to thousands of skeletal fragments which they say belonged to at least 28 people.
The scientists that were excavating the site, found the first fragments in 1990 and it wasn’t till years later that they were able to reconstruct the skull. After many years, Sala and her colleagues painstakingly reconstructed the skull, revealing two holes poked through it. The skull belonged to a young adult of unknown sex and human species.