Sugar skulls, also known as Calaveras, are edible representations of human skulls primarily used in Day of the Dead and All Souls Day celebrations. They’re usually stylized artistic representations of skulls that use all sorts of colorful designs and embellishments to give each skull its own unique look and flavor.
The history of sugar skulls go all the way back to the 17th century, when they were created primarily for children or as offerings for Dia de Muertos – which is Spanish for Day of the Dead. These skulls became so popular that they started being depicted in paintings and other works of art as a representation of rebirth or moving on to the next stage of life.
Today sugar skulls can be found all over the world, especially during the Day of the Dead celebrations that take place from October 31st to November 2nd. People are naturally drawn to the decorative and festive nature of sugar skulls, which is why they also serve as great tattoo design inspiration. As you can see in the gallery below, sugar skull tattoos aren’t limited in their appearance. Many people choose to get sugar skull tattoos of animal heads or couple their design with other imagery.
Take a look at the gallery below and maybe your next design could be, or at least include, a sugar skull too.
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