96 Day of the Dead Tattoos (Dia de Los Muertos)

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We all know how Halloween is celebrated – with costumes, candies and horror movies, right? What about All Souls’ Day? To remember the dead, many cultures prepare meals for dead relatives and loved ones, light candles or cheap flowers on the graves. But the Mexicans go a leap further: they celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) in an unmatched explosion of colors and festivities to honor and celebrate not only death but surprisingly, also life.

One of the significant elements of the celebration is the Day of the Dead Tattoos, featuring skulls and skeletons in vibrant colors. Some people find skeleton and skull tattoos repulsive because they do not understand the profound meaning attached to them. In ancient cultures, skeletons are revered and treated with respect since they are imprints of the person’s existence in this world. Skeletons are also reminders that everyone is equal in the end.

Day of the Dead Tattoos come in many forms and designs. Each pattern has its unique meaning. Flowers around the eyes, for example, signifies life, while a sugar skull with lit candles implies reminiscence.

Here are the most popular 96 Day of the Dead Tattoos designs, most of them centered on the Lady of the Dead or La Calavera Catrina.

Lady of the Dead with a Skull Tattoo

This features the goddess, Lady of the Dead with a skull, a stunning w/ a touch of horror tattoo and a fixed gaze, done in red hues, black and white.

1.  La Calavera Catrina

La Calavera Catrina

2. The Dreadful Sight

The dreadful sight

3. Sexy Cleavage

Sexy Cleavage

4. La Catrina Mais

La Catrina Mais

5. Catrina with Skull

Catrina with skull

6. The Beloved

The beloved

7. Die with Memories not Dreams

Die with memories not dreams

8. The Eternal Kiss 

The eternal kiss

9. Eternal Love

Eternal love

10. Catrina with Skull Rose

Catrina with skull rose

11. La Catrina Holding Skull

La Catrina holding skull

 Lady and the Sombrero Tattoo

This tattoo features the Lady of the Dead in a playful mood, wearing a traditional Mexican Sombrero hat.

12. La Señora

La Señora

In the Presence of the Goddess Tattoo

– This particular tattoo treats death as a positive thing, leading to rebirth.

13. The Rebirth

Bloodcurling day of the dead tattoo

14. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

15. The Proud

The Proud

16. Trash Polka

Trash Polka

17. Vicious

vicious

18. The Fairy Godmother

fairy godmother

19. The Bride

The bride

20. The Agony

The agony
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21. Stunning Beauty

Stunning beauty

22. Skeleton Bride

Skeleton Bride

23. Silent Killer

Silent killer day of the dead tattoo

24. Side Day of the Dead Tattoo

Side tattoo
By Karl Stevens

25. Dirty Shmoney

Shmoney

26. Sensuality

Sensuality

27. Seductive Look

Seductive

28. Santa Muerte Tatuagem

day of the dead tattoo

29. Rosalinda

Day of the dead tattoo

30. Rosario

Rosario

31. Red Riding Hood

Day of the dead tattoo

32. Naughty

Naughty

33. Ravishing Look

Ravishing look

34. Provocative

Provocative

35. Muerte Girl

Muerte girl

36. Marilyn Monroe

days of the dead tattoo

37. Mandala

Mandala

38. La Catrina

La Catrina

39. Japanese Princess

Japanese Princess day of the dead tattoo

40. Inhibited

Inhibited

41. Timeless Beauty

Timeless beauty

42. Hot Stuff

hot stuff

43.  Horrifying Half Skeleton Catrina

Horrifying half skeleton Catrina

44. Hoping He’d Come

hoping he'd come

45. Mysterious

day of the dead tattoo

46. Half Sleeve Day of the Dead Tattoo

half sleeve

47. Half Dead

half dead

48. Gothic Bride

Gothic Bride

49. Goth

Goth

50. Gloomy

day of the dead tattoo

51. Glamorous

Glamorous

52. Floral Sugar Skulls

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53. Fierce Look

Fierce look

54. Erotic

Erotic

55. Dirty Looks

Dirty looks

56. Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos day of the dead tattoos

57. Determined to Take You Down

Determined

58. Day of the Dead Nun Tattoo

Days of the dead Nun

59. Day of the dead Full Sleeve Tattoo

Day of the dead full sleeve tattoo

60. Green Eyed Girl

Green Eyed Girl Day of the Dead Tattoo

61. Gangsta Santa Muerte Girl

Gangsta Santa muerte girl day of the dead tattoo

62. Chill and Fiery

Cool and fiery

63. Chinese Princess

Chinese Princess

64. Chicano Chicana Estilo Los Muertos

Chicano Chicana Estilo Los Muertos days of the dead tattoo

65. Bloody Nurse

BLoody Nurse

66. Bloody

Bloody

67. Bewitching

Bewitching

68. Beauty in the eyes of the beholder

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder days of the dead tattoo

69. Beauty

Beauty days of the dead tattoo

70. Can’t Hide From Me

Can't hide from me day of the dead tattoo

71. Back and Side Day of the Dead Tattoo

Back and Side days of the dead Tattoo

72. Armoured Face

Armoured Face day of the dead tattoo

73. Anime Day of the Dead Tattoo

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74. Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

 Day of the Dead Lovers Tattoo

This tattoo is done on lovers as a token of their love and commitment towards each other. Each of the lovers gets a skeleton featured on their forearms which would seem to lock into an embrace when the couple stands close together.

75. Catrina

Catrina days of the dead tattoo

 The Day of the Dead Mariachi Tattoo

This features the skeleton of a dead mariachi playing his guitar, symbolizing that existence and joy does not end with death.

76. Mariachi

Mariachi day of the dead tattoo

77. Music Never Dies

Music Never dies day of the dead tattoo

78. Mariachi Skull

Mariachi Skull

79. Mariachi in the Desert

Mariachi in the Desert

80. Super Fun Mariachi

Super Fun Mariachi day of the dead tattoo
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81. Dead Mariachi

Dead Mariachi

82. Romantico

Romantico
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83. Psyched

Psyched
Photo credit: Jeremylifseytattoo.com

84. Plurabella Skull Skeleton Day

Plurabella Skull Skeleton 172 Day of the dead tattoo
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85. Romantic Mariachi

Romantic Mariachi Day of the dead tattoo
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86. Guitar and Roses

Guitar and Roses Day of the dead tattoo
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87. A Song For You

A song for you day of the dead tattoo
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87. Mariachi Thigh Tattoo

Mariachi thigh day of the dead tattoo
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88. Melodic Mariachi

Melodic Mariachi day of the dead tattoo
Photo credit: Loudmeyell.com

89. Mariachi with Sombrero

Mariachi with Sumbrero day of the dead tattoo
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Painted Skull of the Dead

This particular tattoo presents a happy picture of death, depicting a wide array of vibrant colors.

90. Badass Sugar Skull

Badass Sugar Skull day of the dead tattoo
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91. Sugar Skull and Roses

Sugar Skull and Roses
Photo credit: Tattoo-journal.com

92. Calavera

Calavera day of the dead tattoo
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93. Calavera Girl Version

Calavera girl version day of the dead tattoo
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94. Skull Heads

Skull Heads days of the dead tattoo

95. Sugar Skull Hand Tattoo

Sugar Skull Hand days of the dead tattoo
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96. De Los Muertos Skull

De Los Muertos Skull
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Whether you sport a Day of the Dead Tattoo for symbolic or aesthetic reasons, it would be nice to understand its meaning, symbolism and the traditions connected with it. In many ways, this practice’s deep significance can be summarized as a celebration of life and triumph over death.

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