Day Of The Dead Tattoos
The man who is proud of his Mexican heritage will not think twice about having Day of the Dead tattoos added to the ink already present on his body. With so much imagery, it is easy to choose colorful depictions of various characters for personal use. Working together with a seasoned tattoo artist makes it possible to even combine some images into a larger body memorial.
- Queen of Mictlan. Also known as Mictecacihuatl, the depiction of this Aztec goddess is one of the more mythological-inspired Day of the Dead tattoos. Within the ancient pantheon, she was said to rule the underworld and afterlife. This depiction requires skill and historic knowledge, since the tattoo artist must render the likeness of a female skeleton with royal trappings. Better yet, consider two Day of the Dead tattoos with this theme: one of the queen and one of her husband, Mictlantecuhtli.
- Santa Muerte. Unlike the predefined rendering of Mictecacihuatl, Santa Muerte is one of the Day of the Dead tattoos that allows for a broad spectrum of personalization. In fact, part and parcel of the cult associated with the veneration of the skeletal saint is the art of making her one’s own. Discuss possible options with the tattoo artist ahead of time to ensure that his vision and yours actually match.
- Flor de Muertos. The Mexican marigold is a gorgeous flower that is associated with many of the celebrations surrounding the Day of the Dead. Tattoos should be colored yellow or orange. Combine these flowers with other imagery of the holiday for the best effect.
- Calavera. The most commonly seen Day of the Dead tattoos involve skulls. Whether they are meant to depict Santa Muerte, the Queen of Mictlan or any other spirit associated with the holiday, the artistic renderings are virtually without limit. Make sure that the tattoo artist understands the reason behind the tattoo; err here and stay mum, and the odds are good that your tattoo will look more pirate than Day of the Dead.
Combining the various images associated with the holiday offers a lot of opportunities for the body-art exploration of the various facets that this festival offers. Know ahead of time if you want to go for a larger image or keep it localized.