Whether you choose a tattoo for symbolic reasons or for aesthetic ones, Day of the Dead tattoos can be a very beautiful way to express yourself through ink. Before you decide on this tattoo style, you should know what Day Of The Dead is, its meaning, symbols and the traditions connected with it.

Day of the Dead (or Dia de Los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the deceased, the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Dia de Los Muertos is a joyous and sacred time, a time to welcome the souls of the dead; it is a celebration in which the living and the dead are joined if even for a short while. In some ways it is a triumph over death and therefore becomes a celebration of life.

Spirits coming down and walking among the living, sampling earthly treats and joining in the festival … it sounds like a merry version of our Halloween holiday. But instead of scary goblins and blood curdling shrieks, the people in Mexico welcome the spirits of their families with the delicious smell of food in the air, tasty candies decorated like skulls, and lighted candles to guide them home again. Gravestones are decorated and the whole family will gather in the graveyard to await and pay respects to the deceased.

With the help of a skilled tattoo artist, all these ideas and symbols that stand behind the Day of the Dead celebrations can be transposed on your skin. Whether you opt for color tattoo or a black and grey one, the aesthetic of a day of the dead tattoo is really beautiful.

Generally, people associate Day of the Dead tattoos with beautiful women with their faces painted as skulls. While this is probably the most well-known and currently popular expression of the Day of the Dead, it’s only one of many. In fact, Day of the Dead tattoos can come in any style from the classic American Traditional tattoos, to comic book styles or Chicano.

In the image gallery below you will find a small selection that we made with a few of our favorite Dia de los Muertos tattoos. If you want get one as a talisman of good luck or just for the way it looks, check it out and be inspired !