Decorating molded sugar in colorful and elaborate ways, and then placing it on alters built to memorialize the deceased members of the family is a tradition still honored in Mexican culture today.
What began as an inexpensive candy decoration, as part of a festival celebrating and remembering the dead, has gained a worldwide cult following in the tattoo industry.
The infinite number of ways these skulls can be decorated and personalized is what entices their appeal to tattoo aficionados and novices alike. Todays interpretations, while adorned with modern symbols and an evolved new school style, still have the same traditional feel as its predecessors. Check out this collection of 16 morbidly beautiful sugar skull tattoos.