10 Gruesome Severed Head Tattoos

The Severed Head, along with the Koi, Dragon, Snake, etc, is one of the most popular Japanese tattoos in history.
Also known as "Namakubi", these creepy beauties are most often misinterpreted as evil, but it can mean many things. Scroll along to learn more!
The meaning of the severed head depends upon the wearer.
Severed Head Tattoo
Severed Head Tattoo
The Namakubi means courage, fearlessness of Death, and the willingness to accept one's fate (like a warrior), with honor. (Tattoo by Gakkin, Tokyo)
Severed Head Tattoo
It can also mean to show others the punishment they get if they're not living righteous lives. Remember when death by severing the heads of thieves and criminals were done as punishment before?
Tattoo by Mark Nes
In Japanese tattoo meanings, it can also symbolize respect for the enemy.
Tattoo by Stewart Robson
No idea what to place on your butt? Make it not a butt of jokes by placing a badass severed head!
Tattoo by Chris Garver
Western tattoo styles have adopted this ancient Japanese Irezumi design and it looks great!
Unique style by Alexander Yanitski
Tattoo by Ben Ackerman
Severed Head tattoo
"IF YOU WOULD INDEED BEHOLD THE SPIRIT OF DEATH,

OPEN YOUR HEART WIDE UNTO THE BODY OF LIFE.
FOR LIFE & DEATH ARE ONE, EVEN AS THE RIVER & THE SEA ARE ONE."

-The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran