10 Cool & Spooky Shrunken Head Tattoos

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Let's learn more about this bizarre & creepy custom as we check out these 10 Cool & Spooky Shrunken Head Tattoos.

10 Cool and Spooky Shrunken Head Tattoos
10 Cool and Spooky Shrunken Head Tattoos

Check out these shrunken heads in the permanent collection of "Ye Olde Curiosity Shop" on Seattle, Washington (USA).

shrunken head by jake X
shrunken head by jake X

It was The Jivaro Tribes of South America who came up with this eccentric custom. They would keep the heads of fallen enemies, remove the skin whole, and shrink it to the size of a fist! Bold Blackwork tattoo by Jake X

shrunken head
shrunken head

The process of creating a shrunken head begins with removing the skull from the head. The skin is removed by rubbing it down with charcoal ash. Embellishments such as beads and other kinds of adornments may be added.

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An incision is made on the back of the neck and all the skin and flesh is removed from the cranium. Red seeds are placed underneath the eyelids and the eyelids are sewn shut.

Tattoo done at Black Sheep Tattoo studio

Shrunken head tattoo 7
Shrunken head tattoo 7

Fat is extracted from the flesh of the head. The head is then stuffed with wood and/or other shapes to keep its form.

The flesh is boiled in water containing some herbs and then dried with sand & hot rocks while molding to retain its features.

Tattoo Artist: Orrin Hurley

Horror & Macabre fans would surely love this as a tattoo as it can be customized & decorated to your own unique taste!

Poppy colors work well too!

Tattoo Artist: Tim Victim



Hi! My name’`s Minnie, writer & Tattooer at Good Hand Tattoo Philippines. We specialize in creating All-original and Custom-designed Traditional tattoos. Please show your support by following our page on Facebook :-)


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