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Beautifully Different Skull Tattoos by Phatt German

Beautifully Different Skull Tattoos by Phatt German
Tattoo Artists1 min Read

These aren't your ordinary, straight off the wall skull flash. German's skull tattoos remake the entire motif.

How many skull tattoos do you think a tattooer will ink in a lifetime? The answer is clearly infinite, which, ironically is also the number of infinity signs your average tattooer has to do, but we digress. In order to keep things fresh tattooers have to think outside of the box to create skull designs that will stand out from the crowd. With his work in the motif Phatt German didn't just go outside of the box, he smashed the fucking box to bits. 

Gotta get that bling. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls

Gotta get that bling. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls

There have been roughly a billion skull and crossbones tattoos. Add to that a few million more black and grey skulls missing a couple of teeth to show that they are weathered and you find yourself asking why you should care about skull tattoos at all. Then you take one look at the work that German is doing and it all makes sense. 

There is so much going on in this surreal masterpiece by Phatt German. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls
Filigree weaves its way through this skull. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls #filigree
Even Phatt German's tiny skulls are a marvel. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls
This skull is ready to party. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls

Some of German's most impressive skulls tend to walk the fine line between life and death. There is something captivating about a skull, the physical embodiment of death, staring at you with eyes still vibrant with life. Chilling doesn't even begin to describe the sensation. 

The contrast between the skull, the number and the moth makes this piece astounding. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls
German has such a keen eye for light source, clearly seen in the shadows of this skull. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls
An amazing skull and sunflower. (Via IG - phattgerman) #phattgerman #blackandgrey #realism #skulls

If you are looking to get a skull tattoo of your own from the uber-talented Phatt German you're going to need to head over to Cheltenham, UK. But before you make the trip we highly recommend you follow all of German's work on his Instagram. 

Charlie Connell
Written byCharlie Connell

Likes: writing, baseball, dumplings, American Traditional tattoos, punk rock. Dislikes: kale, things that look like kale and words that rhyme with kale. Managing Editor @tattoodo