The 13th tattoo I had done was the Skull and Snake on my left arm.
The tattoo was done on 27th November 2014 by Elliott at Mantra and took around two and a half hours to complete.
The image was drawn by Elliott based on a quick copy & paste job and consultation with him.
Skull tattoo meanings can vary greatly depending on the skull tattoo design and the beliefs of the wearer’s culture or religion. In Christianity, for example, skull tattoos often symbolize eternity, or the human remains that are left behind as the soul moves on. According to those who believe in Kabbalah teachings, the skull represents rebirth, which is a reason for celebration instead of sorrow, sadness and mourning. Along the same vein, death doesn’t always signify something negative; it can instead be a positive experience and remembering those who have passed away can be uplifting. In Mexico, for example, the skull is used as a symbol of a popular festival, during which the dead are honoured, revered and respected.
Other tattoo skull meanings have less religious connotations. The skull has long been a symbol of triumph and rebellion, for example, depicted most often in pirate flags flown in rebellion of governmental rule and authority. During times of war in the past, the heads or skulls of the victor’s enemies were sometimes piled up as a message to those who harboured thoughts of revenge, promising to deliver to them a fate similar to that of their fallen comrades.
As for “did it hurt?” The honest answer is yes. There will always be some pain with any tattoo and anyone who claims otherwise is lying. The level of pain, the severity and the discomfort varies from person to person, placement to placement and even down to how well you slept the night before or even what you ate the night before. In the case of this tattoo the discomfort level would be around about a 2 however it did begin bleed a lot during the final half an hour.