Welcome to Tat Tues. This is the weekly Dead Deco segment where we review Day of the Dead related tattoos. Over the last few weeks, we have had several examples from the bad category such as Chris Brown‘s neck piece. Today, we wanted to show you an example from the good category.
This tattoo is simple, traditional and beautifully executed. The size and placement reflect a great commitment to this work of art. However, our favorite part of this piece was found in the comments section below it.
It is this sort of discussion by this tattoo owner and admirer that help to remind us that not every person wearing a sugar skull tattoo is without understanding of their significance. With the rising popularity of Day of the Dead imagery permeating tattoo shops around the world, it is hard to not become jaded. But, that is exactly what we lovers of Day of the Dead art must do. Just because this imagery is part of the mainstream now does not mean it is should make us resent those that embrace it in a different manner than we do.
For a deeper reflection on this, I suggest reading this article by Brad Warner entitled Dogen for Punks. He may not be writing specifically about the growth of Day of the Dead popularity, but his words will definitely help ease the frustration many of you feel every time you see another hipster wearing a sugar skull tattoo.
This message was received after this post was originally published:Woah! I think I actually just shed some (happy) tears. I am so honored that my art is featured on your site. My artist would be so happy to see it there. Is there any way you could add our names? If not, I understand, but if you can, my name is Lindsey Antonini and the artist is Keith Toledo. He doesn’t have a shop anymore, but the shop it was done at is called Pair-A-Dice in Baytown, Texas. I’d really appreciate that. Seriously, I am stunned that you chose to feature this. I’ve loved this tattoo for so long and it really makes my whole heart light up to know that others can admire it too. It really sucks that those who choose to get sugar skulls don’t understand their origin and intricate cultural background. It’s such a beautiful tradition. Every time I miss home, this tattoo brings me back. If there’s anything else I can do to help, please let me know! Again, thanks so much. You have filled me with such pride that I haven’t felt in a very long time.