What Is a Life and Death Tattoo?

Life and death tattoos are reflective of the importance of these two life events. These tattoos can vary in design and show "both sides of the coin." Usually the words "Life" and "Death" will be incorporated in the design.

The idea of life and death tattoos dates back to ancient times. Different tribes would use the body as a canvas to depict life and death. Color can play an important role in the design as well. Red is a popular color choice because it represents life and passion. Black is chosen to represent mourning and sadness. Many designs will pair symbols for life and death that differ greatly. An example of this may be a skull tattoo with red roses, signifying life, surrounding it.