The candy skull tattoo is linked to life and death, which is often the meaning of the tattoo. Also called sugar skulls, candy skulls have a rich history as a symbol on Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead."
Many people that choose to get candy skull tattoos do so as a way to remember someone close to them that died. The reason they are called candy or sugar skulls is because the original skulls were made from sugar clay. They are brightly decorated with various types of candy and often include the name of someone who has died. As a tattoo, the style is similar, as a brightly colored skull as opposed to a traditional darker one.