Mexican tattoos are a huge part of the Mexican culture. They’re often fierce and bold, with imagery featuring skulls and death a popular part of the designs. The Aztec roots are often seen in these tatts, and they are evening gaining in popularity among a wider audience across the whole world.
Symbolism and Culture
Mexican tattoo designs are brash and bold. They pull predominantly on three points of inspiration, Aztec history, religion and the underworld. Death, skulls, smoke and ghouls play a big part in the sub culture of Mexican tattooing.
Mexican and Aztec tattoos are known for their grey and black shading. They incorporate a lot of smoke and snakes. Headdresses feature heavily in their design and iconic skull designs with ornate feather headdresses are common. As with many types of tattoo such as swallows, spider’s webs and scales of justice, Mexican tattoos have been adopted by prisoners and gang members as status tattoos.