Skulls are enigmatic, mysterious, creepy, and beautiful; but it doesn’t have to be Halloween to use these visual images because they don’t have to be always scary—after all, we all have one. That is why they are used in many designs, ranging from prints, to architecture, and even tattoos.
To prove our point, we have collected some terrific skull vectors that can be used by any designer or artist. Together with Abstract Vectors from our website, let us make the world more beautiful by adding these vectors to your design projects.
Skull and Crossbones Vector
Skull and Wings Vector
Skull Tattoo Vector
Sugar Skull Vector
3D Skull Vector
What Does the Skull Symbolize
- It symbolizes life. In ancient times, the skull represents life which is the honoring of humanity in the flesh and the embodiment of consciousness. The human skull often has the greater visual appeal than any bone in the human skeleton that is why it is easy to be fascinated with them even as they repel.
- It symbolizes death. Probably the most used symbolism of the human skull is death. Because the human brain is attuned to see faces in a few dots and lines, it cannot separate the skull from a familiar human face. Thus, the now past life of the skull is being symbolized.
- It symbolizes melancholy. The skull was a symbol of melancholy in one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, particularly Hamlet. The title character was inspired to speak of a bitterness and despair as he recognizes the skull as an old friend.
- It symbolizes sex. A skull that is usually without the lower jawbone was an emblem worn by bawds, rakes, sexual adventurers, and prostitutes during the Elizabethan England. It is used to advertise their station and territory.
- It symbolizes vanity. It is depicted in the famous lithograph by C. Allan Gilbert where a girl is seated in front of her mirror and the picture transforms into an alternate image of the skull on the observer’s perspective.
If these representations are not what you are looking for, check out the Geometry Vectors on another article of this site and find out if it works for you.
Animal Skull Vector
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Simple Skull Vector
Music Skull Vector
Skull Silhouette Vector
What are the Other Uses of the Skull
In modern times, the skull is used in more ways than mentioned above according to culture and society.
- Fear or caution. The skull with crossbones is used to signify a poisonous substance as well as pirates in the sea. When they appear on a glass bottle, it means you are not supposed to drink or eat it.
- Transformation. Such as the appearance of the death card in a tarot reading, the skull means life after death, metamorphosis, or change—whether in life itself or other aspects of living.
- Nonconformity. When seen on flags, signs, or tattoos, the skull represents free-thinking, rebelliousness, toughness, courage in the face of danger and death.
- Decoration. As they are visually appealing, many people think they are cool, so a lot of fashion items and other design materials use them for decoration. Alexander McQueen once popularized the trend of stylized skulls.
Personally, I like using skulls as they are very appealing visually, and the use of skulls should not be seen as negative, as it invokes mindfulness of our own mortality and a humble reminder of our temporary existence in the physical world.
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