Thomas Hooper Day of the Dead Skull Tattoo 2
It’s a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) inspired skull. The holiday seems a bit morbid at first glance but it’s about celebrating life, not death, and the artwork I just find so damn beautiful—and it runs in the family. My grandmother is a Cuban bundle of energy with one of the most interesting life stories I’ve ever heard. Her outlook on life is inspirational and she’s one of the people I most respect most in the world. And the latin influence and passion for life runs through my family. When my cousin Alexei married Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs) a few years back they had a Day of the Dead themed wedding.
Day of the Dead artwork normally looks quite a bit more bright and Mexican, but I wanted one done in Thomas Hooper’s style, so I gave him complete free reign. It’s a mix between an anatomical drawing, a rocker’s tattoo, and a traditional Day of the Dead skull—or at least that’s what I like to think. Oh I suppose skulls are rather stereotypical, but that won’t make me love it any less.