the world of bikers, skull rings and skull jewelry are commonplace, and
represent toughness, power, and rebellion. There are also used to reflect
aggression and strength than motorcycle riders are known for. This sense of
fashion can be traced back to ancient times. The symbolism of skulls have not
changed that much since skulls and bones were used for fashion purposes. For
instance, the Aztecs and ancient Egyptian people used the skull symbol to
represent the vicious cycle of death and rebirth. In ancient civilizations, death
was not related to suffering or sad inevitable end, but instead are a part of
the human experience. The gods controlled death and rebirth, and skulls were an
integral symbol to show their supreme power in controlling human destiny.
of years ago, actual bones were pierced through the skin and connected together
by smaller pieces of bones or metal to create exquisite jewelry items. In
ancient tribes, bigger skulls or bones represent higher position in the
ancient ceremonies that made use of skulls during the Aztec times carried over
at present, specifically during the famous Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos
or Day of the Dead. During this special holiday, Mexico and parts of the United
States with large Mexican population celebrate the Day of the Dead by creating
sugar skull candies, sweets, and accessories to name a few.
modern fashion culture, visages of the skull are adorned with wings- that which
symbolizes freedom in the sense of the release of the individual form the
physical body into a free spiritual being. Skulls with crossbones on the other
hand showcase danger, poison, and eternity. Skulls with butterfly wings denotes
positive growth and transformation. Skulls with snakes twirling around holes
mean immortality and knowledge of the netherworld. Lastly, skull with crosses
denotes the humble beginnings of mankind. A more feminine and modern skull
design is a skull with a rather colorful bow on top of the cranium- a design
that is becoming all the rage for those who want to exude both their feminine
and tough sides.
The Importance of the
Skulls in the World of Motorcycle Riders
The use of skulls
among riders is far from how it is being used in mainstream fashion. It’s a
symbol that is commonly used by motorcycle riders from bike design, clothing,
accessories, and jewelries. It does not depict intentions of dying or brining
death to others, but skulls denote power. Skulls are also common fashion
staples as evidenced by riders who prefer wearing skull rings and skull jewelry
whenever they ride on the open road.
So you may be asking,
if skulls are commonly associated with death and danger, how come motorcyclists
accessorize their bikes, jackets, and clothing with the skull symbol. Given
that every bikers objective is to ride safely, why does this seem to oppose
their sense of fashion? For instance, the company Harley Davidson is known for
their famous skull design trademark. Not only is the skull symbol seen in their
elegant and powerful models, but their merchandise including shirts, jackets,
leather pants, and even coffee cups are adorned with their trademark skull
motorcycle aims to drive safely whenever they are on the open road, it seems
rather ironic to use skulls in most of the fashion items they wear. It is
undeniably one of the more common and dominant symbols of motorcycling.
As mentioned earlier,
skulls as the choice of art in fashion has been around for thousands of years.
Not only were they used in ancient festivals, they can be seen in classic
paintings and artwork. Skulls are not only important elements in ancient tribal
ceremonies, but are now becoming a strong and solid fashion statement among
bikers. Gone are the days when the skull and crossbones have always been
synonymous to death, poison, and danger. Pillagers and pirates from the old
days also use the skull as their notorious symbol.
On the other hand,
bikers use the skulls in their clothing, accessories, and jewelry pieces so as
not to evoke fear, but to show their sense of dominance and power on the road.
Motorcycle riders, even those who do it on a daily basis, have one thing in
mind- to have some good item riding and exploring the roads and highways. As
motorcycles and big bikes cost a fortune, all bikers take the necessary
precaution when driving their prized possessions. In addition, the last thing
on their minds is to inflict harm on other people too. If this is the case,
then why do motorcyclists use the skulls as major fashion statement?
some of the reasons why!
also symbolizes immortality. Even if one succumbs to death, their skulls and
bones are parts of the body that retains its physical state- one that depicts a
biker’s human side.
skull symbol is a way bikers acknowledge their fate as mortals. As bikers ride
their motorcycles, they very well know that Death will always ride with them no
matter how safe one rides. Skull rings and skull jewelry items is a means by
which they showcase their openness of what lies ahead.
who accessorize with skull rings and skull bones is a visual way by which
bikers ward off certain groups of people. Displaying skull rings and skull
jewelries makes it easier for bikers with the same interests and keep the
undesirables at bay.
symbol showcased through rings, jewelry, and other accessories level the
playing field. Regardless of one’s stature in life, everybody will be facing
the inevitable- death.
wearing skull rings and skull jewelries showcase a biker’s commitment to ride
until death. It’s a symbol of passion among bikers who wish to ride, explore,
and have fun with their brothers on the open road.