Santa Muerte tattoos are extremely popular among the Mexican people. Nowadays this design also appear all over the world.
Santa Muerte, is a cult image, female deity, and folk saint in Mexican neo-paganism and folk Catholicism. This personification of death is associated with healing, protection, financial wellbeing. Moreover, she provides a path to the afterlife. Despite condemnation by leaders of the Catholic Church her following has become increasingly prominent since the turn of the 21st century.
She has many names: Lady of Shadows, Lady of Night, White Lady, Black Lady, Skinny Lady, Bony Lady, Mictecacihuatl (Lady of the Dead). Santa Muerte now generally appears as a skeletal female figure. She is clad in a long robe and holding one or more objects, usually a scythe and a globe.
People belive that the Saint of Death have healing and protection powers. She can help you overcome your enemies and most importantly. Also she is said to be in charge of the time and manner of your death. Her followers think that if you please her and have her goodwill, she can ensure your safe passage to the afterlife. Then you can join your deceased ancestors
Depictions of La Santa especially vary between images similar to those of the grim reaper and the more common ones of a lady with skeletal features. She is often with roses and jewels included in the portraits. Tattoos in this convention unquestionably most often depict women. Often, tattoo artists use the image of the Virgin Mary with a characteristic make-up to resemble Death itself. Her image on the body is a protective design that saves bandits from bullets or arrests by the police.
Within Santa Muerte tattoos there are relationships to struggle and sacrifice, religious iconography. And on the other hand you can use image of Calaveras (sugar skulls), or even “La Catrina”. It is the beautiful woman with the face of death (which you can extend to the female clowns, or payasa).