Vintage Skull and Anchor Temporary Tattoo This tattoo features a skull and anchor. The artist designed the skull with two bones and the anchor with silver, petal-shaped tips. Behind the skull and bones is a red background. Traditionally, the skull represents death and mortality, while the anchor represents the Navy and symbolizes hope. The skull and bones was a symbol of pirates on the open seas. Ships would openly declare their intentions by waving a skull and bones flag. It is the perfect tattoo to wear to costume parties, especially during Halloween. The tattoo is temporary so it is easily removed. It is safe to wear as well.