The psychologist Carl Jung, who was a student of Sigmund Freud, believed that there was something about images commonly known by all humanity that connects us at a sub-conscious level.
“A word or an image is symbolic when it implies something more than its obvious and immediate meaning,” he wrote.
“It has a wider “unconscious” aspect that is never precisely defined or fully explained. Nor can one hope to define or explain it. As the mind explores the symbol, it is led to ideas that lie beyond the grasp of reason.”
The common tattoo motif of that combines a dead tree and a human skull falls under this category. It comes in many forms and takes on different meanings with different iterations, but usually it involves a dead tree that takes the shape of the head of a skeleton.
Many wear the skull tree tattoo to confirm their acceptance of death. One day, we will all pass on from this earth, and the life that goes on will feed on our remains. Many wish to keep their thoughts away from this, but for those who wear a skull tree tattoo, they take comfort in it.