The skull emblem is originated from the pirates’, and the like daredevils’, tattoos.
Nowadays, the use of this emblem in the Soviet and later – Russian army can be traced back to the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
Since the Soviet era, in many military units an old paratrooper has been often called “a skull.”
The skull as it is means: I was close to death, and a beret (depending on its color) points out at the particular corps or hit squad.
The “dead head” still remains one of the most widely used emblems among military companies of several countries of the world.
A skull with crossed blades is used by soldiers of fortune at different armed conflicts.
Some units of Russian Armed Forces, mainly special force, airborne troops, mariners, sometimes use the symbol of a skull in a beret on their sleeve-patches and tattoos.
Among bikers the skull commonly symbolizes bringing victory and protection from death.
There is a legend that whenever death comes, it puts its mark on the deceased – a skull, and if someone already has this sign, death thinks she has already been there and does not take the man away.