The skull emblem is originated from the pirates’, and the like daredevils’, tattoos.
In the Soviet and then the Russian army, this emblem is associated with the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
In many military units since the Soviet epoch a man served in Airborne Troops was often called “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 scull symbolizes fearlessness in the face of danger and death.
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.
Crossed knives symbolize weapons for survival and hand-to-hand fight.
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.
A dog tag is a badge of a soldier with the information about its wearer, obligatory to wear in the majority of the armies. For the dog’s age the main purpose of the dog tag was to get rid of the notion “the Unknown Warrior” and to help in the first aid.
Today dog tags are used not only by soldiers. They are very popular as trendy accessory in “military” style, as various trinkets, adornments, mascots, amulets.
In its form a dog tag is a rectangular plate with rounded ends, with ribbed stiffener along the perimeter and pierced at the top for the cord, ring or chain.
The reverse side of the tag is supposed to put on engraving with personal information, memorial dates, verses, congratulations and other texts of your own choice.
The dog tag is supplied in complete with two strong ball chains – 23 5/8 inch and 2 7/16 inch, for the purpose of wearing it on the neck as an amulet or using it as a trinket for the bunch of keys, different fasteners on the clothes, purse, handbag, pouch, messenger bag and so on.