52+ Amazing Grim Reaper Tattoo Designs To Die For

By Jason Hamilton / September 1, 2019
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Tattoo art has become a popular way of body embellishment and creative designers are on a constant lookout for some new elements to create innovative tattoo designs, which have amazing eye-catching qualities. One of such unique tattoos is Grim Reaper tattoos, which are attractive in a scary and unusual way. The Grim Reaper is a legendary character associated with death as he is regarded as the collector of souls of human beings.

In many cultures, it is often depicted as a robed figure with a long scythe. Due to its association with death, the grim reaper is commonly seen as a symbol for negativity, which is a misconception. In this article, we’ll talk about grim reaper tattoos and what the design represents.

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What Is The Grim Reaper?

According to stories, the grim reaper appears when a person is about to die. And when the time comes for that person to bite the dust, the grim reaper will then use its scythe to sever ties between the soul and the physical body.

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This is why, in drawings and other visual works, a grim reaper is often shown in the background when a person is close to death. The act is sort of similar to how Atropos, one of the Moirai in Greek mythology, cuts threads when ending lives of mortals. In some beliefs, the grim reaper is also responsible for “guiding” souls to heaven or hell, depending on how the deceased person lived his or her life.

A medium size upper sleeve tattoo of the grim reaper that is intricately detailed.

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A large lower back tattoo of the grim reaper.

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An intricately designed tattoo of a grim reaper’s head and scythe.

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A highly detailed grim reaper leg tattoo with a bulldog.

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An upper back tattoo of the head of the grim reaper.

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A highly detailed forearm tattoo of the grim reaper’s head.

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A full sleeve tattoo of the grim reaper and two crows.

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A large upper back tattoo of the grim reaper with his scythe.

The History of The Grim Reaper

Anyone who sees the image of this tall dark figure in a black hooded garb carrying his long staff with the sharp scythe instantly recognizes it is the Grim Reaper. This dark and mysterious character has been depicted in literature, art, movies, and even tattoos for years.

That long black hooded cloak often hides his face, but his silhouette is never mistaken. Legend has it the Grim Reaper will appear when a person is a few moments from their death. It’s believed he uses his scythe to separate the human soul from the rest of the body. He will then accompany the separated soul to the final resting place, Hell or Heaven.

The Meaning of a Grim Reaper Tattoo

Although the Grim Reaper image is symbolic of death, you can also take on a whole variety of meanings. Grim Reaper tattoos can best represent you too. Some of the more common meanings are good luck, bravery, and even courage.

In some religions, he is regarded as someone who accompanies the human souls in their journey to the next world. In fact, it is said that the Grim Reaper appears at the moment of death and people have even reported seeing him at the time of death of their loved ones. On the other hand, some cultures such as the Romans consider him as an appositive omen. The Grim Reaper is revered for his neutrality because he considers all people as equal when he comes to take their souls to the afterlife. It is even believed that he puts an end to the suffering of people by taking them to the next world. Certain other symbolic meanings associated with the Grim Reaper are bravery, fragility, reality, luck and new life, while on the negative side, these tattoos can signify a person lacking emotions for suffering and pain. Still, others may link the tattoo with the completion of the life cycle and seeing death as a new beginning. The Grim Reaper can also be symbolically associated with fearlessness towards death and accepting it as the ultimate truth of life. This is why soldiers are often seen bearing this tattoo design as it inspires them to fight without the fear of death.

A sketch like tattoo of the grim reaper.

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A large full back and highly detailed grim reaper with a woman.

A highly detailed grim reaper image on the sleeve.

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A cartoonish tattoo rendition of the grim reaper on the forearm.

Another cartoonish tattoo rendition of the grim reaper holding a clock.

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Those who get inked with the Grim Reaper are not afraid of death at all, they are celebrating their life, exposing the fragility of time here, and showing they have no fear in the face of evil. The tattoo may be a representation of a negative force or that this person has become emotionless to certain things in their life. Darkness appeals to many, and the Grim Reaper tattoos are everything mysterious to them.

Designs For Grim Reaper Tattoos

From the old school style to the newer neotraditional, the grim reaper has been considered as one of the dark tattoo designs out there that are truly flexible when it comes to styling. The versatility this dark creature presents to the table is what makes it appealing to both tattoo artist and tattoo enthusiast alike!

A 3D tattoo of the grim reaper’s skull with his scythe.

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Another highly detailed grim reaper inked on the upper sleeve.

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A large and highly detailed upper sleeve tattoo of the grim reaper.

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A colorful tattoo of a grim reaper with his scythe and a tablet that says “all good things are wild and free”

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Here are just some of the best grim reaper tattoo designs we saw that you might like:

Death Angel Tattoo Design

An image of the Angel of Death is a very popular design that many people are considering to have. Just so you know, the Angel of Death is known to be the dark angel who is responsible for carrying the souls of the deceased to heaven for them to continue their lives right after death. This design has the purpose of untimely death protection, illness protection, and pain protection.

Here are some of the best death angel tattoo designs we saw on the internet that might interest you:

A  fairly detailed sleeve tattoo of the Angel of Death holding a scythe.

A very intricate and highly detailed full back tattoo of the Angel of Death and a woman.

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An intricate and highly detailed leg tattoo of the Angel of Death styled as a Grim Reaper.

A very intricate and beautifully made sleeves tattoo of the Angel of Death flying.

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A very intricate tattoo of the Angel of Death on the upper sleeves portion of the body.

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An upper sleeve tattoo of the Angel of Death holding a long sword.

A tattoo of the Angel of Death on the side holding a scythe.

A leg tattoo of the Angel of Death holding a scythe.

A fairly large and huge sleeve tattoo of the Angel of Death with a compass.

A fairly large upper back tattoo of the Angel of Death rising.

The Neotraditional Tattoo

Most millennials would think that having classic tattoo designs makes them feel old. This is the reason why neo-traditional tattoo designs were born. Artists and enthusiasts alike would like to revitalize the classic designs so that they will still have a foothold in an industry that is completely changing with the times. They want these classic designs to also change with the times and have a new face, a new breath of life, a new demographic. These neo-traditional tattoos hope to be the successor of the big classic designs of the old days and bring a new era to the said classic designs.

What truly makes a tattoo design be classified as a neo-traditional tattoo is its bold choice of colors. Most often, neo-traditional tattoos will have eye-popping colors be mixed with other eye-popping colors to make the tattoo stand out from the crowd. Another element that we commonly see in neo-traditional tattoos are the bold outlines of the objects of the tattoo. These bold outlines also help to make the tattoo design pop out and make it easier to mix different colors since there is this somewhat sufficient boundary to each color.

Do not know what we are talking about? Here are some neo-traditional tattoo ideas we have seen on the web to help you.

A small but detailed neotraditional tattoo of a grim reaper and a wolf.

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A very colorful neotraditional tattoo of a grim reaper’s skull and scythe.

An upper sleeve tattoo of a grim reaper with his scythe in neotraditional style.

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A vibrantly colored and highly detailed sleeve tattoo of a neotraditional female grim reaper with a crow.

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A neotraditional upper back tattoo of a grim reaper.

A highly detailed half sleeve grim reaper tattoo with his scythe.

Grim Tattoo Designs For Men

the grim tattoo design is considered by many as a timeless and “for all genders” tattoo design. Its meaning is universal for both men and women. However, most of those who seek this kind of tattoo design are men because of its angsty aura.

Here are some of the best grim tattoo designs on men:

An inner upper sleeve tattoo of a grim reaper with a lot of skulls on his feet.

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A sleeve tattoo of an angel crying with the grim reaper on top of her with his scythe.

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Another sleeve tattoo of a grim reaper that is holding out its hand to you.

An upper sleeve tattoo of a grim reaper that is highly detailed.

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A sketch like sleeve tattoo of a grim reaper.

A red and black intricately detailed grim reaper tattoo on the upper sleeve with an analog clock on the background.

An intricately made leg tattoo of two grim reapers with a scythe.

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Grim Tattoo Designs For Women

Like we have said earlier, the grim tattoo design is a tattoo design for all. Despite being more favored by men, there are still a lot of women who would love to have a grim tattoo.

Here are some of the best grim tattoo designs on women:

An all black but highly detailed grim reaper that is holding his scythe.

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A highly detailed grim reaper tattoo holding his scythe.

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An upper sleeve tattoo of a highly detailed grim reaper’s skull and flowers.

A highly detailed side tattoo of a grim reaper with his scythe near a dead tree.

Other Designs for Grim Reaper Tattoos You Might Be Interested In

If you are still not that convinced that grim reaper tattoos should be your next tattoo, we can still help you decided on that matter. Here are other grim reaper tattoo designs that we have seen that you might love!

A large rib cage tattoo of the grim reaper and a scythe.

A tattoo of the grim reaper walking through a field of dead trees.

 

A neotraditional styled grim reaper tattoo in all black ink.

A large leg tattoo of the grim reaper holding an ace of spades card.

An extremely intricate grim reaper and a pocket watch inked on the upper sleeve.

An intricately made grim reaper with a sexy woman.

A tattoo of a grim reaper standing on a field full of skulls.

An upper sleeve tattoo of the grim reaper with a fallen angel.

A large upper back tattoo of the grim reaper’s face with a scythe.

A highly detailed full sleeve tattoo of the grim reaper with two crows or ravens.

A neotraditional styled grim reaper inked on the side of the face.

A large grim reaper sleeve tattoo with a scythe and a red moon.

A grim reaper leg tattoo doing the “be silent” gesture.

A big and highly detailed half sleeve tattoo of a grim reaper’s face.

An extremely detailed grim reaper inked on the whole length of the forearm.

A red cape grim reaper tattoo in neotraditional style.

A cartoon styled grim reaper tattoo holding an umbrella.

A small and cute grim reaper with a mask inked on the lower portion of the upper sleeve.

A highly detailed all black neotraditional styled grim reaper tattoo on the forearm.

A highly detailed grim reaper inked on the forearm.


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Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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