50 Grim Reaper Tattoos

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

Next up on Tattoodo Halloween is Dr. Death himself. The grim reaper. Harvester of souls.

Some would refer to him as the Angel of Life and Death. Undeniably, the grim reaper is the personified symbol of the dark, inescapable fact of life that is death.

It wasn't only until the 15th century when the world started re-imagining death as a skeletal figure in a long, black, hood, wielding a razor-sharp scythe. And even then, it had been feared by many due to its unpredictable nature, like a thief in the night, you'll never know when it comes after you. With this, it has become a very popular choice for tattoos. Usually in its signature black robe, with the matching scythe, it has appeared in numerous tattoos, in different styles. Sometimes, it is also shown with an hourglass, a strong symbol for our numbered days. The grim reaper tattoo is an excellent choice for those who appreciate dark imagery and those who would want something to represent the briefness of life and what will be always waiting for us all.

By Mike Adams of Homestead Tattoos in Frederick,MD.
By Mike Adams of Homestead Tattoos in Frederick,MD.
tattoo by Mike Adams.
tattoo by Mike Adams.
Also by Mike Adams.
Also by Mike Adams.
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By Hillary Fisher-White of Greenpoint Tattoo Co. in Brooklyn, NY.
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By Mario Desa of Great Lakes Tattoo in Chicago, IL.
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Steve Wood of Sacred Tattoo in Auckland, NZ.
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By Chriss Dettmer of Hamburg, Germany.
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By Heath Nock of Hunter and Fox Tattoo in Sydney, Australia.
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By Tim Biedron of Pioneer Tattoo Studio in Chicago, IL.

Hope you enjoyed this article and are looking forward for the next one. Don't forget to share with us your own grim reaper tattoos or any suggestions you may have. If you were inspired by this article to get your own grim reaper tattoo, hit us up! Cheers.

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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