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Grim Reaper Tattoos | Ideas, Designs & Meaning

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Grim Reaper tattoos are a representation of death.  This guy has been around for about 500 years that we know about.  Of course he may have been around longer but people don’t usually live to tell about it.  Rumor has it that he might actually be a cool guy and uses his scythe to help severe your ties to this world and help you get to wherever it is your going.  He’s not really concerned with your destination.  A couple of cultures believe he’s actually a she.  It’s a little hard to tell since anyone who’s lived to tell about describes that it’s actually a skeleton underneath that cloak.  How does anybody live to tell about it in the first place?  Well it’s reported that he or she can be bribed or tricked.  It is also been referred to as the Angel of Death.  If in fact the Grim Reaper is the Angel of Death it would be highly unlikely it could bribed or tricked. Perhaps it just wasn’t your time.

Types of Grim Reaper Tattoos


Grim Reaper and Roses Sleeve Tattoo

Grim Reaper and Roses Sleeve Tattoo

Tribal Grim Reaper Tattoos – Tribal Grim Reaper tattoos are just as popular now days as they have been in the past. Some may see them as the “evil death is near symbol” with which they are commonly associated. You will find that in the tattoo world, there are many symbolic reasons why people wear grim reaper tattoos. Tribal grim reaper tattoo designs serve as a reminder for someone who has kicked an addiction that they may not cheat death next time. Car accident victims may wear this tattoo for the same reason. The grim reaper tattoos in the tribal art pattern look very cool. Try using the barbed wire pattern here, the sharp edges and dark lines stand out very well. Planning this out in detail with your tattoo artist is your first step in creating that perfect tattoo design.

Evil Grim Reaper Tattoos – Evil Grim Reaper tattoos are a great tattoo design. This design has a simple message to convey that you can’t deny. Some day death will come for you. With that being said there are many ways to illustrate the evil grim reaper tattoos that will fit your need. The detail work is what will set this tattoo apart from others. With the grim reaper’s long dark coat and razor sharp scythe; this image puts true fear into those who see him. For tattoo ideas, try him in a pose that looks as if he is walking away from you but looking over his shoulder at you. This allows great detail in the long coat and profile of the face with the scythe raised over mid body, ready to strike.

Skull Grim Reaper TattoosSkull grim reaper tattoos can be of a menacing nature or sometimes have a personal or funny side to them. There are many evil skull grim reaper tattoos to use as your base to start from. See your tattoo artist for his or her gallery pictures. You can add images to skull grim reaper tattoos to personalize it. Try adding a guitar or roses for a more personal look. For a more comical style of grim reaper tattoos, try placing his skeleton hands over his eye socket as if he is acting afraid of you. Not.

Grim Reaper Tattoos for Women – Grim reaper tattoos for women are very popular these days. The general design seems a bit masculine by its nature but a tattoo artist can alter this a bit and give it a feminine touch. The symbolic nature of the grim reapers message is still the same for men or women; that death will come for you.  Ideas for grim reaper tattoos for women can be, adding a woman’s face in place of the skull, long flowing hair and jewelry. You may want to leave the hood of the coat down to see more of the detail work.

Hourglass with Grim Reaper Tattoos – Hourglass with grim reaper tattoos are often seen these days. The image of the hourglass represents that “your time is running out” in life or “it’s only a matter of time before you and I [the grim reaper] officially meet”.  This design often uses the hourglass as the focal point in the tattoo. The hour glass design can be made to look almost as menacing as the grim reaper. Work with your tattoo artist and be sure to see lots of gallery pictures first. This extra effort will make your hourglass with grim reaper tattoo stand out in a crowd.

Coloring of Grim Reaper Tattoos

The coloring of grim reaper tattoos will take careful thought.  Like most black and white items we choose to use as body art the coloring is really in the artist’s ability and skill to shade.  Make sure you shop for a good one.  Check out his work because the difference between badly shaded grim reaper tattoos and excellently shaded grim reaper tattoos is dramatic.   Now, if you want some color, the most effective way to add color is subtly.  For instance, this guy is a skeleton, use your imagination here.  Put his hood down and add something in color to his head; a hat, a bandana, some straggles of hair, a long braid, or matted long hair for female grim reaper tattoos.  You could also add some metallic to his or her scythe that could give a gleam affect.  Grimm reapers are seen in full color.  If full color is your thing; go for it. Just be sure to check out plenty of galleries, images, pictures, illustrations and designs.  Talk with an artist about a personal item you might want to include to personalize the tattoo for more color.

Placement of Grim Reaper Body Art

Grim reaper tattoos are usually medium to large size tattoos.  Therefore it would wear well on the upper arm, shoulder blade, and back.  You could wear it on your leg as well. Wherever grim reaper tattoos are placed, they don’t seem like the kind of tattoo you want to hide.  Keep that in mind when shopping for ideas.

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