The Grim Reaper. The Angel of Death. The Hooded One… Whatever you may call him, Grim Reaper tattoos aren’t for the faint of heart. He’s a symbol that represents death and passing into a new an ominous world. He’s the guide that takes us from this plane to the next.
Grim Reaper tattoos can be quite creative and require a lot of artistic talent to turn into body art. If done well, you can’t help but find them interesting to gaze at. The thing about these tattoos is that the artists must be inspired and tend to add a special touch to each one they create.
The Grim Reaper doesn’t discriminate on age, sex, race, or any other factors. That’s why many people feel compelled to have the Grim Reaper tattooed permanently on themselves – he’s unavoidable, no matter who you are. Here are some examples of how some wearers of the Grim Reaper have decided to have him portrayed permanently on their skin – Creem has compiled 40 deadly photos of the Reaper himself:
1. When the Grim Reaper is at Rest
Sometimes even the Grim Reaper has to take some time off to replenish his own motives. This is what is shown in this tattoo as he rests, baring the weight of time upon his lap since his job will carry on for eternity.
2. Spooky Tree Residence of the Grim Reaper
Perhaps the Grim Reaper may live within the confines of a spooky tree, or perhaps its just a figment of your imagination. Either way, this tattoo displays the haunting image of the Grim Reaper in a truly dark and mysterious manner.
3. Ripped Skin Tattoo with Grim Reaper
This is a unique take on a ripped skin tattoo, looking as if there is whole other world under the confines of human skin. There is a fascinating three dimensional effect where the ripped skin looks as if it has been torn apart by the sickle. The hourglass represents how time will eventually run out, and you’ll eventually come face to face with Death himself.
4. The Souls and Grim Reaper
As the myth states, the Grim Reaper comes to us to take our souls in time of death. Here we see he stands above a winged soul, saddened by the aspect of running out of time and leaving her realm to enter a new one. The Reaper beckons for her to come, as he’ll be guiding her to a new life shrouded by eternity.
5. Grim Reaper in Action and Taking the Soul
A true piece of body art, the Grim Reaper is portrayed standing atop a mound of gravestones and crosses, the very things that humans view as symbols before death arrives. He stands between them and the gates of heaven above, symbolizing his role as the guide to a new eternal life.
6. Grim Reaper Getting Ready to Roll the Dice
These tattoos are about the Grim Reaper viewing life as a gamble, where the roll of the dice will decide whether it’s time to leave this world or not. We take chances in life, and believing that we’ll be here tomorrow or the next day is a gamble on us.
7. Grim Reaper Using the Sickle as a Hockey Stick
Ever notice how the Reaper tends to carry his sickle like a hockey stick? In some tattoos, the ones created by both death and sports lovers alike, this can become a reality inked into skin seen on the left. Hoever, on the right, we see a more serious tat of the Reaper telling us the only guarantee in life is of its coming death.
8. Hourglass and Grim Reaper tattoo
Everyone’s time will eventually run out, and only the Reaper will know when to show up at your doorstep. The above tattoo emphasizes both the Grim Reaper as well as a floating hourglass, with life’s time slowing slipping away as his smile grows expectantly. There’s no outrunning the Reaper.
9. The Hermit
While this tattoo is of the Tarot card entitled “The Hermit” some have regarded with it with conspiracies surrounding its origins inspired by Death since he can over look the entirety of the world and life unnoticed.
10. Death’s Stairway
This soul is attempting to outrun the Grim Reaper, but little does he know that Death lurks behind him, able to catch him whenever his time draws near. The lost soul even holds his own head, with blood coming out of its neck yet he’s unaware that he should indeed be dead.
11. Brooding Night Time Haunt
Many Grim Reaper tattoos will depict him at night, since darkness is shrouded in mystery just as death is. Usually he has a perfect skeletal shape, but this artist decided to put some irregularities in the Reaper’s look – broken teeth and some niches in his sickle.
12. A Sorrowful Angel of Death
We usually fear the Grim Reaper, but does he fear himself? How does he view his own life? Perhaps we don’t consider how trying an eternity can be, taking the souls of the scared victims of life. It must be lonely, and the tattoo above displays just how lonely the great Angel of Death can be.
13. Faceless, Intimidating, Forceful Grim Reaper
Here we see chains everywhere. They symbolize how it is impossible to escape the bounds of death; impossible to ever break free of the ultimate truth: That one day, death will come and take us with him. His face is cloaked in darkness, representing the mystery that beckons us.
14. A Mythical Encounter
There are some debates as to the origins of the Grim Reaper, but one thing is certain: his mythology dates back to Roman times though he had gone by differing names. The leaves surrounding Death’s head above represent this; represent his origins. Even his skeleton shows the wear that time has taken on his very myth.
15. Searching Through the Darkness
Even though Death is regarded as something scary we never want to meet face to face, he is actually neither evil nor good – simply a guide from this life to the next. The light in his hand represents this, leading the way for us so we can see our way through the lingering darkness between here and there.
16. Giving Us Our Tokens & Reaching for Our Hands
Here of the myth surrounding the river Styx, and how one must give tokens to the boatman to pass into the netherworld? Here we have a tattoo combining the myth of the Styx and the boatman to the Grim Reaper. We must give him the tokens for our descent, and he will take us across the river Styx to the underworld where souls go after life.
17. A Long Road that Leads to Death
18. Empty Eyes
19. Small, Floating Reaper Regarding the World
He looks down upon us all, expectant of only one thing in his future: That he will be taking and guiding more lives so long as life still exists. He looks almost saddened, as if he doesn’t enjoy his eternal career of helping traveling souls.
20. As He Beckons
The real question is: Would you walk towards the Grim Reaper if he beckoned to you? Here he holds up his hand, gesturing for us to approach. We will approach no matter if we willingly do so or not, but the image attached to this action is strangely haunting.
21. Amongst the Sky
22. Awaiting Your Arrival
23. Flowing Cloak
24. Terrifying Depiction of Death
25. A Hint of the After Life in the Eyes
26. Forever Time’s Companion
Another intriguing depiction of both the Grim Reaper and time – this turn, with a Roman numeral clock instead of an hourglass. If you look closely, you can see the sickle is made out of some kind of beast’s skull.
27. An Inspiring Quote
28. Pointing to the Next World
29. Close To Thoughts
30. Death Without A Sickle
31. Changing Style
32. Torn and Tattered
33. Smooth Simple Lines
34. Glowing Hour Glass
35. Ready for Work