When it comes to collecting the debt of the living, the grim reaper cannot be reasoned with. All men who face him may have different souls, yet there is only one fate they will face.
With a black cloak covering his skeleton figure and a scythe in hand, it’s easy to frightened by the grim reapers’ presence.
However, this personification of death didn’t appear to the world until 1947 in England.
Since then, many legends and myths have claimed different meanings but for the most part, all are revolve around death.
For instance, there’s Reapers’ black cloak, a color that has long symbolized the morning and death.
Not to mention, the scythe, though some tales claim he originally carried a crossbow or spear. When you consider that it was a tool for cutting grain and grass, it serves as an eerily reminder of yet another year of death. Plus, just as crops harvested so are the souls as they make their way into the afterlife.
In most of the popular designs you may also notice an hourglass clutched in the Reapers’ hands. If you think about it, it represents the idea that our days alive are numbered. Or in other words, time is running out as the sand slowly reaches the bottom.
Go ahead and discover the mystery with these top 70 best grim reaper tattoos for men. You’ll find cool designs featuring the Reaper on his pale horse to menacing scythes and skulls.
Seen here is a grim reaper tattoo that is unmistakably reminiscent of death. His dark, hooded cloak conceals all of his skeletal frame except for his two hands. This gives off a feeling of not only great mystery but, even more so, great uncertainty, which leads to fear. This is particularly true in the way that the reaper’s face is not showing. A faceless evil can certainly be perceived as more threatening than one whose face is exposed. In this reaper’s left hand he holds a large, sharpened scythe. This tool is quite commonly seen in depictions of the grim reaper. It adds an additional sense of danger and threat to this altogether terrifying image.
This grim reaper tattoo is a bit more simplified, yet still quite vivid. It shows merely the head of the reaper along with a much smaller scythe than usual curving around it. The reaper’s face is visible in this tattoo, however, and is presented as a simple but scary skull. The dark shading is employed all over this deadly piece. Ultimately, the depth of this shading and the way in which it is layered goes a long way in differentiating between and defining the elements that make up this reaper.
Here is a particularly terrifying grim reaper tattoo. This is true for a number of reasons, one being its detailed line work and the extra-dark shading of the reaper’s flowing black cloak. Perhaps the most intriguing and compelling thing about this piece, however, is the fact that it has been skillfully inked in such a way that makes it feel as if it is coming off of the man’s upper arm and out toward the viewer. This might even be interpreted as the reaper leaving the confines of the artwork to collect a soul whose time has come, a service that legend tells us is quite common for this horrific figure.
This reaper tattoo is extremely well done. Each and every line appears to be right on target in terms of definition and description. This is particularly true with the reaper’s face. It is here that the artists’ technical abilities shine brightly as the agent of death is given a strongly-applied, menacing facial structure.
From its seemingly-hollow eyes to the realistic structure of its mouth, this reaper tattoo was done with great precision. As the previous reapers seen here have displayed, this one also appears to have the signature scythe, one of his symbols of death.
This reaper is also wearing a cloak as the others did, although it does not appear to be nearly as dark as those before it. Could it be that this cloak (and tattoo as a whole) were shaded a bit lighter as a way of making the reaper less frightening? This could be so, although other reasons seem more likely. One might be that the artist and subject wanted there to be less attention drawn to the terror of the reaper and more paid to the details of the piece.
This grim reaper tattoo differs from the others in one major way: the reaper is only one part of the piece rather than the whole. Certainly one might conclude that this bearer of death is still the focal point of the artwork.
This tattoo is in some ways more dynamic, however, as it builds an entire scene around the reaper. For while the reaper himself is not particularly pronounced, he is surrounded by what appears to be a rather unsettling cemetery. This setting includes numerous gravestones, a wicked-looking tree, a moon surrounded by bats and much more.
This reaper tattoo is truly something special. Not only is it beautifully drawn and downright eerie, it is uncannily realistic. Every inch of this lifelike, skeletal representation of death is a cold reminder of one of the only real certainties in our lives: mortality. For just as the reaper is depicted as a skeleton to show his own state of being, it seems likely that he is also depicted this way to remind us of our own ultimate fate.
Seen here is a smaller but no less effective grim reaper tattoo. Not only does this depiction take up less space, however, it also shows the reaper in a slightly different way. This can be seen in the way there are lines of some sort of fire or energy being sucked out or exerted from the reaper’s skeletal face via its mouth and eye sockets.
It is certainly an interesting and unique addition to a piece that fits quite snuggly on the top of this man’s hand. It is possible that this is yet another way of emphasizing the reaper’s nearly-exclusive association with death. In this case it could be that what is coming out of this skull represents the loss of a lifeform energy of some sort, or a spirit.
Quite the creative piece, this grim reaper tattoo features the figure of death hiding behind what appear to be plumes of smoke as he waits to use a rope assisted trap. This trap has been cleverly depicted with a heart as its bait. Additionally, the line “Misery Loves Company” is spelled out but appears to have been crossed out in red. This tattoo could have the apparent, spelled out message of misery loving company as its soul theme It could also, however, be one way of saying that the fate of death often ensnares its victims by means of love.
Here is a quite simple yet impactful grim reaper tattoo. It features the hooded skeleton seen in previous images but appears to be done with different stylistic intent. The reaper’s face, for example, is composed in such a way that makes it look a bit more like an animated figure rather than a realistic depiction like many of those before it. This is in no way an indication of inferiority of quality or design, however. On the contrary, this tattoo has been executed quite skillfully and has several interesting attributes, such as a strong color palette and fine shading.