Life Death Tattoo Designs For Men

49 Life Death Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]

To embrace the fundamental foundation of existence, intelligently attuned men are utilizing life and death tattoos as a way to experience the totality of being. These enlightened emblazonments are opening an alluring path to flawless refinement.

Life and death tattoos showcase an intuitive knack for accepting the cyclical fate that lies in store for all creatures.

Macabre imagery is frequently embedded within these rousing creations. As such, skulls are commonly placed alongside their living predecessors. The before-and-after approach is gaining tremendous momentum in terms of mainstream popularity.

Some variations rely on literary illusions that employ optical trickery to make life and death appear in the same text. A singular word for one of the concepts coyly reveals the other when viewed from a different angle.

Because an upside-down perspective is required to glean the full impact of this technique, this ink should be placed in an area that can be easily viewed from either point of view. Thus, the arms are typically the most favorable location for a life and death tattoo.

To gain mental clarity on the perplexing theme, prepare to behold the intrinsically captivating boldness of life and death tattoos in this gloriously slick index that we have put together for you:

1. Death Tattoo: Gothic Font 

Back Of Neck Life Death Male Tattoo Ambigram

Black Ink Life Death Ambigram Tattoos For Guys

Death Life Mens Arm Tattoos

Gentleman With Life Death Ambrigram Tattoo On Outer Forearm

Guy With Masculine Life Death Word Ambigram Tattoo Around Forearm

Inner Forearm Life Death Black Ink Male Tattoos

Lettering Life Death Ambigram Male Tattoos

Life And Death Rib Cage Tattoo With Ambigram Design On Male

Male With Outer Forearm Life Death Ambrigram Tattoo Design

Shaded Life Death Forearm Tattoos For Men On Forearm

Skull With Rose Life Death Ambigram Male Tattoos On Inner Forearm

Shaded Life Death Ambigram Male Lettering Tattoo Inspiration


Great philosophers have said that life can only have meaning if we are constantly aware that death is approaching-which can sprinkle a bit of a hmph into trying things we never thought wed try, or end up coping with an impending sense of doom. It is likely that the individuals with the word death,’ heavily shaded and curved in a classic gothic font, feel either one or the other. 

The majority of these fonts are large, indicating the obvious importance of the concept of death. It is an inevitable occurrence for us all, whether you believe in an afterlife, reincarnation, or that it is the final big bad end, death comes for us alland use that truth in whatever fashion you deem necessary.  

2. Life Tattoos: Gothic Font

Ambigram Mens Rib Cage Side Life Death Tattoo Designs

Forearm Male Black Ink Life Death Ambigram Tattoo Design Inspiration

Life Death Small Guys Arm Ambigram Tattoo Ideas

Male With Bicep Tattoo Of Life Death Ambigram Design

Man With Death Life Tattoo On Rib Cage Side

Masculine Life Death Ambigram Male Inner Forearm Tattoos

Life Death Heartbeat Mens Wrist Tattoos With Black Ink Line Design

Mens Outer Forearm Life Death Tattoo Ideas

Quote Life Death Ambigram Mens Forearm Tattoos

Small Simple Life Death Ambigram Male Arm Tattoos

Life is the opposite of death, the constant celebration of heart-pumping blood through our bodies. The font depicted in these pieces is virtually identical to the pieces listed abovemany adorn the same gothic, heavy-black-shaded font indicative of the dark inevitability of death. It could be the same reasons indicated previously; the realization that deaths exist, means that life must too, and vice versa.

Some pieces detail a religious reference to eternal life, one that thrives once the body no long exists. Other depicts a rose, a clear symbolic reference to the flourishing appeal of a garden, juxtaposing next to a font that is thick, and positively medieval.  

3. Life and Death Dichotomy Tattoos

Cool Shaded Skull Life Death Floral Tattoo Ideas For Males

Geometric Abstract Butterfly Skull Mens Life Death Upper Arm Tattoos

Guys Old School Flower And Hands Life And Death Chest Tattoo

Guy With Thigh Tattoo Of Life Death Skull And Flowers

Heart With Skull Life Death Themed Mens Rib Cage Side Tattoo

Optical Illusion Flower Life Death Skull Guys Arm Tattoos

Optical Illusion Tree Skull Mens Life And Death Half Sleeve Tattoos

Pocket Watch Life Death Quote Tattoo With Rose Flower And Dove On Mans Bicep Inner Arm

Skull With Flowers Growing Mens Life Death Shoulder Tattoos

Skull With Flowers Life Death Old School Mens Shaded Thigh Tattoo Ideas

Old School Guys Coffin Life And Death Hand Shake With Skeleton Bones Mens Inner Arm Tattoos

Skull With Mask Life Death Ribs Tattoos For Guys

As previously mentioned, there is not a more common dichotomous reference that is more popular amongst philosophers, writers, and scientists alike. Life and death exist, we can all agree upon that. Whether you are a human being, a plant, animal, the circle of living and dying will come around. It certainly means something to the individuals with these pieces adorning their skin, taking a minimalist approach to two massive concepts.

Many apply the universal image of a skull as an indicator of death, blending it with an opposing image of reminds of lifethe anatomy of a human heart, the lush presences of flowers, the flapping of butterfly wings. Every piece seems to take the approach of both concepts with plain black ink, once again indicating the minimalist style in an attempt to isolate such complex themes.  

4. Large Narrative Pieces  

Ambigram Life Death Mens Half Sleeve Tattoos

Apocalypse Life And Death Mens Full Back Tattoos

Cool Full Sleeve Life And Death Themed Tattoo For Gentlemen

Death Will Not Become Of Me Mens Life And Death Bicep Inner Arm Tattoos

Female With Skulls Life Death Male Leg Sleeve Tattoo Designs

Full Back Realistic Skeleton With Female Portrait Male Life Death Tattoos

Graveyard Life Death Male Half Sleeve Tattoos

Mens Dna Life And Death Leg Calf Tattoo With Realistic 3d Design

Mens Life And Death Skeleton And Female Tattoo Full Sleeve

Mens Life Death Female Angel Holding Skull Half Sleeve Tattoo Design Ideas

Negative Space Abstract Life Death Linework Mens Forearm Tattoos

Skull With Female Portrait Guys Life Death Chest Tattoo

Some people want to go big before they go home when it comes to tattoo work. That is certainly the case for those depicting the large scale pieces in this section with varying narrative approaches to the ideas off life and death. Some depict a clear apocalyptic scene, a detailed application of photorealism and a dark subtext, while others thrive in full-sleeved canvases blending gothic themes, photorealism, and heavy black ink shading.

Full back pieces, as well as sleeves, take dedication, as well as patience during their multiple sittings. Clearly, these themes mean something to these people, because they commit themselves to something that is conducive with both life and death: time. 

5. Hourglass Photo Realism Life and Death Tattoos

Hourglass Life And Death Male 3d Realistic Tattoo Sleeve Ideas

Hourglass Mens Realistic 3d Life Death Tattoo On Arm

Hourglass Life Death Male Leg Tattoos

Time is inevitable, along with life, and death. All three of these pieces indicate ageing, how time eventually comes for everyone. An hourglass is a perfect image for this, as its two glass sections also present the opportunity for two opposing narratives. One-piece exemplifies photo realism, a candle burning at one end, and a dark, grey desert setting on the other.

The concept of light and dark are also a clear reference to life and death. An hourglass pouring sand through to a skull gathering at the bottom also utilizes intense photorealism and elements of Gothic styles. An American Traditional piece displays a flatter use of imagerysimple, yet rich in visual implications.  

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