Traditional Grim Reaper Tattoos

Universally seen as a representation of death, reaper tattoos have always been a favourite of traditional artists and customers alike. In folklore, this emotionless skeleton, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, will appear at someone's death to take their soul. He is also believed to be responsible for the death itself, as well as the collection of the victim's soul.

Their clothing is similar to that of priests, as they were seen as having similar roles - that of being a souls escort after death. An ever-present scythe is a tool that death used to sever the physical body and end its connection with the soul.

As a tattoo, it can take on several meanings. One is the inevitability of death and the wearer's fearlessness or respect towards this. It can also represent courage, fearing no evil and the circle of life from birth to death.

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