10 Best Macabre Tattoo Ideas that Will Blow Your Mind!

by Mark
Macabre Tattoos

If you are looking for some new tattooing designs, down below are some amazing Macabre tattoo ideas for you to choose from.

Macabre Tattoo
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Black ink Macabre tattoos are on the rise nowadays.

What is a macabre tattoo? A dark realm filled with appealing visual elements, creepy monsters, nightmares, blood and zombies is usually termed as macabre.

As a genre, macabre is a disturbing one constantly related to death and decay or the fears related to them. Macabre tattoo designs include the element of being afraid and reverting the idea of life and beauty. Macabre tattoos fulfil the delight of getting a detailed, amazing drawing like creepy and dark art on the skin. Thus for those interested in the dark and creepy tattoo imagery, we have for you curated creepy tattoos, dark tattoos and horror tattoos in the form of macabre. Read on to see the collection!

Skeleton Prisoner Tattoo

Skeleton Prisoner Tattoo
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This grim macabre tattoo design is a great opener, featuring a human skeleton tied up within a mesh of its own skin, with thick, cactus-like shaped chains and two massively large horns sprouting out of its skull. The colour of the black ink, in addition to the brilliant shading inside the chains and the ribs, steal the show. The credit goes to the tattoo artists for such realistic shading and gradients in inkwork. This one is bound to give us nightmares!

Lucifer with a Mask Tattoo

Lucifer with a Mask Tattoo
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In Christian cultures, Lucifer is associated with the Devil. The sidebar element of fear this tattoo hence brings is commendable. Apart from being hyper realistically detailed and inked in colour with precision, this tattoo has a trend to move into the realm of evil spirituality from macabre. Depicting Lucifer in his dark black cloak, his evil face covered with a mask, what grabs more attention is the design on his body and cloak. The brilliant work by tattoo artists and the wonderfully creative tattoo designs are a studio delight.

Evil Grim Ripper Tattoo

Evil Grim Ripper Tattoo
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This magnificent macabre arm tattoo features the Grim Ripper- Death himself, on the entire arm. The hyperrealistic inking, especially of death’s cloak that gives off a vibe of being ruffled and semi-transparent, is a brilliant work by the studio. The use of light and shade brought about by the inscribed numbers and alphabets that lies below the figure seems to throw light on Death’s face, creating an eerie, unfamiliar fear element. Such tattoos are ideal if you want to experiment with bold fashion choices and deeper colours.

Dark Female Satyr Tattoo

Dark Female Satyr Tattoo
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The Satyr is usually characterized as half-human and half-goat and is traditionally known for its crude licentiousness and prowess. Although usually represented as males in tattoos, this macabre tattoo represents a female satyr with her antlers, now rugged and ridden with spider webs. The perfect deep, black fill of the ruffled hair of the woman, especially the protruding ears and the pale white eyes glistening out from the hair, adds to the element of fear. This tattoo is ideal for a first time smaller ink.

Unreal Scarecrow Tattoo

Unreal Scarecrow Tattoo
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Such tattoos are bound to give us the chills, and by all the right means. Featuring a creepy, white-eyed straw scarecrow but with a purely human skeleton with ribs, this macabre tattoo hits the right spot. In addition, the excellent tattooing skills by inkwork and gradient shading on the dried leaves, the straw and especially the deep black fill on the voids behind the ribs is a show-stealer.

Flying Skull Tattoo

Flying Skull Tattoo
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This tattoo can be a perfect one for a first time inking- like a skull with wings- to give off the vibe of a death bat flying. The shading and gradients, especially inside the skull, inked with skilful dotwork of black upon white and leaving out white spaces, posts a grim picture of decay. A touch of surrealism, especially attaching a skull and bat wings, adds massively to the macabre tone of the tattoo. Such tattoos can also be ideal for minimalistic sizes and collarbones.

Voyager: Jugglers of Jusa Macabre Tattoo

Voyager: Jugglers of Jusa Macabre Tattoo
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This macabre tattoo is based on the remix album of the same name by Sopor Aeternus and the Ensemble of Shadows. This is a darkwave band, on the themes of the post-punk movements in the 1970s, on the topics of bleak and grim romantic streak with sorrow. This tattoo art features a punk rock band member, possibly female, to resonate with many women, with a tensed and exasperated expression of despair, all inked in black with dark shades of a gradient. The work of the artists is commendable in this one. Of all macabre tattoos, this one is ideal for the arms or thighs.

‘Pulp Fiction’ Cover Skeleton Tattoo

'Pulp Fiction' Cover Skeleton Tattoo
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This aesthetic macabre tattoo almost gives off a vibe of ‘Pulp Fiction’- poster. The tattoo posts a human skeleton with wings of black ravens, sitting on a branch, with a beautifully elegant and pale red setting sun as the background. Achieving the right mix of sombre, melancholic, fear as well as macabre, this magnificent tattoo encapsulates the art of macabre in a sober tone. The shading of such tattoos with the use of dual colours- pale red and dark black, along with the creativity of the wings as ravens’-bearers of evil, is excellently thought of and inked.

Egyptian Pharaoh-Mummy Tattoo

Egyptian Pharaoh-Mummy Tattoo
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Of all cultures, Egyptians probably brought in tattooing zombies into trend way earlier by giving us a version of the living mummy- a vengeful and dead zombies’ Pharaoh ready for destruction. Beautiful gradient shading with only blackened hues by the artists steal the show, and the bright contrasting exception of a burst of red-orange-yellow ink inside the mouth of the screaming figure and the deep, pale white marble-like void in its eyes is excellently inked.

Halloween Macabre Tattoo

Halloween Macabre Tattoo
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This macabre tattoo features the essential Halloween vibes with a Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin, bats and skeleton figures, perfectly fitting the macabre vibes of the fall. Once again, the brilliant inkwork of black fill and the beautiful black and grey shading gradients steal the show. This tattoo is ideal for the arms or thighs.

With the elements of fear and thrilling beauty all combined into one, these macabre tattooing designs on the skin are here to stay through Instagram posts and videos!

Here are some more macabre tattoos not included in the list, but art designs you should definitely check out:

  • Macabre Vulture Tattoo
  • Macabre Sideshow Tattoo
  • Danse Macabre Tattoo
  • Macabre Flowers Tattoo

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