10 Best Scythe Tattoo Ideas You Have To See To Believe!

by Patrick
Scythe Tattoos

Looking for some deadly designs of scythe tattoos? Here’s a list of ten awesome scythe tattoos that are bound to make people around you go wow.

Scythe Tattoo
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Scythe tattoos represent death and rebirth.

Scythe, a tool with a long curved blade attached to a handle, is used for agricultural purposes like mowing grass and harvesting crops. According to Greek mythology, a scythe is the weapon of the Grim Reaper, the mythical personification of death.

Over the years the Gothic fashion lovers have inked countless tattoo ideas, like tools and implements on their skin that represents mortality. But the common mistake people make is when they get a hatchet tattoo to depict death. A hatchet is actually an axe and a hatchet tattoo generally represents the constant tussle of a person against the cruel world to survive. Often people get a hatchet or a scythe to signify strength. Though a hatchet tattoo can be a signifier of strength, a sword tattoo represents strength more distinctively.

The Large-Scale Scythe Tattoo Back

The Large-Scale Scythe Tattoo Back
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The first one in this scythe tattoo list has to be the gigantic sketch of a scythe. This enormous tattoo design needs no additional component to complete the look. This plain yet huge black art of the traditional weapon of Grim Reaper covers the entire space without even covering anything! Though the outline and the use of ink are extremely basic and simple, the black shading on the upper part of the blade and the diagonal sketch of the handle with minimal shading make the tattoo more appealing.

The Scythe And Pocket Watch Arm Tattoo

The Scythe And Pocket Watch Arm Tattoo
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The next design in this list is a symbolic one. Grim Reaper not only represents death but also a reminder of time. The dial of this tattoo is the eye of the reaper and the hours are set around him. Notice the precise work of the black ink. The minute details of the rope and the eye of the reaper is an example of excellent work of a mastered hand. If you are interested in such an aesthetically symbolic depiction, then this design is a must-go for you.

The ‘Til Death’ Inspired Scythe Tattoo

The 'Til Death' Inspired Scythe Tattoo
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Though the 2017 thriller ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ failed to thrill the audience up to their expectations, tattoos inspired by that film seem to continue their legacy even in 2021. The phrase definitely goes best with the deadly combination of coffin and scythe. Now you might think what do a scythe and a coffin tattoo mean, that too with a moon in it. Coffin clearly represents death and mortality. The flower and moon here signify love. Serious lovers can find this pin quite promising that promises that only death can make them apart from each other.

The Scythe And Rose Tattoo

The Scythe And Rose Tattoo
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Roses play an important part in any sort of tattoo design. A popular and complicated flower never fails to elevate the meaning of any tattoo. A reaper scythe tattoo is an all-time favourite to the gothic style fashion followers. Rose symbolises love and fertility. A scythe represents death and rebirth. These two symbols together add to the new meaning of hope. The rose could be inked in red, but left colourless to maintain the simplicity.

The Scythe And Nature Black Work Tattoo

The Scythe And Nature Black Work Tattoo
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Scythe and nature together maintain the balance of life that starts from birth and ends death. This tattoo does not depict any details of nature but the leaves do the work of relaying its message. What is noticeable here is the doted work of white on a grey-black dark motif. The scythe might not look crystal clear but the white dots do the magic.

The Venom And Scythe Tattoo

The Venom And Scythe Tattoo
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This is a deadlier combination for a reaper tattoo. According to Greek mythology, snakes stand for fertility. Unlike any common reaper weapon, this one has an irregular edge with a plain outline, though the handle gives the typical wooden pattern. The snake grasps the attention in this design; the extremity of details on its skin, the light and dark distinguished shading demand praise for the artist’s talent. This design can be done anywhere in the body; arms, thigh but favourably on the back.

The Scythe And Raven Skull Tattoo

The Scythe And Raven Skull Tattoo
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It is unanimously accepted that the raven is the messenger of death. Now add a raven skull to an unusual reaper’s weapon and that’s a new tattoo to spice up your Halloween look! The fully black scythe with a doted work of a huge skull comes out as a scary presentation of death tattoos.

The Grim Reaper With Scythe Tattoo

The Grim Reaper With Scythe Tattoo
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Though scythe tattoos open more information of one’s personality with their variety of symbolism, one can go straight for the Grim Reaper tattoo. Grim Reaper tattoos generally come with their signature blade. The best thing about the traditional ideas of Grim Reaper tattoo designs is that it always remains a safe play for tattoo enthusiasts.

The Minimalistic Scythe Tattoo

The Minimalistic Scythe Tattoo
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If you like gothic fashion but want to stick to the ‘simplicity is the best policy’ mantra, then this is the best choice for you- a small, plain and clear representation of death, since in no way this looks like a tool for harvesting crops but lives! An ultimate simple scythe tattoo design for your 2021 Halloween party.

The Neo-Traditional Scythe Head Tattoo

The Neo-Traditional Scythe Head Tattoo
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Blue Öyster Cult’s song, ‘The Reaper’ sings the inevitability of dying. This could speak of life, but that’s too mainstream even in a reaper tattoo. The last one in this list is the 2020 tattoo design that defies the line of the song, ‘Don’t fear the reaper’. Neo-traditionalism is marked beautifully by the dripping blood in red and the red strokes of line on the lyrics. But it is always advised to follow proper instructions while getting ahead tattoo done. Search well for the right tattoo shop.

Implement tattoos always carry their definite symbolism with them and when combined with other elements they add deeper meanings. A simple scythe tattoo meaning death can also signify a new beginning. You need not be a worshipper of death and mortality to add that scythe design to your body. You can adore new life and hope for the scythe were used during crop harvesting.

Here are some more suggestions for you. Happy inking!

  1. The Reaper Death Seal Tattoo.
  2. The ‘Sooner than you think’ Imprint Scythe Tattoos.
  3. The Scythe And Demon Cat Tattoo.
  4. The Scythe In Hive Dark Art.
  5. The Scythe And Raven Tattoo.

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