25 Amazing Life Death Tattoo Designs

Humans are obsessed with life and death ever since birth, and deep thoughts on these themes go all the way back to ancient times. Tribes used to depict life and death themes in beautiful designs as body art, and the bold patterns of these designs inspire many modern tattoo designs too. The basic simplicity of a Life Death Tattoo design is the key to its great power as the lines flow in strong arches and clean sweeps. Many life and death theme tattoo designs are inked in styles that belong to an older time, and place the person who receives the tattoo in a long and ancient tradition.

Life and death theme tattoo go all the way from clean single colored designs in pure black, to those touched with shades for a softer and artistic effect. Many tattoos also use tribal symbols and patterns to great effect. Tattoo artists love the symbolic power of colors so the eternal red to symbolize passionate life and black to depict the sadness of death are used for many tattoos. Life and death theme tattoos also come in many colors, or a mix of two or three colors for an interesting style. The words ‘life’ and ‘death’ are combined in the same design to communicate the powerful message that life and death are just two sides of the same coin.

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Symbol Tattoo

Strong strokes touch the edges of this life and death tattoo design near the elbow. Check out the spiky pattern lying below the powerful symbolic design.

Symbol Tattoo

Symbol Tattoo

Intricate Life Death Tattoo

This tattoo takes you back to the old times with its stylish lettering and dramatic sweeps. Note the patterned curve with a rounded edge that ends the tattoo.

Intricate Life Death Tattoo

Intricate Life Death Tattoo

Mortality Ode

This double tattoo design perfectly highlights the life and death theme in many colors with its symbolic pictures of a girl and her skull facing each other.

Mortality Ode

Mortality Ode

Ancient Life Death Symbol

This life and death theme tattoo draws on ancient tribal art for inspiration. The stylish curved lines at the bottom and top of the design neatly cover the entire lower arm.

Ancient Life Death Symbol

Ancient Life Death Symbol

Life Waves Tattoo

The shaded brown life and death theme lettering rocks among the blue waves patterned design of this amazing tattoo.

Life Waves Tattoo

Life Waves Tattoo

Black Arm Tattoo

Inked in black this artistic tattoo has a beautiful flow in the lines that look much like they are painted with brush strokes.

Black Arm Tattoo

Black Arm Tattoo

Death Becomes Us

Powerful sweeps and strokes go well with the dense black hue of this life and death theme tattoo.

Death Becomes Us

Death Becomes Us

Powerfully Woven

This life and death tattoo uses artistic shades to great effect at the top and bottom of the single colored design.

Powerfully Woven

Powerfully Woven

Negative Space

This tattoo has an interesting look that comes from the dark background on which the letters are written for dramatic effect.

Negative Space

Negative Space

Just Tattooed

This freshly inked tattoo highlights a pattern of straight lines and delicate curves in an old-fashioned design.

Just Tattooed

Just Tattooed

Life Death Colors

This powerful tattoo with a life and death theme is shaded in the apt colors of red for life and black for death.

Life Death Colors

Life Death Colors

Graphic Design

This graphic design styled tattoo has a bold 3D look that comes from the emphasis on the outlines of the letters.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Tattoo Pattern

This life and death theme tattoo has a bold and dramatic look that is highlighted by thick lines and a smooth shine.

Tattoo Pattern

Tattoo Pattern

Dark,Lightly

A pattern of curves, light rounded ends, and straight lines is the specialty of this neat life and death theme tattoo.

Dark,Lightly

Dark,Lightly

Shaded Tattoo

This artistic life and death tattoo design has delicate shades in the center adding a cool effect to the old style lettering.

Shaded Tattoo

Shaded Tattoo

Life And Death

The red of life and the black of death sit opposite each other in this two colored arm tattoo.

Life And Death

Life And Death

Deep Design

The letters in this life and death tattoo have an old style look. Check out the huge dramatic arch in the ‘H’ of this beautiful design.

Deep Design

Deep Design

Inked Life Death

The twisted ends of the letters of this life and death tattoo in black makes it a really cool design.

Inked Life Death

Inked Life Death

Red Center

Edged with black at the top and bottom this amazing tattoo is bold red right through the center as a celebration of life.

Red Center

Red Center

Life Warrior Tattoo

Life and death mingle in this sharp sword styled tattoo with a fantastic edge in the lettering.

Life Warrior Tattoo

Life Warrior Tattoo

Life Death Patterns

A clean design with large loops, this life and death tattoo inked in black is a great arm tattoo design idea.

Life Death Patterns

Life Death Patterns

Spiralling Tattoo

Check out the delicate spirals and loops giving an old style look to this life and death theme tattoo.

Spiralling Tattoo

Spiralling Tattoo

Life Shines

A great arm tattoo, this design symbolizing life and death is marked by a bright shine that glows with positive energy.

Life Shines

Life Shines

Dense Style

The words ‘Death’ and ‘Life’ interlock in this thickly patterned arm tattoo design.

Dense Style

Dense Style

My Life Choice

A pattern of dense lines curving into thin ends makes this life and death tattoo an amazingly intricate pattern.

My Life Choice

My Life Choice

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  • Jai

    The Mortality Ode is the best in this collection. That really shows a life and death tattoo design. ^^ The others are so looking the same.

  • Tarun Jaitely

    Awesome collection. Liked all designs. Thanks for sharing :)

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