The most common elements in the Death tattoos are, without any doubt, the weapons (for the obvious reason that they are used for killing people). 

The scythe is, by far, the most popular choice when it comes to a Grim Reaper tattoo. The scythe can symbolize the cutting of negative energies or influences. Also, as a harvesting tool, it can symbolize hope and prosperity. It can represent the moment of death, when a scythe is said to cut a silver thread. The scythe has a long handle, indicating that it can reach anywhere.
Death tattoo: Death carrying a little baby

However, when the Death is portrayed as the Death Angel, the scythe is usually (but not necessarily) replaced by a sword. The sword can be a short, simple, sword (similar to the roman Gladius) or a highly-decorated sword.
Death tattoo covering the shoulder and the upper arm: Grim Reaper portrayed as a winged skeleton

Without being very popular, many other medieval weapons can be seen in the Death tattoos: spears, lances and javelins (these weapons can be seen in the Angel of Death tattoos or in the tattoos which depict Death as a medieval knight), knives and daggers (very common in the Skulls tattoo designs), bows and arrows, etc.
unusual Death tattoo design: Grim Reaper portrayed as an archer / bowman

Increasingly popular are the fire-guns: usually handguns - derringers, old-fashioned revolvers (very common in the Mexican Mafia tattoos and in the Skulls tattoos), semi-automatic pistols and machine pistols (very common in the gang / prison tattoos) but also various long guns (like shotguns or sniper rifles).
gangsta tattoo: Grim Reaper pointing an old-fashioned revolver

skull and guns tattoo covering a men's chest

Death tattoo: a skull, two pistols and several gunshot wounds

skull tattoo covering a man's chest: a skull and two crossing revolvers surrounded by several gunshot wounds

Death tattoo: Angel of Death portrayed as a sniper

Death tattoo: Grim Reaper portrayed as a sniper

a very popular tattoo theme: skulls and guns

gangsta-style Death tattoo: Grim Reaper holding a semi-automatic pistol
This is the most recent post.
Older Post