I am seriously considering turning this into a completely music tattoo-based blog. For realz.
It was slightly harder to find good band tattoos than bad ones. Who would’ve thought?
It’s beautifully done and an iconic image. And you know what? He didn’t have to ink “THE CLASH” over it for us to understand. Let that be a lesson to you, Korn fans.
Okay, okay, it’s David Lee Roth. But look at that action! It’s like he’s going to kick that dude’s nipples right off of his chest. That’s awesome.
Splattered Paint Notes
You see a lot of notes and music tattooed on people, but this one adds a nice messiness with the bass clef and sharp notation splattered over it.
The best part about this tattoo? It doesn’t have “Bob Marley” written underneath it.
Simple and understated. Also, I like to imagine he has “KILL tattooed on the other hand, just to even it out.
Another great one that’s not overdone. I think simplicity is a pattern.
Technically, I do think it’s a bit weird to get Bob Dylan’s face inked on your calf. But if you’re gonna do it…at least get a good one like this. Plus, I like the choice of older, grizzled Dylan over young, hot Dylan.
Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”
Nice. Not crazy but not common enough to be cliche.
Andy Warhol’s art for The Velvet Underground and Nico
Another one that’s iconic enough to be recognizable, but not so much so that everyone knows exactly why. Of course, I’m ignoring the fact that this is a “couples tattoo”. That fact alone should move it to the terrible list but I’ll give it a pass.
What I like most about this one is not just that it’s well done, it’s that this guy clearly didn’t have many (or any) other tattoos, so he had a full canvas to just go all out. It’s like he waited and saved and then one day walked into a shop with the picture and said, “Do this.” Cool.
There are actually a fair number of decent Beatles tattoos out there. I tend to favor the simple: A stripped down Abbey Road.
A silhouette of the famous “Jump” photo.
Or a famous print done in color instead of the normal black and white.
“Wait!” you say. “How is Unicorn 2Pac on the Awesome List?!” And I say, “How could Unicorn 2Pac NOT be on the Awesome List?”
Someone (with impeccable judgement, for sure) thought it was so awesome they did this. Two Unicorn 2Pacs can’t be wrong.
Part 1: Terrible Music Tattoos
Part 2: Questionable Music Tattoos