Awesome Music Tattoos

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?

The Clash

The Clash London Calling

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.

Van Halen

Van Halen

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.

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.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

The best part about this tattoo? It doesn’t have “Bob Marley” written underneath it.

Knuckle Notes

Hand notes

Simple and understated. Also, I like to imagine he has “KILL tattooed on the other hand, just to even it out.

Electric Guitar

Electric guitar

Another great one that’s not overdone. I think simplicity is a pattern.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

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”

Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here album

Nice. Not crazy but not common enough to be cliche.

Andy Warhol’s art for The Velvet Underground and Nico

Andy Warhol Velvet Underground bananas

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.

The Beatles

Beatles Abbey Road

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.

Beatles Abbey Road 2

There are actually a fair number of decent Beatles tattoos out there. I tend to favor the simple: A stripped down Abbey Road.

Beatles Jump

A silhouette of the famous “Jump” photo.

Beatles colored

Or a famous print done in color instead of the normal black and white.

Unicorn 2Pac


“Wait!” you say. “How is Unicorn 2Pac on the Awesome List?!” And I say, “How could Unicorn 2Pac NOT be on the Awesome List?”

2Pac 2

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

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