Eight Of The Best Tattoos Inspired By Music

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Some people are casual fans of a band. Some people own all the albums. Some, however, are driven to interpret how the music makes them feel through getting a tattoo, bringing their own unique expression to how they see their favorite songs. Here’s a look at some of the eight best tattoos inspired by music.

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It’s true there are a lot of Metallica tattoos out there, ranging from the band to the album art. But this one stands out because it’s both a tough tattoo to get and unmistakable. People will think most album art is just a tattooist’s fever dream; this one means there’s no mistaking it.

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That said, there are some images that are just so iconic, so tied to one band, that it makes a great tattoo. Also, you’d be surprised how difficult it is to nail this art; we went through a lot of Pink Floyd tattoos to find one that nailed it.

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Another surprisingly difficult tribute, as anybody who’s seen a musician’s face in a tattoo can tell you, is capturing the essence of a great musician in a tattoo. Too realistic and it looks weird; too abstract and it doesn’t come through. This, however, nails it with perfect simplicity and style.


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Sometimes, it must be said, bands do the hard work for you. This tattoo both communicates your taste in music and offers an indelible image everyone will notice.

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Of course, sometimes more detail is better, or you just can’t capture part of what makes a musician great without getting into the nitty-gritty. Hence, detailed tattoos like this bring out the best in fans.

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Lyric tattoos are fairly popular, but they’re also hard to do right. Just putting the words on your skin is usually enough for most people, but given enough style, even a simple lyric tattoo can become a unique expression.

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And then, of course, there’s the tattoo that goes all out.

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