30 music tattoos that top the charts

30 Music Tattoos That Top the Charts

Have you ever met someone who dislikes music? Can that person be trusted? One thing’s certain: most of us love music and it’s a part of our everyday lives. It’s universal and speaks to each individual’s lived experiences. Whether you’re a music maker or just someone who enjoys listening to it, you might want to show your love with a music-inspired tattoo.

There are many different ways to show your love of the tune. Perhaps there’s a certain instrument you have an affinity for or even a format you enjoy listening to your music on. For instance, many people who collect vinyl records are passionate about it and will often get tattoos inspired by record players or even speakers. If you love all the instruments and formats, then another inspiration might be a band or an artist you thoroughly enjoy and admire. There’s no right or wrong way to do a music tattoo. We decided to avoid the deep cuts and instead explore some fresh ink to see what tattoos people have recently gotten. Here are 30 fresh music tattoos that are so good you’ll want an encore.

The Phonograph

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Phonographs and gramophones are a hot tattoo trend right now. This is a very classic design, but some people have designs that imagine the horn as a flower or other objects.

Ad-Lib

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Wow! This very colorful piano tattoo is super stylish. It’s vibrant and full of life. In music, ad libitum means with great expression and this person took this design all the way there.

Ziggy Stardust

Some of our favorite tattoos are portraits of musicians. This David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust tattoo is mesmerizing. Would you get a musician’s face tattooed on your body?

Delicate Notes

If you’re considering as music tattoo as your first, consider going small like these micro music notes. They’re so neatly done and are so elegant.

Piano

When in doubt, get a photorealistic tattoo of a baby grand piano. Check out the reflection of the strings on the lid. What a feat.

Baby Boombox

This blocky boombox complete with cassette has us feeling all sorts of nostalgic. We love these flashy colors and the lighting bolts buzzing from the speaker.

Floral

A treble clef tattoo is a very common design you’ll see time and again. However, this tattoo is jazzed up with the addition of a floral pattern to give it even more character.

Pump the Bass

This photo was shared by the tattoo artist who completed it. The tattoo belongs to a bass player in a punk band. We love the watercolor effect here.

Hot Mic

Wow. This black and grey tattoo is stunning. Music is so romantic so it’s no surprise that this design includes a gorgeous rose.

Leo Delibes Watercolor

We’ve got another phenomenal watercolor tattoo with this piece. We find sheet music set in front of the most delicate splashes of color. Remarkable!

Spin It

As promised, we’ve got some viny lovers with tattoos to prove it on the list. This very minimal black ink tattoo of a record looks sharp.

The Composer

For songwriters and composers, a tattoo of the concept is often hard to pin down. This design takes a very literal approach and we love it.

Fender

This tattoo of a guitar head is masterfully done. Done in the sketch tattoo style and incorporating watercolor red blotches of color, it’s an effective design.

Jazzy

Eat your heart out, Lisa Simpson. We’ve got a jazzy saxophone tat here that’s composed of a bunch of dots. Dotwork tattooing is a special skill that gives this design so much character and visual interest.

A Little Night Music

Have you ever been listening to a song and thought you’d like to bottle up the moment forever? This romantic scene captured inside a jar is so charming.

The Beetles

The famous Abbey Road album cover is reimagined in silhouette. We love that the shadows even have shadows here.

Cher

We did not set out to find a Cher tattoo, but a Cher tattoo found us. This photorealistic portrait of the iconic singer and actor really captures the star’s likeness.

Check the Mic

This vintage microphone conjures images of Motown and classic style. The use of color that’s reflected in the mic is absolutely stunning.

The Drums

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These gorgeous drums are done in a traditional style complete with a dazzling flower. It’s enough to make you want to dance.

Lennon, Marley, Mercury, Bowie

We’ve got some minimal portraits of a veritable hall of fame here. John Lennon, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, and David Bowie are instantly recognizable thanks to these smart designs.

Pull Some Strings

Classical music lovers can get in on the music tattoo game as well. This glorious violin placed delicately inside a blooming flower is excellent.

Mind the Music

Where your head at? In the clouds. This stunning design features a statue listening to music and losing its head. Do you ever hear a song this good?

Mixtape

We are very much into the cassette tape love we’re seeing in music tattoos these days.

Amy

Amy Winehouse and her iconic hair are given a stylized treatment in this tribute tattoo. The lyric “You know I’m no good” is included for good measure. Bravo!

Stevie

This magical Stevie Nicks tattoo lives up to the legendary rocker’s reputation. Mysterious and enchanted, we’re here for all of these mystical vibes.

A Production

This tattoo belongs to a music producer and includes all manner of gadgets used during production. We love this 2-D design and the fun abstract shapes that bring it to life.

Jimi

This portrait of the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is lovingly done. You could not hope for a better outcome when getting a photorealistic portrait tattoo.

At the Heart of It

Do you feel like music courses through your veins? This heart tattoo with musical notes doesn’t miss a beat.

Kurt

Wow! This Kurt Cobain tattoo is mindblowing. It’s the work of Steve Butcher who is an insanely talented tattoo artist who specializes in portraits.

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Pick Me

Women rock! The guitarist with this tattoo proves it with her design of a manicured hand holding a neon green guitar pick. What a fun tat!

There you go! 30 music tattoos that celebrate the power of music. We hope these thrilling designs inspire your next tattoo.

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