Music has always been a strong part of history and culture. For this reason, many people choose to express their love of music — either as a musician, or an enthusiast — with music tattoos.
The musician will often choose music tattoos that reflect their own part in the musical process such as their instrument (guitar, drums, etc.), or musical notes. Some will even go as far as to tattoo large areas of their body with sheet music of a song with personal importance to them.
A music enthusiast may pick a similar style. However, it is not uncommon for them to express their appreciation of a favorite musician. Most bands use a font that is particular to them; this font can be used in a descriptive figure — such as the band’s logo — or simply by tattooing the band’s name in an identical font.
One of the most popular music tattoos are musical notes. The treble clef is used most frequently; the beautiful curves make this a stylish design. The bass clef is also used, though less frequently. It is understandable why these two signs should be so common, as they indicate the pitch of any particular score, and set the undertone to every song.
These designs are great because they can be done in so many different ways. They can be small and simple, therefore, easy to place. But many people choose to make a statement with their music tattoos and mix their passion for music with something of equal relevance in their life. Some will mix a music note with a symbol of their faith, thus expressing their devotion to both. Others will mix music with star signs, hearts, eyes, flames and anything that connects their appreciation of music with something of great value in their lives.
Some music tattoos will depict a person, or figure playing an instrument of the wearer’s choice. These are often seen with a person’s favorite musician — guitarists and classical musicians being the most popular examples of this. They may also take on a more sinister aspect, some people using skeletal figures, or the image of ‘death‘. One of the kitschier examples of this are pinup tattoos. A scantily clad woman with a guitar or microphone. This image is often intended to show the underlying sensuality of certain music.
Tattoos, like music, are an art form. And as we are prone to listen to certain songs over and over because of the way they make us feel, we may also feel compelled to get a tattoo to express the very same emotion. It just seems natural to mix these two compelling art forms to convey our deepest feelings.