42 Stirring Music Tattoos

For many of us, it's difficult to picture life without music. Let these music tattoos be a reminder of that....

It's the tune we wake up to in the morning, the songs we hum in the shower, the melody we hear when we hear as our hearts fall and the blues that fill us when we're down. It's everywhere as long as you keep your ears open.

The same way tattoo artists flow into their own rhythm; the buzz of the machine, the noise in the streets as people walk and pass by and the sound only they can hear when they've finished a good piece. It all falls in harmony with art and music. All it takes is for one to find the sound that makes it alright and makes your heart scream and sing at the right times.

Because music is composed of a wide variety of elements, there are many symbols and depictions one can choose from to incorporate music in a tattoo. From the musical notes, to the audio equipment, thrown into black and white or a spectrum of colors, bringing music to life on skin with music tattoos...

by Christy Charernnam #tattooing #tattoomachine
Let's start with the classic musical notes:
tattoo of blowholehidieho #heart #music
Music tattoos on knuckles #knuckletattoo #musictattoo #musictattoos
A musical knuckle tattoo set looks ready to make some melodies.
Watercolor music tattoo #watecolor #music #gkey #musictattoo
Watercolor style and music.
Music tattoos by Kelsey #musictattoo #musictattoos #watercolor
Paint drip tattoo, G key. Artist unknown #musictattoos #gkey #trebleclef
Wicked paint drip tattoo.
Music tattoos in trash polka style by truemmertattoo #musictattoo #trashpolka #music #bassclef
Trash polka and musical notes can produce pretty good results.
Stylish music tattoos. Photo by unleashed210 of deviantart #musictattoo #notesheet
The way your musical notes are wrapped around your sleeves is something you should really consider. After all, placement matters a lot.
Music tattoo. Aritst unknown #musictattoo
Musical thigh garter tattoo. Artist unknown #music #musictattoos #gartertattoo #garter
Channel a more feminine tattoo with a musical thigh garter.
Musical tribal design #tribal #music #musictattoo #chest #gclef
A musical touch on a tribal design.
A cute bass clef and G-clef heart tattoo #trebleclef #bassclef #heartshaped
Freehand, cover-up, music tattoo
Explosive arm piece with mashup of music tattoos #musictattoo #music tattoos
A nice variation of the usual feather-into-birds tattoo #musictattoos #trebleclef
Wicked sleeve covered in music tattoos. This one's for the musician in heart and soul #sleeve #music #musictattoos
There's just something about paint dripping style that make tattoos stand out #trebleclef #gkey #music
And now, the musical instruments and equipment:
Some get tattoos of the instruments they play.
Guitar tattoo #guitar #music # musictattoo #electricguitar #backpiece
Amazing guitar back piece. Again, with those paint drips!
Colorful musical instrument tattoo. Artist unknown #rose #microphone #vintagemicrophone #music #musictattoo

Bursting colors and floral elements is also another way to go with music tattoos.

Pegbox and music sheets tattoo. Artist unknown #music #musictattoos #pegbox
A really good half-sleeve, showcasing a pegbox and some musical sheets.
Retro mixtapes tattoo. Artist unknown #tape #mixedtape #music #musictattoos
Going retro with the good ol' mixtapes and trusty the trusty trads.
Guitar tattoo by Nick King #guitar #music #musictattoos
Guitar tattoo. Artist unknown #guitar #music #musictattoo #strings #blackandgrey
Trash polka music tattoos. Artist unknown #trashpolka #musictattoo #music #gibson #lespaul #electricguitar #guitar
Creative music and heart tattoo #heart #anatomicalheart #music #musictattoo #piano #trumpet
Not bad, a really creative design.
A gibson Les Paul tattoo. Unknown artist #music #gibson #lespaul #guitar
Retro music tattoo #tape #casette
tattoo of ek1991 #music #blackwork #musictattoo
Guitar tattoo. Artist unknown #guitar #gibson #music #musictattoo
Boom box tattoo. Artist unknown #boomblaster #boombox #rose #music #musictattoo
Relive that summer boom box feel.
Music tattoo. Unknown artist #blackandgrey #realism #music #musictattoo
Guitar tattoo by Mikki Bold #Fender #Jazzbass #guitar #guitartattoo #musictattoo
Others:
Music tattoos of buttons. Unknown artist #musictattoo #play #music #button #icons
Music tattoo on chest. Unknown artist #sound #soundwaves #music #musictattoo
Music tattoo. Unknown artist #sound #music #city #skyline

Celebrity music tattoos:

Never Shout Never's Christofer Drew pulls off cool music tattoos of a G-clef and a bass clef on both his thighs.

Lea Michele has tiny musical notes on the upper left of her back.

Check out Blink-182's Travis Barker's boombox tattoo (and his belt buckle btw!) 

[Disclaimer: photos and tattoos that are shown here belong to their respective owners.]