40 Heartbreakingly Beautiful Joy Division Tattoos

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

Let love tear you apart once again with these Joy Division tattoos that are bound to make you feel all the post-punk vibes.

Joy Division is arguably one of the most influential post-punk bands from the 80's, along with The Smiths, New Order, and The Cure. They brought us their signature eclectic taste well-blended with their tuned resonance and Ian Curtis' deep vocals which then influenced several indie acts and bands  who broke into mainstream rock such as Radiohead and The Killers.

And I'm sure I'm not the first one to point out that like the cover of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, their album cover for Unknown Pleasures is still one of the most-used imagery in pop culture—from shirts to tattoos. The minimalist, electrocardiogram-esque design of that particular Joy Division album is both tasteful and distinctive yet not overdoing it. It's a great design to rock not just on shirts but also on skin.

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by Dodie
by Dodie
Last Sparrow Tattoo
Last Sparrow Tattoo

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by Andrew Marsh
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Done at Guy Lee Studios in Mellieha, Malta
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by Ian Scurlock
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by Slava Kononov
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by Slava Kononov
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by Jay Joree at Last Angels Tattoos in Dallas Texas
by Jay Joree at Last Angels Tattoos in Dallas Texas
by Jay Joree at Last Angels Tattoos in Dallas Texas
Life Aquatic Zissou Joy Division by Mack Taknado
Life Aquatic Zissou Joy Division by Mack Taknado
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by Kyle Crowell
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by Giuseppe Morello
by Lukasz Sokolowsi at Rock n Ink Tattoo in Krakow, Poland
by Lukasz Sokolowsi at Rock n Ink Tattoo in Krakow, Poland

Tattoo artist Chaim Machlev took inspiration from Unknown Pleasures to create stunning tattoos like the following, using the distinct wavelines featured in the iconic album cover.

by Chaim Machlev
by Chaim Machlev
by Chaim Machlev
by Chaim Machlev
by Chaim Machlev
by Chaim Machlev
by Chaim Machlev
by Chaim Machlev
by Dan Siviter at Main Line Ink
by Dan Siviter at Main Line Ink
by Jean-Luc Navette
by Jean-Luc Navette
by Chelmakin Tattoo - Moscow, Russia
by Chelmakin Tattoo - Moscow, Russia

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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