Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie is as iconic as the legendary heavy metal band, and these super fans have some killer Eddie ink.
Eddie, also known as Eddie the Head, is the mascot for the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He made his first appearance when the stage manager at the time Dave "Lights" Beasley designed a paper mache head that was placed above the drummer at concerts and spat blood through it's mouth. Eddie then went on to gain a full body and began to appear on Maiden's album covers illustrated by Derek Riggs.
The "zombie like" creature takes on a different role throughout the band's artwork and Eddie assumes a different guise relating to the themes of individual albums and their corresponding world tours, and has appeared as a cyborg, an Egyptian mummy and a lobotomized mental patient among others. He even makes live show appearances onstage and you could really say he was like a 5th band member!
Eddie has evolved into many different looks over the years and the awesome album artwork by artists like Derek Riggs, Melvyn Grant and Tim Bradstreet to name a few make killer tattoos for the fans.
From the album cover "Killers" released in 1981 Eddie comes with full on 80's metal hair
This awesome black and grey back piece shows various incarnations of Eddie through the years
Iron maiden tattoo. This super fan seems to have a whole bunch of Eddie tattoos on his body. Photo from Marc Hansen
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The iconic image from Melvyn Grant for the "Fear of the Dark" album cover
From the first live recorded album in 1985 "Live After Death" Tattoo by Evan Olin
A close up from the "Piece of Mind" album from 1983. Photo by Sola Fide Tattoo Society
Eddie the cyborg from the "Somewhere in Time" era 1986
Eddie as "The Trooper" 1983 from Eyedeal Ink studios
Inspired by the Eddie from the cover "The Number of the Beast" Tattoo by Keith Ciaramello
Mummified Eddie from the "Powerslave" era in 1984 tattoo by Bob Tyrell
Another more cartoony 80's style "Killers" tattoo from Holy Rollers Tattoo
Triple variation of black and grey Eddie's by Mark Gibson
Jackie Rabbit's awesome color "Fear of the Dark" tattoo
Stunning detail on the Powerslave tattoo by Roman Abrego
Black and grey "Fear of the Dark" Eddie looks nice an creepy
Close up of the Eddie mummy from the "Powerslave" album cover
The mummy is a favorite and makes a killer backpiece
Or you could just go the whole hog and get the entire Powerslave album cover done! 100% true Iron Maiden fan!