27 Club: 11 Beautiful Portraits of Music's Most Tragic Losses

27 Club: 11 Beautiful Portraits of Music's Most Tragic Losses

"It's better to burn out than to fade away."

Kurt Cobain famously quoted those words by Neil Young in his suicide note- thus making him the 5th member of the 27 Club alongside Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and later, Amy Winehouse... among many more. 

27 Club Tribute.. Artist Unkown #27club

Over the years, a certain glamour has become associated with the 27 Club- when, to be honest, there is nothing glamorous about it. Most "members" died as a result of drugs and alcohol abuse, and in some cases- suicide or suspected homicide. Rock n Roll can take its toll.

Iconic photo by Jim Marshall of Jimi Hendrix filming Janis Joplin while partying together in the 60s. #jimmarshall #janisjoplin

These artists were taken far too soon, and the questions of what they could have accomplished had they grown older are endless. Already musical icons at just 27 years old, it's painful to think of what accomplishments they could have made had they not left so soon. 

Brian Jones #BrianJones

Aside from the tragic nature of this infamous "club," it's important to remember the impact these artists made on music. 

Kurt Cobain #KurtCobain

Jimi Hendrix headlined the biggest music festival of all time, Woodstock. Brian Jones essential began The Rolling Stones, even coming up with the name.  Janis Joplin is known as The Queen of Rock. Jim Morrison not only fronted The Doors, but was also a master of poetry, writing and film. Kurt Cobain began the Grunge movement and famously spoke to women's rights. In a world of pop music, Amy Whinehouse brought her soulful, bluesy sound to a generation who'd never been exposed to it. These people influenced music forever, and whether they had died at age 27 or not- they would be remembered forever for doing so. 

Amy Winehouse #AmyWinehouse

In their honor, here are 9 beautiful tattoos commemorating the lives of some of the 27 Club icons by some of the best portrait artists out there. 

Kurt Cobain by Nikko Hurtado (@nikkohurtado) #KurtCobainportrait #NikkoHurtado
Psychadelic Jim Morrison portrait by Sara MacNeil (@sarahmacneil) #JimMorrisonportrait #SaraMacNeil
Amy Winehouse by Jocke Petersson (@jocke_petersson) #AmiWinehouse #JockePetersson
Epic Janis + Jimi backpiece by Jens Bergstrom (@jensatheavenlyink) #Woodstocktattoo #JensBergstrom
Beautiful black and grey portraits of Kurt by Gabri Pais (@gabripais) #blackandgrey #portrait #KurtCobain #GabriPais
Jimi by Gabri Pais (@gabripais) #JimiHendrix
Detail shot of a Jimi Hendrix portrait by Nikko Hurtado (@nikkohurtado) #JimiHendrix #NikkoHurtado #portrait
Janis Joplin by Stefan Müller (@stefan_tattoos) #JanisJoplin #stefanmuller
Detail of an Amy portrait by Nikko Hurtado (@nikkohurtado) #AmyWinehouse #portrait #NikkoHurtado
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