This month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of an undisputedly classic album, Millencolin’s “For Monkeys.” (Editor’s Note: Literally everyone else in the office wanted to dispute this.) This proved to be their breakout album, catapulting the band to success in both their native Sweden and throughout the rest of their world. In celebration of this anniversary and the entire career of Scandinavia's best pop punk band, we’re taking a look at some awesome Millencolin tattoos that adorn some of their biggest fans.
Millencolin got their start in 1992 when they were still teens. After several demos and dozens of shows, the band cut their first full length, 1994’s “Tiny Tunes,” the title of which was changed to “Same Old Tunes” after a legal dispute with Warner Brothers. The album got them noticed in their native Sweden, but it wasn’t until 1995’s follow up, “Life on a Plate,” that the rest of the world began to take notice.
One of the first outside of Sweden to fall in love with Millencolin was Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, who quickly signed the band to his label, the burgeoning Epitaph Records. “Life on a Plate” was re-released stateside and the band toured extensively outside of Sweden for the first time. Afterwards, they got to work on the follow-up record.
Recorded in January 1997 at Unisound with sound engineer Dan (as the lyrics to the opening track will tell you), “For Monkeys” was released in Sweden on April 20th, with a May 20th US release. The album landed them a spot on the nascent Warped Tour alongside Blink 182, The Descendents, and Limp Bizkit. The band spent the next several years touring the globe, including Japan, Australia, and Brazil.
While “For Monkeys” was the album that took Millencolin from a small-town Swedish band to international stars, their next effort, 2000’s “Pennybridge Pioneers” brought them into the mainstream. Leaning more on traditional rock and roll sounds than the ska punk of their earlier releases, the record (along with a spot on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 soundtrack) cemented Millencolin’s place as one of the most successful pop punk bands in the world, as well as one of the most successful Swedish bands of all time.
More touring and albums followed, including 2002’s excellent “Home From Home,” 2005’s “Kingwood,” and the misguided “Machine 15” from 2008. 2015 saw the release of the band’s most recent album, “True Brew,” which was hailed as a return to form. All the while the band enjoyed the same level of success at home and abroad.
In celebration their amazing career and the 20th anniversary of “For Monkeys,” we’ve scouted high and low to bring you some of the best Millencolin tattoos on the planet. There’s no sicker way to show hardcore love and devotion to a band than with a tattoo, and these Millencolin fans have brought their A game. So, slip on some headphones and blast “For Monkeys” and rock out while you check out these hard rocking tattoos.
As the years go on, the group shows no signs of slowing down. Just like these awesome Millencolin tattoos, they’ll be around for a while. And we can’t wait to see what they do next.