Musical Tattoo Ideas: Music Notes, Instruments & Bands

Updated on February 18, 2019
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Musical Tattoos

Musical tattoos are incredibly popular among both men and women. Even if you don't play music, you likely listen to it, so it's easy to feel a connection to its symbols. This article will go over some ideas for musical tattoos and hopefully you'll find inspiration for your own body art.

Tattoos of Music Notes & Symbols

The most common musical tattoos are symbols from sheet music, including different musical notes and symbols, such as the bass and treble clef along with the musical staff that marks the row of sheet music.

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by Mpatshi)(by Jackie Brown, No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo, Philly)(Worcester Tattoo and Art Festival)by unknownby unknownby Black Line Studios - Toronto, Ontario, Canada(by Mike, Full Color Coverage, Annapolis, Maryland)by unknown(by Marvin Vigil, Chrome Lotus Tattoo, Orlando, FL)(by Philthy, Images In Ink, Andover)
by Mpatshi)
by Mpatshi)
(by Jackie Brown, No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo, Philly)
(by Jackie Brown, No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo, Philly)
(Worcester Tattoo and Art Festival)
(Worcester Tattoo and Art Festival)
by unknown
by unknown
by unknown
by unknown
by Black Line Studios - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
by Black Line Studios - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(by Mike, Full Color Coverage, Annapolis, Maryland)
(by Mike, Full Color Coverage, Annapolis, Maryland)
by unknown
by unknown
(by Marvin Vigil, Chrome Lotus Tattoo, Orlando, FL)
(by Marvin Vigil, Chrome Lotus Tattoo, Orlando, FL)
(by Philthy, Images In Ink, Andover)
(by Philthy, Images In Ink, Andover)

Musical Instruments

Guitars are another popular music tattoo. You can dress up any guitar as you wish in a tattoo. Although you may not be able to afford the best guitar, you can always afford it in tattoo version. It's also possible to get any kind of instrument you want tattooed, from a harp to a clarinet to a drum set.

Typically, only musicians get these kinds of tattoos, as you have to be pretty devoted to a musical instrument to get it permanently inked on your body. But, if you really love the violin, then knock yourself out and get it tattooed!

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(by Jessica South, Blue Moon Tattoo & Body Piercing, Ringgold, Va)(by Jessica South, Blue Moon Tattoo & Body Piercing, Ringgold, Va)(by Adriano La Rocca, Giardini Naxos)(by Vince Nadeau, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)(by Brujo, Santa Dolores Tattoo, Madrid Spain)
(by Jessica South, Blue Moon Tattoo & Body Piercing, Ringgold, Va)
(by Jessica South, Blue Moon Tattoo & Body Piercing, Ringgold, Va)
(by Jessica South, Blue Moon Tattoo & Body Piercing, Ringgold, Va)
(by Jessica South, Blue Moon Tattoo & Body Piercing, Ringgold, Va)
(by Adriano La Rocca, Giardini Naxos)
(by Adriano La Rocca, Giardini Naxos)
(by Vince Nadeau, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)
(by Vince Nadeau, D-Markation, Quebec city, Canada)
(by Brujo, Santa Dolores Tattoo, Madrid Spain)
(by Brujo, Santa Dolores Tattoo, Madrid Spain)

Tattoos of Band Names and Logos

Your favorite band name or logo is another great option for a musical tattoo. Particularly a band that you've been a big fan of for a while and that means something important for you. If you're a Rolling Stones fan, you could get their iconic lips and mouth logo, or get a famous album cover, such as the one from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Or, just the name of your favorite band to show your devotion. There's no wrong way to do it.

Pick your musical tattoo and your design. Make it you and unique. You can dress up any tattoo to make a simple set of music notes more personal.

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(by Dwayne Temple AKA Boots, Taboo Tattoos Inc., St.John's,NL Canada)by unknown(by John, Monsta Truck Tattoos, Napier, New Zealand)(by Dave and Wendy, Tribal Child, Llandudno, North Wales, UK)(by Roach, Year of the Dragon, Auburn, NY)(Jade Monkey Tattoos, Wilmington, NC)(by Brad Sims, Sims tattoos, Croydon)(by Leah Moule, Spear Studio, Birmingham UK)(by Xl Tattoo, Spain)
(by Dwayne Temple AKA Boots, Taboo Tattoos Inc., St.John's,NL Canada)
(by Dwayne Temple AKA Boots, Taboo Tattoos Inc., St.John's,NL Canada)
by unknown
by unknown
(by John, Monsta Truck Tattoos, Napier, New Zealand)
(by John, Monsta Truck Tattoos, Napier, New Zealand)
(by Dave and Wendy, Tribal Child, Llandudno, North Wales, UK)
(by Dave and Wendy, Tribal Child, Llandudno, North Wales, UK)
(by Roach, Year of the Dragon, Auburn, NY)
(by Roach, Year of the Dragon, Auburn, NY)
(Jade Monkey Tattoos, Wilmington, NC)
(Jade Monkey Tattoos, Wilmington, NC)
(by Brad Sims, Sims tattoos, Croydon)
(by Brad Sims, Sims tattoos, Croydon)
(by Leah Moule, Spear Studio, Birmingham UK)
(by Leah Moule, Spear Studio, Birmingham UK)
(by Xl Tattoo, Spain)
(by Xl Tattoo, Spain)

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        Sussy 

        6 years ago

        Hola. alguien podria decirme que significado tiene el tatoo de la nota del sol. que tiene las dos estrellas y la nota musical.

        Gracias

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        abhi 

        7 years ago

        I love tatto art

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        Alice 

        8 years ago

        the rolling stones tattoo is amazing!

        i want a small tattoo on my foot that involves music, but i don't know what to get!

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        Janelle 

        8 years ago

        I love the music nots on the feet

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        Billz 

        9 years ago

        wicked tatoo of the guns and roses!!!

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        fuhhu 

        9 years ago

        the f holes on the back look sick

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        Kendra 

        9 years ago

        Im So Getting THat When I Turn 16 Lol..

        Im Serious

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        brittany 

        10 years ago

        i like the first 1

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        Katie 

        10 years ago

        Hey,

        I love the Treble clef I think it is hot. What bout color. I would think it would look cute with color

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        Chris88 

        10 years ago

        Hi guys, I've been thinking about getting a Full Sleeve on my right arm for some while now. One of my main ideas is building a sleeve with images representing my favorite bands etc. Any input ?

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        chanc 

        10 years ago

        i liked hatchet man

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        *SweetEffects* 

        10 years ago

        Ohh, ive been searchin music notes/symbols/images cuz i want a tat reppin what im about & that is just freakin sweeeeeeeeeet

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        LBl0v3 

        10 years ago

        i have a music note tat. i don't play an instrument or anything. but i cant live without music!

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        bec 

        10 years ago

        i want a sweet tat, any ideas?

        i love music, cars, skulls, how could i join it all in?

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        james 

        10 years ago

        that's rad dude

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        april_mae 

        10 years ago from cavite, philippines

        i love music

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        nikki 

        10 years ago

        i really like the treble clef one with the two stars and the note id like to get something like that

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        whitneyawhite 

        10 years ago from Northern Idaho

        I love the photos! I have a tat on my right arm that is a treble cleff with 3 of my brith flower. My next tat will be my kids birth flower placed to resemble an 8th note.

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        jonixk 

        10 years ago from Lisbon

        Very cool tattoos. I specially liked the musical note.

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