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Musical Tattoo Ideas: Music Notes, Instruments & Bands

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Musical Tattoo Ideas: Musical Notes, Instruments, Bands, Album Covers, and More

Musical Tattoo Ideas: Musical Notes, Instruments, Bands, Album Covers, and More

Musical Tattoo Ideas

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.

Below, you will find photos and design inspiration for the following tattoos:

  • musical notes and symbols: bass and treble clefs, etc.
  • musical instruments: guitars, piano keys, cowbells, etc.
  • band names and album covers: ways to express your fandom.

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.

Musical Instrument Tattoos

You can get any kind of instrument you want tattooed, from a harp to a clarinet to a drum set, but guitars are probably the most popular instrument tattoo. You can dress up any guitar as you wish—acoustic, classical, electric, etc. Although you may not be able to afford Kurt Cobain's 1969 Fender Mustang, you can always afford a tattoo version.

Often it's musicians who get these 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!

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 get 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.


Sussy on May 21, 2012:

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


abhi on December 26, 2011:

I love tatto art

Alice on August 31, 2010:

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!

Janelle on June 25, 2010:

I love the music nots on the feet

Billz on July 09, 2009:

wicked tatoo of the guns and roses!!!

fuhhu on May 15, 2009:

the f holes on the back look sick

Kendra on May 12, 2009:

Im So Getting THat When I Turn 16 Lol..

Im Serious

brittany on February 19, 2009:

i like the first 1

Katie on January 04, 2009:


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

Chris88 on January 03, 2009:

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 ?

chanc on December 21, 2008:

i liked hatchet man

*SweetEffects* on December 12, 2008:

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

LBl0v3 on November 13, 2008:

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

bec on November 02, 2008:

i want a sweet tat, any ideas?

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

james on September 29, 2008:

that's rad dude

april_mae from cavite, philippines on May 20, 2008:

i love music

nikki on May 11, 2008:

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

whitneyawhite from Northern Idaho on April 18, 2008:

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.

jonixk from Lisbon on April 14, 2008:

Very cool tattoos. I specially liked the musical note.