Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: Juan Zarate at Illuminati Tattoo in Fullerton.

If you like a band, you purchase their album. If you really like a band, you attend their show. But if you really, really like a band, you get a tattoo of the lead singer's face on your arm.

It must be equal parts creepy and flattering for a musician to experience this level of fandom. Unfortunately, nearly all of the musicians featured here have passed away, but their images live on (for as long as their host does) in the form of an artistic tribute and badge of honor that doubles as a conversation piece.

We can tell a lot about a person by their tattoos, and we can tell the following people have good taste in music and tattoo artists, since all tattoos were inked by some of OC's finest tattooists:

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: Kareem Masarani at Newport Tattoo in Newport Beach.

Jimi Hendrix once said "music is a safe kind of high;" the same can be said about tattoos. 

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: William Novotny at Bad Influence Tattoo in Fountain Valley.

Imaginative interpretation of John Lennon's iconic 'Imagine' cover.

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: Marc Jackson at Gold Rush Tattoo in Costa Mesa.

How awesome would it be if Henry Rollins got a tattoo of this person that showed their tattoo of Rollins and his tattoos?! 

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: Kareem Masarani at Newport Tattoo in Newport Beach.

Once upon a time, Mark Wahlberg had a tattoo of Bob Marley... and now he doesn't. 

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: William Novotny at Bad Influence Tattoo in Fountain Valley.

Sid Vicious: not a model citizen a mother would want tattooed on her son.

 

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: Kevin Childs at Newport Tattoo in Newport Beach.

We love the old skool pinup style of this Amy Winehouse caricature.

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: Juan Zarate at Illuminati Tattoo in Fullerton.

Surprisingly, Keith Richards is the only musician featured on this list who is still living.

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: Joel Bones at Gold Rush Tattoo in Costa Mesa.

Elvis may not have had any tattoos, but this lad sure does!

Famous Musicians Immortalized By OC Tattoo Artists
Artist: Arlene Salinas at Gold Rush Tattoo in Costa Mesa.

Too soon, we know. But this tattoo was done while Bowie was still alive, so settle down! 

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