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26 Inspiring Tattoos All Music Lovers Will Appreciate

“Music is life; that’s why our hearts have beats.” —Cecily Morgan

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to show us their music-inspired tattoos. Here are the beautiful results.

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2. "My music skyline tattoo represents my dream of living in a big city while having the dream job — playing guitar and singing."

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Submitted by Ditte Amalie Greve Bichel, Facebook.

3. "Music makes my heartbeat. Truth. My favorite tattoo I’ve gotten so far."

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Submitted by dottson13.

5. "This one is an artistic representation of Paramore lyrics ('It's just a spark, but it's enough to keep me going')."

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Submitted by Rachel Frazer Zillig, Facebook.

6. "I am a HUGE lover of '80s music and Duran Duran are my favourite of them all. The music is from ‘Girls on Film’ the first DD song I ever heard. "

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7. "I'm a piano major, and this is a representation of my love for my art, and a reminder that I'm meant to be a musician. "

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"The bird shows how I find my own freedom in music. The color is to show how from simply black and white, I can create something much more beautiful."

Submitted by Rebecca Oden, Facebook.

8. "Five years ago, when we were young and first falling in love, my boyfriend and I would ride around town blasting Red Hot Chili Peppers."

9. "My tattoo is of Bob Marley’s 'Three Little Birds.' It helps me during times of stress and anxiety."

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"Don’t worry ‘bout a thing / ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.'”

Submitted by askrapits.

10. "From my favorite Mumford and Sons song, 'Awake My Soul.'"

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Submitted by Kim Langlais, Facebook.

11. "I was named after the song 'Julia' by John Lennon, the song he wrote for his mom of the same name."

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"I've played piano since I was five and music is a huge part of my life...so a tattoo of the sheet music seemed kind of perfect..."

Submitted by Julia Antonia Amaral, Facebook.

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12. "Led Zeppelin has been and will forever be my favorite band."

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Submitted by Jesse Bartelds, Facebook.

13. "Music is one of the only consistently real, beautiful things. It's the only thing that makes sense and singing is pretty much the only reason I have any sanity."

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"On my 18th birthday, my best friend and I started our birthday tattoo tradition and this was mine. Music is one of the only consistently real, beautiful things. It's the only thing that makes sense and singing is pretty much the only reason I have any sanity. Unfinished, I need to get the cord plugged in!"

Submitted by brynm487.

14. "I got this as a tribute to my favorite composer: Tchaikovsky. The music staff begins with the famous oboe solo from Swan Lake."

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"At the moment when the orchestra explodes with power and sound, the staff breaks apart with splashes of color and the moment comes alive on my arm with the music staff wrapping around the scene."

Submitted by taylora49.

15. "I've got a doctorate in flute and piccolo performance…and yes, I have a flute fingering chart tattooed on my left arm!"

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"I get asked a lot by Luddites what sort of alien hieroglyphics these are, and a lot of laughs and enjoyment from the classically savvy."

Submitted by tygrlily1211.

16. "Having bipolar disorder throughout high school, music and singing was the only thing that kept me sane and kept me breathing those nights when I didn't want to anymore."

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"I sang 'Green Finch and Linnet Bird' at my last voice recital and I loved these lyrics: 'If I cannot fly, let me sing.'"

Submitted by Tiffani Michele Donlin, Facebook.

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17. "... for me it’s about the inner peace and hope I found, and new beginnings after enduring some life challenges."

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"This tattoo was done in two parts. The first part was the Dove, which has so many meanings, but for me it’s about the inner peace and hope I found, and new beginnings after enduring some life challenges."

"Then I added the Swedish House Mafia lyrics, because that song has helped me get through some of the darkest days I had. It reminds me that even though it might be a bad day today, Heaven has a plan and things will work out."

Submitted by lizlindsayyt.

18. "My mother, who has always struggled with her health, would often turn to this song for strength."

chelseadawnh

"This tattoo is currently a work in progress. I have always had a fondness for The Beatles coming from a family who is very much into the classic rock genre. My mother, who has always struggled with her health, would often turn to this song for strength. One of my closest friends designed and tattooed this for me. It will continue to inspire the inner rock goddess in me."

Submitted by chelseadawnh.

20. "This is my tattoo inspired by the fun. song 'Carry On.'"

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"This song was literally the soundtrack to one of my summers and it was one of the best ones I experienced. It reminds me of some pretty damn good times!"

Submitted by nikkisemenza.

21. "A dear friend wrote a song called 'Promise Me Music,' begging that no matter where we end up in life, just promise us there will be music there."

bethanyb48

"This tattoo is my dedication to the power of music to lift us up and carry us through whatever struggles we may face."

Submitted by bethanyb48.

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23. "Whenever I even think about playing my trombone I can’t help but smile; music means everything to me and my love for it is indescribable."

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"I’m a trombone player, so when I decided I wanted a tattoo, I knew that I wanted it to be just a bass clef. When I found the design online I knew it was the one for me. Whenever I even think about playing my trombone I can’t help but smile; music means everything to me and my love for it is indescribable. Music will always play a role in my life and I truly believe that music has a way of connecting people who otherwise have nothing in common."

Submitted by lisaj49.

24. "Being a massive Carrie Underwood fan, and having got through a lot of my depression with her help, I settled on this."

amboroses

"I wanted to get something tattooed on me that has helped me through so much. Being a massive Carrie Underwood fan, and having got through a lot of my depression with her help, I settled on this. I designed the tree myself because I wanted it to be unique and picked out my favourite lyrics from 'Play On', which has got me through some really hard times. I love Carrie Underwood and wanted to have this as a permanent reminder that the best thing to do is keep going. It is really unique too."

Submitted by amboroses.

25. "This tattoo symbolizes that music is my anchor and it's what keeps me grounded."

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"Whenever I'm in a bad state of mind, music can make it all better! Music is the one thing that will never let us down."

Submitted by sarahe4d.

26. "My tattoo is a sound wave of my dad’s actual voice singing the words 'I love you.'"

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"My dad passed away unexpectedly in July of 2013. He was a singer, as my entire family is. Music was a huge part of our lives growing up, and still is. My dad had recorded a few albums in the years before his death, and when my siblings and I decided to get tattoos to honor him, I knew I wanted something meaningful.

"We were able to take a sound wave off of one of the albums he’d recorded... so my tattoo is a sound wave of my dad’s actual voice singing the words 'I love you.' I have never been a tattoo person, but this was by far the easiest decision I ever made."

Submitted by ginaz3.

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