Tattoos have many functions, whether as a form of expression or just to showcase some sick art. They also are the perfect way to pay homage to favorite pop culture icons in the worlds of gaming, comics, books, TV shows and movies. Head below for some musicians who sport their favorite obsessions through their choices of ink.
Jack Barakat, All Time Low
Jack Barakat has a The Nightmare Before Christmas tattoo across his chest but with a twist: Protagonist Jack Skellington strums one of his own guitars. Barakat revealed the artwork was inked by an artist who has also tattooed the Madden brothers.
Jayden Panesso, Sylar
Sylar frontman Jayden Panesso has a tattoo inspired by Death Note, a manga series that spawned an anime and most recently a Netflix film adaptation. Panesso is a big fan of anime, revealing in the post’s comments that he also likes Attack On Titan, One-Punch Man, Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, Sailor Moon and many more.
LIGHTS is a huge fan of gaming, especially World Of Warcraft, with the singer sporting several tattoos influenced by the game. Among them are the Twinblade of the Phoenix, Spectral Tiger, King Varian (with a bit of her husband Beau Bokan’s likeness) and a hearthstone. LIGHTS is also into comics (having created her own as a companion to latest album Skin&Earth), so she has a back piece of Wonder Woman that was influenced by the Vol. 3, No. 2 cover.
Andy Biersack, BLACK VEIL BRIDES
Well that's it! @vanswarpedtour is officially in the books for another year! I've been so very lucky to have the opportunity to be on VWT many times over the years and I can honestly say it's one of the biggest and most continually impactful experiences I have had in my career. As a teen it was one of my biggest dreams to be on this tour and every chance that I get to step out on that stage I am reminded of how fortunate I am. If you don't mind, today I'd like to post a few photos from throughout the tour…starting with this shot by @dontshootskrlx ����
There’s no doubt that Andy Biersack is a massive fan of all things Batman, as evidenced by the singer’s tattoos. He has a vampire Batman hybrid on the right side of his neck, which fits in perfectly with the theme of one of his sleeves. His right arm boasts the hero’s logo and characters from the series including the Joker, Azrael and another Batman, the latter of which was done in a laundromat by Johnny B of Get Scared while the bands were on tour together.
Tony Perry, Pierce The Veil
Tony Perry sports some finger tats as a tribute to Star Wars. The guitarist simply has “Star Wars” across the top of his knuckles and “Jedi Sith” on the bottom. He also has a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle dressed as a samurai spanning his back that was still being worked on as of summer 2016.
Most of Jeffree Star’s body is covered in ink, and many of his pieces were done by Kat Von D. Among his completed pieces are a plethora of iconic pop culture moments including Edward Scissorhands, American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman, the shark from Jaws, The Shining phrase “redrum,” Pennywise (the 1990 miniseries), Catwoman, Regan from The Exorcist, Hannibal Lecter and Wednesday Addams—just to name a few.
Ash Costello, New Years Day
�� motherfucker got blood all over my best clown suit �� #tbt showing off my Captain Spaulding tattoo in @inkedmag by @joeyremmersart and my hands done by @danny_anchor and @ryanashleymalarkey ���������� make up was one of my besties miss @angiealaska and the dress is by the beautiful @nina_kate and @janedoelatex
Ash Costello has an affinity for what she deemed “murderous clowns” in AP 340 and has used many to inspire her Halloween costumes over the years. As a result, she has Captain Spaulding from Rob Zombie’s horror flicks House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects inked on her leg. Costello also has “Blow Me Up” on her right arm as an ode to Harley Quinn, which the singer tattooed on herself.