Tats That Up The Tempo: The Best Ink In The Music Business

Mahogany Bullock
Writer. NYC. ECU Grad.

Tattoo culture in the music industry is simple: the more the better. Artists are going under the needle more often than the Kardashians are going under the knife. So, the burning question remains, who has the best tats in Hollywood? Which entertainer has most detailed art inked on their body? We put together a list of the best tattooed musicians, and frankly it was no easy task. With every artist averaging about 47 pieces of ink per square inch, just the deciphering process was difficult enough.

Thanks to us, you now have a well researched list of the best ink in the music business. Well, the top 15 anyway.

1. Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne automatically tops the list because, well, he has no more bare skin left. He’s so covered in ink that he had to move on to his face. The rapper has “Fear of God” tattooed across both his eyelids. The only thing left for him to ink up would be the bottom of his toes. So, Lil Wayne wins by default.


2. Lenny Kravitz

Lenny made the list because his tattoos grace the front of his perfectly sculpted body. Oh, and the ink is nice too.


3. Miley Cyrus

The young singer chose to go the quality over quanitity. She may not have a plethora of ink, but the tattoos she does have are small and frankly adorable. She proves that you can be a rockstar without a mess of tattoos splattered across your body.

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4. Lady Gaga

“Confess to yourself in the deepest hour of the night whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?” – Lady Gaga’s tattoo on her left arm, a quote by poet Raina Maria Rilke.


5. Ozzy Osbourne

Well, besides the fact that he’s the legendary Ozzy, he’s earned his striped as one of the pioneers of outrageous tattoos. What we assume was done on a drunken night, his infamous “OZZY” tattoo on his fingers were done far before we were getting the infinity symbol on our index finger.


6. 50 Cent

Honestly, how long do you think that massive tattoo on his back took?


7. Eve

Eve’s two paw print tattoos across her chest are slightly iconic. They were often imitated, never duplicated by many trying females in America. The sexy ink helped earn Eve a spot on the elite Ruff Ryders team.


8. Amy Winehouse

Amy got her spot on the list because, well, her tattoos are just dope. Her 50’s pinup girl inked across her arm is unlike any other, but, what did you expect? It’s Amy.

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9. Rihanna

Rih’s known for not giving a f***. Her tattoos make that evident. She’s not afraid of a little pain, and her multiple times under the needle were done without hesitation. From the time she got the trail of stars inked along her neck, it seems like she might have gotten slightly addicted.


10. Amanda Palmer

Why waste time filling your eyebrows in or plucking them down when you can just tattoo them on your face forever?