(... if I had any friends left, I bet they'd totally freak out once they saw this.)
This Top 10 is an oldie, but a goodie... although I don't agree with #5 making the cut… that's a smart lookin' piece of artwork… and I'd have high expectations of this guy if he was a neighbour.
Band tattoos… a black and white issue for most.
I know a handful of people with their favourite band logo/lyrics and/or their own band immortalized on their birthday suit… it's a major commitment however you look at it.
Personal opinion? I've seen some lyrics/quotes I think look really awesome… they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words but I say tasteful text makes a cleaner statement. I'm big on quotes in general though… don't make it a novel, make it legible... and I vote leave the name off. Why?
#1. It opens up a chance for dialog.
"That's a cool quote… who said it?"
#2. Some names you just… might not want staring your partner in the face during tender moments.
"Oh, those are Art Garfunkel lyrics… you wanna come in for coffee?'"
(... won't you take me to... Funkeltown)
Established band artwork… jury is kinda out on that one. Since bands can suck pretty bad down the road, or at least in the rear-view mirror, perhaps people should include a specific date just to clear up any confusion.
Guns N' Roses
(1972-1985... plus those couple days in 1996)
I think a safe rule of thumb… if you're, or think you ever will be, past the stage in life where you can comfortably hang band posters where you live (man caves excluded), maybe not a good idea.
Personal band logos/lyrics… yes, there are many who say these are lame… but… the truth is, when you're in a serious band… you love your band. You love it like it like a pet, you love it like a best friend, you love it like family.
You'd never tell someone their portrait of Grandma was shitty or stupid, you know it's personal. When you're in a real band (… the sense of real band is a personal connection regardless of how many shows you play, albums you've released, or your level of perceived success), it's one of your favourite things you look forward to in life.
Musicians are known for questionable choices. If it weren't for being drunk on drive and passion, rash decisions and cloudy judgement wouldn't thrive, and creative output suffers.
Tattoos are supposed to be personal, so how is your own band logo any different...? That being said, we all know the risk of getting inked with a lover's name. Live, laugh, and enjoy life... but always proceed with caution... while very few bands stand the test of time, some things do last forever.
(... happy birthday baby.... baby... baby.)
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