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Gibson Tattoos! *NEW Photos Added

People sure do love their guitars. Especially these people.

Ellen Mallernee
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04.03.2009

Almost nothing's more rock and roll than an arm full of tattoos. And almost nothing's more permanent. These Gibson fans love rock and roll—and the brand it was built on—so much they've got it on 'em for life. Do you have a Gibson tattoo? Let us know and we'll throw your picture up her too!

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Mike Schweigert from Bradley Beach, NJ, says: "I am a tattooer as well as a Gibson fan. I did this tattoo the other day and I thought it might make a nice addition to the tattoo page." Indeed!
Gibson Guitar headstock tattoo


"Here's a pic of my Les Paul tattoo. The Les Paul is the ultimate rock guitar, I have three of them. I couldn't think of a better way to share my love of Gibsons. It was done by Josh Hart at Main Street Tattoo in Edgewood Maryland. He took a vauge idea and made a masterpiece, I couldn't be happier with it."
Les Paul tattoo


Hugo Bacelar writes, "I saw this week's post about Gibson related tattoos, and here's my contribution. My first Gibson was a Firebird VII, a perfect instrument, that made such an impression in me that I perpetuated it in ink. This tattoo was made by 'Poeta,' a great artist of Brasilia-DF, Brazil."
Firebird tattoo

"Here's my tattoo of the Gibson Les paul Custom headstock. An amazing tattoo to honor an amazing guitar. I always thought the headstock design was both beautiful & badass at the same time, much like the sound of a Gibson guitar."
Les Paul headstock tattoo

 

"Got this tattoo over the summer, I saw the tattoo article and thought I'd add mine."
 black and white Les Paul tattoo

 

John Kuhlen writes, "Here is a picture of my Slash series Les Paul done by Will at the Jersey Devil. Rock on!"
Les Paul Flames tattoo


"My name is Andrew and my girlfriend drew this for me."
Les Paul leg tattoo

 

Mojave Johnson says, "I got my first Les Paul (a 1973 Sunburst) tattooed on my right forearm with a leprochaun about five years ago.  I also have a 1990 Limited Colors Edition (Translucent Amber), a 1978 Black Beauty, a 1974 Les Paul "Special 55" (Tobacco Burst), a 1996 Studio Gem (Sapphire), another early '70s Sunburst, another early '70s Black Beauty, and a 1959 Sunburst, plus three Melody Makers, and a 1990 Firebird V, and an Epiphone Viola bass."
 Leprechan-Les Paul Tattoo

 

Jane Miller wrote us to say, "I had a tattoo of a Gibson twin neck done about a month ago. I'm quite happy with it!"
Gibson Doubleneck Tattoo


Gibson fanatic Dave Clark sauntered up to our Bonnaroo compound two summers ago to show off his devotion to the brand. That's no press-on!

 

Tampa, Florida's Steve Vaclavik wrote in to say, "I'm lucky enough to own a few Gibsons — a Gospel Reissue, a J160E, J 100Xtra and a Worn Faded SG. I've always loved the design of the headstock, so yesterday I got the tattoo. Artwork is by Katie (katstatts4u) of Fiestas Ink in Tampa — based on a photograph of one of my guitars."
Gibson headstock tattoo


A gentleman named Dan wrote in with: "Here's a pic of my SG. Hope you like it."
SG tattoo


This New Zealand man e-mailed us this photo, simply saying, "My newest Les Paul."
Les Paul tattoo


Eduardo Meniconi writes, "This is my biomechanical Flying V tattoo. It was made by Bozo (the same guy who created the Sepultura's 'S' logo and former leader singer of the heavy metal band Overdose. We live in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I love my Gibson guitars (one SG Standard and One '67 Flying V) among many Epiphones, Fenders, Jacksons, etc. You guys are great. Keep building dreams, OK?"
Flying V tattoo


Feast your eyes on the Gibson tattoo of Debonair Deviants guitarist Trev Goossens of Ballarat, Australia.
Debonair Deviants

 

Tony Figueira writes in from Portugal to show us his tattoo, which he calls "Les Paul in Flight."
 Les Paul tattoo


Neil Hadsall wrote into the Gibson editor box recently to give us a look at the beautiful tattoo on his arm, depicting his 2005 Heritage Cherry Sunburst Standard. "I love that guitar and will never be without a LP in my life," he wrote. "I'm 42 and I'd never had a tattoo, I put it off because I didn't want just 'any' tattoo. So I laid down my two favorite guitars and took pictures and I had my tattoo design. Not until I had the 'theme' did I run with the ball." Neil took the words "Six String Belief" from a favorite Son Volt song.

 

Kris, guitarist for Perth, Australia's Caboodle, rocks this Flying V on his bicep.
Caboodle Flying V


Also from Australia is Matthew Elder, who wrote in in February to tell us—no joke—"My wife just a baby and she let me name him Gibson. I own an Epiphone and I want to get a Les Paul. I got his name tattooed in the logo on my arm."



All American Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler sure does love his Gibson Firebirds. He wears the guitar's emblem right on his sleeve!

 

Merit Cooper, a 33–year-old banjo player from Tooks, Texas, had this banjo tattooed on her ankle early this year, taking inspiration from her favorite Gibson banjo.


Eric Eaton, Jr. had the Slash Signature Les Paul tattooed on him by Tiffany Bridges of London Ontario, Canada.
Slash Les Paul tattoo

 

Trent Hamilton wrote in to say, "[My tattoo] displays my two favorite things in the world—my R7 (with my Alnico II Pro pickups even) and my favorite girl, Miss Jenna Jameson."



Denver, Colorado's Jay Koepp says, "This tat is of my '92 Les Paul that I've been customizing over the years. Loved it since the day one and had to get 'Cloudie' inked on my arm!"



Tommy Bianchi of Rochester, New York writes, "I own 12 Gibson guitars and four Epiphones, but I could only put my favorite on me. This ES-335 been on me for 15 years, but I have been rockin on Gibsons
for over 30 years."



Christy Chance says, "Here is my Gibson tattoo. It is my dad's ES-225 my own artwork."


Ozone Park, New York's Camilo Páez García says," I had it done 11 years ago, when that beautiful Red Wine Gibson Studio was my dream guitar. It was my first tattoo and represented two things: One, music would be in my life forever and Two, one day I'm going to have this gorgeous guitar. Well, turns out that after years and years of dreaming about it, I purchased it for my 29th birthday."
Camilo Páez García


Richard Motlik wrote in to tell the story behind his ES-335 tattoo: "I had this done in Memphis at Underground Art during the Memphis in May celebration. I've had this ES-335 for seven years. It is my pride and joy. I had planned this trip for a few months, but it wasn't until two weeks before that I thought of the significance of Memphis and Gibson and the blues that I wanted to commemorate the trip in a tattoo. I had done some research on the tattoo parlors in Memphis. I selected the artist based on his previous work which was colorful and detailed. For me, it was all about color and scale. To me, for a first tattoo it is fantastic."
 ES-335 tattoo


Jerry Stover says, "I had my favorite guitar, a Gibson Custom Shop Explorer, inked on my arm. The tattoo artist copied the guitar off a picture. It took him a little over five hours to complete and he did it all in one sitting!"
 Gibson Explorer tattoo


Don Sloan: "I’ve been a Gibson fan for years. I own three Les Pauls and used to own an Epiphone Model 1140 Flying V which I’ve missed for years and have searched for another one for the last 22 years. Anyway, I decided to have a guitar tattoo and so I drew this Les Paul tattoo myself and had my girlfriend’s sister ink it for me."

Les Paul tattoo


Tim Langen had the Robot tattooed on his right bicep! Langed writes, "I was one of the lucky ones to get a Limited Edition Blue Silverburst Robot," Langdon wrote. "I love this guitar so much I had a tattoo of it done. Awesome guitar guys. Now I can hand down my Robot when I kick the bucket and still have it buried with me!"


 

Other Gibson-related tattoos:








Zakk Wylde tattoo

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