Getting a tattoo is such a huge commitment that you have to be 110 percent sure of the design before you have it permanently inked on your body. One way to make the decision a little bit easier is to choose tattoos based on song lyrics because they're meaningful, familiar, and oftentimes poetic. Artists like Lady Gaga — who has two of her album titles tattooed on her body — love when fans get inked with their lyrics and even see it as the ultimate form of flattery.
Various tattoos of song lyrics have been around for a long time and they are usually done in a script style tat, which mimics the way a songwriter pens each verse prior to recording it. Over time, people have gotten more creative with interpreting their song lyric tattoos, from adding colorful graphics or even the artist's face, to translating it in another language, or using symbols that add a little mystery or fun guessing game to your body art.
But before you go out and get yourself that Taylor Swift lyric tattoo (or any other artist's song) that you've always wanted, pick one that you truly connect with and love. Current hits are fine, but it's probably best to choose a track that has stood the test of time (and your personal playlist) because the song, like your new tattoo, will stay with you forever. It's also a good idea to consult with friends and tattoo artists about your idea.
There are thousands of songs to choose from, but here are nine tattoos based on lyrics that will inspire you to get one too.
"Clean," Taylor Swift
Whether you're a die-hard Swifty or not, this lyric will give you serious chills.
Queen B would be so proud.
"Shake It Out," Florence and the Machine
Truer words have never been spoken.
"Under My Umbrella," Incubus
Dedicated to all the free spirited folks of the world.
"Hair," Lady Gaga
Put your paws up, Little Monsters.
"Hero of the Story," Regina Spektor
And never forget it.
"These Are The Days," Van Morrison
Who wouldn't want to walk a mile in her shoes?
"Hello Cold World," Paramore
This is a be-ready-for-anything kind of tattoo.
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," The Beatles
Life goes on, brah!