50 Tattoos of Gothic Rock Legends


There are many different types of rock music, perhaps more subgenres than we could even list by name. But one of the most prolific is gothic rock. Gothic rock emerged from post-punk in the late 1970s in England and became one of the dominant sounds of the 1980s and 1990s. One of the earliest and most notable gothic rock bands was The Cure, who was trained by Robert Smith. Smith also had a role in another popular gothic rock band, acting as lead guitarist for Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1982 to 1984 alongside fellow gothic rock legend Siouxsie Sioux. Other founding gothic rock bands include Joy Division, The Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus.

Over time, gothic rock developed and grew. During the 1990s and early 2000s, two of the most impactful gothic rock bands were Type O Negative, led by Peter Steele, and Evanescence, led by Amy Lee. Today we continue to see influences from the forefathers and forefathers of gothic rock in more contemporary bands such as Chelsea Wolfe, Drab Majesty, Cold Cave and Azar Swan.

Take a look at 50 tattoos inspired by gothic rock legends in the gallery below. Then let us know your favorite band from this list in the comments section on social media.

Type O negative

Creation: 1989

Origin: Brooklyn, New York

Members: Peter Steele (vocals, bass), Kenny Hickey (guitar, co-vocals), Josh Silver (keyboards, backing vocals), Sal Abruscato (drums)

Best Record: “Bloody Kisses” (1993)

Top Single: “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend” (1996)

Siouxsie and the banshees

Creation: 1976

Origin: London, England

Members: Siouxsie Sioux (vocals), Steven Severin (bass, keyboards)

Best record: “Kaleidoscope” (1995)

Best Single: “Hong Kong Garden” (1978)

division of joy

Creation: 1976

Origin: Salford, England

Members: Ian Curtis (vocals), Bernard Sumner (guitar, keyboards), Peter Hook (bass), Stephen Morris (drums)

Best Record: “Unknown Pleasures” (1979)

Best Single: “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)


Creation: 1978

Made in: Northampton, England

Members: Daniel Ash (guitar, saxophone), Peter Murphy (vocals), Kevin Haskins (drums), David J (bass)

Best Record: “The Sky Has Gone Out” (1982)

Best Single: “The Death of Bela Lugosi” (1979)

The treatment

Creation: 1978

Origin: Crawley, England

Members: Robert Smith (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards), Simom Gallup (bass, keyboards), Roger O’Donnell (keyboards), Jason Cooper (drums), Reeves Gabrels (guitar, bass

Best Record: “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” (1987)

Best Single: “Boys Don’t Cry” (1979)


Creation: 1995

Made in: Little Rock, Arkansas

Members: Amy Lee (vocals, piano, keyboards), Ben Moody (guitar)

Best record: “Fallen” (2003)

Best Single: “Bring Me to Life” (2003)

Depeche Mode

Creation: 1980

Origin: Basildon, England

Members: Dave Gahan (vocals), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, co-vocals), Andy Fletcher (keyboards)

Best Record: “Violator” (1990)

Best Single: “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)


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