When it comes to Disco, we think of roller skates, bells, afros, Donna Summer and yes, disco balls. However, you might be surprised to learn that disco balls predate the emergence of disco music. Disco music began to emerge in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Philadelphia and New York. While the disco ball, also called disco ball or glitter ball, dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Disco balls began appearing in nightclubs in the late 1910s and early 1920s. The first disco ball shown on film appeared in 1927’s “Berlin: Symphony of Metropolis.” Then in 1942, a disco ball was visible in a flashback scene to “Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Disco balls became a staple of nightclubs throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, with the name disco ball becoming widely known. Omega National Products, based in Louisville, Kentucky, claims to have manufactured 90% of the disco balls used during the disco craze in the United States. Many musicians continue to use disco balls in their shows to this day, some of the most notable disco balls being U2’s lemon-shaped disco ball used on their 1997-1998 and Madonna’s 2-ton disco ball which was embellished with a value of 2 million dollars. of Swarovski crystals used during his 2006 tour.
In honor of the past, present, and future of disco balls, take a look at 65 of the grooviest disco ball tattoos from talented artists around the world. Then let us know your favorite artist from this list in the comments section on social media.