When Prince passed away suddenly, in such dramatic circumstances almost three years ago, the music world was in shock. With such an extensive song catalog, his words and his music will forever live on, but for some it was important to go that one step further and get a Prince tribute tattoo.
The majority of the Prince tattoos you’ll find online are of his signature glyph (a mix of Mars-male and Venus-female symbols), although (sadly) they’re not the best quality work.
When Prince made the decision to use this glyph, rather than his name, the media came to refer to him as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince from 1993 to 2000. The symbol has such a deep meaning beyond the music – we suggest giving this article from wired.com a read.
The glyph may not resonate with you as much as Prince’s music and lyrics and that is perfectly fine. With such a long career, there’s so much from which you can draw inspiration for your tattoo: his song lyrics, imagery inspired by a song, or a portrait of Prince in your chosen tattoo style.
For someone as unique and eclectic as Prince, he deserves to be memorialised in tattoo form much in the same fashion. Remember: Be Inspired. Never Copy.
Traditional style Prince tattoo by @jimmy_snaz Prince tattoo by @babyknowles Illustrative neo trad Prince tattoo by @lucybluetattoo Prince tattoo by @clemmo_tattoo Stylised neo trad Prince tattoo by @paulacastletattoos Colour realism Prince tattoo by @thealexwright Black and grey Prince portrait tattoo by @nickferris_tattoo Neo trad Prince and glyph tattoo by @earthgrasper Prince and lyric tattoo by @tonytrustworthy Prince song inspired tattoo by @aimeeloutattoo Dove and glyph Prince tattoo by @elbowaho_tattoos Black and grey Prince tattoo by Edgar at @oldlondonroadtattoos Colourful gradient Prince tattoo by @ry_tang_tattooer Stylised realism Prince tattoo by @thejorell Black and grey Prince portrait tattoo by @lustylutattoo Traditional style heart and dagger Prince inspired tattoo by @andyhefner Prince tattoo by @karolina.sylwia Black and grey realism Prince tattoo by @iam__sir Colour realism Prince and glyph tattoo by @timchildstattoo Colour realism Prince portrait tattoo by @davidcorden
Updated: May 7, 2020
Traditional style Prince portrait tattoo by @badmanazzz Traditional Prince themed tattoo by @drewlinden Sparkly Prince tattoo by @hollietoldmeto Prince kewpie tattoo by @staceymartintattoos Sketchy watercolour Prince x Stitch tattoo by @findyoursmile