There’s a certain kind of poetry to the tattoo. Some people even get inked with poetry.
To kick off this month’s new Tattoo poetry theme, we gathered a list of the best tattoo songs we could find. So, click “play,” and get the ink going from pen to paper.
Full Tattoo Songs List: Red Dragon Tattoo (Fountains of Wayne), Tattoos on this Town (Jason Aldean), Last Tattoo (Rehab), Das Tattoo-Akustik Version (Tieftoner & Franzi), Tattoo- Live at the Hull Version (The Who), The Rose Tattoo (David Byrne), Show Me Your Tattoo (Craig Morgan), Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones), Tattoo (Jordin Sparks), Tattoos & Scars (Montgomery Gentry), Tattoo (Van Halen), Tattoo (Gjan), Tattoo (Natasha Mosley & Tyga), Like a Tattoo (Sade), Immigrant Song-from Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Heavy Flyers), Beat the Devil’s Tattoo (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), Your New Tattoo (The Bent Lovehandles), Tattoo-Parody of Nothin’ On You (“Weird Al” Yankovic), Tattoos (Frank Turner), Theme from The Rose Tattoo (Karaoke Library), Signed on My Tattoo (Army of Lovers), New Tattoo (Saving Abel), Texas Tattoo (Gibson/Miller Band), Pae Kon Suay (Tattoo Colour), Coal Tattoo (Linda Villarreal), Epaule Tattoo-single remix (Etienne Daho), Das Tattoo-Video Version (Tieftoner & Franzi), Half a Heart Tattoo (Jennifer Hanson), Soul Tattoo-Soul Album version (Margaret Becker), Moon Tattoo (Alfie Zappacosta), This Tattoo (David Wilcox), Fools Tattoo (Bedouin Soundclash), Love Tattoo (Imelda May), Tattoo (Jei)
Think back. Do you remember the first time you ever saw a tattoo? Whose body did it adorn? Were you fascinated, delighted, frightened, or inspired? Put the memory in a poem. Take us back to the very first time. (Can’t remember a “first”? This is poetry. Not a problem. You can make a memory you never had.)
Thanks to our participants in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a recent Bottled & Canned poem we enjoyed from Monica…
Code: write it in a cryptogram
with disappearing ink. Roll
the parchment in a tight, tight scroll
then tie it with string in a knot as good as
Stuff it in a bottle’s narrow neck
(and it has to be the dark amber glass
you can’t see through)
then transport it by boat far, far out
to unknown coordinates where ocean depth
and fling it out to the sea where
it will sink so deep
the pressure will surely
be too much for any diver.
Above all, make sure the cork is fitted
Call for Tattoo Photos for September Poetry Prompts
Do you have a tattoo? Are you willing to photograph it and share the photo with us, for possible use for our September poetry prompts? (Our September theme is going to be… tattoos.) If so, please share via Twitter or Pinterest and give us an @tspoetry or @EDaypoems, so we can find the share.)
Photo by ivoryelephantphotography Creative Commons, via Flickr.
Sometimes we feature your poems in Every Day Poems, with your permission of course. Thanks for writing with us!