Indie Rock Knuckle Tattoos

These are the tattoos that can't be covered up by a long sleeved shirt or turtleneck.

Tattoos are a tricky thing – you want them to have meaning, and you want them to look cool. You also have to decide whether or not it’s something you’re okay with having for the rest of your life, and finally where it should go on your body. These musicians either ran out of room elsewhere or were so committed to their tattoos that they want to show them off on their knuckles.

Dallas Green (City And Colour)
In a recent interview Dallas admitted he wished he’d taken the advice “don’t tattoo your hands.” He says all his tats are like “wearing the same shirt every day for the rest of your life.” You can see them up close this week as part of Canadian Music Week with Indie88.

Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age)
No stranger to ink, Josh has 17 tattoos – his knuckles are dedicated to his grandparents’ nicknames “Cam” and “Cap”, with a heart. He also has his son’s initials “ORH” on his right hand, and a few others he can’t explain without taking his pants off:

Tats Josh

Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells)
Is she waiting for a real diamond to cover up the diamond tattoo on the knuckle of her ring finger? Start working on your proposal now – Alexis and Derek will be in Toronto for NXNE next month.

Frank Turner
When he stopped by The Morning After Frank told us all about his random tattoos, and some of them actually have some meaning behind them. Turns out “Freeborn” John Lilburne coined the expression “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Tats Frank

Travis Barker (Blink 182)
Travis has most of his body covered so he doubled up on his knuckles with the phrases “Dues Paid” and “Self Made.” It’s good to have rhyming tattoos whenever possible.
Tats Travis

Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction)
Most people use Facebook to remember birthdays but Dave uses his knuckles – the roman numerals X III X III on his left hand represent the date his father and grandfather were born, and VI VII VI VII on his right hand represent his own birthday.

Florence Welch (Florence and The Machine)
She only has two tattoos – one is a heart with the words “sad sack” dedicated to her best friend Sophie (thanks?) and the knuckle on her middle finger has a tiny birdcage on it. Get to know her a little better watching this appearance on Chelsea Lately.

Tats Florence

Vanilla Ice
While a lot of rappers do something like “thug life,” Vanilla (aka Robert Van Winkle) used “wide open” which might be a reference to the Tom Petty lyrics “the future is wide open.” What could be more gangsta than that?
Tats Vanilla