Tattoos that incorporate music notes take many forms and have many shades of meaning.
Notes on a five-line musical staff convey the melody of a tune recognizable to anyone who reads music. This is a perfect way to pay tribute to a specific song or musical passage.
We all associate special songs with significant times in our lives when they were playing in the background, and a musical notes tattoo can be a permanent way of living in that moment. Notes don’t have to represent an actual piece of music, on the other hand, and can be used in a highly stylized design instead.
Individual musical symbols might have meaning to you; if you play bass, for example, a bass clef might be most meaningful to you personally.
Music note tattoos can be combined with other musical symbols, such as an instrument, headphones, vinyl record or microphone, or with almost any symbol from nature or iconography because of the sheer simplicity of the note symbol itself.
When tattooed behind the ear, a music note shows that a person is constantly listening for the music of life, ears primed to hear the harmony of the universe.
One musical notation popular for tattoo designs is the fermata, a symbol that tells the musician playing a piece of music to either prolong a note or prolong a rest/pause. A fermata looks like a dot underneath a dome, and for some it symbolizes to hold still, be still, hold on or hold onto hope.