R.I.P. Tattoos honoring fallen heroes of 2015

Gone but not Forgotten!! – Tattoos are one of the most endearing ways to remember those we’ve lost and those who’ve had the greatest impact on our lives. The beginning of the year, particularly the first few weeks in January, are often used to reflect on the year that just went by. Websites and YouTube channels have done “Top ___ of 2015” lists and videos as a way to acknowledge and remember the good times we all had throughout the year. While it’s important to remember the fun times, it’s also important to remember the people we’ve lost. Not just for the year, but for the rest of our lives.

The world lost a lot of good people in 2015, from beloved movie icons to musical legends. Tattoos are one of the most intimate and sincere means we have of memorializing the memories of people who’ve touched our lives over the years, which is why it’s only fitting we remember some of the people we lost in 2015. [divider]

 Screen shot 2016-01-14 at 9.57.11 AMLEMMY from Motorhead

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister passed in late December 2015 of cancer. His impact on many in the tattoo culture and community was so great that hundreds of fans shared their Motorhead/Lemmy tattoos with us on our social media, paying tribute to this fallen hero. We collected a bunch of them here- [button color=”green” size=”small” link=”http://tattooartistmagazineblog.com/2016/01/05/rip-tattoos-honoring-lemmy-from-motorhead/” target=”blank” ]Art & tattoos honoring LEMMY![/button]


  • Wes Craven

Even people who aren’t fans of horror films likely recognize Wes Craven’s name. He was the creator of Freddy Kruger and a legendary horror film director who brought us classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. His filmography spans over 30 years and will undoubtedly continue to leave an impact on budding film fans for decades still to come.

Wes Craven
Artist – Marc Nutley @marc_studio_ink
Artist – Ronnie @r_flores_art
  • Leonard Nimoy

The internet exploded upon hearing that Spock had passed away. Even people who weren’t Star Trek fans felt the loss of one of the most beloved actors of the last few years, who fantastically reprised his iconic role in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. He will be missed, but at least Sheldon will always have his restraining order.

Leonard Nimoy
Unkown Artist
  • Scott Weiland

Best known as the lead singer of Stone Temple, Scott Weiland spent over thirty years leaving his mark as a singer-songwriter for various forms of the rock genre. He will forever be remembered as one of the most versatile rock vocalists to dedicate his life to music.

Scott Weiland
Mike DeVries @mikedevries
  • Yogi Berra

Yogi will forever be known by many baseball fans as one of – if not, the – greatest catchers ever. Over 19 seasons he was an 18-time All Star and 10-time World Series champion. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

Yogi Berra
Nate Drew @natedrew1
  • Ernie Banks

Ernie was another baseball legend who passed away last year, making it quite a somber year for fans of America’s favorite pastime. Ernie played in 13 of the 15 All Star Games held during his 18-year career with the Chicago Cubs and was the National League MVP in 1958 and 1959. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

 Ernie Banks
Ernie Banks
Tony Hernandez @tattooartbytony
Tony Hernandez @tattooartbytony
  • James Horner

You may not recognize his name but you’ve probably heard Horner’s work. He’s composed for some of the highest rated films of all-time, such as Titanic and Avatar. If you’ve watched some of the most popular and highly praised movies of the last 30 years, you’ve probably heard Horner’s music.

James Horner
James Horner
Luciano @luciano_derosario_tattooartist
Luciano @luciano_derosario_tattooartist
  • Bob Burns

As the original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Burns’ place in music history has been etched in stone for decades now. Thankfully he was around long enough to play with the band for one last performance during their 2006 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bob Burns
Bob Burns
Unknown Artist
Unknown Artist
  • Sam Simon

While best known as one of the co-creators of The Simpsons, Sam Simon had a star-studded television career behind-the-scenes as a writer, director, and/or producer on television series ranging from Cheers to Friends.

Sam Simon
Sam Simon
  • J. Pero

A.J. Pero started as a jazz drummer before making the transition to rock and eventually becoming the lead drummer of the iconic rock band Twisted Sister. He left the band for a while before rejoining for their reunion in 1996 and playing with them again until last year.

A.J. Pero – Drummer from Twisted Sister
A.J. Pero – Drummer from Twisted Sister
Unknown Artist
Unknown Artist
  • Bruce Crump

It was a sad year for famous drummers. Bruce Crump was the original drummer for Molly Hatchet and played with the band from 1976 to 1983, during which time he was instrumental in the creation of the band’s #1 hit “Flirtin’ with Disaster”.

 Bruce Crump – Drummer from Molly Hatchet
Bruce Crump – Drummer from Molly Hatchet
Sarauna @painlesssteeltattoo
Frank Frazetta cover for MH tattoo by Sarauna @painlesssteeltattoo
  • Isobel Varley

Recognized by Guinness World Records as “the world’s most-tattooed senior woman”, Isobel Varley lost her battle with Alzheimer’s last year. The vast majorty of her body was covered in over 200 tattoos, from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. She has her own article HERE – [button color=”green” size=”small” link=”http://tattooartistmagazineblog.com/2015/05/19/rip-isobel-most-tattooed-senior-passes-away/” target=”blank” ]RIP Isobel – Most Tattooed Senior[/button]

Isobel Varley - a Guinness World Records-recognized tattooed senior, from Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Isobel Varley – a Guinness World Records-recognized tattooed senior, from Yorkshire, United Kingdom [divider]
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