25 Awesome Tom Waits Tattoos

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Gruff-voiced poet Tom Waits celebrates a birthday, today. The howling pianist’s lyrics illuminate a forgotten, shadowy world of drunken sirens, broken dreams, and glassy-eyed regrets. His evocative verses have been tattooed as permanent reminders of the hope and loss his work conjures in the minds and hearts of fans. And the singer’s vagabond style has made him a character worthy of inky tribute. We’ve collected some of the greatest Tom Waits tattoos that honor the eccentric troubadour, below.

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Inspired by “God’s Away On Business.”

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Inspired by the characters from Waits’ songs, like “Eyeball Kid.”

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A ghostly Waits à la Mule Variations.

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“Make it Rain” lyrics.

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“Grapefruit Moon” lyrics.

Inspired by “Clap Hands.”

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Bob Dylan and Tom Waits playing chess.

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“How’s It Gonna End” tattoo.

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Lyrics from “Til The Money Runs Out.”

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Inspired by “Warm Beer and Cold Women.”

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Scarecrow Waits.

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“Diamonds & Gold” lyrics.