Inked Mag Staff
August 13th, 2020
All the blink-182 Tattoos
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In 1992, guitarist Tom DeLonge joined forces in Poway, California with drummer Scott Raynor and bassist Mark Hoppus to create the band blink-182. The band recorded their debut album, “Cheshire Cat,” in 1995 and began getting airplay on local radio stations in San Diego. In 1997, the band released their second album “Dude Ranch” and by 1998, Raynor was removed from the band and replaced by Travis Barker.
In 1999 the band reached mainstream acclaim with their third album, “Enema of the State” and became the biggest pop punk band of the era. The album included some of the group’s most popular singles of all time, “What’s My Age Again?,” “All the Small Things” and “Adam’s Song.” Around the turn of the century, blink-182 became a big part of popular culture through their music videos and appearances in films such as “American Pie.” In 2001 the band release their fourth studio album titled “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket,” which became their first number one album and included singles “The Rock Show,” “Stay Together for the Kids” and “First Date.”
Two years later blink-182 came together after briefly embarking on projects in different genres and released their self-titled fifth album in 2003. This album took them on a worldwide tour and gave audiences hit singles “I Miss You” and “Feeling This.” During the mid 2000s the group parted ways and DeLonge went on to join the band Angels & Airwaves in 2005. Barker on the other hand took a spin at reality television, starring in “Meet the Barkers” alongside then wife Shanna Moakler. Hoppus switched his focus to podcasting and music producing.
The band didn’t communicate from their breakup until 2008, when Barker was involved in a fatal plane crash that left him with third degree burns, required sixteen surgeries and multiple blood transfusions. The trio ultimately reunited at the hospital and made their first public appearance together as presenters for the 2009 Grammy Awards. The band embarked on a worldwide reunion tour, with Barker traveling by bus domestically and by ocean liner internationally. They released their sixth album “Neighborhoods” in 2011 with singles “Up All Night” and “After Midnight.”
In 2015, DeLonge left the band and was replaced by Alkaline Trio vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba and his first album with Hoppus and Barker was 2016’s “California.” This album became their second number one album in two years and earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album. Then in 2019, they released their eighth studio album, “Nine” and the members of the band have gone on to pursue solo projects, notably Barker. Barker has collaborated with a number of artists across many genres over the years, from Post Malone to Ghostemane to Lil Nas X to XXXTentacion. Then on August 7th, 2020 the group posted a new single titled “Quarantine” without Skiba, prompting fans to speculate whether blink-182 was still a trio.
In honor of blink-182’s nearly 30 year career in the music industry, take a look at some of our favorite tattoos from talented artists around the world. Check out their badass work in the gallery below, then let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section on social media.
Inspired by Japanese culture and anime, MimiSama combines old school methods with modern technology in her unique style of tattooing
He fights in the UFC, fronts a punk band, runs a clothing line and does a little stand-up comedy on the side—so, yeah, Andre “Touchy” Fili is all the way alive