Black Sabbath might have invented heavy metal but Iron Maiden certainly helped shape it. The British legends have 16 studio albums and 12 live ones (as well as numerous singles, EP’s, and compilations), and still shred as hard today as they did when they first formed in 1975.

Eddie from the self titled 1980 album, done by Dan Gagne at Mortem Tattoo, Montreal
Eddie from “Somewhere in Time” done by Sardu Tattoo.

The band was first formed by Steve Harris, bass player and one of the primary song writers. Maiden achieved great success in the 1980’s with brilliant albums such as The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son to name a few.

Black and grey Eddie from “Piece of Mind” by Alexabdros Adamidis.
An alternative black and grey Eddie done by Kadu Tropeco.

The group has gone over several line-up changes, but managed to stay one of the most popular metal bands in the world with over 100 million records sold and well over 2000 shows played worldwide, all despite little to no mainstream media attention.

Black and grey Eddie from “Fear of the Dark” done by Alexksandr Zbarskyi.
A colourful Eddie from “Powerslave” done by Kevin Adrian at Sacred Rites Tattoo.

For all you Maiden fans, Eddie is an easily recognizable figure. Eddie; the bands mascot, is seen on all of their studio albums (most singles), merchandise, as a robot or stationary figure at concerts, in music videos, and even in video games such as Ed Hunter and Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast. According to Steve Harris, the name Ed or Eddie came from the fact that he was initially called simply “The Head” which, with their strong East London accents sounded like “Ead.”

Eddie from “Piece of Mind” done by Emily Hefley at Cosmic Tattoos, Charlotte NC.
A black and grey Eddie head from “Powerslave” done by Lucas Martinelli.

As a tattoo, most Eddie pieces are done in a realistic style, made to look like the albums with more of a neo-traditonal style, or American traditional. Since Iron Maiden has so many albums all with different versions of Eddie, there are many variations to choose from.

Black and grey Eddie pilot from “Aces High” done by Sanndro Martins.
Black and grey self titled back piece done by Marioart Tattoo at Hideout Tattoo

What is your favourite Iron Maiden song?

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