While most people who had their training wheels off during the 1980s only have mixtapes, large plastic frames or an STD as souvenirs of the colorful decade, some hair band fans got badges of devotion that they continue to wear proudly. As far as tattoos go–no offense to the folks with butterflies or bald heads—they’re pretty high on the list of awesome. Now is the appropriate time to queue up your ’80s hair metal playlist for those of you playing along.
Of course the obvious hair bands are here: KISS, Bon Jovi, Motley Crüe. There’s also representatives for more great bands that likewise rocked the decade with some memorable tunes, a substantial quantity of jewelry and out-of-control hair. And although many of you spent the ’80s plodding along to school with your GI Joe and Care Bears lunch boxes, or incubating in your mother’s womb, it’s never too late to get a tattoo of your favorite ’80s hair band. Click on for plenty of inspiration.