Because people in the music scene are famous for their artistry, some of their works are originally created by their own. If not, they asked the tattoo artists to design something that will personally be their property.
In general, personality together with lifestyle is the factors that dictate the kind of music tattoo designs that a person wishes to get. Depending upon one's personality, one would like to opt for images of rough men, booze, loose women, and smoky bars to heart, a mother, a rose encircled by thorns, etc. Those people in the heavy-metal crowd tend to choose their design with a little roughness on it while people who are more into sentimental music would normally like to have love as the subject.