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Elvis Ink: Tattoo Tributes to the King

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Tomorrow is the 76th birthday of the King, Elvis Presley. The man will have been gone, or just in hiding, for 34 years come this August. He's obviously left a big hole in music and pop culture. Who knows what he would have done in the '80s? Imagine all the neon clothes he would have worn and cocaine he could have done with Motley Crue!

Anyhow, plenty of rockers have gotten permanent memorials to the boy from Tupelo, Mississippi on their bodies--from young sexy Elvis, leather-clad Elvis, older chubby Elvis, to zombie and dead Elvis. We picked what we think are the best artistic renderings, and believe us we saw some bad ones.

One tattoo artist made Elvis look like a Keebler Elf Mark Wahlberg, and for some reason some people draw him like Rosie O'Donnell.

You won't see any of those here, just great, lasting tributes to the King Of Rock And Roll, and the only man who could pull off a sequined jumpsuit.

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