Led Zeppelin is a rock legend, plain and simple. With a plethora of symbolism associated with the band, there are so many ways to recognize and memorialize such an important moment in rock’s history.
The band came together in the late 1960’s under the name of the New Yardbirds, quickly taking over the rock music scene in London.
After Chris Dreja left the group, trouble began while recording their first album because Dreja did not want the group to keep the name. The remaining members of the group decided at that point to take on the name “Led Zeppelin,” a reference to the lead balloons used by the Germans during World War I.
The symbolism was clear: Led Zeppelin, based on the norms for music of the time, were expected to be a complete disaster, just like the German lead balloon design. On this side of history, however, we know that in spite of their predicted failures, Led Zeppelin has risen to the very pinnacle of rock history. It is perhaps because of this initial symbolism in their careers that the band has continuously decided to incorporate deeper meaning into their symbols, especially with their fourth album.
The symbols from the fourth album hold significant personal meaning for each member of the band. Jones chose a circle intersecting a triquetra to represent confidence and competence, and Bonham chose three interlocking Borromean rings to represent mother, father, and child. Plant created his own symbol to reference the Mu civilization. Meanwhile, Page’s so called “ZoSo” symbol is so personal that he has never given a clear answer about its meaning.
A Led Zeppelin tattoo represents more than just an adoration for such an incredible band; it also encompasses the triumph of achieving in spite of adversity as part of a direct reference the band’s history.