Tattoos on This Town

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"Tattoos on This Town"
Single by Jason Aldean
from the album My Kinda Party
Released September 5, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Country rock
Length 3:23
Label Broken Bow
Producer(s) Michael Knox
Jason Aldean singles chronology
"Dirt Road Anthem"
"Tattoos on This Town"
"Fly Over States"

"Tattoos on This Town" is a song written by Michael Dulaney, Wendell Mobley, and Neil Thrasher and recorded by American country music artist Jason Aldean. It was released on September 5, 2011 as the fourth single from his 2010 album My Kinda Party.


"Tattoos on This Town" is a moderate up-tempo country rock song, in which a man reflects on the effect growing up in his home town had on him and those he grew up with (friends or significant other is never directly acknowledged) by revisiting events of their lives and expressing them in a metaphoric tattoo on the town and eventually on themselves and who they are.

Critical reception[edit]

"Tattoos on This Town" has received generally positive reviews from critics. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave "Tattoos on This Town" 4.5 out of 5 stars, praising Aldean's performance and comparing the song to many of his previous hits, saying how this song "runs parallel to our own tales of mischief, lost innocence and heartache".[1] Ben Foster of Country Universe gave the song a B rating, praising the song's lyrical construction, as well as how it "succeeds due to the fact that it rises about the superficial idealization and cliché formulas that have bogged down a great deal of Aldean’s material".[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Tattoos on This Town" debuted for download on iTunes on September 20, 2011. It then premiered on YouTube on September 22, 2011, and on CMT and GAC on September 26, 2011.[3]

The video, directed by Wes Edwards, portrays a young couple's love story, starting from their teenage years, fast-forwarding through marriage and settling down, all the way to the young man's leaving for war. Some time later, his wife is paid a visit by two Marines who inform her about the death of her husband. It then fast-forwards through the young widow's life, in which she attends her husband's funeral and also gives birth to a son. As the video ends, the son, now a young boy (wearing his late father's old cap), throws a stone into the lake near the tree where his parents had carved "I Love You" many years before. Throughout the video, Aldean and his band perform inside an aircraft hangar, filmed in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Chart performance[edit]

"Tattoos on This Town" debuted at number 18 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart in 2010 as an album cut based on downloads.[4] Upon its release as a single, the song debuted at number 59 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of August 27, 2011 and peaked at number 2 for six weeks, having been blocked from number one by Zac Brown Band's "Keep Me in Mind", making it his thirteenth top ten hit on this chart. It also debuted at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of October 8, 2011 and has peaked at number 38, his fourth consecutive top 40 hit on this chart and seventh overall. Most recently, it debuted at number 96 on the Canadian Hot 100 and peaked at number 59. The song has sold 754,000 digital downloads as of May 2, 2012.[5]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 38
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 59

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 64
Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 49


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Jason Aldean, "Tattoos on This Town' - Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "A Country Music Blog >> Single Review: Jason Aldean, "Tattoos on This Town"". Country Universe. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "New "Tattoos On This Town" Music Video Available on iTunes". Jason Aldean. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 25. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Jason Aldean – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jason Aldean. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "Jason Aldean – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jason Aldean. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Jason Aldean – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Jason Aldean. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Jason Aldean – Tattos on This Town". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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