Barker posted a photo of the thigh tattoo to his Twitter account on Thursday. The nearly hip-to-knee piece reads "In Memory Of" in cursive, with AM's signature lightning bolt logo floating in a bank of clouds that have sunbeams streaming out of them. The image also incorporates a weeping angel whose head is ringed by a beaming halo.
The tat was finished on Thursday night by body artist to the stars Mister Cartoon. He's no stranger to inking Barker, having given the Blink-182 drummer a wrist tattoo of his daughter's name last year.
Barker and AM survived a 2008 plane crash in South Carolina that took the lives of four people. AM (born Adam Goldstein) died last August of an accidental drug overdose after struggling with a relapse in the aftermath of the crash.
The drummer will take the stage with DJ A-Trak in Hollywood for performances next Tuesday and Wednesday. The shows will be Barker's first live performances with a DJ since AM's death.
"When Travis hollered, I was definitely flattered," said A-Trak. "We started by jamming once, back in the fall, just came over to the studio, and we did, like, one hour of jamming, which we thought was maybe a half an hour.
"I just started playing records and scratching, and he was playing on top, and it went really, really naturally," A-Trak continued. "It was very fluid. And we stopped and looked at the watch, and it was like, 'Oh, we've been playing for an hour and didn't even realize it.' And I think that solidified for both of us in our minds that we could do this pretty easily."
Barker and A-Trak will perform each other's remixes as well as some new collaborations.