7 Essential College Posters

Jimi Hendrix at the Marquee Club in London in 1967.

When you first show up at college, music posters aren't just a convenient way to cover up bland, sometimes hideous dorm room walls -- it's a way of letting people know a little bit about you the second they walk into your room.

Someone with a Hendrix poster probably has an open mind. A poster of Johnny Cash's middle finger says "don't mess with me." Bob Marley? That person's looking for a better world.

From Nirvana's smiley to Hova's diamond, here are seven essential college posters. Click on each image for a link to buy it.

Jimi Hendrix

There are plenty of great Hendrix posters where the guitar god's image has been drenched in psychedelic colors, but sometimes you gotta go with the original. The cover art for Hendrix's Axis: Bold As Love album covers all your psychedelic bases -- and is something you can stare at for hours.


No college education is complete without a master's course in Kurt Cobain's music. So naturally, the dead-eyed smiley face is a nice option -- cute, creepy, and not the kind of thing you'll tire of seeing day after day.

Jay Z

Even if you're not going to college in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, Jay giving the Roc-A-Fella diamond while staring you down is another perfect choice: Direct, simple and iconic.


If you need to go the blacklight route (honestly, do it in college -- you can't get away with it later in life), there's no better option than a psychedelic Sublime poster.

Bob Marley

Few (if any) artists have graced more college walls than Bob Marley. There's a reason -- his message about a better, more free world (with much better grooves) has spoken to generations of dreamers.

Pink Floyd

Not gross like the Pink Floyd poster with their album covers painted on naked women's backs, the strong, iconic Dark Side of the Moon logo gets our vote for the ultimate Pink Floyd poster to have emblazoned on your wall.

Led Zeppelin

With the logos from Led Zeppelin's fourth album (each symbol represents a different member of the group) and the old man who graced the inside art, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" poster is a classic that you can't go wrong with.