Back might be one of the best body parts for tattooing because of its large area and flexibility. From upper back to lower back, you have probably seen many awesome tattoos inked on the largest canvas of human body. Be careful when you are looking for a very first back tattoo idea for you or your friend as a tattoo is personal and unique. For most people, there’s only one chance on the same body part, or they may face bitter tattoo removing or cover-up.
Tattoo is all about expressing oneself or going fashion. For men, they may prefer large meaningful masculine back tattoo ideas, for example, dragon, large skulls, portrait, etc. Full back intricate tattoos are often signatures for tattoo addicts while lower back tattoos are mostly loved by sexy women.
How to choose a back tattoo
Despite too many choices, one question remains in common for most people. In order to have a beautiful tattoo that you will not regret in the future, don’t forget the following 3 considerations.
- Placement of tattoo
- Main purpose of the tattoo
- Back tattoo ideas and their artistic styles
For the first consideration, let’s make it clear which part of the back I am going to have the tattoo? In terms of placement, a back tattoo could be displayed on left upper, right upper, left lower, right lower, left half, right half, upper half, lower half, and fullback of the back. It is dependent on the shape of the tattoo, your preference and body type. And the placement will have some impact on which kind tattoos more suitable.
And the second, we need to be clear which goal the tattoo is mainly to serve. Is the tattoo to express my personality, honor my unique experience, or commemorate an important family member? Of course, you can combine multiple goals together in one tattoo. The answer to this question is necessary for the artist to know so that adequate artistic presentation style could be implemented for your purpose.
The third consideration is which kind of tattoo idea I’d like, incl. its artistic style. Of course, you need to consult your favorite artist for better suggestions. While you are still pondering over your very first tattoo, please pause here and enjoy the collection of 100 awesome back tattoo ideas for your inspiration.
Black and white cinematic tattoo in stunning 3D effect
Bird, lighthouse and boat on a thunderous night
Frightful open spine
Mandala inspired Concentric circles
Awesome large script tattoo on upper back for men
3D Skull and portraits
This awesome tattoo features realistic black and white portaits of skull and woman covering from upper back down to lower back.
Turn the back to a wall of Mosaic tiles with hidden skull and butterfly and celebrate the ancient art.
Birds with Flowers
The plain tattoo picture depicts free birds playing over trees with flowers, which is a good tattoo idea for people who love to for nature.
Woman and owl
The awesome large tattoo seamlessly combines two portraits of a woman and an owl. It is presented in dark realistic style. The theme and embellishment is combination of spirituality, and a taste of the exotic.
The tiger is the king of the jungle. The fearless woman wearing a tiger headpiece implies how close she has been to this land. The skull in her hands is the recollection of her past memory. The dark black and white background accent the motif of the amazing fantasy picture.
Black and white films could always induce one’s recalling. The theme of this tattoo has been perfectly spotted to the scene in hyper realistic style. A butterfly which represents “change life” stands on the hand of the woman whose nails polished and wrinkles faintly visible. Her brain has been melted in a crowded urban city, which maybe has too many stories of her past.
The lonely light house, the broken palace and the dead angle render a picture of lost Eden. When life gets hard and you encounter failure, remember that life is full of ups and downs. There’s one thing never defeatable that is your mind.
Exotic culture and embezzlement
Mandala Inspired Tattoo for women
The cool Mandala inspired tattoo is unique for people having or longing special experience, which is bilaterally symmetrical on the back. The compact tattoo also reminds me of the style of Polynesian Samoan Tattoos.
A Japanese culture inspired tattoo for women features a portrait of modern woman, cherry, dragon, palace.
Angel from heaven
Amazing angel tattoo is always popular among those who love communication with God.
Amazing mandala inspired tattoo
This is a bold tattoo design with the whole tattoo looks like a piece of tight-fitting outfit. Two pieces of mandala on the neck and center of the back are in good bilateral symmetry. There’s no doubt this tattoo is the idea for young women who love to go fashion.
Clock woman tree and birds
If she could go back in time, where is her favorite paradise?
Mountain and palace
Beautiful Mandala tattoo for women
The tattoo features beautiful watercolor like painting with birds, cat and flowers on the back.
Butterfly, insect and plant
Cherry blossoms painting
Flowers tattoo for women
The playful tattoo contains flowers from upper back down to lower back. Nice choice for the woman.
How many of us grow up without playing anime games or watching carton video? It’s always joyful moment at that time. Then why not to have a unique tattoo to express one’s interest or record the moment?
Illustration inspired tattoo for women
This is a whimsical illustration inspired tattoo, which perfect for women.
Japanese culture inspired tattoo
The epic black and white realistic tattoo features a Japanese woman in Kimono, tiger and light house.
The realistic tattoo looks like photographic image of the giant tiger mouth with details of its whiskers, teeth and seamless skin patterns. The size of tattoo looks heavy but it reminds me of positive attributes – the willpower, courage, and strength, etc.
Sometimes simplicity is uniqueness like the watercolor strip tattoo, which goes along the backbone from neck to lower back.
This tattoo features a large portrait of a woman her nose broken and melting along the edge. A surrealistic tattoo image on the human back.
Girly tattoo with colored koi fish, wave and stars
Gray wash lotus with watercolor splashes
Emotional faces fullback ink in blue color
The woman with lamp
City life – moving house
Mixed median illustration style
Stylized Jellyfish in black and grey style
Woman wearing flower with tiger and python
A bird standing on a dead branch with skull
Skull blackwork on full back for women
Realistic lotus and tiger face tattoo on half back
sun and tree of life
Dynamic line-based geometric tattoo
This piece features complex line-based works that creates illusion of dynamic wave on the back. The lines flow seamlessly over flesh in a way that looks similar to vectors on a computer. Despite tiny geometric element, what the artist rendered is not only presice artwork, but also broad imaginations.
Tree and leaf crafts
Stitched skin tattoo
Colored birds and tree back tattoo
Dream catcher and deer back tattoo
Double Kio fishes and wave
Lily and butterflies
A feather and flock of birds
Cool tattoo on full back
Awesome Back Crow Tattoo for Girls
Tree Cover Up tattoo
Dragonfly Tattoo on back
Fullback dragon tattoo
Boy and Feather Tattoo on Back
Phoenix Tattoo on back
Japanese style Dragon on back
Bird cage on back
3D tattoo on back
Cool tattoo on back
flowers butterflies tribal tat on back
Tribal Tattoo on back
Lotus tattoo on back
Ribbon tattoo on back
Gorgeous Native Warrior Skull on back
Tree tattoo on back
In memory of his father
Portrait on back
Girl and flower on back
Bird and butterfly tattoo on back
Skull tattoo on back
Watercolor Ribbon Tattoo on back
Butterfly tattoo back
lily flower on back
Black and grey roses with swirling branches
Gray wash roses on half back
Eagle and roses
Black and gray dream catcher tattoo for women
Wolf and moon
Angel wings tattoo on back
Maori back piece on back
Hourglass on back
Peacock tattoo on back
Art Tree Tattoo on Back for Girls
Octopus tattoo on back
Elephant tattoo on back
Angels on the back
Japanese style Phoenix on back