50+ Neck Tattoo Designs That Are Worth The Pain

By Jason Hamilton / March 29, 2019
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There are tattoos that easily grab people’s attention. One of those is neck tattoos, considered by some as one of the more niche tattoo categories because of the unconventional location. Unless it’s covered by clothing, a neck tattoo is pretty much guaranteed to get at least one curious look every day when you’re outside.

Most people don’t think of neck tattoos for their first ink. Usually, they choose popular tattoo areas like the bicepsforearms, and ankles. Even those who already have lots of ink on their body often hesitate to get a neck tattoo because it’s right up there with face tattoos as one of the boldest tattoos around.

But when you look past the unconventional location, the entire neck area is actually an excellent place for body art. It’s big enough to accommodate small and meaningful tattoo designs. It has a good amount of flat space to keep text-based tattoos readable. And best of all, you can incorporate neck tattoos into shoulder tattoos, upper back tattoos, or chest tattoos, if you have one, to create a large tattoo piece.

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In this article, we will be looking into the various different designs one can make with a neck tattoo as well as the preferences of both male and female on this tattoo placement.

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The Various Designs For A Neck Tattoo

Since the neck offers a somewhat medium size area to work with, there are a fair amount of tattoo designs out there that are made which will perfectly fit onto your neck.

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Here are just some of the most beautiful neck tattoo designs we saw that will really spark your interest:

The Geometric Tattoo

Geometry is a branch of mathematics that is concerned with questions of shape, size, the relative position of figures, and the properties of space. Who would have thought that math would inspire a tattoo design right?

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We are pretty sure, however, that the reason why geometric tattoo designs were inspired by geometry was not that of the maths involved but rather the figures in this intellectual field. Geometric tattoo designs explore the idea of using numerous lines to form a unique shape and figure which can accentuate a simple tattoo.

Here are some of the best geometric neck tattoo designs we think are just purely remarkable:

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A large neck tattoo of an intricate geometric pattern with an owl.

A large detailed geometric neck tattoo of a hexagonal pattern.

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A neck tattoo of a geometric object.

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A large neck tattoo of a geometric pattern.

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A maze-like geometric neck tattoo that extends to the breasts.

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A very detailed geometric neck tattoo.

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An intricate and detailed neck tattoo of a geometric object.

A large unclear geometric neck tattoo.

A full neck tattoo of two intricate and highly detailed geometric patterns.

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A geometric neck tattoo that forms a resemblance of a lantern.

An intricate and detailed abstract geometric neck tattoo.

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an intricately designed geometric neck tattoo of interlocking geometric patterns.

The Tribal Tattoo

Tribal tattoos are probably among the most popular tattoo designs of all time. With virtually an endless number of variations, they can suit any person’s preferences.

The tradition of tribal tattoos is thousands of years old. The traditional Maori, Samoan, and Polynesian tattoo styles are actually the roots of what we now refer to as tribal tattoos. They were meant to identify warriors with tribes and mark their status and qualities in a powerful, unmistakable way.

The neck, although quite small if compared to the usual tribal tattoo can still play host to a tribal motif. You just need to look for the perfect tribal pattern.

Here are some of the best tribal neck tattoo designs we found:

A highly detailed and intricate swirly tribal neck tattoo.

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A simple tribal neck tattoo.

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A simple and typical tribal tattoo inked on the neck.

A somewhat medium size but intricate tribal neck tattoo.

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A wonderfully made tribal neck tattoo that ends near the upper back.

A beautifully designed tribal neck tattoo.

A highly detailed and intricately designed tribal neck tattoo.

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A somewhat simple tribal neck tattoo.

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Another somewhat simple tribal neck tattoo.

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A beuatifully made and intricately designed tribal neck tattoo.

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A smartfully detailed tribal neck tattoo in the shape of a fish.

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A highly detailed tribal neck tattoo of some sort of lantern.

The Neotraditional Tattoo

Something that is old and irrelevant cannot be modernized right? Wrong! Old designs can still come to life because of artists and enthusiasts that gives out passionate efforts to modernize things that are considered old. This is the reason why neo-traditional tattoo designs were born. Artists and enthusiasts alike would like to revitalize the classic designs so that they will still have a foothold in an industry that is completely changing with the times.

Most often, neo-traditional tattoos will have eye-popping colors be mixed with other eye-popping colors to make the tattoo stand out from the crowd. Another element that we commonly see in neo-traditional tattoos are the bold outlines of the objects of the tattoo. These bold outlines also help to make the tattoo design pop out and make it easier to mix different colors since there is this somewhat sufficient boundary to each color.

Here are some of the best neotraditional neck tattoo designs we saw that stood out for our tastes:

A very beautiful and vibrant neotraditional neck tattoo of a butterfly.

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A very colorful and vibrant highly detailed neotraditional neck tattoo of a mandala.

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A highly detailed and intricate neotraditional neck tattoo of a rooster.

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A large neotraditional neck tattoo of a rose.

A large and vibrant neotraditional neck tattoo of a lighthouse and a rose.

A neotraditional neck tattoo of eagle wings and a bomb.

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A neotraditional neck tattoo of a rabbit tied up ina rope.

A vibrant, highly detailed, and intricate neotraditional neck tattoo of a rose and dagger.

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A highly detailed and intricate vibrant neotraditional neck tattoo of a falcon and a rose.

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A highly detailed and intricate colored neotraditional tattoo of the triangle and an eye.

A colored and vibrant neotraditional neck tattoo of an owl.

A highly detailed neotraditional neck tattoo of a stag with orange leaves.

The Preferences Of Men For The Neck Tattoo

Men, like in any other tattoo design, will always go for the visually striking and visually appealing designs. This means they will tend to choose larger and more intricate designs than their counterparts. Men will almost always go for the big detailed designs which most of the time cover the entire length of the neck.

Here are just some of the best neck tattoo designs for men that we saw:

An intricate neck tattoo of two hands holding a rosary in a praying position.

A highly detailed and intricate neck tattoo of a heart with thorns and a cross.

A highly detailed geometric neck tattoo.

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A highly colored, vibrant, and detailed neck tattoo of the pokemon Pikachu.

A simple neck tattoo of a gemini symbol.

A highly detailed and intricate tattoo of a crown.

A large neck tattoo of an owl and a rose.

A highly detailed maze like neck tattoo of a geometric pattern.

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The Preferences of Women For The Neck Tattoo

Female neck tattoo designs are very easily visible and can be difficult to cover. For a female, it is easier to cover them with long hair, especially when it is on the back or sides of the neck. Although the main idea of having a tattoo is to display a permanent work of art in your body, there are times when you want to cover it for example during formal occasions at work or office.

Because of this, most women will go for the simpler but meaningful neck tattoo design so that they can be easily concealed. Although they go for the simpler designs, they will still go for the detailed ones if possible albeit smaller in scale than those of their male counterparts.

Here are just some of the best neck tattoo designs for women that you might like:

An intricate neck tattoo of a book and a heart.

A neck tattoo of a quote from a book.

A neck or back of the ear tattoo of the pisces symbol.

A simple black and red neck tattoo of two fishes representing pisces.

A colorful and vibrant intricate neck tattoo of two kois representing pisces.

A highly detailed and intricate neck tattoo of a celtic cross with rubies in the middle.

A simple but elegant neck tattoo of a fedora hat.

A highly detailed and intricate tribal neck tattoo of a radiant sun.

While it is not that common for many people to place a tattoo on the neck area, the spot is still a nice place for the brave of hearts to express themselves through body art. It may hurt double but it’s definitely worth the pain.


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Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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