100+ Amazing Back Tattoo Designs You Will Most Definitely Love

By Jason Hamilton / April 27, 2019
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The back is the largest area of canvas on our body. It might be one of the best places for a tattoo in our opinion if done right. Artists can add a good amount of detail with its large canvas. If you’re thinking about getting a back tattoo, you are in good luck because here in Tat’s N’ Rings, we have a wonderful gallery of back tattoo designs you will most definitely love! So just sit back and let us take the wheel from here as we guide you through the various tattoo design options that are quite feasible to be inked on your back.

In this article, aside from our rich and vibrant gallery of back tattoo designs, we will also be sharing with you our thoughts on this tattoo body placement like the pain you might experience while getting this tattoo, the various tattoo designs you can do with it, and the preferences of both men and women on the said tattoo.


The Back Tattoo: Does It Hurt?

Getting a tattoo will hurt; there is no way around that. However, some parts of the body are extremely sensitive to pain, and only the bravest of brave should even consider tattoos in those zones and like we said numerous times before, each person will have different pain tolerance levels. The general rule of thumb though says that if you’re extremely ticklish in an area, it will probably hurt really bad to have it tattooed.


Since the back is such a large area, each portion of the back will have different pain levels. It is common knowledge to everyone even to those who are not interested in tattoos that the spine or the middle portion of the back will be extremely painful since that is where the skin meets the backbone. Shoulder blades too are also painful since the skin is also touching the bone. The least painful area for a back tattoo would be both sides of the lower back since there are a lot of fat and muscles in those places to absorb the shock you might experience from the needle.

Different Kinds of Back Tattoo

Like we said earlier, the back is the largest tattoo canvas on your body. For those who are already used to the sensation of the needle against their skin, they might go daring and do a full back tattoo but for others out there that also wants a back tattoo but still do not have the heart, courage, or will to endure long hours of pain, a smaller tattoo will quite beneficial for you.


Here are some of the back tattoo kinds that you might be interested in:

Lower Back Tattoo

A lower-back tattoo (also known as a tramp stamp) is a tattoo that became popular in the late 90s and early 2000s and gained a reputation for its erotic appeal. They are sometimes accentuated by low-rise jeans and crop tops.


Lower-back tattoos were popularized in the early 2000s, in part owing to the influence of female celebrities, including Britney Spears, Aaliyah, Christina Ricci, and Pamela Anderson. The popularity of low-rise jeans and crop tops may have also spurred the increase in lower-back tattoos. Another appeal of tattooing the lower back is that there is little fat there, lessening the chance that images will become misshapen over time. Also, the lower back is often concealed, providing women with the choice of when to reveal their tattoo. Although some males have lower-back tattoos, including some celebrities, they are generally not acquired by men.

Here are some of the best lower back tattoo designs we saw while surfing the internet:


A very intricate lower back tattoo of leaves and flowers.

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Another very intricate lower back tattoo of leaves and flowers.


A vibrant lower back tattoo of roses.

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A mandala-inspired lower back tattoo.

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A lower back tattoo of revolver guns and flowers.

Upper Back Tattoo

An upper back tattoo is not actually visible to the person bearing it which can be an advantage for those who want a tattoo but do not want to see it always.

Many people use that portion of the body to display memorial tattoos for loved ones who have passed on since the upper back offers a place that will not constantly remind them of the departed but can still honor them in a way.

Others will use this portion of the body to have a very detailed tattoo so that the said tattoo is not that glaring and can easily be concealed when the situation demands it.

Here are some upper back tattoo designs that we think might spark your interest:

A very intricate upper back tattoo of a wolf with geometric patterns.

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An upper back tattoo of a sinking ship.

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A colorful upper back tattoo of various geometric patterns.

A skull tattoo on the upper back.

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A simple purple and blue watercolor tattoo on the upper back.

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Spine Tattoo

Spine tattoos are quite a hot topic today. Most of the time, these tattoos are used to accentuate the sexy back part of many people. However, other people get this kind of tattoo to cover up the spinal column’s imperfections and some ugly scars. This kind of tattoo is deeply personal and meaningful to most wearers if not all.

Here are some examples of Spine tattoos that you might like:

A quote tattoo inked on the spine.

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A large and detailed spine tattoo inked on the spine.

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A simple but beautiful atom tattoo on the spine.


A beautiful line tattoo on the spine with geometric tattoo design elements.


A spine tattoo of flowers.

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Full Back Tattoo

Let us face it, tattoos are addicting. They are so addicting in fact that anyone who has ever gotten even the smallest of dolphin tattoos has at one time or another had grandiose visions of gapless sleeves, full back murals, and permanent relationships with their favorite tattoo artist that would make their significant others green with envy. But larger works aren’t for everyone. Significant ink works are time-consuming, expensive, and for some, socially stigmatic. So for those of you who can’t commit right now or may even be in the midst of planning that perfect piece, here are a few full back tattoos to hold you over.

A large full back infinity ouroboros tattoo with a woman.


A large and highly detailed full back tattoo in trash polka design.

A large full back tattoo of Pisces.

A full back tattoo of the grim reaper.


A large blue cross tattoo with wings.

The Various Designs For A Back Tattoo

In all honesty, we personally think that since the back is such a large canvas for any tattoo artist even those who are deemed to be professionals or experts, almost all if not all, tattoo designs are perfectly adaptable for a back tattoo. The back offers one of the flattest surfaces on our body to make the tattoo not warp when we gain or lose weight. This advantage has been quoted by all artists time and time again which makes it a somewhat general consensus in the tattoo community and body art industry.

Here are some of the best tattoo designs we think that might interest you in getting one epic back tattoo:

Steampunk Tattoo

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and the aesthetics of nineteenth-century machinery. Its signature retro-futuristic look has been inspired by nineteenth-century people’s vision of the future where it is often associated with the fashion and aesthetic design of the day.

One may wonder, what the usual designs of steampunk tattoo are. This thought is often warranted because steampunk tattoo designs are just blooming in popularity. To answer this though, there is no specific design to steampunk tattoos which is why it is becoming popular. The creative freedom this tattoo design presents to the enthusiast and the artist is unimaginable. Your imagination is the limit as one tattoo artist said regarding steampunk tattoos.

If this design is creatively unbinding, then what does it have that can make a tattoo design be called steampunk? Well, steampunk tattoos will always have machines as the main theme of its design. Artists usually make a simple object into a steampunk by introducing machine parts in its design like cogs, wheels, pistons, and other machine parts. Imagine the inner workings of a mechanical watch but in different shapes and forms. That is steampunk design.

Here are some of the best steampunk tattoo designs inked on the back that we think is just pure awesomeness!

A steampunk winged machine tattooed on the back.


A highly detailed back tattoo of a steampunk ribcage.


A large full back tattoo of steampunk machinery.

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A medium-sized tattoo of a cog with other steampunk embellishments.

A back tattoo of a bird with steampunk elements.

A colored steampunk back tattoo.

A large circular steampunk tattoo on the back.

A heart-shaped steampunk tattoo on the upper back with angel wings.

A large back tattoo of steampunk inspired mechanical wings.

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A steampunk tattoo of a butterfly on the upper back.

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Phoenix Tattoo

A Phoenix, in layman’s terms, is a mythical bird that has the ability to cyclically regenerate from the ashes of its former self.

A phoenix tattoo, for a majority of people, symbolizes the person’s ability to be born again or their change in character and personality. People who mostly get this tattoo would like to scream to the world that they are a changed man and that they have left their old miserable self in the ashes.

Another meaning that a phoenix tattoo may hold is victory. Nothing seems more triumphant than having a phoenix tattoo when in fact this mythical bird has conquered something that we seriously fear: death. By having this tattoo on your body, you are exclaiming that you have already passed your greatest fear or problem and that you are now at peace.

A lot of designs for a phoenix tattoo have sprung up since its inception a few decades ago. here are a few designs we have gathered from all over that internet that will definitely catch your attention.

A large full back tattoo of a phoenix with watercolor tattoo design elements as additional detailing.

A very colorful lower back watercolor tattoo of a phoenix flying upward.

A back watercolor tattoo of a phoenix with a black base and various colors.

A large back tattoo of a fiery orange phoenix with a large tail and watercolor tattoo detailing.

A long full back tattoo of a tribal phoenix that is aligned on the spine.

A tribal tattoo of a rising phoenix on the back.

A large and highly detailed full back tattoo of an orange phoenix in a blue background.

A highly intricate and highly colorful full back tattoo of a phoenix with a golden head.

Another full back neo-traditional tattoo of a phoenix.

A large full back tattoo of a highly detailed phoenix with other embellishments.

Watercolor Tattoo

Since its introduction in the body art industry, watercolor tattoos slowly gained traction because of its artistic implications. The artistic value and the visual appeal that it holds is breathtaking. As a matter of fact, the surge of people who wants to get a tattoo can be attributed to the popularity of watercolor tattoo designs on the internet. There was even a time when watercolor tattoos dominated social media because of its unprecedented design and how it literally mimics a watercolor painting. Despite its current popularity, however, skepticism still shrouds this specific tattoo design.

Here are some of the most beautiful watercolor tattoo designs we saw that are inked on the back:

A watercolor tattoo of a flock of birds.

A large back watercolor tattoo of color splashes.

A back watercolor tattoo of sparrows in flight.

An upper back watercolor tattoo of a dreamcatcher.

A back watercolor tattoo of a pink dandelion billowing in the wind.

A back watercolor tattoo of a butterfly with thick black baselines.

A pink abstract watercolor tattoo situated on the back.




Dragon Tattoo

A dragon is a large, serpent-like legendary creature that appears in the folklore of many cultures around the world. Beliefs about dragons vary drastically by region, but dragons in western cultures since the High Middle Ages have often been depicted as winged, horned, four-legged, and capable of breathing fire. Dragons in eastern cultures are usually depicted as wingless, four-legged, serpentine creatures with above-average intelligence.

Since the dragon has been present in numerous cultures, various interpretation of the design also sprung up offering a variety of dragon tattoo designs. From the east to the west, each civilization offers a unique look to the mythical fire-breathing flying creature. Here are some of the designs that sparked our interest:

A large and extremely detailed full back tattoo of a Chinese dragon holding a sphere.

Another intricate full back tattoo of a Chinese dragon.

Another extremely detailed full back tattoo of a Chinese dragon.

An upper back tattoo of a purple and green dragon.

A full back tattoo of a European dragon.

A 3d back tattoo of a European dragon.

Another 3d back tattoo of a European dragon.

An upper left back tattoo of a blue and red European dragon.

A colorful back tattoo of a blue green Chinese dragon with red embellishment.

A green Chinse dragon tattoo with purple flowers and thorns inked on the back.

Back Tattoo Designs For Men

A big milestone for all men who are considering themselves as tattoo enthusiasts is a large, vibrant, and detailed back tattoo. The hours you have to put up under the needle, the excruciating pain of how the needle hits your bone and ticklish areas, and the nights you have to sleep not on your back. These struggles are considered a ceremony for male tattoo enthusiast. This is somehow considered the “halfway point” for them. From this point forth, there is no turning back.

For those who are new, however, they consider this tattoo body placement as a viable option if they have the pain tolerance level to match it up. This is also the perfect place for a first tattoo since it is not that glaring or showy all the time.

Here are some of the best back tattoo designs for men we saw while looking on the internet:

A highly detailed, intricately designed, artfully made american flag tattoo on the back in the shape of a flying eagle.

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A large and highly detailed tattoo of the american flag and the head of a bald eagle.

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A back tattoo of a tribal octopus.

A back tattoo of a helm with other nautical elements such as an anchor and a compass.

An ouroboros dragon tattoo with the tree of life in the center of the design.

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A fairly large and detailed dragon ouroboros tattoo on the upper back area of the body.

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A very detailed ouroboros tattoo on the upper back with a nailed hand ar the center.

A highly detailed brush stroke yin yang tattoo design.

A blue green and black watercolor yin yang tattoo.

A yin yang tattoo on the back.

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A yin yang tattoo on the back with a dragon and lion.

A realistically depicted three dimensional elephant tattoo inked on the back.

A highly detailed and large three dimensional Celtic tattoo on the back with additional cracked design elements to emphasize the three dimensional aspect of the design.

A highly detailed 3d tattoo of a compass and a map on the back.

A large and intricately designed back tattoo of a phoenix with three dimensional tattoo design elements.

A large and extremely intricate samurai tattoo on the back.

A tattoo of a high ranking samurai with heavy armor.

A full back tattoo of a samurai mask.

A highly detailed and intricately designed full back tattoo of a mythical samurai.

A full back intricately designed samurai tattoo.

Back Tattoo Designs For Women

For the modern girl, getting a tattoo is just another accessory like buying a new pair of earrings or a purse. The only difference is the accessory is permanent. Women believe that tattoos not only enhance their beauty but give them a boost of confidence they may not have felt before. For example, there are some breasts cancer survivors who will get a tattoo where their breasts used to be to boost their confidence.

Women of today, unlike in the past, are now more inclined to designs that will amaze the eyes. They still tend to go for meaningful designs with a twist of visual impact. They want something that will appease their taste, complement their fashion, and symbolize whatever it is they want to visually present to the world. The back offers the best place for these women to have that kind of tattoo. It is not too imposing unlike other tattoo body placements, easily concealable if demanded by the circumstance, and offers a large area for a tattoo artist to spread his or her creativity.

Here are some of the best back tattoo designs for women that we saw that you might really like:

wonderfully detailed half flower mandala tattoo designs on both side of the back creating a fierce aesthetic sense to the design.

A highly detailed flower mandala tattoo with chandelier-like design elements added to accentuate the design even further.

Jaw-dropping Back Mandala themes tattoo

A highly detailed and intricately made tree and full moon tattoo.

A highly detailed and intricate tribal tattoo of a crescent moon inked on the upper back.

A beautifully detailed upper back tattoo of the moon with flowers and pine trees for additional detail.

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A large back tattoo of a howling wolf.

A medium-sized back tattoo of a wolf with blue eyes in bohemian detail.

A back watercolor tattoo of a butterfly with thick black baselines.

These 3 butterflies chasing each other makes the tattoo more elegant.

An artistically made closed wing butterfly tattoo on the lower back.

A colorful butterfly eye tattoo on the back.

An intricately designed bohemian style upper back tattoo of a butterfly with geometric tattoo design elements added for embellishment.

A beautiful watercolor tattoo of a blue butterfly with pink accents inked on the upper left portion of the back.

A large colorful and beautifully designed tattoo of butterflies and flowers smack dab in the middle of the back.

A butterfly tattoo with a tiger’s face on the upper left portion of the back.

A beautiful and highly detailed butterfly and flower tattoo on the middle of the back.

A highly intricate back tattoo of a black rose with leaves.

A multicolored watercolor rose tattoo situated on the back.

A red rose tattoo on the back with tribal lines.


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About the author

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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