Back Tattoos And Designs

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Photo list of back tattoos on different people, including a variety of ink designs and art. Back tattoo designs are a reflection of the person who wears them. What are the best back tattoo designs? Some back tattoos are elaborate and large, featuring intricate, eye-catching designs that emphasize incredible artwork. Other back tats are smaller and more subtle, with sexy tattoos on the small of the back. What back tattoo designs are the best? If you're considering getting some new ink, back tattoo art could be the way to go. This list includes some great back tattoo designs. Be sure to vote for your favorite tattoos and back tattoo placements, then vote down those that you don't like.

Good back tattoos are appropriate for both men and women. These pictures of back tattoos can also be voted on, so that the most popular back body art makes it up to the top. Back tattoos aren't for everyone, but they look awesome on the right person.

Men might opt for large, dramatic tattoos, as the back is a perfect canvas for them. Tribal tattoos work well in this area, for instance. Some might choose to start a tattoo on the back and extend it across the shoulders and down the arms. Other back tattoos might go up and around the neck or around the front to the rib cage. 

Women might also opt for large, elaborate back tattoos, or they could choose a more 'delicate' looking tattoo design - a butterfly or an angel, for instance. Celebrities like Lena Dunham and Angelina Jolie have back tattoos as well. Jolie's ink is a Bengal tiger done in the Thai tattoo style with a manual needle. Singer Anastacia has a set of wings with a tribal design as an upper back tattoo.

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    86 VOTES

    Tree Back Tattoos

    The back is a great place for tree tattoos. With the spine taking the natural form of a trunk, you can choose to go all the way up the back and place limbs on the shoulder blades, or just opt for a simple back tattoo and use a smaller part of the back for your tree tattoo.
    86 votes
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    55 VOTES

    Butterfly Back Tattoos

    Getting a butterfly back tattoo gives your colorful creatures plenty of room to spread out. Whether you want a single butterfly or a whole flock of flutterers, butterflies make for very sexy back tattoos.
    55 votes
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    64 VOTES

    Angel Back Tattoos

    Figuratively, the back is a great place for angel tattoos (second only to the shoulder). Getting an angel on your back is akin to having someone watching over you, so whether you're considering large angel back tats or something smaller and more subtle, it's a great place to get inked with an angel.
    64 votes
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    53 VOTES

    Polynesian Back Tattoos

    Polynesian Back Tattoos
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    Tribal back tattoos can be dramatic or simple, but the back is a great area for this tattoo style.
    53 votes
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    46 VOTES

    Flower Back Tattoos

    Flower Back Tattoos
    Photo: flickr / CC0
    Flowers are about the sexiest back tattoos you can get. Whether you opt for a delicate flowering plant or a whole vine of flowers that gets you a little closer to a full back tattoo, colorful flowers make great tattoos for women (and men, too, if they're so inclined).
    46 votes
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    38 VOTES

    Tiger Back Tattoos

    Tiger Back Tattoos
    Photo: flickr / CC0
    If you're going to have any animal watching your back, it's gotta be the tiger. It's ferocious and a wicked choice for a back ink. You can let the tail swing around to the front or just keep it curled up on your back.
    38 votes