Providing the largest, consistent surface of skin on the body, the back has long been a favorite location for tattoos. This is the area most like a true art canvas and large, bright, detailed pieces can be more easily obtained on the back.
For the most part, tattoos here are easily covered up in daily life, but when exposed they can make a strong impact.
Because of the large area, placement is a key element on the back. There is a certain attention to the shape of the body and the shape of the design that can determine the effectiveness of the tattoo.
For men looking for more of a project, the back is perfect for large pieces and large murals. The pieces on the back can also extend to other parts of the body, creating a fluidity to tattoos on the torso and the limbs.
The back may not be considered sensitive skin, depending on the amount of muscle and fat the wearer might have. Of course, directly over the spine can be sensitive. Tattoos may lie on one side or the other of the backbone to avoid this.
The back is also the place most people sport their more regrettable, snap decision, tattoos. At least they won’t have to look at them again. It is probably better to pick a desirable design though.