Arguably the body’s most expansive canvas, the back is an ideal location for epic tattoo masterpieces. Whether it’s a full-back Japanese inspired design or intricately detailed angel wings that cascade down the shoulders and along the spine, the back is a territory that begs for a bigger picture.
Possible back tattoo schemes can include mythical scenes (kraken devouring a sailing vessel, anyone?) or dramatic iconology such as Asian dragons or saints & sinners.
Or how about mystical tarot spreads and vintage playing card designs and beyond?
Some may prefer to use the back as a blank page for penning a sweeping stanza or declaration deserving of the space and stature, with biblical passages, as well as the likes of Shakespeare and Sun Tzu (author of The Art of War) providing endless guidance and inspiration, while the wittier (but equally knowledgeable) quips of Oscar Wilde and Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk make light of life’s absurdities.
A particularly spiritual tattoo, the sacred Hindu mandala represents the universe in exquisite detail, and is a poetic reminder that we are all small but significant parts of one glorious whole.