In many tribal societies, back tattoos for men were and are considered to be symbols of all things manly. These back tattoos tell a story of the many transitions from boyhood to manhood with each line, dot and shape representing an event, an attribute and a story within an epic tale. In the modern world, these back tattoos are primarily for body art purposes with symbolisms coming in a close second.
Celebrities with Back Tattoos
Although back tattoos were associated with biker groups, prison gangs and other less-than-desirable elements of modern society just a few decades back, the tide is turning in favor of body art. It may be that Hollywood celebrities from singers to actors and even athletes are now fans of back tattoos for men, which makes body art more acceptable to the general public.
A few of the male celebrities with back tattoos are Lebron James with “Chosen 1″, Ja Rule with angel wings and crosses, Tommy Lee with tribal artwork, Jesse James with a hundred-dollar bill going up in flames, Josh Hartnett with a Celtic knot, David Beckham with a crucifixion scene and David Blaine with a Christ of Saint John of the Cross tattoo.
With more celebrities seeing tattoos as expressions of their personality, artistry and story, we can expect more men to sport back tattoos. You need not even go through the process of the entire back being tattooed as many men will opt for smaller designs covering just a portion of their skin.
Consider the Merits
If you are sitting on the fence about back tattoos for men for personal reasons, this is understandable. Tattoos on any part of the body require careful evaluation of the pros and cons of the body art especially as these are permanent in nature. Piercings on parts of the body like the ears, eyebrows, navels and noses can be removed when the situation calls for it – not so with tattoos.
Still, you will find many advantages about choosing back tattoos over other locations. You can easily cover up the tattoos with shirts and jackets when necessary as well as bare it at the beach. Tattoos in visible parts of the body like the arms, hands and neck are not so easily covered especially during the hot summers.
You can also choose from many designs, shapes and sizes of back tattoos for men. These choices include:
- Small tattoos spanning just a particular section of the back such as separate tattoos with different themes. Tramps stamps on men are examples.
- Large tattoos covering almost the entire back. Chinese and Japanese-themed tattoos are prime examples of such large back inks.
- Horizontal designs that give the illusion of a wider, not to mention sexier, back.
- V-shaped designs that expand the back area to emphasize the desired V-shape in men.
Just about anything and everything can be inked at the back because of its fairly large and flat expanse of skin. Animals, both real and mythical, plants, heavenly bodies, tribal themes and crosses are just a few of the possible designs for back tattoos for men. You have the assurance, too, that these tattoos will remain discernible even with age since the back remains relatively stable in size even as we age. And that’s why we love back tattoos!