If there are ink designs that garner the most attention, both positive and negative, these are the lower back tattoo designs. Fortunately, the good always outnumber the bad even in the ink community so much so that lower back tattoos are favorites among men and women alike. However, we cannot deny that there are still misconceptions about lower back tattoos outside of the ink community.
Facts and Fiction
Let’s discuss first the myths that have been going around and just refuse to die a natural death, so to speak. First, the myth that lower back tattoos on women are signs of sexual promiscuity, thus, the derogatory name of tramp stamps. Even the men who sport lower back tattoos are also labeled as either homosexual or licentious or both. Sad but true, nonetheless.
Well, our take on such an urban legend is that it is completely, utterly and absolutely ridiculous. Tattoos are not the be-all and end-all of a person because these are personal expressions of art as seen on the individual’s body. Indeed, we confidently assert that lower back tattoo designs are as valid as other forms of artistic expressions like the visual and performing arts.
Then, even when the lower back tattoos are acceptable in certain circles, the ink style is supposedly only for women. Men, therefore, must never sport lower back tattoos unless one wants to be suspected of being too gay – as if there’s such a thing as being too homosexual when there’s none in the first place.
But tattoos are tattoos no matter who wears them. Again, tattoos are forms of body art and since art is subjective, we cannot judge a person’s art by our own standards. For as long as you can carry any of the lower back tattoo designs on your skin, then go for it – it’s your art and your body, after all.
Benefits and Demerits
Lower back tattoos are popular for good reasons, of which the following are just a few:
- The lower back is one of the sexiest parts of a woman’s body. The gentle but feminine flare of the hips from the waist is accentuated by the lower back tattoo. It’s almost like an expression of feminine power.
- The lower back meets yet another sexy part of a woman’s body – the booty, as we like to call it. If you will look at famous paintings of nude women with their backs to the painter, the beginning of the “butt crack” is always highlighted simply because it’s sexy. You can just imagine the effect if these lower back tattoo designs are juxtaposed with these paintings!
And of course, the lower back provides for a wide area in which to place body art. Your whole waistline can be outlined with a vertical tattoo like a tribal design although you can also choose to have a single tattoo centered – think of a sun figure – on the base of the spine.
The main disadvantage with a lower back tattoo is the amount of pain during the inking process. Since a few of the spinal bones are in indirect contact with the needles, your pain level is often higher.
Still, with all these demerits and myths associated with inking lower back tattoo designs, you will want one for yourself. Your body is a canvass so go for it.