Post # 1
Okay…I’ll admit that I do not have any tattoos. My brother and his wife have them, and I have lots of friends who have them. They’re not something I would ever do on my body, but I’m not judging anyone who has them. I know they are works of art, and some people love displaying art on their bodies.
Sooooooo… Here’s my question. Why do people get tats on their backs? I ask this, because tats are art, but you can’t enjoy them yourself and admire them if they’re on your back, because you can’t see them.
Please, please, please… I know this is a very personal question, but please don’t be offended by my question. I’m honestly just curious. I am truly not trying to be critical.
Also, it would be really cool if you’d like to post pictures of your tattoos.
Post # 3
Because other people can look at them.
Post # 4
I have one on my back shoulder. I am not one to flaunt my tattoos. I have them for personal reasons and sometimes I look in the mirror over my shoulder and smile because only I can see it/enjoy it. If that makes sense.
Post # 5
I don’t have any tattoos on my back, but my guess would be that it’s a good place for a tattoo as it’s generally a smooth, flat surface good for showing off artwork. It’s also less likely to change with weight gain etc so will stand the test of time.
I have tattoos on my side, leg, shoulder, foot and arm. I love them because they’re part of me – I don’t sit and admire them, I just like knowing they’re there.
Here’s me showing off my half sleeve:
Post # 6
I have mine in the very center of my back for the simple reason that it’s too big to fit anywhere else, and it would be really dumb to get a beautiful peice done on my tummy and ruin it a few years down the road after I have a kid.
Post # 7
I want one on my back though, will look cool in photos
Post # 8
That’s the only reason why I have never gotten one on my back. I like to look at mine!
Post # 9
I have two on my stomach (soon to be 3). I actually like it better there because I know they’re there and they both hold very high sentimental value to me. Tattoos really aren’t about YOU being able to see them though, they’re about knowing they are a part of you and expressing yourself in a unique way.
After the wedding and after we have a baby, I plan on getting his/her footprints on my back. It doesn’t matter I won’t get to see it, I’ll know it’s there and I know others will get to see it.
Post # 10
Well, I have a lower back piece, 1 behind each ear, and 1 on my neck so all those count as my back I guess, as I can’t see them – but honestly, the placement was more about “how visible do I want this to be?” For the ones behind my ear and on my neck, I wanted people to see them, so there they are. For the lower back piece, it’s something that I’m adding to slowly, and while I don’t mind people seeing it, it’s not something I want to share in the workplace. 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
It’s a great canvas!
And you enjoy them, you can use mirrors or photographs, and you can share them with the world should you choose.
Post # 12
I have one on my left shoulder blade and one that runs across my entire lower back, for me it’s a lovely place for them, I’m not so interested in seeing them myself, as knowing they are there.
Post # 13
My next one will probably be on my back mainly because it’s the only place I can really put it that can be covered up (necessary for the next step of my career). I have one on my wrist that’s easily hidden by a watch if need be, but my next will be a larger piece so I need a bigger canvas, so to speak. 🙂
Post # 14
I have one on the back of my right shoulder. I can see if it I want to, in the mirror, but also don’t have to look at it if I don’t want to. And I can show it to other people by what I wear, if I want to.
Post # 15
@juliette.eliza: Agreed. The back is such a great canvas and a beautiful piece of the body. It’s also an easy place to cover up if you need to.
Post # 16
I have a few- one on each wrist, a garter tattoo around my right upper leg, a butterfly on my right hip, & orchids with a maori protection symbol on my back/neck between my shoulder blades. I don’t really just sit there & admire them though. It’s nice to see the one on my back when I have my hair up or use another mirror, but I mainly got one there b/c it wasn’t a very painful area, It’s easy to hide/expose with my hairstyle/shirt type, It’s a flat surface so I don’t have to worry about sagging/morphing, & it’s not “out there” for the whole world to see if I don’t want it to be…
It was my second tattoo as well & I have other more common parts of my body saved for some epic pieces (side, arms, upper thighs) once I get the time/money…