58 Stunning Back Tattoos For Women with Meaning

The back has a large enough space to be creative. From small to big, simple to intricate, these back tattoos for women are pieces of art.

Back tattoos have been popular for a long time. And there are a couple of reasons why people adore back tattoos.

First, it has enough space for basically any design. Second, you can go small or big on the back, and the tattoo will still look stunning. A small ink on the shoulder blade, a full-back tattoo, or a spine tattoo, anything that compliments one’s body and style can be put on the back.

Last but not least, it’s perfect for those who want more flexibility in showing their tattoos. Want moderate exposure? A tattoo on the upper back plus a tank top will be perfect. If you’re going to hide it, consider the lower back instead.

So if you are getting ink on the back, this collection of back tattoos for women is for you. From small to big, color to black, minimalist to sophisticated, you will find the designs that represent you.

What is a back tattoo, and is it painful?

Back tattoos are tattoos you get on the back. But because the back is a large space, back tattoos may include the following sub-placements:

  • Upper back tattoos
  • Shoulder blade/Back of the shoulder tattoos
  • Back of the neck tattoos
  • Spine tattoos
  • Lower back tattoos
  • Full back tattoos

Because the skin is thicker with fewer nerves on the upper back, tattoos on this area usually cause less pain. Conversely, and on the contrary, spine tattoos or lower back tattoos can be more painful because the skin is thinner and more sensitive. So take into account your sensibility to pain while choosing the placement.

Disclaimer: This collection of back tattoos for women is for inspiration only. Please do not copy the artwork. If you love these tattoos, follow artists and show them some support.

Back tattoos for women with meaning

Dragon back tattoos

Dragons have different symbolisms across cultures. In the west, they are seen as evil and disastrous. However, they are a symbol of royalty and power in the east.

Despite the meaning, their naturally elongated body and the curvy silhouette fit vertically on the spine. That’s why dragon makes perfect back tattoos for women.

Blue dragon upper back tattoo

Blue dragon back tattoo by @tattooist_solar

@tattooist_solar

This dragon outline tattoo has just enough details to stand out on the skin. The tattooist could have colored the dragon entirely black, but it would be too dark for girls. Drawing only the outline maintains a lightness and makes the blue pop out even more.

Full back dragon and eagle tattoo

Full back dragon and eagle tattoo by @xsonseven

@xsonseven

It takes courage to get a full-back tattoo, especially for women. But this tattoo is so detailed that it is worth the risk.

Read also: 44 Stunning dragon tattoos for women

Butterfly back tattoos for women

Butterfly tattoos are common for women. They represent rebirth, transformation, and the pursuit of freedom. If you want something feminine, the following tattoos may be for you.

Butterfly and gemstone back tattoo

Butterfly and gemstone back tattoo by @studio_jaw

@studio_jaw

A butterfly might not be the most unique idea for a tattoo. But matching it with a gemstone of the same color adds attractiveness. And because it’s a small nape tattoo, it is likely to be less painful, making it ideal as a first tattoo.

Black and grey simple butterfly back tattoo

Black and grey simple butterfly back tattoo by @e. Hyang_. Tattoo

@e.hyang_.tattoo

There’s beauty in symmetry. This butterfly back tattoo may look simple. But it’s so elegant because of the symmetrical design and the just-right amount of ornaments. Not too fancy, but not boring, either.

Butterfly spine tattoo

Butterfly spine tattoo by @grettel. Inkaholik

@grettel.inkaholik

Because butterflies are naturally small, they are not often put on spine tattoos. But the tattooist highlights the design with vertical straight lines and stretches the tattoo elegantly.

Pink floral moon and butterfly on the back of shoulder

Pink floral moon and butterfly on the back of shoulder by @tilda_tattoo

@tilda_tattoo

Adding the moon and flowers to a tattoo makes it instantly more feminine. And this one is a good example. Tattooist Tilda is so good at creating stunning butterfly and flower tattoos. She always finds a way to make these common elements unique. Check out our interview with her to know more about her work.

Snake back tattoos for women

Today, calling someone a snake is saying that they are not trustworthy. But historically, snakes are considered a symbol of fertility and rebirth. They are even worshipped as sacred in Japan. So if you love snakes, don’t miss the following snake back tattoos for women.

Minimalist snake outline tattoo

Black snake back tattoo by @e. Hyang_. Tattoo

@e.hyang_.tattoo

Stunning black snake back tattoo

Stunning black snake back tattoo by @norangtattoo

@norangtattoo

Blue snake and blood moon

Blue snake and blood moon by @e. Hyang_. Tattoo

@e.hyang_.tattoo

Dreamcatcher back tattoos for women

Dreamcatchers are more than beautiful decorations. They hold significance to the Native Americans.

Dreamcatchers are usually seen as a protective amulet consisting of a round frame, a web, and beads. These dreamcatcher tattoos are for you if you resonate with the meaning or are attracted by the beauty.

Stunning rose and butterfly dreamcatcher

Stunning rose and butterfly dreamcatcher by @peria_tattoo

@peria_tattoo

This is not entirely a traditional dreamcatcher. Instead, the tattooist replaces the round frame with a crescent moon and roses, creating a dreamy piece of art.

Butterfly dreamcatcher on the back

Butterfly dreamcatcher on the back by @yeriel_tattoo

@yeriel_tattoo

This is a stunning and creative dreamcatcher tattoo. The tattooist adds a butterfly in the middle to add femininity and elegance. And the reflection of the golden frame plus the gemstone highlights the tattoo as if it is glowing.

Koi fish back tattoos for women

Koi fish is a traditional symbol of wealth, strength, perseverance, and success in Asian countries. That’s why you may see people getting koi fish tattoos in big sizes, especially Japanese men. But the following koi fish tattoos are more delicate and suitable for women. Scroll on.

Black and red koi tattoo

Black and red koi tattoo by @loe. Tattoo

@loe.tattoo

The double koi fish tattoo is not just aesthetically pleasing with the color contrast and perfect symmetry. It’s also a great back tattoo idea for Pisces as their zodiac symbol.

Oriental koi tattoo on the shoulder blade

Koi back tattoo by @nika_s_tattoo

@nika_s_tattoo

Koi fish is usually seen as an oriental symbol. Pairing it with the plum flower elevates its oriental charm.

Yin Yang koi spine tattoo for women

Koi back tattoo by @pez. Tattooer

@pez.tattooer

At first glance, this might look like an ordinary koi back tattoo. But look closer, and you will find that the fish on the left is darker than the one on the left, creating a subtle Yin Yang symbol.

With the lotus flower on top, this tattoo reminds the wearer to always keep calm and balanced.

Botanical back tattoo

Leaves back tattoo by @ch. Tattoo. Ahn

@ch.tattoo.ahn

Compared to flower tattoos, botanical tattoos like vines, leaves and branches might not capture the same attention. But they are subtle and meaningful.

They represent growth and life and are perfect for those who resonate with the symbolism. Also, you can stretch the branch and align it in the center to create a well-balanced spine tattoo.

Oriental bamboo and sparrows

Oriental bamboo and birds back tattoo by @suryo. Tattoo

@suryo.tattoo

Have you ever thought of putting an oriental painting on the back? This large back ink may give you some idea. In China, bamboo symbolizes longevity, perseverance, and strength. And the sparrows bring motions to the design and bring it to life.

Red spider lily back tattoo

Red spider lily back tattoo by @leean. Ink

@leean.ink

Most flower tattoos represent beauty, love, or purity. But red spider lilies are different. They are considered the symbol of death, reincarnation, and the afterlife.

Despite its symbolism, the flower gets wide popularity for its unique shape and blood-red color. Consider a red spider lily for those who want a feminine but untraditional flower back tattoo.

Rose back tattoo

Rose back tattoo by @peria_tattoo

@peria_tattoo

Red roses are a symbol of love and passion. They are beautiful and elegant, perfect for romantics. Either big or small, it’s hard to go wrong with rose tattoos.

Tree of life back tattoo

Tree of life back tattoo by @ch. Tattoo. Ahn

@ch.tattoo.ahn

This tree tattoo on the back is not only pretty but also meaningful. The four trees represent four seasons. It creates a life cycle and reminds us that time is always moving forward. And the best we can do is to live in the present and cherish what we have.

Tree spine tattoo

Tree spine tattoo by @iwona. Tattoo

@iwona.tattoo

Trees represent life and growth. It takes time for a tree to grow. But it stands the test of time for decades to come.

People with tree tattoos like this one are those who value persistence, patience, and the power of time.

Elephant back tattoos for women

Elephants live in herds. They care for each other’s children and family. That’s why they are the symbol of family love and protection and often show up in family tattoos.

On top of that, they are also loyal, reliable, and peaceful. So if elephants are your spirit animal, don’t miss out on these elephant back tattoos.

Small momma and baby elephants

Elephant back tattoo by @ibittenink

@ibittenink

Conceptional elephant back of shoulder tattoo

Conceptional elephant back of shoulder tattoo by @ink. Feb24

@ink.feb24

Bird tattoos on the back

Birds represent freedom and hope. In some cultures, birds are seen as messengers between the earth and heaven. The following bird tattoos on the back are for those who value liberty and resonate with the bird’s symbolism.

Symmetrical birds

Bird tattoo on the back by @ssussu_tatt

@ssussu_tatt

Humming bird back tattoo

Bird tattoo on the back by @yuna. Tattoos

@yuna.tattoos

Elegant crane shoulder tattoo

Elegant crane shoulder tattoo by @_. Yiching. _

@.yiching.

Cranes represent longevity and elegance. In Taoism, cranes are often seen as a symbol of divinity. They represent those not bound by materials and have high moral standards and self-discipline.

Cross back tattoos for women

As a Christian symbol, the cross usually represents one’s religion. And cross tattoos work for those who want to wear their beliefs on the sleeve.

And cross tattoos are versatile as well. They can be as simple as two straight lines crossing each other. Or you can add ornaments and patterns to adapt to your aesthetics. The following cross back tattoos for women do exactly that.

Tiny symbolic cross on the spine

Tiny symbolic cross on the spine by @sukza__art

@sukza__art

Rose and cross on the back of the neck

Rose and cross on the back of the neck by @arese_tattoo

@arese_tattoo

Vintage cross back tattoo

Vintage cross back tattoo by @ink_de_oro

@ink_de_oro

Girly floral cross tattoo on the lower back

Girly floral cross tattoo on the lower back by @sisi. Lovelove

@sisi.lovelove

Lotus spine tattoo

Black lotus spine tattoo by @sukza__art

@sukza__art

The lotus flower represents calmness and zen in Buddhism and Hinduism. A lotus flower on the spine is a permanent reminder to remain unbothered in the face of chaos.

Cover-up landscape back tattoo

Cover-up landscape back tattoo by @tattooer_sogeum

@tattooer_sogeum

Most landscape tattoos stretch horizontally. But this one is different. It captures a part of a mountain landscape to cover up a quote tattoo on the spine.

Though it’s pretty narrow, it contains all the elements generally in a natural landscape: the mountains, the moon, and the lake. And it creates a colorful and serene natural scenery.

Oriental pearl norigae spine tattoo

Oriental pearl norigae spine tattoo by @seolheetattoo

@seolheetattoo

A Norigae is a traditional accessory for Korean women. It’s part of the traditional Korean attire and reflects the wearer’s aesthetic. For those from Korea, such a feminine Norigae spine tattoo will remind them of their root. If you are from the east, check out these oriental tattoos!

Paper crane tattoo

Paper crane tattoo by @e. Nal_. Tattoo

@e.nal_.tattoo

Paper cranes are a classic in Japanese origami. It represents good luck and best wishes. And that’s why many give paper cranes as gifts. This paper crane back tattoo might be small, but it carries the wearer’s hope for the future.

Realism eye tattoo on the back

Realism eye tattoo on the back by @6o9ang

@6o9ang

The eye is the window of the soul. It is often the first thing we look at in a person. By duplicating the eye pupil, this tattoo creates a visual impact that is surefire to capture attention.

Blue abstract triangle back tattoo

Blue abstract triangle back tattoo by @rizn__tattoo

@rizn__tattoo

Blue moon back tattoo

Blue moon back tattoo by @eunyutattoo

@eunyutattoo

If you want to get an ordinary object tattooed, there are ways to make it unique. Color is one of them.

By painting the moon in blue and purple, tattooist Eunyu turns the ordinary into special. Check out our interview with Eunyu to see how she does that.

Cosmic whale tattoo on the back of shoulder

Cosmic whale tattoo on the back of shoulder by @tattooist_sigak

@tattooist_sigak

Feminine abstract line art tattoo

Feminine abstract line art tattoo by @tata. Jouaux. Art

@tata.jouaux.art

A tattoo doesn’t need to be full of colors or intricate to be beautiful. And this back-of-the-shoulder tattoo is a good example. The tattooist combines real and unreal with a half-transparent moon and simple line art, creating a memorable piece.

Floral ornament back tattoo

Floral ornament back tattoo by @youngchickentattoo

@youngchickentattoo

Leo zodiac sign tattoo

Leo zodiac sign tattoo by @kissa. Tattoo

@kissa.tattoo

Many people are proud of their zodiac sign. And if you are one of them, the nape is a good place to showcase your pride, just like this Leo tattoo.

Lion back tattoo

Lion back tattoo by @tattoo. Xi_. Zhen_

@tattoo.xi_.zhen_

Lower back ornament tattoo

Lower back ornament tattoo by @e. Hyang_. Tattoo

@e.hyang_.tattoo

Rabbit back tattoo

Rabbit back tattoo by @tattooer_jina

@tattooer_jina

Ribbon tattoo on the back of shoulder

Ribbon tattoo on the back of shoulder by @choiyun_tattoo

@choiyun_tattoo

Small black burning heart

Small black burning heart by @o. Ri_tattoo

@o.ri_tattoo

This heart tattoo might be small, but it’s definitely a conversation piece. By painting the heart black, the tattooist adds a mysterious and dangerous feeling to it.

Such a unique back tattoo may belong to someone who loves wholeheartedly. But at the same time, this badass tattoo also signifies that she is someone you don’t want to mess with.

Small ornament back tattoo

Small ornament back tattoo by @e. Hyang_. Tattoo

@e.hyang_.tattoo

Simple small ornament tattoo

Simple small ornament tattoo by @sera. Sacli

@sera.sacli

The Creation of Adam

The creation of adam back tattoo by @choiyun_tattoo

@choiyun_tattoo

Toy Story back tattoo

Toy story back tattoo by @abii_tattoo

@abii_tattoo

It’s not uncommon to get cartoon character tattoos, especially when the characters remind you of a childhood memory or a good quality. And the back has enough space for a stunning, detailed piece like this one.

Bold and stunning upper back tattoo

The upper back includes the back of the neck, or the nape, shoulder blades, and the area in between. It has such a large, flat space for artists to be creative. The following upper back tattoos really push the envelop in creativity.

Circus girl spine tattoo

Circus girl spine tattoo by @tata. Jouaux. Art

@tata.jouaux.art

This back tattoo for women reminds me of Cirque du Soleil. The girl is hanging on a rope as she falls from the sky. And the rope that extends all the way up the neck is a beautiful final touch.

Abstract pattern upper back tattoo

Abstract pattern upper back tattoo by @finite. Not_. Infinite

@finite.not_.infinite

Not many people dare to get full-back tattoos. It’s a big statement and commitment. The following full-back tattoos live up to the expectation.

Reverse castle tattoo

Reverse castle tattoo by @hexapode_tattoo

@hexapode_tattoo

Upper back flower tattoo

Upper back flower tattoo by @hexapode_tattoo

@hexapode_tattoo

Upper back ornamental tattoo

Upper back ornamental tattoo by @k_inx

@k_inx

Full back tattoos for women

Not many people dare to get full-back tattoos. It’s a big statement and commitment. The following full-back tattoos live up to the expectation.

Stunning full back pattern

Full back tattoo by @mandalareflexions

@mandalareflexions

Koi and crane abstract full back tattoo

Full back tattoo by @zik_tats

@zik_tats

Koi and crane abstract full back tattoo

Full back flower tattoo by @vane. Tattoo_

@vane.tattoo_

Full-back tattoos are not so common, not just because of the commitment it requires for the wearer. It’s also a demanding task for the tattooist. In our interview with tattooist Vanessa, she talked about her fear of doing big pieces. It took her a long time to finish this full-back flower tattoo. It was exhausting but at the same time rewarding. And it became one of her most liked tattoos.

Black and grey flower tattoo

Black and grey flower tattoo by @peaudvoyou

@peaudvoyou

Which of these back tattoos for women is your favorite?

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