148 Impressive Back Tattoos That Are Masterpieces

Tattoos are a divisive subject, with many supporters and just as many opponents. However, whether you love or loathe tattoos, or you’re on the fence about this subject, there’s one thing that nobody can deny: some drawings are fantastic masterpieces that turn the human body into living, walking, breathing artwork.

For all of you art and tattoo lovers out there, Bored Panda has compiled this magnificent list of ideas for full back tattoos. The tats featured here transcend the usual discussion about tattoos and enter the realm of art. Let us know which ones caught your eye and why, upvote your favorite ones, and keep on scrolling. When you’re done being awed by awesome back tats, have a gander at Bored Panda’s posts about the best palm tattoos, clever matching tattoos, and epic leg tattoos.

#1 One More Session For Touch-Ups And Highlights

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#2 Nautical Back Tattoo

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#3 Total Of 14/15 Hours Of Work

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A person’s back is a canvas unto itself: there’s plenty of space for large, detailed drawings there and it’s probably every tattoo lover’s fantasy to end up having a personalized illustration on their backs.

#4 Back Piece

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#5 Incredible Back Tattoo

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#6 Freehand Back Piece

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Of course, such large tats require hours upon hours of dedicated hard work. And they cost a pretty penny too. So it’s important you talk to a tattoo artist you trust and respect before embarking on such a huge project that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

#7 Amazing Piece Of Art

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#8 Floral Composition, Done In 2 Sessions

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#9 Cat-Fish Back Piece

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Tattoozza has some advice on how best to care for your freshly-minted full back tattoo. We all know that you just can’t wait to show it off to the world when you ‘accidentally’ lift up your shirt in public, but there’s a certain protocol that needs to be followed for the sake of your health. First of all, your tattoo artist should bind your back with bandages and gauze; you can remove them after a few hours, but no scratching, and be sure to wash your hands!

#10 Beautiful Back Tattoo

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#11 Impressive Detailed Full Back Tattoo

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#12 Chinese Tattoo Design

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Next, you must keep the tattoo clean. So make sure your hands are clean each time you touch it, and avoid swimming and hot tubs if you can — nobody wants you to get an infection. Also, do your best to wear loose clothing that won’t rub against your back and won’t irritate your skin.

#13 I Had Such An Honor To Make This Piece

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#14 Amazing Back Ink

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#15 Book Illustrations Coming Live In This Back Piece

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After a few days of using antibacterial creams on your back, you can then start applying moisturizing lotions. And voila! You’re all set to impress everybody you know. What do you think of tattoos? Does anybody you know have a back tattoo? Drop us a comment below, and share your thoughts with everybody.

#16 Beautiful Full Back Tattoo

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#17 After 3 Years Of Pain, Patience, Expenses, Travels, Hard Work Finally We Did It! Thanks To My Client For All These Years

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#18 Detailed Back Piece

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#19 Full Back Line Art Tattoo

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#20 Back Ink Masterpiece

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#21 Stunning Dot Work

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#22 Amazing 3D Back Tattoo

#23 Obey Your Master

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#24 Grim Full Back Piece

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#25 Gorilla Baby

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#26 Cute Dots

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#27 Coverup Back Piece

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#28 Patterned Full Back Tattoo

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#29 Stunning Flamingo Tattoo

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#30 Deer And Magnolia Flowers. Done In Two Sessions

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#31 Done But To Be Continued

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#32 Amazing Back Piece

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#33 Super Impressive Full Back Work

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#34 Really Impressive Work

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#35 Incredible Work

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#36 Neo-Traditional Back Piece

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#37 Impressive Rose Tattoo

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#38 Artsy Back Tattoo With Crows

#39 Done In Two Sittings, Her First Tattoo

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#40 A Geeky Back Tattoo

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#41 My Favorite Back Tattoo I Have Ever Done

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#42 Full Back Piece

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#43 Detailed Back Tattoo

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#44 Progress Of A Back Tattoo

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#45 Indian Tattoo In Progress

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#46 Full Colour Back Tattoo

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#47 Back Tattoo

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#48 Viking Tattoo

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#49 This Story Lasted A Whole Year, And Here Is A Happy Happy End

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#50 Finished This One Back In 2003. Cupid Full Back Tattoo

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#51 “Oneiric World” Back Tattoo

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#52 Layers On Layers On Layers

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#53 Colorful Back Tattoo

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#54 Back Piece In Progress

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#55 Incredibly Detailed Back Piece

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#56 Back Tattoo

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#57 Back Tattoo Containing All Of The Seasons

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#58 A Still View

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#59 Classy Ink

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#60 My Back Tattoo

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#61 Intricate Skull Tattoo

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#62 It Was An Honor To Do This Tattoo

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#63 “Together We Stand. Divided We Fall”

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#64 Elegant Line Art On Back

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#65 Some Progress On This Anatomical Back Piece

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#66 Detailed Back Tattoo

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#67 Dot-Work Back Tattoo

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#68 Big Scale Back Tattoo

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#69 Had A Lot Of Fun Tattooing This Back Piece

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#70 Finished Up This Huge Lion Back Piece Today

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#71 Cosmic Lion Back Piece By Callie (Formerly Of High Resolution Tattoo In Baton Rouge, La)

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#72 Lion Back Piece Tattoo

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#73 Paired Geometric Back Tattoos

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#74 Line-Art Back Piece

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#75 Surrealism Tattoo

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#76 Big Tattoo Project In Progress

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#77 Inked Back

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#78 15 Hours Of Hard Work

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#79 Neo-Traditional Tattoo

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#80 Never Stop Fighting

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#81 Floral Back Tattoo Design

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#82 Here’s The Back Piece That I’ve Been Working On Today. Still A Lot To Do But I’d Like To Share The Progress

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#83 Healed Shot

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#84 Full Back Piece

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#85 11 Hours Worth Of Work

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#86 Progress Of Alice In Wonderland Tattoo

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#87 Progress Of This Back Piece

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#88 Snake Around The Sword Back Piece

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#89 Back Wings Tattoo

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#90 Check Out This Awesome Healed Back Piece

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#91 Healed Photos Of My Collaboration With Grand Master Filip Leu

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#92 Falling Man – Healed

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#93 Back Line Art

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#94 This Dot-Work Jelly Fish

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#95 Back Mandala

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#96 Beautiful Floral Back Piece

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#97 Dot-Work Back Tattoo

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#98 Full Back Tattoo Done

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#99 First Session For This Back Piece

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#100 Bold Coverup Piece

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#101 Full Back Phoenix In Progress

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#102 This One Is Still In Progress

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#103 Progress On This Back

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#104 Back Piece Full Of Hidden Meanings

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#105 “With Two Angels” Finished Piece

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#106 This Full Back Tattoo Was Done In Two Sessions

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#107 More Progress On This Back Piece

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#108 Amazing Back Tattoo

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#109 First Session For This Beauty

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#110 Full Back Beautiful Bird Tattoo

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#111 Treated This Back Like One Of My Paintings, And Really Took My Time To Pay Attention To Detail. 12 Sessions Later

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#112 Dot Work Full Back Tattoo

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#113 Insane Work

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#114 Healed Back From 1 Year Ago

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#115 “Good vs. Evil, Choosing Will Drive You Mad”

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#116 These Cuties

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#117 Finished Tattoo For Manu. Done In 4 Days

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#118 Eagles Of Death Tattoo

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#119 Sphynx Cat Back Tattoo

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#120 Geometric Tattoo Design

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#121 Tree Of Life Full Back Tattoo

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#122 Incredible Black-Work Back Piece

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#123 God vs. Evil Back Tattoo

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#124 Full Back Piece

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#125 All Healed Except The Center

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#126 Back Piece Completed

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#127 Goat

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#128 I Finished This One Big Cover Up

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#129 Done In 1 Session

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#130 It Took Two Years To Finish This Back Piece

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#131 Full Back Floral Piece

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#132 Full Black And White Rose Tattoo

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#133 Total Of 11 Hours And He’s Going Home With A Baphomet Back-Piece

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#134 Working On This One Today

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#135 It Seems Like The More Progress We Make, There’s Always So Much More To Add Later

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#136 Four-Eyed Wolf Tattoo

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#137 Progress Picture Of This Back Tattoo

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#138 Gigantic Stag Skull Tattoo

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#139 His First Tattoo

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#140 Backtattoo From Yesterday. Butterflies Are Not My Work – I Retouched The Outlines, We Both Are So So Happy

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#141 Done Fullback

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#142 Happy To Get This One Finished Up Today. Really Enjoyed Doing This And Love How It Turned Out. Took About 24 Hours To Complete

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#143 The Great Piece Finaly Done

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#144 Bio Back Piece

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#145 Such A Great Experience

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#146 Progress On This Back Piece

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#147 Back Pieces All The Way

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#148 Simply Stunning

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