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Back of Neck Tattoos

Updated on August 11, 2012

The back of the neck has become a popular place for tattoos over the last few years. Perhaps this trend really took off with the popular TV series ‘Dark Angel’ where then relatively unknown Jessica Alba had a barcode tattooed there. Since that TV series, I have certainly noticed more back of neck tattoos around than I did previously.

So which tattoos are particularly popular in this particular spot? Well, bar codes are still fairly popular though these may well be succeeded by the new smart codes that can be read by mobile devices. Other tattoo designs though tend to be more feminine. This is largely due to the fact that the vast majority of people that have tattoos on the back of their necks are women. Amongst the more popular designs to are butterflies, dragonflies and flowers as well as occasional cute cartoon characters .. perhaps with a cheeky hidden message for their partner.

This is probably because the neck is seen as quite a sexual and slightly mysterious part of the body, often covered up by hair. The spinal chord running through the neck too also helps to make this an area sensitive to touch. The unfortunate part of this is that it also means that it makes the experience of getting a back of the neck tattoo quite painful.

Whilst tattoos on the neck in general are frowned upon by a large percentage of the population who perhaps see them as vulgar, these more discreet tattoos don’t seem to illicit the same reaction.

Barcode Back of Neck Tattoo
Barcode Back of Neck Tattoo

Whilst many tattoos are visible throughout your life and may come to be something that you regret; at least with back of the neck tattoos, you can simply grow your hair longer so that the tattoo is no longer visible to the general public. Even so, it is still important to make sure that you have this tattoo done by a hygienic and fully qualified tattooist.


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      6 years ago

      I think that the barcode tattoo is tacky as so over rated now days. I have only ever seen bogans and rednecks with them, which really drags away from the real meaning I think they had in mind when they go it done. Like really rednecks, do you really think people will think your an escaped super soldier? Well I'm sure a super soldier would clean their teeth!


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