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Full Back Tattoo Designs And Themes-Full Back Tattoo Ideas And Pictures

Updated on September 16, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Choosing A Full Back Tattoo

Looking to get a full back tattoo design? If so, you're at the right place. Choosing a full back tattoo can be harder them most would think. Unlike other tattoos, full back tattoos take up much of the back, which is the largest area on your body to get inked. Full back tattoos often portrays dozens of different symbols and elements within the body art. In most cases, these symbols and elements are associated, within the same theme or niche. There's thousands of different themes that can be used for a full back tattoo design.

Full back tattoo designs are worn by both men and women. There's a variety of different factors that can influence the theme or design that you'll choose for your tattoo. Your culture, religion, and home may play a role in your choice. The important thing, you want to choose a full back tattoo that you're sure to love. Think about it, your entire back will contain body art or at the least, most of the back. Cover ups are likely out the window and laser removal will cost big money. In the end, just make sure that you make the right choice with your back tattoo.

Full Back Tattoo Themes And Ideas

As mentioned above, full back tattoos can be inked in a variety of different themes and styles. Do you want to choose a symbolic full back tattoo or do you want one that contains precision artwork? Should you choose a full back tattoo design that depicts your religious beliefs or cultural significance? Either way, the most important thing to remember, make sure you choose one that you won't mind wearing forever.

Tribal tattoo designs are some of the most popular tattoos in the world, not to mention one of the most popular tattoo styles. When it comes to tribal tattoos, there's a variety of different variations that you may wish to consider for a full back tattoo. You may wish to go with a tribal themed back tattoo, such as a Pacific Island theme, Maori theme, or a Hawaiian theme. You may wish to add symbols and elements to your tribal theme. For example, if you want to go with a Hawaiian themed full back tattoo, you may consider adding hibiscus flowers, waves, sharks, sea shells, or a Tiki. All these symbols are associated to the Hawaiian theme. Your full back tribal tattoo design can contain the tribal artwork and associated symbols.

The Asian culture is another great idea for a full back tattoo theme. Chinese and Japanese themes are great for a full back tattoo design. There's several different symbols and elements that could be included for an Asian full back tattoo design. Most commonly, the dragon is the most common symbol representing both China and Japan. The dragon makes for a great centerpiece for full back body art. The Phoenix, yin yang, cherry blossom, koi, samurai, geisha, oriental fan, and peony could be included within Asian full back tattoos. You can use Asian temples, Asian structures, and weapons in your back tattoo also.

Another great theme for full back tattoo designs is the skull theme or dark theme. This theme includes many different symbols and elements. The skull is a popular centerpiece in full back tattoos. You could use the grim reaper also. Bats, flames, scorpions, snakes, bull skulls, warriors, Vikings, or daggers may be considered. In most cases, the skull themed full back tattoo is done in black and gray ink. Another full back tattoo theme you may consider is the Native American theme. This theme often includes a Native America as a centerpiece. He or she may be designed with a headdress or other attire. Symbols that could be included in this theme is the dreamcatcher, feather, wolf, bear, and buffalo. Remember, you could also consider adding weapons and elements of that time period.

A maritime theme or nautical theme can also make for a great full back tattoo design. Nautical themed full back tattoo designs You could actually use several symbols as a centerpiece, perhaps the anchor would be the most popular. You may also consider the compass, nautical star, or lighthouse. Ships and ship wheels are another consideration for a centerpiece for this theme. Octopus, sharks, dolphins, tuna, mermaids, and stars could be included in your maritime back tattoo. Another great theme idea is a gambling themed full back tattoo design. Once again, there's dozens of different symbols that could be included with this theme, such as poker cards, poker chips, money, dice, triple sevens, cherries, four leaf clovers, and horseshoes.

As said before, there's thousands of different themes that can be considered for a great full back tattoo design. Women's full back tattoo themes could include a flower theme, containing roses, orchids, lilies, hibiscus, and lotus. This theme could also include butterflies and dragonflies with the flowers or alone. You can take regular tattoo symbols and make your own theme or full back tattoo design. If you wish, include symbols that hold meaning to you, perhaps a cross or breast cancer ribbon. At the very least, make this tattoo your own. Try using symbols and elements that symbolize yourself. If you're still needing ideas, make sure that you take the time to view all the different full back tattoo designs in this article. This gives you a general idea of what to expect when you begin looking for a full back tattoo. Plus, you can pick up tips and ideas for your own back tattoo.


Before you get your full back tattoo, there's some things that you want to consider. Most importantly, be sure to choose wisely when it comes to your full back design. You're getting a huge tattoo and there's no going back, make sure you pick the right design. Get a design that you'll enjoy later in life because it does matter.

Make sure you take the time to research your tattoo. You want to know what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that it represents something that you don't stand for, so do your research.

Full back tattoo designs are awesome, full body art that can be stunning. Even so, their not for everyone. If you feel that full back tattoos are not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. We appreciate all your support and time. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below. Once again, thanks for your time and be sure to view our other tattoo articles. Thanks again.


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, thanks for the comment. Yes, the full back wing tattoo is beautiful. I love the detail in the wings and the shading. Using all those different colors is not easy, this is a stunning wing tattoo design for sure. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I have to say the wings design on the full back is beautiful. Thanks again for the sharing experience.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      @Bill, thanks for taking the time to drop in. LOL I agree, some of these back tattoo designs have amazing detail and art. Their very beautiful and it shows when you go to the right tattoo artist, the results can be stunning.

      @Rose, thanks for everything. Certainly, there's some great back tattoo designs in this article. The art work is truly remarkable, great tattoo artist work here.

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      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Excellent article! These are absolutely fascinating and stunning! True works of art. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) Take care. -Rose

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Unbelievable! That's my whole comment...unbelievable! :)

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      @Alastar, thanks for dropping by. Absolutely. You're talking about covering nearly a quarter of your body if not more. Love full back tattoos, but it has to be a tattoo that I love. Another aspect I failed to mention is making sure you go to a trusted tattoo artist. Yes, you're looking at a tattoo that will cost thousands. Even so, if you get a bad full back tattoo, it can cost you more trying to fix it.

      @MsDora, I would imagine some could be. I've met women that feel tattoos are sexy while others are against any body art. A full back tattoo is a big commitment, could be something that should be considered before going through with it

      @Btrbell, I'm glad you enjoyed them, best to you

      @Faith, their full works of body art for sure. The back is such a large area. You're talking about a full back tattoo that could take days/weeks to complete. I thought that one was top 3 on this page. Thanks again Faith and all, best wishes.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Whoa, these are really something and overwhelming indeed. That one that looks like stained glass or mosaic is stunning.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless you and yours.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, these are awesome! Than k you!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very beautiful as paintings, but I wonder if some of them aren't scary to the partner in bed--the first being the most likely to scare, and the last one, the least.

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      Alastar Packer 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Bang! How right you are to say make SURE you love it to get a full-back tat! This is one worth waiting on because in some aspects its the hardest style for me to understand, Ricky. Or rather was. After reading and re-thinking a bit looking over the pics some of them are magnificent and live and let. Just be absolutely positive after much reflection this is something one wants for a lifetime. The person may not see it but in a mirror but every time the back is exposed publicly...well, just be sure it's what one wants the world to see suppose. All the goods my friend.


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