The original tattoos were used to signify membership within a clan or tribe. Sometimes they were used as a representation of status and rank. And tattoos were used this way for 1000s of years in many different cultures all around the world.
Later on, tattoos were used by sailors, bikers and those who have been incarcerated in prison as a symbol of membership. Which of course gave tattoos a disreputable look that prevented its acceptance into the mainstream for a long time. Until today. Now, tattoos are virtually everywhere and on everyone.
Tattoos are so accepted these days as a form of self-expression and as a way to respect the important memories that we have in our lives.
And one of the more popular tattoos are the upper back tattoos and for a good reason. The upper back is a very nice location for all tattoos because it is flat and has a lot of area to work with. You can put smaller stylish tattoos around the upper back or you can extend a full back tattoo up to the neck or arms.
In fact, going with an upper back tattoos is a great way to get started if you don't have one yet. And I say this because the upper back seems for most folks, the least painful part of the body to place a tattoo on. However, I'm NOT saying it won't be uncomfortable or painful! It depends on the person and the threshold for pain.
Another good reason for an upper back tattoos if of course that you can hide it with clothing so your boss or the world doesn't see your ink when you don't want them to see it.
Some folks prefer to have a medium sized tattoo placed on their shoulder blade area. You could even use both shoulder blades and create a mirror imaged tattoos for great effect. Those tattoos could be butterfly wings, angel wings, fairy wings or other similar tattoo designs. Another way to do it is to place these mirror imaged tattoos on either side of your spine. When done right, it is a beautiful pattern to show off.
Many guys prefer to use the shoulder blade area for symbolic tattoos. It can be animal tattoos or other tattoos that symbolizes the family, membership, beliefs or strengths. Something that reinforces the guy's personal identity.
Now, upper back tattoos can get a little complex because it spreads out across your entire back. It can even envelope the neck, wrapping around the shoulders and down to the arms. Usually, these tattoos are continuous or based on a theme.
Now you could look for tattoo pattern ideas for your upper back. Places to look are the tattoo magazines, tattoo design websites and the photos of work done by your local tattoo artist. Those are usually found at the tattoo studio. But I would urge you to discuss with your tattoo artist BEFORE doing anything. Make sure your artist is capable and creative.
After all, the upper back tattoos can get quite large and if it is done badly, I can't begin to describe how disappointed you will be because you are going to be stuck with that tattoo you don't like for the rest of your life. So be slow and careful. Be absolutely certain that this is the tattoo design or theme that you want to cover your back with.
So look around. Kick some tires. Check out all the possible tattoo patterns that you would consider. It could be a tribal pattern that stretches over your back or a smaller tattoo of a heart with your children names inside. While it is OK to be unique and personal. Be sure that this is what you want to proudly wear on your back forever.
Make your upper back tattoos meaningful. It is a way to express yourself to you and those close to you. And besides, you are going to want to show off your beautiful tattoo so be sure that it is exactly what you want before you get it inked on.
So there you go. If you do your homework, the upper back tattoos can be a wonderful source of pride for you. You need to put in the time and energy to plan everything so there are no surprises like waking up with 56 tattoos on your face! And make sure that it is the tattoo that you really want and would love seeing on you every single time you see it.
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