There is no better stretch of canvas for a large piece of body art than the skin on one’s back. The ample amount of unobstructed space allows for some of the most visually-striking tattoos imaginable, ones that stand out in both their enormity as well as complexity. Check out this array of astounding examples that show when it comes to tattoos, it's best to go big or go home.
Every tattoo style can make use of the vast real estate found on the back. As one can see, these pieces range from traditional Japanese to neo-traditional Americana and beyond.
A back-piece is not only spectacular because of its size but also because of the level of commitment that it requires on the behalf of the artist and recipient of the tattoo.
The most intriguing quality of back-pieces, however, is that they invite artists to showcase their aesthetics sensibilities in an auteur manner. The canvas-like space of the back grants artists an high level of creative freedom with which to express themselves in their own unique way.
As demonstrated by these tattoos, another fascinating aspect of back-pieces is that they tend to be continuous image systems that connote deeper and more significant meanings, embodying themes such as war, adventure, death, divinity and salvation. In short, they are capable of making bolder statements than their smaller counterparts.