Godzilla in traditional Japanese style by Stewart Robson (Instagram @stewart_modernclassic).

7 Badass Back-pieces that Make a Bold Statement

These back-pieces are completely mind-blowing.

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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.

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Neo-traditional back-piece featuring an eagle, reflected mermaids, and a ship at sea by Steve Vonriepen (Instagram @stevevonriepen). eagle mermaids neotraditional roses skulls ship SteveVonriepen
Neo-traditional back-piece featuring an eagle, reflected mermaids, and a ship at sea by Steve Vonriepen (Instagram @stevevonriepen). #eagle #mermaids #neotraditional #roses #skulls #ship #SteveVonriepen
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Giovanni Speranza (Instagram @speranzatatuaggi) black and grey hyperrealistic depiction of a plague doctor holding a lantern. architecture blackandgrey GiovanniSperanza hyperrealism lantern plaguedoctor
Giovanni Speranza (Instagram @speranzatatuaggi) black and grey hyperrealistic depiction of a plague doctor holding a lantern. #architecture #blackandgrey #GiovanniSperanza #hyperrealism #lantern #plaguedoctor

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. 

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Valerie Vargas (Instagram @valeriemodernclassic) executes a terrifying Mahakala in traditional style. Buddhism Hinduism Mahakala religious ValerieVargas traditional Sikhism
Valerie Vargas (Instagram @valeriemodernclassic) executes a terrifying Mahakala in traditional style. #Buddhism #Hinduism #Mahakala #religious #ValerieVargas #traditional #Sikhism
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Epic Neo-traditional back-piece full of Christian iconography by Ross Nagle (Instagram @rossnagle). angels Christian cross religious RossNagle waves
Epic Neo-traditional back-piece full of Christian iconography by Ross Nagle (Instagram @rossnagle). #angels #Christian #cross #religious #RossNagle #waves

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.

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Tuyen Huu Tran (Instagram @tat2yen) delivers enrapturing black and grey hyperrealism packed with Christian symbolism. blackandgrey cathedral Christian cross dove hyperrealism rosewindow TuyenHuuTran
Tuyen Huu Tran (Instagram @tat2yen) delivers enrapturing black and grey hyperrealism packed with Christian symbolism. #blackandgrey #cathedral #Christian #cross #dove #hyperrealism #rosewindow #TuyenHuuTran



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. 

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Amazing back-piece of a demon in traditional Japanese style by Chris O'Donnell (Instagram @codonnell_nyc). backpiece bodysuit ChrisODonnell demon fire samurai traditionaljapanese
Amazing back-piece of a demon in traditional Japanese style by Chris O'Donnell (Instagram @codonnell_nyc). #backpiece #bodysuit #ChrisODonnell #demon #fire #samurai #traditionaljapanese

If you enjoyed looking at these colossal and profound tattoos, check out more of them on our app, and if you're daring enough, find the right artist and get your own incredible backpiece to show off.  

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@Ross Howerton

Originally from Oklahoma. BA in literary studies from The New School. MFA in creative writing from New Mexico State University. English teacher, published poet, and writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games.

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