Back-piece of blue dragon shrouded in smoke by Matt Beckerich (Instagram @mattbeckerich).

8 More Badass Back-Pieces That Make a Bold Statement

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Last month we posted some photos featuring a handful of fantastic back-pieces, and now I'm at it again. Here are some of the best of them from around the world rendered in several styles, including Japanese, neo-traditional, and black and grey. Revel in the glory of these sprawling depictions of basilisks, dragons, pirate ships, and samurai. Remember the larger the tattoo the more sublime, so, as always, go big or go home.   

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HenningJorgensen's(Instagram @henning_royaltattoo) take on a blue dragon in the Japanese style. dragon HenningJorgensen japanese
HenningJorgensen's(Instagram @henning_royaltattoo) take on a blue dragon in the Japanese style. #dragon #HenningJorgensen #japanese

Dragons, which are awesome,  frequently appear in these massive tattoos, especially those done in the traditional Japanese style. The wide expanse of the back allows artists to depict such mythic creatures in all their scale and ferocity. 

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Epic battle between a Bengal tiger and horned dragon by Mike Rubendall (Instagram @mikerubendall). dragon flower japanese lightning tiger thunderstorm waves
Epic battle between a Bengal tiger and horned dragon by Mike Rubendall (Instagram @mikerubendall). #dragon #flower #japanese #lightning #tiger #thunderstorm #waves
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The level of detail in this Japanese style backpiece by Johan Svahn (Instagram @johansvahntattooing) is absolutely mind-blowing. detailed Japanese JohanSvahn samurai snake thunderstorm
The level of detail in this Japanese style backpiece by Johan Svahn (Instagram @johansvahntattooing) is absolutely mind-blowing. #detailed #Japanese #JohanSvahn #samurai #snake #thunderstorm
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It's difficult to tell which beast will win in Becca Genne Bacon's (Instagram @beccagennebacon) tattoo done in a bold take on the traditional style. BeccaGenneBacon panther roses snake traditional
It's difficult to tell which beast will win in Becca Genne Bacon's (Instagram @beccagennebacon) tattoo done in a bold take on the traditional style. #BeccaGenneBacon #panther #roses #snake #traditional
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The collage-like nature of this neo-traditional tattoo done by Dan Santoro (Instagram @dan_santoro) challenges the status quo of what defines a backpiece. bust butterfly DanSantoro eagle neotraditional roses snake stars
The collage-like nature of this neo-traditional tattoo done by Dan Santoro (Instagram @dan_santoro) challenges the status quo of what defines a backpiece. #bust #butterfly #DanSantoro #eagle #neotraditional #roses #snake #stars

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The kinetic energy captured in back-pieces is intense to say the least. Many of them are suggestive of themes like that of survival, featuring creatures that are postured in the throes of deadly combat. Regardless of the style in which they're depicted, the kill-or-be-killed spirit of the natural world cries out from these vibrant works of art. 

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Immaculate grouping of biblical imagery by Sergio Sanchez (Instagram @sergiosanchezart) rendered in statuesque black and grey. blackandgrey Christ Christian God lion moon mothermary sacredheart SergioSanchez sun
Immaculate grouping of biblical imagery by Sergio Sanchez (Instagram @sergiosanchezart) rendered in statuesque black and grey. #blackandgrey #Christ #Christian #God #lion #moon #mothermary #sacredheart #SergioSanchez #sun

Alongside their capacity to encapsulate the sublimity of life, back-pieces can also be expressive of more elevated themes such as divinity. Religious imagery commonly appears in back-pieces and often does so in highly-detailed black and grey depictions. This style gives spiritually significant figures an almost sculptural appearance, as if they where chiseled from marble, making them suggestive of divinity. 

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The symmetry here in Tom Tom's neo-traditional sailor backpiece (Instagram @tomtom_sunsettattoo) is perfect. anchor angels clipper eagle neo-traditional pirateship roses TomTom
The symmetry here in Tom Tom's neo-traditional sailor backpiece (Instagram @tomtom_sunsettattoo) is perfect. #anchor #angels #clipper #eagle #neo-traditional #pirateship #roses #TomTom

Maritime imagery is also a very popular motif for back-pieces, particularly in the neo-traditional style. Clippers and pirate ships make for excellent centerpieces, while images of anchors, flowers, and mermaids adorn them to create an atmosphere of adventure.    

I hope you enjoyed this short odyssey through some incredible tattoos. Expect more to be on the horizon in the near future, and be sure to use our app to discover and favorite other back-pieces that catch your eye. Some of them could make it into the next post about the most epic form of tattoos.


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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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