Elegant and Meaningful: Top 50 Spine Tattoo Ideas in 2022

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Not sure which design to choose and whether you want a tattoo at all? Read our article and choose the best design among the 50 ideas for elegant spine tattoos.

Choosing a tattoo is a very responsible and difficult task, especially when it comes to elegant tattoo designs. It is often difficult for people to choose because this type of tattoo requires the special attention and professionalism of the tattoo artist. In addition, you need to create this unique design that will be important to you and at the same time look harmonious and unique. 

Therefore, this article is designed so that you can see as many interesting elegant designs, choose the most attractive and create your unique idea. We will consider in detail each style, its features, and meanings, and also we will offer tattoo artists that will be able to cope with the chosen design of a tattoo best.

We also advise you to read things to consider before getting a tattoo on the spine so that you can clearly understand whether you want a tattoo and whether you are ready to face certain difficulties that may arise.

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In general, there are many possible tattoo designs, and to make it easier for you to decide which type you prefer, this article is divided into several parts, each of which represents a particular type of tattoo. Therefore, let’s start to consider all the interesting tattoo ideas and their meanings.

Floral design

Floral tattoo design remains one of the most popular tattoos. This type of tattoo gained its popularity due to a large number of possible images and their interpretations. Often people get tattoos of their favorite flowers or flowers of a loved one. 

Floral tattoos always look good on the body, adding elegance and sophistication. They can be made in different styles: from a flower arrangement to just one particular flower. It is also popular to design using different inks and adding other elements to the colors (such as snakes or dragons). All designs will look very harmonious and elegant.

Your unique floral design ideas can be qualitatively realized by professional tattoo artists Anna Finnerman (Houston), Kim (Jersey City), and Annelise K (Denver).

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Meaning: One of the most unique things about flower tattoos is that they can have such specific and clear meanings depending on the type of flower you are tattooing. And of the nearly 400,000 species of flowering plants known to science, these are quite a few options. So if you want to make a tattoo with a flower, you should remember that each species has its special meaning and you should know it.

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For example, roses symbolize love, desire, mystery, or privacy. When choosing colors, while the red rose is most common for love and lust, white roses signify purity and innocence, as well as new beginnings. Dark crimson roses — to mourn; pink roses symbolize grace, happiness, and tenderness; and yellow roses symbolize joy, friendship, and the promise of a new beginning. Lavender roses are dedicated to loving at first sight, and coral roses symbolize friendship, modesty, sympathy.

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Peonies are one of the most common floral tattoo choices. Although the peony can represent shame and bashfulness, the peony more commonly means a happy life, a happy marriage, prosperity, and compassion. 

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Therefore, each flower has its special meaning, so before making a tattoo, it is desirable to turn to sources that can explain the meaning of each species.

 

Geometric design

Geometric tattoo design is perfect for those who love minimalism. Thanks to simple figures and interesting additions, you can create your unique design. The picture can consist of simple lines, and draw a more complex picture. Also, this type of tattoo is easy to customize so that it has the meaning you need. A big plus is that in most cases it is quite easy to make, and therefore most tattoo artists will be able to quickly and efficiently make it.

If you have an idea of what geometric or minimalist design you want, these tattoo artists will be able to complete and recreate it in their own special and neat style: Eva “Krbdk” Karabudak (New York), Jason Lu (New York), and Sid Lopes (New Jersey).

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Meaning: Geometric designs usually symbolize order, harmony, and stability. This type of tattoo usually contains three main shapes: triangle, square, and circle. Each figure has its special meaning.

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Triangle tattoos have associations with the element of flame and represent the harmony between the physical and non-material world. A triangle represents manifestation, enlightenment, revelation, and a higher perspective. Also, this shape can mean wisdom, love, and connection.

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A square tattoo means frankness, sincerity, directness, intelligence, reverence, decency, honesty, justice. The image of the four elements and their integration into figures went from the Arab countries. The owner of such a tattoo is likely to be lucky and successful. Moreover, the person who has such a tattoo is probably open, honest, and friendly to everyone. He will never envy other people, as well as being hypocritical.

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Also, one of the simplest but powerful symbols is the circle. The circle contains the idea of the universe in its simplest form. It is the primary symbol that depicts the life and the cycle that leads to death and backs to life. The circle represents the cyclical nature of the universe and all living things on earth. Some of the meanings of the circle tattoo are perfection, integrity, and totality.

 

Japanese design

Tattoos with Japanese motifs are a very popular type of design. Its main objects — the Japanese dragon and the cherry blossom. Many people choose this design for its authenticity, uniqueness, and respect for cultural traditions. Today, many people are proud to wear Japanese-style tattoos because of their beautiful artistic merits, smooth composition, and deep significance associated with many aspects of Japanese tattoo design.

And these professional tattoo artists will be able to reproduce all your Japanese designs as accurately as possible, using quality inks, materials and maybe even help you improve your design idea: Shingken (Venice, CA) and Marek Pawlik (New York).

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Meaning: Japanese tattoos have a long history and different meanings. Consider the two most popular designs: the Japanese dragon and cherry blossom.

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Japanese dragon tattoos are very popular. They can be made in different colors and styles. Dragon tattoos symbolize courage, wisdom, and strength. Black dragons are associated with experience and wisdom. Many people choose the dragon to symbolize balance in their lives. Balance is believed to be crucial to success.

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Cherry blossom tattoos are a beautiful floral symbol that signifies love, beauty, and the passage of time. Cherry blossom tattoos are a metaphor for the ephemerality of life because they do not live long. In a sense, cherry blossoms symbolize the fragile, tender, fleeting quality of our existence. However, they also remind us that although life can be short and fleeting, it is enough to live to realize its beauty.

 

Lettering design

This type of tattoo is the best option for those who want to create the most unique and personal design. This type of tattoo has always been very popular because people can engrave certain phrases on their bodies, which will be especially important for them. These can be motivational phrases, lyrics, names of loved ones, or just any words that are important to a person. 

The big advantage of this type of tattoo is that it can be combined with other designs. For example, harmoniously fit a flower into a word. It can be made in both black and colored inks. Therefore, you can think of your own important words and the flower that will be near them.

Lettering is not always a simple tattoo, so it should be done by real professionals. Kit Corbett (Atlanta) and Goldie NotNice (Atlanta) are the tattoo artists who will be able to perfectly reproduce the chosen word or phrase on your body.

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Meaning: The lettering type of tattoo is very special because any phrase that a person wants to have on their body can mean anything. Even after reading banal words, another person will not always be able to understand the whole meaning of this tattoo. When a person gets a tattoo with a word or phrase, it has a strong moral effect on them, because this phrase will accompany them for the rest of their lives, remind them of something important and inspire them to move on.

 

Mandala design

Like the circle, the mandala is designed to reflect balance, eternity, and perfection. The mandala is a unique design that mimics this sense of harmony. You can recognize mandalas from religious sites such as churches and prayer rooms. They existed long before tattoos, in works of Hindu art, Buddhist, and Christian religions.

The blooming effect of the mandala tattoo also gives it the appearance of a flower. Combining floral and round symbols, the mandala can symbolize femininity and prosperity. It can also represent a range of values ​​from creation to growth and rebirth.

Tattoo artists Nick Beaty (Atlanta) and Paula Fernandez (Miami) will perfectly cope with similar designs.

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Meaning: Like tattoos, mandalas can be a symbol of many things: your inner balance, your soul and eternity, or something unique. The blooming look of the mandala mimics the look of a flower, so it can be as simple as translating nature into geometry. No two mandalas are the same, so you can play with the design and make sure it suits you. Their circular nature means that life in the universe is infinite. It also shows that everything is connected.

 

Dragon design

Dragon tattoos are perfect for those who love originality and admire fantastic motifs. Dragon tattoos can take many different forms. In this article, we have already talked about Japanese dragons, which have their special significance. But now we mean dragons, to which we are more accustomed, fantastic creatures with wings, which often appear in fairy tales or stories.

Not every tattoo artist can reproduce such a complex tattoo as a dragon with such clarity. This requires a lot of experience and a certain style of tattoo that fits this design. Karry Ka-Ying Poon (Miami) and Angel Rosado (New Jersey) have exactly the skills and style of tattoos you need to bring your idea to life.

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Meaning: The dragon is a mythical animal, and it usually symbolizes luck, prosperity, and power. Not to mention that this dragon is huge and powerful, so wearing it can give you some of that strength. 

 

Things to consider before getting a tattoo on the spine 

  1. Learn in detail about the meaning of the tattoo you are going to make. Before choosing a design, read what a certain figure or flower means. Treat it responsibly and clearly understand what image and meaning you will leave on your body forever.
  2. Be prepared for the fact that the procedure may take several sessions. Elegant tattoos can be performed in the style of minimalism, and more complex and large drawings. It happens that even tattoos that look simple can be very difficult to perform for a tattoo artist. Therefore, there may be a situation where small tattoos will take up to 3 sessions, and large ones even 5.
  3. Getting a tattoo on your back can be quite painful. Spade and lower back are some of the few places on the body where tattoos are most painful. So before you get a tattoo on your back, remember your feelings from an insect bite or when scratched. If you were in a lot of pain at the moment, then you have a low pain threshold and we advise you to think again about whether you are ready to get a tattoo on your back.
  4. Choose the right tattoo artist. Although most tattoo artists can do any design, they still specialize better in one type (e.g. floral, geometric) Therefore, when choosing a tattoo artist, look at their work and the style in which they work. This will help you make the right choice and get the tattoo you imagined
  5. Be prepared for the fact that colored tattoos are harder to remove. For example, in this article, we mentioned various tattoo inks. These colors look great on the skin, but before you do this type of tattoo, make sure you want it and this tattoo won’t be laser removed.

There are colors, such as white and yellow, which the laser cannot technically see, so it is very difficult to remove them. And sometimes it happens that after 3-5 procedures, the surface pigment has already left, and the color cannot be removed only with a laser. Then tattoo artists use other technologies (for example, cosmetic creams) to thin and loosen the skin. And then they return to the laser. This is a complete treatment.

Summary

In this article, we wanted to best reveal the topic of tattoos on the back, consider as many designs and their options. We hope this article has helped you to figure out what style do you want, or maybe you imagined your unique design. No matter what impression you have, the main thing is that you draw certain conclusions for yourself. We remind you that before getting a tattoo, you should re-read things to consider before getting a tattoo on the spine. This will make your life much easier and you will clearly understand whether you want to have a tattoo on your back.

FAQ

📌 Is it safe to get a tattoo on your spine?

Yes, it is safe. The only problem is that it hurts a lot. Tattooing the upper or lower back usually causes mild to moderate pain because the skin here is thick with a few nerve endings. The further you move away from the bones and nerve endings in the spine and thighs, the less pain you will feel.

❓ How do you take care of a spine tattoo?

Every tattoo artist, after making you a tattoo, should give you clear instructions on what and how to care for your back. It’s all individual, but for general advice, gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and be sure to wipe dry. Apply a layer of antibacterial/vaseline ointment twice a day, but do not apply another bandage. Gently wash the tattoo area twice a day with soap and water and gently wipe dry before re-applying the antibacterial/vaseline ointment.

💡 How long does a spine tattoo take to heal?

Everything is very individual and depends on skin type, physique, and figure. But in general, after a tattoo, the outer layer of skin usually heals within 2-3 weeks. Although it may look and feel healed, it may take up to 6 months before the skin under the tattoo heals.

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Mark Arago

Founder of Ink-Match,
CEO of the Foundation for the Rights of People with Body Modifications

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