Neck Tattoo Ideas

Neck Tattoo Ideas

Whether you're looking for a sometimes secretive place to get your tattoo, or you want continue a larger theme on multiple areas of the body, there is no denying that a neck tattoo can be a great way to get the look you want. Whether you choose a tat on the back of the neck, or one that is visible from the front, you'll find plenty of neck tattoo ideas here.

From dragons to dragonflies, many designs look great on the back of the neck.

Tribal Tattoos

A tribal tattoo can be worn anywhere on the body, but the neck makes a great place to show one off. If you have long hair, the curving of the tattoo can be seen through the strands for an evocative look. The curves of a tribal tattoo also neatly wrap the width of the neck, allowing it to peek out on the sides. Complement it with a second tribal tattoo somewhere nearby for a complete look.

Continued Theme

Do you have tattoos elsewhere on your body? Maintain the theme you have going on already by continuing the tats up your neck. Neck tattoos are attention grabbing and can be the perfect finishing touch to a large number of tattoo designs. Make sure to use similar colors and saturation to create a cohesive design, even if the pictures displayed are different from one another.

Star Tattoos

Star tattoos work well anywhere on the body, but particularly well on the neck. A necklace of star tattoos, or even one tattoo located at the base of the neck are the perfect adornment for a simple tattoo in this area. Try using stars of different sizes as you move around the neck. The stars themselves can be left open for a subtle look, or shaded for a more intense tattoo design. In any case, a star tattoo in the neck area will really pop.


Japanese characters, Celtic runes and other symbols are ideal for placing on the neck. Whether you create a short sentence of vertically stacked characters or simply place one, solitary character at the top of the spine, characters peeping over the collar or through the hair can lend an additional sense of mystery or intrigue to the tattoo. Leave viewers wondering what it is you're trying to say with characters on the neck.

Animal Prints

Since the back of the neck is so frequently covered by hair or clothing, it can be the perfect place to let a little bit of your animal nature peek through. Animal print tattoos such as cheetah spots don't have to be used over the entire body. Allowing them to cover only one, select area such as the neck can be very evocative and erotic.

Family Tattoos or Mottos

Do you have a family crest or motto you are considering getting inked? If so, consider the back of the neck as the place to locate it. Tattoos on the back of the neck can draw a lot of attention; show your family pride with a crest, motto or family symbol in this area. With or without text, just be sure to scale your crest to size.

Show Your Passion

Whether you love music, history or butterflies, use your neck tattoo to highlight your passion. Neck tattoos can be prominent and dramatic or subtle and partially hidden. They are an eye-catching way to show your true colors.

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