39 Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos That Are Easy to Hide and Fun to Show Off

Getty/Edward Berthelot
Getty/Edward Berthelot

If you're searching for the perfect location for your next ink, consider getting a back-of-the-neck tattoo, which can easily be hidden by hair or shown off depending on your mood. If you're a first-timer when it comes to getting inked, it makes sense for a number of different reasons. The location is a relatively small canvas, making the back of neck an ideal spot for a little ink art that may look out of place against larger areas of the body. And while any tattoo will come with a certain level of pain, this spot is considered to be one of the less-painful ones, making it a friendly first-time spot. Additionally, back-of-the-neck tattoos are easily covered, so they're an ideal choice if you don't want an overtly visible piece. When you are looking to show off your ink, opt for an updo or side fishtail braid to complement your art.

To inspire you to consider the back of the neck for your next (or hey, first) tattoo, we've picked some of the best back-of-the-neck pieces from Instagram. We've rounded up small neck tattoos, large back of neck tattoos, and everything in between. Read on to see our favorites.

— Additional reporting by Renee Rodriguez

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Eyes

How cool is this eye tattoo?

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Buddha

This minimal budda makes such a cool back-of-the-neck tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Sunflower

This tribute sunflower is stunning.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Flowers

This floral arrangement is simple but looks perfect on the back of the neck.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Geometric Shapes

These geometric shapes look so cool.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Dragon

Make a fierce statement with a dragon tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Sword

This tiny fine-line tattoo is delicate and stunning.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Tiger

Take a walk on the wild side with this tiger tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Quote

A quote makes a great tattoo no matter the location.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Butterfly

This butterfly tattoo is small but mightly.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Stars

Looking for something tiny and delicate? Why not go for little stars.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Word

A word that has special meaning always makes a great tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Flower

This flower design couldn't be cuter.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Date

A special date makes a great tattoo for the back of the neck.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Moon

Take the moon with you wherever you go with a stunning tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Name

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Quote

This tattoo says, "Do what you love," and we love the sentiment.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Flowers and Quote

This back of the neck tattoo features flowers and a quote.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Hands

We love the image of these two hands.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Hand and Wave

How cool is this back-of-the-neck tattoo that features a hand, sun, and wave?

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Hands and Heart

This tattoo is simple but stunning.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Sun and Moon

This bold sun and moon tattoo is gorgeous.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Dog

This tiny dog makes such a cute back-of-the-neck tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Moons

The phases of the moon make a beautiful tattoo on the back of the neck.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Paw Prints

Whether you have a specific pet in mind or you just love all animals, paw prints make a great tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Number

If you have a lucky number or a number with special meaning, it makes for great ink.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: "Let's Be Happy"

Let this quote serve as a reminder to always be happy if you can.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Art

This back-of-the-neck tattoo features a famous work of art.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Wings

These angel wings are stunning.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Rose

A tiny rose would make a gorgeous back-of-the-neck tattoo, just like this one.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Geometric Graphic

If you are into geometic shapes, check out this cool tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Flower Garland

If you have a flower that holds special meaning, it would make a stunning tattoo.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Eye of Horus

This back-of-the-neck tattoo features the Eye of Horus.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Airplane

This airplane tattoo can serve as a reminder of your love of traveling.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Matching

The back of the neck is a great location for matching tattoos.

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Om Symbol

How stunning is this om symbol?

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Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Flower and Quote

This rose tattoo features an uplifting quote.

Back-of-the-Neck Tattoos: Mountain and Sun

A landscape piece always makes for a great back of the neck tattoo.