The neck is a very particular part of the body when related to tattoos. Besides being one of the most exposed (and painful to tattoo) areas of the body it also requires a whole series of attentions, in order to obtain a satisfying final result.

First of all: does it make sense to start from there?… Maybe doing your first tattoo ever? Without wanting to judge anyone, the answer is: probably not. Why to start there when you have the rest of your body available?

El Bara, True Love Tattoo, Madrid, Spain
El Bara, True Love Tattoo, Madrid, Spain

Please note: especially “old school” masters and collectors who decide to decorate this area, already have a large part of the body covered by ink. They conceive a neck tattoo as a natural and harmonious continuation of the works already present, for example, on the chest, shoulders and / or back. This is a matter of balance and harmony of the overall vision, especially if the body is conceived as a real canvas.

Elvia Guadian, Tatuajes De Reyes, Zapopan, Mexico
Elvia Guadian, Tatuajes De Reyes, Zapopan, Mexico

Also the choice of the subject and its position (as always, but especially in this case) are not of minor importance. A work that is too “full”, which occupies the entire surface of the neck at 360 °, could in fact cause a strange crushing of the perspective.

Marco Wallace, Wallace Tattoo Studio, Milan, Italy
Marco Wallace, Wallace Tattoo Studio, Milan, Italy

Better to go for a symmetrical or more airy work, which keeps the harmony of the body intact.

Having said that, we also want to point out that some of the most choreographic and spectacular tattoos we’ve seen around in recent times are made right on the neck: we leave you with our selection, hoping that it will be inspiring!