Back pieces are always surprising, perhaps because this is the largest space on the body that can be offered to a tattoo artist.

The back, like a canvas, is suited to complex, structured compositions and large subjects which flow from the shoulders to the buttocks and can even involve legs and arms. From the better-known Japanese bodysuits to Black and Grey, Realism to Ornamental, Traditional and beyond, this gallery is a triumph of courageous creativity, celebrating this art with unequalled mastery.

See our choice for you and find your favourite back piece tattoo!