Lower back tattoo bearers have suffered stigma for years with the infamous “tramp stamp” label applied to their body art. No more! People should feel free to decorate their bodies in whatever way they choose no matter where they decide to get tattooed. If a person is feeling sexy and thinks that a lower back tattoo would be the best thing for them, more power to them!
In an effort to reclaim the “tramp stamp” we decided to take a look at some lower back tattoos that prove that the placement is not taboo. In fact, it’s a great spot for a tattoo as it is easy to conceal and is actually one of the least painful places to have tattooed. We discovered thrilling tattoos and designs that showcase the zeal for life and a touch of sensuality. If you are considering getting a lower back tattoo, go for it! Live your life and live it without regrets! Here are 25 lower back tattoos that are completely fabulous and deserve praise not shame.
Although some may consider it cliché, a butterfly on the lower back accentuates the natural shape of the body. As we were researching lower back tattoos, we discovered that most people that get them tend to choose just black ink for their designs. Going classic is always a smart choice.
At the other end of the spectrum, we find vibrant color as celebrated in this tattoo. This is a cover-up tattoo, which is a common occurrence as people want to reimagine designs for this area.
We could all use a little more resilience, right? This gorgeous tattoo puts the sentiment at its heart as the word is incorporated into the stem of a flower. Most lower back tattoos capitalize on landscape while this tattoo artist saw an opportunity by climbing up the spine.
Wow! This snake tattoo certainly looks sharp! Here’s another example of a design that bucks tradition. Instead of extending from hip to hip, we find the serpent stretching north to south. You love to see it!
By going off-center, you can create a lot of visual interest in a lower back tattoo. This person has opted for a luscious purple for their lotus flower design which has clearly paid off.
Just a Cow
Feel free to express yourself! After all, lower back tattoos are mostly not visible. We were pleased to find this lovely cow in a hat! Why not?
Feel the Sting
Here’s another example of a cover up tattoo that took the place of a smaller scorpion, and instead, went really big with it and also includes a vortex shape comprised of dots and flowers. We are into it!
This huge tattoo of a jaguar is a marvel. It’s primarily composed of black ink but if you take a look at the eyes, you will find an emerald green. Most people choose dainty figures for their lower back tattoos but, as you can see, it pays to go big for certain designs.
A popular mental health tattoo is the semi-colon which is a symbol for those who struggle with depression, anxiety, and many other illnesses. We find the punctuation formed by a drop of water here which is truly remarkable.
Like the jaguar tattoo we just saw, this big bunny tattoo was not a whim! Instead, this smart lower back tattoo represents a real commitment. The design reminds us of a vintage, illustrated children’s book.
Butterflies are an exceedingly popular choice for lower back tattoos, but the artist who shared this image noted that the flowers in this tattoo are an addition to an existing butterfly design. We think the flowers bring so much warmth and life to this design.
Peacock tattoos are popular but you rarely find them looking this stylish. The lower back tattoo comes from France and was chosen from the artist’s flash. We absolutely love this understated design.
A tiger with four eyes? Why not! The shape of this tattoo is pretty classic for the area. We love the blue ink that shades the flowers and the eyes of the cat.
According to the person who shared this landscape design, the tattoo is a cover up of an older “tribal tattoo.” We think nature certainly acts as an upgrade in this instance. We love the decorative elements here including the stars and arrows.
Here’s a stylish interpretation of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Check out the subtle shading that helps give this design a haunting, smoky quality. If you venture to always rise, this would be the perfect option for you!
Why, yes, a photorealistic tattoo of a poppy looks great as a lower back tattoo. Unbelievably, this artist who shared this design explained that this is a cover up tattoo! You would never know otherwise!
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Sun & Moon
This person turned to the heavens for inspiration for their lower back tattoo. We find a sun and moon flocked by fluffy clouds and cherubs. We love the playfulness on display here!
Get the Impression
Did you expect to find a portrait of Vincent van Gogh as a lower back tattoo? Us either! But, we are not mad about this design that puts the great painter’s signature style on display.
While it’s totally acceptable to go big or go home, sometimes a small micro tattoo like this one proves most effective. A tiny little floral abstract design looks great and fits really well into the space.
Moth of Love
This luminous, bejeweled moth framed by a heart is a vision! We love the way the artist has included a reflective quality to the design making the red are look glassy.
Piece of Paradise
Here’s another example of a small lower back tattoo that makes a big impression. “You and me in a small beautiful house near beach surrounded with palm tree and a sunset view will be so much peaceful that only we will hear the relaxing sound of waves crashing on the shores,” the artist poetically captioned this photo. We feel that!
Here’s a bold lower back tattoo that utilizes abstract shapes reminiscent of art deco design or even post-modern aesthetics of the 1980s. We love this jazzy look and how this piece stands out as wholly original.
Don’t look too long at this lower back tattoo or you just might turn to stone. We find a captivating Medusa that’s accentuated by snakes coming from behind her head. It’s creepy and we love it.
Flowers & Feathers
Here are two lovebirds inspecting a peony. A mixture of bold and fine lines give this design depth. You can never go wrong with inspiration from the natural world.
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Here’s an adorable pinky promise tattoo with two hands intertwined and topped with a cute heart. The person who shared this image explained that it represents friendship. While this would not be the first place we’d think of for this tattoo, it totally works!
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these 25 lower back tattoos that reclaim the “tramp stamp” and prove that tattoos in this area are worthy of praise just as much as any other. These tattoos give you the potential for riffing on these ideas or working with an artist to create the most original piece. Don’t let anyone tell you where to decorate your body. Live your life!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Bold Butterfly
- 2 Pretty Peony
- 3 Resilience
- 4 Sophisticated Snake
- 5 Lovely Lotus
- 6 Just a Cow
- 7 Feel the Sting
- 8 Meow
- 9 Semi-Colon
- 10 Bunny
- 11 Floral
- 12 Stylized Peacocks
- 13 Trippy Tiger
- 14 Fine Forest
- 15 Firey Phoenix
- 16 Pleasant Poppy
- 17 Sun & Moon
- 18 Get the Impression
- 19 Dainty Detail
- 20 Moth of Love
- 21 Piece of Paradise
- 22 Abstract
- 23 Modern Medusa
- 24 Flowers & Feathers
- 25 Pinky Promise
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