Are you thinking about getting a neck tattoo? It’s not a decision you should come to lightly! However, there are some truly remarkable neck tattoos for women out there. Your neck is such a highly visible spot that you likely don’t want a tattoo there to start. A good rule of thumb is to not get a “jobstopper,” which is a tattoo on your hands, neck, or face, as your very first tattoo.
If it’s not your first rodeo, you might be ready to put your neck on the line, or is it “line on your neck,” in this case? We wanted to discover emerging trends, popular options, and all things neck tattoos for women, so we turned to social media to find the latest and greatest tattoos to inspire your own designs.
Check Out These Fabulous Neck Tattoos for Women for Ink Inspiration.
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel with your neck tattoo. Classic designs like botanicals and florals are always a great option. This mesmerizing black and grey example is a beauty!
Crybaby tattoos have been popular designs, populating many a tattoo artist’s flash for decades. They wained in popularity for years before making a huge comeback in recent years. We’re happy these neck tattoos for women have returned.
Dainty, Like Jewlery
You don’t have to go big and bold! Oh, no! There’s space for dainty neck tattoos for women on this list. Aren’t these gorgeous little, ornamental tattoos divine? If you want something that looks more like jewelry, work with an artist to realize your dazzling vision.
Mandala on the Back
The back of the neck is an extremely popular spot for neck tattoos for women. For starters, it is a little less visible but still makes a statement. Further, it hurts a bit less on the back than it will on the front or even sides of your neck.
A Most Beautiful Butterfly
Have you ever seen a butterfly tattoo look so good? Vibrant ink choices, bold lines, and an artist’s touch really make this one of the finest neck tattoos for women on this list.
Can you say DRAMA? This delicious black and pink tattoo is big and beautiful and full of mood. Consider something similar if you really want to make a big statement.
Another way to take butterfly tattoos is with smaller butterflies in a single color. Red ink is magical and looks fantastic on most skin tones. If you are on the fence about black ink, consider going with red because it reads in a different way.
Big Sentiment, Tiny Letters
Yes, you can, girl! You can express yourself with words just as well as imagery. We find a very fine “you can” on this woman’s neck as words of encouragement. This was likely done with a single needle as a stick and poke tattoo. The method produces finer lines than any other.
It’s okay. We’ll wait for you to catch your breath. How phenomenal is this bird tattoo? The color choices alone are enviable but the placement, sizing, and everything else is also just right.
Pretty In Pink
We come across another stunner, a flower design that’s just bursting with life. Flowers are some of the most popular designs among neck tattoos for women so expect to see a few more on this list as well.
We’ve written about pet tattoos before but this was our first time encountering a ferret tattoo! If you love your fur baby, you can immortalize it with a lovely tattoo like this one.
Mum’s not the word with this giant chrysanthemum tattoo done boldly with black ink. Big, splashy designs like it are such a blast.
American traditional neck tattoos for women aren’t as popular as they once were. However, we still have a real soft spot for these sorts of Americana designs that feature simple shapes, bold lines, and tons of character.
Moon tattoos are hugely popular but they’re not as popular as you might expect as neck tattoos for women. We find the phases of the moon in this dramatic design.
Magic in the Eye
Here’s another one of the neck tattoos for women that’s been hand-poked with a single needle. Notice how tight and sharp those lines are? If that appeals to you, look for an artist who is versed in tattooing without a gun.
“Got my heart caught in my throat,” the person who shared this image wrote. It’s an interesting and original design. While this black and grey is nice we feel a tattoo like this might be better served in red. But, do you!
Really Big & Really Bold
Altogether, this is a masterpiece of a chest tattoo that extends all the way up the neck, to the chin. We’ve seen a Mandala-inspired design on the back of the neck and now you get to see it on the front. Take a look at all of the tiny dots used to shade the shapes of the design.
Watercolor tattoos are a huge trend today and have been for a few years now. It’s really effective in this example with bold, black lines used to form the rose and splashy color taking it to the next level.
The Virtues of a Leaf
This botanical design has a nice placement that accentuates the natural shape of the neck. You can do one sprig like this one or do as this person has done and mirror it on the other side for a more symmetrical look.
Tattoos are a form of self-expression and as such, they can skew rather dark at times. We have never seen a snake tattoo done like this before, wrapped around the neck. What do you think of it?
All the Way Up
How fine are these detailed ornamental bits? It’s a very unique look and placement that we’ve never seen before. If you want to make your tattoo extra long, it’s possible to make it look fantastic as this.
Lady Head on a Neck
Lady head tattoos are hugely popular on other parts of the body but this one proves a standout on the neck. It’s a mysterious and impactful design that we think many others might also like.
To the Point
If you like small neck tattoos for women, something ornamental and fine like this could prove a winning design for you. You don’t have to go huge to make a big impact.
Bold & Blue
Most neck tattoos for women are done in black ink so it’s always a treat to find vivid color. Here’s a giant, blue moth on a gorgeous blue background.
A Gentle Reminder
People with anxiety often forget to take deep, relaxing breaths. This person has decided to ink a reminder to take intake some air. Words like this are great for neck tattoos for women.
How cute is this angelic, little neck tattoo? Work with your tattoo artist and you could walk away with an equally appealing tattoo that expresses your passions and dreams.
Simplicity is bliss. This very delicate design looks perfect on the center of the neck like this. If you want a dainty detail, go for it. Sometimes the smallest designs make the biggest impact.
Hug That Hairline
Another cool placement you will see among neck tattoos for women are designs that come right up to the hairline or even go into it. This ornamental and abstract design is the perfect shape to accentuate the neck.
Behind the ear tattoos are extremely popular among neck tattoos for women. These tidy daffodils look so pretty in this placement.
String of Hearts
Plant lovers are inking their favorite plants and we are so thrilled to see so many nature-inspired tattoos these days. One of the most beloved plants for the home is the string of hearts that cascades out of the pot with little heart-shaped leaves. What a dream in ink form!
Medusa tattoos are really popular for both men and women. The addition of botanical elements help bring this particular example to life.
Moon tattoos are also hugely popular these days. This full moon contains an intriguing texture thanks to the stippled shading that looks like hundreds of tiny dots.
Vaguely botanical elements that look like decorative art hug a sweet little face in this design that’s dripping with romance. Turn to architectural elements for tattoo inspiration and you won’t live to regret it.
An Ominous Eye
Eyes on the back of the neck are mildly popular among neck tattoos for women. This one looks so mysterious and special. The artist who shared the image explained that the eye is inspired by a Tomie Kawakami manga series.
Let It Snow
These tiny snowflakes look so special extending from behind the ear to the base of the neck. If winter is your favorite season, express your love for snow in a similar fashion.
Do You Agree?
“School kills artists,” this tattoo proclaims. We’re not sure we agree with this but it’s an interesting statement to consider and undoubtedly starts many conversations.
One Swell Swallow
This neo-traditional swallow marries elements of traditional tattooing with newer motifs for a very cool and balanced neck tattoo. The flowers in the wings are just stunning.
Heart That Rose
Here’s another neo-traditional tattoo that imagines classic imagery in a new light. A heart has been formed to shape a pretty heart. It’s one of the most original neck tattoos for women on this list!
How did the artist get all of that detail into such a tiny crown? It looks fantastic paired with a handsome bee.
This almost abstract tattoo is a celebration of big cats. The swirling lines that swell from it add so much visual interest and charm. What a cool concept!
One of the most delicate neck tattoos for women that we encountered comes in the form of a small fish. The fine lines that form the fins of the fish look ethereal and haunting.
Here’s an abstract design that takes up much of the neck. It’s a cool shape that fits the area well.
Mandala tattoos are very popular neck tattoos for women these days. This one has been improved by the inclusion of a butterfly that the pattern seems to radiate from.
Believe it or not, we saw a few tattoos with this sort of lighting design on the neck. It looks fresh and cool all while subtly celebrating nature.
This charming ornamental piece looks so incredibly well-composed and balanced. Again, turning to decorative art for a graphic design like this will serve you well.
If you’d like to get a bit creepy, lean into it and let your neck tattoo express your point of view. These tiny bats were a fun choice and not an idea that we saw replicated.
Neck tattoos for women that are front and center like this are slightly uncommon. However, it’s the best spot for you to make a statement. This sweet, little heart is a big charmer in a small package.
We’re all about a nature-inspired tattoo and these hauntingly beautiful fern fronds look excellent. If you’ve got a favorite plant that inspires you, you know what to do!
Abstract proves more attractive than figurative for some folks. We find a smokey bit something here on the neck that we can’t stop looking at. If botanicals or birds aren’t your style, go your own way.
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We leave you with this neon seahorse to urge you to be creative and think outside the box when you’re planning your neck tattoo. The weirder the better and the more you can make it your own the more compliments you’ll get!
There you go! What did you think of these fabulous neck tattoos for women? We hope you find some to inspire your very own ink. Remember to “protect your neck” by only choosing a tattoo artist you have done some homework on. Take a look at their portfolio to determine if they’re the right artist for the job. Happy tattooing!
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Check Out These Fabulous Neck Tattoos for Women for Ink Inspiration.
- 1.1 A Classic
- 1.2 Crybaby
- 1.3 Dainty, Like Jewlery
- 1.4 Mandala on the Back
- 1.5 A Most Beautiful Butterfly
- 1.6 Peony Up!
- 1.7 Red Ink
- 1.8 Big Sentiment, Tiny Letters
- 1.9 A Birdie
- 1.10 Pretty In Pink
- 1.11 Ferret Fun
- 1.12 Chrysanthemum
- 1.13 American Traditional
- 1.14 Lunar
- 1.15 Magic in the Eye
- 1.16 Lovely
- 1.17 Really Big & Really Bold
- 1.18 Watercolor
- 1.19 The Virtues of a Leaf
- 1.20 Severe
- 1.21 All the Way Up
- 1.22 Lady Head on a Neck
- 1.23 To the Point
- 1.24 Bold & Blue
- 1.25 A Gentle Reminder
- 1.26 Cherubs
- 1.27 Lucky Star
- 1.28 Hug That Hairline
- 1.29 Daffodils
- 1.30 String of Hearts
- 1.31 Medusa
- 1.32 The Moon
- 1.33 Romantic
- 1.34 An Ominous Eye
- 1.35 Let It Snow
- 1.36 Do You Agree?
- 1.37 One Swell Swallow
- 1.38 Heart That Rose
- 1.39 Queen Bee
- 1.40 Cool Cat
- 1.41 Keep Swimming
- 1.42 Intriguing Shape
- 1.43 Butterfly Mandala
- 1.44 Like Lightning
- 1.45 On Balance
- 1.46 Batty
- 1.47 Simple Heart
- 1.48 Fern Fronds
- 1.49 Abstract
- 1.50 Neon Seahorse
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