Most of the tattoo designs you see today are one of a kind, but these unique tattoo ideas take the cake. Not only are they beautifully executed, but the placing makes them even more special. Yes, we're talking about spine tattoos.

Although pain threshold varies from person to person, the spine, housing our nervous system and being covered only by a thin layer of skin, deems to be one of the most painful places to get a tattoo done. On the other hand - spine is literally our backbone, and by adorning it, you might feel empowered to stand tall through life's hardships. The spinal tattoos that we've rounded up in a list below definitely were worth enduring the pain.

From subtle floral details to abstract strokes, these tattoo ideas might make you want to get inked even though you weren't planning to or were afraid of the possible pain. Now, there are mostly women's spine tattoos in this list, but there is also a fair share of back tattoos for guys, too.

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Azure Adams 8 months ago

love this

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Edy Eko 8 months ago

I sense serenity here

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#3

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Heidrance 8 months ago

congrats on not making the obvious Uranus pun with your tattoo....

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#4

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criminalgirl 8 months ago

Sorry my reply was aimed at Kolvanov..

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#5

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Amy Radie 8 months ago

Beautiful

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Edy Eko 8 months ago

I think it would look better if it is lower down

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#7

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Bella Smith 8 months ago

Little prince

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#8

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Julia Wolfe 8 months ago

This is amazing tattoo work. The brush is outstanding

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#9

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NPanda 8 months ago

That's no moon. Its a space station.

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#10

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Bella Smith 8 months ago

Simple yet beautiful

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#11

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boredfox 8 months ago

Beautiful art style!

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#12

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Breezy 8 months ago

The flower ones are soo beautiful and delicate

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#13

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Rebecca Dill 8 months ago

I love this one and it really looks good on her

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#14

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Barbara Denis 8 months ago

Honored to be part of this list! Yay!

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#15

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Julie Lemon 8 months ago

Oh I love this!

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#16

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criminalgirl 8 months ago

Kolvanov, you really are an utter knob aren't you?

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#17

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Sheila Robinson 8 months ago

A beautiful tattoo, but for me, a back with freckles like that needs no further embellishment.

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#18

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Heidrance 8 months ago

i *used* to like peter pan. then i stage managed a production of it with a bunch of hooligan children...

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Just Curious 8 months ago

That is a creepy baby...

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#20

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Lärry 8 months ago

That makes me itchy... :O

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#21

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Jessica Temple 8 months ago

simple beauty.

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#22

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xolitaire 8 months ago

isnt that the bezier screensaver?

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#23

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Nadja Lambacher 8 months ago

I think there are orperation scars where the tattoed spine has missing parts. That is pretty clever and touching.

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Simona Tincheva 8 months ago

beautiful watercolors

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#25

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Bella Smith 8 months ago

I am not the biggest fan of tattoos but these are beautiful

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#26

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Bella Smith 8 months ago

I thought it was smoke for a second then I say the bottom face then I saw the top one beautiful

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#27

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Randy Inbred 8 months ago

Lumos!

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#28

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Breezy 8 months ago

Too much going on here for my taste.

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#29

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alwaysMispelled 8 months ago

I'd love to know what this tattoo says!

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#30

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A Little Light Arson 8 months ago

Simple, yet beautiful. I love this one!

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#31

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Nadja Lambacher 8 months ago

wow the detail is amzing!!

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#32

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Diane Mackereth 8 months ago

This is my favorite so far! It looks so natural!!

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#33

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Kelly Horrigan 8 months ago

Beautiful artwork

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#34

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justagirl 8 months ago

aldough I would never get a tattoo, i love these designs very much

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#35

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Jayden Michael 8 months ago

Now I feel something crawling up my back...

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#36

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Craig Wright 8 months ago

Ummmm... isn’t 16 and 17 the same model? Which means this is probably Photoshopped... hmmm... someone please debunk me.

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Leta Rivas 8 months ago

"it's all part of the adventure" love it

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#38

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Hope Floats 8 months ago

This is nice...I think coloured tattoos bring the images to life...

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#39

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Bella Smith 8 months ago

I wonder what the crown means on the left arm. Love how the tree life cycle

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#40

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Lou Herout 8 months ago

This is stunning

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#41

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Jennifer Thompsonj 8 months ago

Love this! Very original!

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#42

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Bella Smith 8 months ago

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS

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#43

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Barbara Vink 8 months ago

Yep, love it.

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#44

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Bella Smith 8 months ago

bEAUTIFUL

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#45

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Angelo Romero 8 months ago

Wonderful Pisces tattoo

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#47

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May Be 8 months ago

I would have expected the full butterfly to be at the top so it could fly away.

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#48

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Diane Mackereth 8 months ago

Nice Poppy

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3ke 8 months ago

The tattoo is well done but it's not in alignment with the actual spine

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#50

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Leta Rivas 8 months ago

unapologetically you

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#51

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Diane Mackereth 8 months ago

Very nice I like the color of the flowers

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#52

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Jessica Temple 8 months ago

I really enjoy the simplicity of this.

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#53

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My O My 8 months ago

Is this visible in normal light too?

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#54

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DanikaSerina 8 months ago

Wonder what it sounds likes???

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#55

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Jessica Temple 8 months ago

wow very detailed

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#56

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My O My 8 months ago

Strong as a tree

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#57

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Mm Hmm 8 months ago

All you see is her back. Why does the idea of her nakedness bother you, Jaykob?

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#58

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Lara B. 8 months ago

I‘d really like to know the story behind that!

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#59

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Sue Prewitt 8 months ago

love the color

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#60

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Chelle Jones 8 months ago

I got nothing

#61

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John Bennick 8 months ago

Good idea, but they all look like pizzas.

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#62

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weatherwitch 7 months ago

Glorious 😍

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#63

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C 8 months ago

Yikes, I don't think this will heal well over time. Too much crammed together. Cute idea but doesn't translate the best onto a spine

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#64

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sharron lynn parsons 7 months ago

Another one very elegant !!!

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#65

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Alexia Harrison 8 months ago

Beautiful

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Ijustvie 8 months ago

I'm sorry for your loss

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#67

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Laura Rudgers 8 months ago

I wonder if her significant other has the other half tattooed on them...

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#68

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weatherwitch 7 months ago

Truly gorgeous cornflower 😍

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#69

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Lily Waffles 8 months ago

I LOVE THIS ONE

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#70

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sharron lynn parsons 7 months ago

Flowers are very popular, perhaps simply being feminine !!!

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#71

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Lily Waffles 8 months ago

:)

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#72

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Sharon Voorhees 6 months ago

Beautiful!

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Lisa Panos Fullerton 8 months ago

The reflection of the tree had me scared for her health for a split sec lol Love the tat tho ❤

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#75

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Sharon Voorhees 6 months ago

Lovely!

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therealpixie 8 months ago

So, is the marionette cutting the strings--or the puppeteer?

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#77

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Diane Mackereth 8 months ago

This is one of my favorites

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#78

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LeiLah 8 months ago

Lovin the underroos!!!

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#79

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Mad Haberdasheress 8 months ago

This is gorgeous and so serene. I adore! <3

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Diane Mackereth 8 months ago

Love the detail and the colors

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#81

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Never Mind 8 months ago

"Follow your will" it says... and leads to... :-D

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#82

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Margot Piasecka 8 months ago

Finally one of the men's tattoo that I like. So many aspects covered by this clever design. Very cool.

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Olle Dufeutrelle 7 months ago

Oh my God I love this one.

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