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Beauty is pain, and spine tattoos are a perfect example of this. If you ever encounter a person with a spine tattoo, bear in mind that that individual is not afraid of anything. But on a serious note, tattoos going down the spine are extremely painful. Think 9/10 on the pain scale. This isn't surprising, considering the spine is a bony area full of nerve endings.

However, what is surprising, though, is that so many people go for them. Finding a tattoo parlor whose Instagram page doesn't have at least a few spine pieces would be rather challenging. Whether it's society's fascination with suffering, the price we are willing to pay for beauty, or a bold statement indicating that "yes, I've sat through all this pain," unique spine tattoos are growing in popularity. And if you are one of those daredevils thinking of getting a spine tattoo, you might as well research unique spine tattoo designs to see what's trending and make it your very own. Some of the most popular ideas for spine tattoos include quotes, geometric figures, florals, symbols, and reptiles like snakes and dragons. However, anything that can be arranged on the vertical axis of the spine can become the subject of a cool spine tattoo.

Below, we've compiled a list of spine tattoo ideas to derive inspiration from for your own piece. Or, if you are not looking to get one done, we still invite you to take a look at all the pretty spine tattoos and upvote the ones you liked the most. And if you are looking for even more ideas, check out our earlier post featuring some of the most impressive back tattoos!

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Lotus Flower Spine Tattoo

Realistic lotus flowers back tattoo

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Tattoo Inspired By Nature

Two humming birds and flowers back tattoo

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Floral Spine Tattoo

Black linear floral spine tattoo

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Elaine Coughlin
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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I were going for spine tattoo, I'd love this with my birth flower (lily of the valley). So delicate and pretty.

#16

Spine Tattoo

Broken sword and vine tattoo on back

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#19

Butterflies And Dragonflies Tattoo

Butterflies and dragonflies tattoo on spine

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#26

Trippy Butterflies Spine Tattoo

Four butterflies with abstract lines tattoo on the back

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#27

Geometric Backpiece

Large geometric tattoo on back and head

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is very well done!! I would love to know the meaning behind the design.

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Floral Spine Tattoo

Floral spine tattoo on woman’s back

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#29

Ornamental Design

Delicate black ornamental tattoo on woman’s back

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Dragon And Peonies

Dragon and two red peonies tattoo on back

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#41

Butterfly Spine Tattoo

Butterfly and ornaments tattoo on spine

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#44

Snake And Flowers

Large snake and two red flowers tattoo on woman’s back

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#45

Snake With Shrooms

Snake with many mushrooms on it tattoo on back

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#46

Back Tattoo Design

Back tattoo composition with swallow, tree, butterfly, leaves, and geometry

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9 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pure futurism with the golden ratio.. Excellent!

#47

Geometric Spine Tattoo

Geometric spine tattoo on woman’s back

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#49

Floral Spine Tattoo

Floral spine tattoo on woman’s back

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#52

Snake Tattoo

Large snake tattoo on back

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LiuLiu
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it gives me the creeps - too well done!!! so I guess that is a compliment

#53

Snake And Flowers

Large snake and flowers tattoo on back

“Finished back / spine tattoo from Mando Castro at Sacred Seas Tattoo Utah”

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Moon Phases Tattoo

Moon phases tattoo on back

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Shadozfire
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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please test your artists when asking them to do circles. So tired of moons looking looking like this!

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Floral Spine Tattoo

Two lilies spine tattoo

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#57

Black Dragon Tattoo

Black dragon tattoo on back

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#58

Beetles Tattoo

Three beetles tattoo on back

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#59

Spine Tat

Moon phases and geometry tattoo on spine

“Spine tat complete done by Mia Bacchi at Grave Tattoo.”

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The line work is crooked and wonky in several places and there are quite a few blowouts.

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#61

Script Spine Tattoo

Sun and lettering tattoo on spine

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#63

Neo Tribal Tattoo

Large black abstract neo tribal tattoo

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#64

Chrysanthemum Tattoo

Red chrysanthemum and black thread tattoo

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#65

Floral Spine Tat

Floral tattoo with butterflies, planets and stars on spine

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#69

Lettering Spine Tattoo

Minimal elegant lettering tattoo on spine

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Snake Tat

Large snake with butterflies, sun, moon and flowers tattoo on back

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Norigae Tattoo

Red norigae tattoo on spine

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#77

Lettering Tattoo

Black lettering tattoo on spine

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Lettering Tattoo

Black lettering tattoo

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Snake And Sword Tattoo

Snake and sword back tattoo

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#82

Ornamental Spine Tattoo

Black minimal ornamental spine tattoo

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#83

Dragon Tattoo

Dragon running down the spine tattoo

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#84

Red Dragon Tattoo

Large back tattoo with red dragon and sword

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#86

Ornamental Tattoo

Black ornamental tattoo

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#87

Eye Of Horus Tattoo

Eye of Horus and vertical minimal black line tattoo on spine

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