The neck tattoos are not for the fainthearted as most employers are still pretty strict about the visible tattoos. But if you are a creative unconventional personality and you know for a fact that a neck tattoo will not damage your career why not just go for it. After all neck tattoos look insanely bad-ass and cool.
Flower and Snake Wraparound Tattoo
A snake hiding in the flowers tattoo wraps around the side of her neck with is head resting on her collarbone.
Skull and Mask Tattoo
This daring tattoo runs down the front of the neck and mixes a greyscale skull with a bolder butterfly visor.
Crows Leaving the Murder
This tattoo of crows uses body space to tell a story of young birds departing from their murder (group of crows). The available space is used fittingly for some smaller neck tattoos that complete the narrative.
Olive Branch Neckline
Another great example of using the bodies geometry to bring a halo of peaceful olive branches with these tattoos framing the side of her neck.
Birds Clutching Pearls
Perhaps a take on consumerism and natural beauty, this front of neck tattoo blend realist pearly with geometrically feathered birds.
Green Fern and Charm
This girl’s colorful tattoo is striking in its symmetry with some flair from an animal skull charm just below the neck
Butterfly Love Blind
The tattoo on this girl’s neck uses a vibrant read to warn against love blindness, with a set of eyes in the butterfly’s wings. It’s symmetry is striking and draws the viewers eye towards the meaning of the piece.
This colorful tattoo running up this girl’s neck is a great way to contrast dark hair and light skin and bring out some personality.
Skull with Petal Tattoo
This black and white skull is ominously hijacking a lift on this girls neck. A tattoo for the more daring amongst us.
Tribal Inspired Neck Tattoo
A beautifully symmetric tribal-inspired tattoo covering the front of this girl’s neck really grabs attention.
Watch Your Voice
Bob Marley would be proud of this girl, on the front of her neck, across her voice box, she’ll be sure to hold herself to a standard she’s set.
Large Rose Neck Tattoo
This rose tattoo, blooming from the side of her neck is scarily realistic.
Lining the ear, these smaller neck tattoos grow towards the ear, like Peter Pan whispering to remind you to stay forever young.
The Advantages and Disadvantages
Only one obvious disadvantage is that this tat will be extremely visible and eye-catching. However, this can also be an advantage for some people. There might be times in your life when you need to cover the design but with some makeup or a turtleneck it can be easily done. They work best on skinny people with a good neckline as the picture will not get distorted by the skin flaps.
Greyscale Large Spider Web Tattoo
Creeping and crawling along the front of her neck, this girl’s tattoo is not for the average office worker (or arachnophobic), but it’s certainly unique and full of attitude.
Stinging Scorpion Tattoo
This small tattoo aggressively guards against hickeys on the side this girls neck.
Demon Neck Piece
Until now you must have thought neck tattoos were the domain of women! Relax, reader here is a demonic neck tattoo for men to warn off other men.
Chandelier Style Neck Tattoo
This fresh tattoo along the back of the neck takes advantage of the pale skin and highly defined dots and lines for a great contrast in tones.
Epicentre Pointed Shapes
Another one making good use of negative space, this girl’s neck tattoo integrates her skin as another color in this superb design.
Ink In the Veins Neck Tattoo
Some wear their heart on their sleeve, others get it tattooed on the side of their neck.
Demon Face on Neck
Another neck tattoo for men, apparently there’s something about goatees and demonic neck tattoos here.
Colorful Butterfly Neck Tattoo
This colorful butterfly springs from the symmetry of the front of her neck. Maybe it’s not a neck tattoo for men, particularly without a goatee.
Flower Heads Neck Tattoo
This simple, blue and orange tattoo along the side of the neck can be mostly hidden by wearing your hair down.
Colour Spectrum Rose
Another girl with a neck tattoo of a rose. The watercolouring and strength of the lines makes this piece really stand out
When you have a neck piece, be prepared to be the center of attention. Some old fashioned people might not be able to understand you but you will definitely be a center of the party and very attractive for the opposite gender. Traditionally celebrities and other artistic creative people love to tattoo open body parts.
Tribal Style Tattoo
This piece is both minimalist yet intricate. There’s an intriguing contrast between the symmetrical lines and oblique semi circles.
Draping Back and Neck Tattoo
This beautiful piece merges church style architecture with intricate designs that replicate ancient royalties body decorations.
A recently done tattoo has an Arabian style decorative dagger running behind the ear and down the side of neck, separating other pieces and blending the “modern” with the antique.
Chinese Calligraphy Tattoo
A popular tattoo style, particularly in the late 90s/early 2000s, it’s placement on the back of the neck means this tattoo can be easily hidden.
Purple Flower Tattoo
A purple flower tattoo runs straight down this girl’s neck and back.
Red Rose Tattoo
This red rose is bursting with color amongst the green leaves and blue peacock feather.
Pendant Style Tattoo
A greyscale tattoo leads down the front of her neck, becoming thinner as it reaches her breasts.
Tribal Flower Design
This tattoo blooms from the back of the neck and across the shoulders. The piece maintains its form even if the shaved part of her head is regrown.
Abstract Flower Tattoo
Another example of how flowers can be integrated into complex and beautiful designs.
Does It Hurt?
The back of your neck is a firm area and it is less sensitive than the sides or the front. So if you go for the back of the neck like the majority of people you do not have to worry about the pain. But if you want something unusual, like the front of the neck or sides than prepare to go through a lot of suffering. However, there is a painkiller ointment that will help you withstand the process.
Heart Caught in Front of Neck Tattoo
This tattoo appears to show a heart leaping through the body but becoming stuck in the throat.
I suggest neck tattoos for experienced customers as it is definitely not a good idea for the beginners or tattoo virgins. And for the same reason the tattoo removal will hurt like hell as well.
Side of Neck Rose Tattoo
Proves the endless potential for flower and rose tattoos, its black and white color accentuates the design in its folding petals.
No matter what sketch you create together with your artist neck tattoos always convey a very important meaning that the owner needs to share with the world. People often go for a special quote to accompany the picture.
Another goateed neck tattoo for men who seem to love vicious creatures around their throat.
Hands Gripping Skull
An ideal neck tattoo for men who don’t grow goatees, and focus on the occult instead.
Eye’m Watching You
Some say they’ve “eyes on the back of their head” this tattoo gives you eyes on the side of your neck!
Greyscale Wolf Head
Black and white wolf head with a vicious appeal reminiscent of Shaggydog, Rickon Stark’s direwolf in GOT.
Spider Web Mummification Tattoo
Creepy mummy tattoo leers from the side of this girls neck, seemingly encased in a spiders web.
Octopus Tentacles Tattoo
This octopus tattoo embraces the design based on movement and curved lines for a great effect.
Faded Font Back of Neck Tattoo
This script based piece embraces a black to red fading effect.
Realistic Chimpanzee Tattoo
This beautifully realistic chimpanzee is a neck tattoo for men who are in touch with their emotions and have a true sense of the beauty in nature and tattooing.
Beast of the Wild Tattoo
A colorful beast with glowing red eyes and a blood red tongue. We’re back to neck tattoos for men with a wild side. No goatee though.
An angular script is tattoed down the side of the neck, following the natural curvatures of this area of the body.
Latin Crown Back of Neck Tattoo
This regal script embraces our kingly right to “be what you are”. Although a simple concept there’s subtly brilliant design in the crown.
Rose and Lantern Neck Tattoo
This piece combines shading with mixed messages of death (skull), life (text) and love (rose).
Black and White Faded Rose
Another striking greyscale rose tattoo on the side of the neck. The leaves are in stronger color, making the rose appear more delicate.
Whatever you put on a visible body area you need to think through the design well.
Some styles that work best for the neckpiece are dot work, black and gray, fine line, American traditional and neo-traditional. Since this part of your body is relatively small the design will have to be relatively petite with bold visible lines.
Big Cat Gowing Eyes/Mouth
Another wild animal to our growing list of neck tattoos for men with goatees. This cat has almost Maori looking designs integrated into its facial patterns.
Mixed Neck Tattoos
This androgynous looking person has mixed two familiar styles, a rose tattoo on the side of the neck, and a wolf tattoo on the front.
Single Line Neck Tattoo
A girl’s neck tattoo features a single line design in simple black.
By using thin lines this tattoo accentuates the delicacy of its floral subject.
Swirly Arrow Tattoo
Small neck tattoo that resembles an arrow uncurling from an infinity sign.
The tattoo on this girls neck depicts a snowdrop of a different, literal, kind, with multi-toned blue colouring for emphasis.
Passionate and devilish, this red heart with black cursive “love” under the girl’s ear shows the duality of experiencing love.
Male/Female Neck Tattoos
Here are some creative ideas for girls’ neckpieces:
1. Various numbers and lettering as mentioned above. Those are very common for the back of the neck,
Black and White Rose
Classic design and easy to please. The writing adds a messier and more personal dimension.
2. Flowers and stars as a back or sidepiece for the neck,
This rose tattoo on the side of the neck breaks its own borders by streaming down the shoulders and towards the chin.
Spotted Start Tattoo
Small neck tattoo that takes a different spin on a classic star design.
Vibrant Rose Neck Tattoo
This tattoo covers most of the side of her neck with a glowing and layered rose depiction.
Another rose tattoo on the side of the neck, but this one focusses more on the interpretive side of art, rather than photorealism.
Abstract Multi Coloured Rose Tattoo
A testament to how many different rose based neck tattoos can be featured yet still be fully original. The simple lines capture a petal in the wind quality amongst the blooming colors.
With subtle under-shading, this tattoo on the back of the neck appears to bloom out from a notch on the spine.
3. A butterfly for the side neck,
Butterfly Above Red Skull Tattoo
Although the red skull in the center is the most eye-catching part of this piece, it’s the tattoo of the butterfly at the front of the neck that makes the symmetry of the piece come together.
Simple Butterfly Tattoo
This small neck tattoo is a lesson in simplicity and the slight lean forward of the insect is a masterclass in capturing movement.
Tricolour Butterfly Neck Tattoo
By using a symmetric hue, this large tattoo on the back of the neck is matched well with the girl’s red hair.
4. A swallow or any other bird,
Colorful Bird Flying
Tattoo of a bird flapping its wings on a woman’s neck featuring a beautiful rush of color where the pink flows are contrasted with the stable green/blue.
Resting Bird Tattoo
This tattoo depicts a bird resting on a branch with red berries.
Outline and Shading Neck Tattoo
Small bird tattoo on the side of the neck subtly uses shading to enhance the wing and body design for striking emphasis
Origami Neck Tattoo
Through simple shading, this girl’s neck tattoo appears to be flying through some magical clouds.
5. Musical keys,
Inception Music Tattoo
This simple greyscale neck tattoo appears to be listening to the sound of its own note.
6. Stars of different tattooed close to each other to form a pattern,
Catch A Falling Star
This small neck tattoo, tucked in behind the ear looks as if it’s wooshing through the atmosphere.
7. Celtic pattern,
Another small neck tattoo with a hearty twist on a traditional Celtic design.
8. Gothic pattern.
Black and White Pattern Tattoo
Another small neck tattoo that focuses on dark, bold designs, leaving space in between to enhance the lines between body and art.
Gothic Rose Neck Tattoo
This girl’s neck tattoo features a gothic rose, it’s moody and blood red to fit the style.
Women love to put smaller colorful designs that flow with the body shape and a dynamic feel.
Black Cat Tattoo
Tattoo of a cat on the back of the neck appears smaller than it is.
Abstract Bird Tattoo
This black ink tattoo is so intricate you might miss what it represents, look closer!
Roman Wreath Tattoo
Green and red roman wreath girl’s neck tattoo, symbolizing victory and honor.
This elegant and detailed dragonfly casts a unique tattooed shadow on the side of the neck
Nearly the size of this girl’s ear, this small neck tattoo is rich in detail but small enough not to be noticeable from afar.
Black Crucifix Tattoo
This tattoo features a bold, black crucifix on the back of the neck, surrounded by the wave like walls.
Pendant Style Tattoo
Another girl’s neck tattoo featuring a black toned bracelet style tatoo.
A message to other secret society members, and an interesting take on a classic design.
Scorpion Neck Tattoo
Fiesty and strong in a dense black color, this girl’s scorpion neck tattoo could fight off even the biggest man’s wolf/lion on their neck. Small but strong.
Black Tied Feathers Tattoo
A good example of a simple tattoo done right, simple design but expertly crafted tattoo on this girls neck. Intricate small line fading that requires a true artist.
Patterned Neck Design
This tattoo covers the back of the neck, wrapping towards the shoulders and down the back. The large size of this piece allows for a more intricate and stretched design.
Boys love neckpieces just as much, here are some most common creative ideas that men love:
“Tomorrow We Die” Tattoo
As an extremely visible place, this tattoo shows this man’s core beliefs to the world. Red evokes a sense of danger and urgency to the message.
Skulking Owl Tattoo
Why does this owl look like it’s judging you? This realistic neck tattoo is for men too masculine for a tiger, but not sensitive enough for a chimp.
Bird of Prey Neck Tattoo
This tattoo, of a red eyed bird of prey on the front of the neck, uses the depression of a man’s throat to form the groover for a realistic beak to droop.
3. American traditional flowers and swallows,
Splash of Colour
The mixing of color in this bird based neck tattoo shows how important contrasting colors, blue and black can be to an art piece.
4. Celtic and Gothic patterns,
Demon Skull Tattoo
The use of shading in this skull tattoo on the front of the neck uses natural skin tones and darkened eye sockets to create a lantern effect.
5. Ancient symbols like yin-yang, runes, hieroglyphs etc.,
Persian Calligraphy Tattoo
This pays homage to ancient cultures with the tattooed script running down the front of the neck between two green designs.
6. Mythical creatures like vampire bats, zombies and other,
3D Style Neck Tattoo
The girl in this neck tattoo looks like she could move outside his body.
There’s only room for one head on your shoulders.
7. Arms and firearms.
Rosary Beads Praying Tattoo
Another 3D style tattoo where hands look like they’re coming out of the side of the neck.
Of course, I can only give you some basic guidelines and ideas for a neckpiece of your own. Whether male or female, you should come up with something unusual and unique. Talk to your favorite artist about your creative ideas and desires and together you will be able to design something really cool. Do not forget to send me the photos though.
Cyborg Neck Tattoo
Cyborg-like and Blade Runner-esque tattoo. It exposes that we never really know what’s under someone’s skin. A metaphor for what’s in their head.
Skeleton War Tattoo
Blood gushes from this tattoo in the front of the neck, of this man, standing out strongly against the greyscale of the rest of his body art.
This goat tattoo on the back of the neck is both beautiful and unusual.
Bloody Face Tattoo
The piercing hazel eyes in this tattoo are hard to avoid, even with the blood flecked on the nose and splashed across the cheek.
At first, it’s difficult to work out the dimensions of this side and front of neck tattoo of a black and white long haired sniper, who could be firing from space.
The red and roses in this tattoo express love and death, and maybe even communism.A neck tattoo for the closest things to a mans heart.
This tattoo, placed on the side of the neck has a space age, mercurial feel, Like watching the sunset on Mars.
Animals on Neck Tattoo
A tattoo of two animals humans have tamed, although the dog has gone back to its wolf like ferocity.
Owl Clutching Rose Tattoo
An owl clutches at a large rose. The eyes in this tattoo are on the front of the neck, and the rose in the centre of the chest.
Bat Face Neck Tattoo
Another neck tattoo placed on the front of the throat. This large bat face in black and shading is very realistic and a little bit scary.
Crocodile and Cupcake Tattoo
While the tattoo of the crocodile takes center stage, there’s also a small neck tattoo of a crocodile below the ear that manages not to seem out of place.
Lava Throat Tattoo
This tattoo has a flow of lava on the front of the neck, talk about acid reflux!
Python Neck Tattoo
Python tattoo running up the front of the neck, tracing the spine and throat of the man.
This tattoo is both fierce and gentle. A true neck tattoo for men who know both sides of themselves.
So how do you take proper care about the neck tat? We have some tips on how to help your skin heal faster. First of all, you have to follow your artist’s guidelines but I can give you some basic tips on how to take care of the post-tattoo skin and avoid getting an infection. Keep the bandage on for about three hours.
Part Man, Smaller Part Machine
Blood and metal-colored cyborg tattoo that masks a missing ear. A great neck tattoo for artistic men who have suffered injuries.
Remember not to touch your fresh tattoo unless you have just washed your hands. Wash your tattoo a few times per day with antibacterial soap. Avoid pools, saunas or sweating. The maximum you can have is a quick warm shower. To keep your tattoo bright and avoid fading remember to keep your skin moisturized.
Famous People with Neck Tattoos
Check out Rihanna’s stars, Professor Green’s “Lucky” or Britney Spears Kabbalah lettering tattoos, you can find hundreds of creative ideas on my site.