Walk into any tattoo shop in Thornton and you’ll quickly see that back tattoos are one of the most common areas on the body that people request. It offers the benefits of a large and relatively flat palette on which to work. If you’re considering adding some ink to your back, look no further for inspiration than these examples – courtesy of 10 celebrities who had serious tattoo work done to that part of their body. 

1. Lady Gaga 

Anyone contemplating getting a back tattoo in Thornton could easily look to Lady Gaga for inspiration. This celebrity has more than 20 tattoos on various parts of her body. Perhaps one of the most visible ones is those on her back. Rather than one large back piece, Gaga has a collection of smaller tattoos in the area including a large rose inspired by her role in the hit movie A Star Is Born.  

2. Ben Afflack

On the outside, Ben Afflack has been successfully portraying a clean-cut, boy-next-door persona to the world. But one look under the surface quickly unveils a very colorful collection of tattoos including one massive piece on his back. Afflack first showed off his back ink during a beach trip in 2016 and it seemed like everyone had an opinion about the large, colorful phoenix rising from the ashes.    

3. Angelina Jolie

With almost 20 tattoos in various places on her body, Angelina Jolie isn’t afraid to show off a little bit of inked skin. Many of her tattoos are sentimental and meaningful including several of the pieces on her back. One of the most notable tattoos is the one on her upper arm that is a list of the longitude and latitude for the birth of each of her six children. The most prominent piece on her back is an ornate Buddhist spell inspired by her eldest son, Maddox, along with the symbolism of three continents and the four elements of fire, water, air and Earth. 

4. Adam Levine

Adam Levine, frontman for the famous musical group Maroon 5, is like a walking picture book. His back piece is said to have taken six months to complete from start to finish. It features a mermaid holding a skull inside of a frame. There is also a background featured in the tattoo of an open ocean, an old ship and many other small details that make this one impressive piece. 

5. Steve-O from Jackass

Steve-O rose to fame on the hit MTV show Jackass. He, alongside a group of rowdy friends, completed stunts and antics that had the audience grimacing in pain, amusement and disbelief – equally. One of his most famous stunts was getting a self-portrait tattoo large enough to cover 80 percent of his back.

6. David Beckham

World-famous, thanks to his impressive skills on the soccer field, David Beckham also really loves tattoos. He is said to have almost 40 individual tattoos and many of the ones on his back offer inspiration for others looking to add to their own tattoo collection. Beckham, many of who’s tattoos are inspired by religion, has a winged cross on the back of his neck and a large guardian angel that takes up most of the rest of the space. 

7. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini 

Cheryl Cole once graced the stages as a pop star with the group Girls Aloud. She now goes by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and her epic back tattoo isn’t easily replicated. The former singer spent months, and more than 15 hours with a tattoo artist creating the large, colorful English roses that cover her lower back to her upper thigh.  

8. Drake

The famous pop singer Drake is a tattoo lover and has collected more than 30 over the years. He has many meaningful and iconic pieces including several portraits of people who have inspired him during his lifetime. One of the largest pieces are the four portraits on his back that pay homage to his uncle, his grandmother, his mother, and the late singer Aaliyah.  

9. Rihanna

Rihanna is another celebrity with a serious tattoo addiction who reportedly loves spending time in tattoo shops. The singer has more than 20 on various places of her body many signifying important dates and people in her life. One of the most visible of her tattoo collection is a collection of dainty stars that trail from her hairline on the back of her neck all the way down her back towards her right shoulder. 

10. Rita Ora

Rita Ora is an actress and singer with a healthy love for tattoos. She has more than 20 pieces all over her body, including some significant ink work on her back. On the top of her back just below her neck, Ora has a geometrical tree of life, and on her lower right side, she has an intricate pin-up girl tattoo said to represent her power as an entertainer.