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Lower back tattoo design
By GrubbleBubblemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Aug 13, 2006 06:12 AM

I have always had this dream of having a tattoo on my lower back. And lately I have been thinking much more about it and decided that I want it dance related. I can't get it now, since I'm 17 and my parents don't approve. So I have to wait till I'm 18 in January. However, I want to get the design right and ready. I always had this sort of plan of how I wanted it in my head. Albeit, when I came to draw in on paper I just can't seem to figure it out. So I turned to you for some pointers and hints maybe.

This is the main desgin I want to have (sorry its not that clear)
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However, since its on my lower back I want it also similar to these (since square designs don't really go on the lower back):

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I can't seem to place any of those horizontal wriggly lines (sorry for the lack of knowlegde in tattoo terminology) with the picture of the ballerina. I'm not sure if I'm making myself clear lol. I'm just wondering if my dream design is even possible. Hope someone can help.


15 Replies to Lower back tattoo design

re: Lower back tattoo design
By Shnaynaymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Aug 13, 2006 07:54 AM
I think that ANY design is possible, if you go to someone who really knows their stuff, and is really deticated to giving you the tattoo that you want.

peace out
re: Lower back tattoo design (karma: 2)
By PacificNWDancer
On Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:08 PM
It's good that you're taking the time to think out the design - I always recommend people think and plan out their tattoos for as long as they can. (For me, the best plan is to pick a design and size, maybe even consult an artist, then wait a year to make 100% sure I want the ink).

The center lower lumbar (sacrum area) of the back is usually where people want a symmetrical design, similar to the tribal flash you posted. A LOT of girls have a tribal band on the low back like that - I mean, a LOT (it was a HUGE fad in the mid/late 90's). So if you were going for originality in design, that wouldn't be one of the things you'd get.

My suggestion to you is research like crazy all the tattoo artists in the area, and choose one that you would be able to trust and who's work you like. Ask any friends that have nice tattoos where they got theirs, good old fashioned word of mouth still works for finding quality tattoo artists. Anyway, you might be able to research area studios on, just search for the studio or artist name. Then once you've chosen your artist, you can go in for a consultation, and I highly recommend that if you want a custom design (way cool, btw, I prefer custom work over flash). The artist should be able to draw you up some examples of what he/she can do, and most tattoo artists these days are skilled enough to be able to work with what you said you might want in your post. Save up $$ and try to not make money an issue when getting your ink - nothing's worse than all the blown-out, poorly planned and warped/uneven looking tribal low-back tattoos that I've seen over the years. They usually come from artists that tattoo for cheap and don't have much experience. Not all tattoo artists are equal, some are more gifted than others. And be sure and consider how much you'll need for a tip to add in to the final cost.

Good luck, and it's cool that you're really thinking about what you're going to get. Take as much time as you need to decide on the tattoo, because you'll be stuck with it for life and you want to be as close to 100% happy with it as possible.
re: Lower back tattoo design
By x_bec_x
On Mon Sep 04, 2006 04:34 PM
I think that square designs can look good on the lower back, you dont have to get a long one just becauue thats what the majority have in that place. I have one like the pics you've posted but i think smaller ones can look just as good!
re: Lower back tattoo design
By RingingPhonePremium member
On Mon Sep 04, 2006 05:08 PM
Square designs can go on the lower back. Find an artist in your area and talk over designs with him/her. Perhaps you could even move the placement of the design to the lower right or left of your back.

My best friend has a crest of a wave tattooed on her lower back- it's a sort of circle/square design and it looks awesome.
re: Lower back tattoo design
By Naivohwmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Sep 07, 2006 05:42 PM
Edited by treblemaker18 (78074) on 2006-09-07 18:11:29
It sounds like you're pretty set on that dancer picture, but I thought I'd just throw another suggestion out there anyway. What if you had a dancer doing a grande jete (I'm so NOT a ballet dancer, but I think that's right). Anyway, the move where you leap through the air in the splits. That way, the shape is good for the lower back (long, with a high part [the dancer's body] in the center.) If you wanted, you could add some pretty, feminine swirls around her legs to fill it out more. As someone above said, a LOT of people have the tribal looking tattos, so if you went for something a little more swirly and original, it might be cooler. Also, talk to your tattoo artist once you find a place. A good artist should have helpful suggestions when it comes to designing. And I'm not sure, but I think you can be under 18 if you're just talking to an artist. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
re: Lower back tattoo design
By GrubbleBubblemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:53 AM
Thank you all for your advice and suggestions. The reason why I haven't gone to a tattoo artist is that I need someone to come with me to go to the best one. Cause he has a bit of a bad reputation regarding touching girls' bodies. And treblemaker18, thats an awesome idea!! It hadn't occured to me at all. Thanks so much!!
re: Lower back tattoo design
By Soleil2213member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Sep 08, 2006 06:41 AM
^ Just curious but why would you want someone that you are uncomfortable just talking to taking a needle to your lower back? If he has such a bad reputation maybe you should talk to some other artists as well...
re: Lower back tattoo design
By GrubbleBubblemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Fri Sep 08, 2006 06:49 AM
We have a very limited selection here in Malta when it comes to tattoo artists. And I've seen his work and its awesome. So I know he's got talent and everything. Most of the other tattoo artists I haven't heard any thing about or aren't that good. However a new tattoist is opening soon and maybe I can go and check that out first.
re: Lower back tattoo design (karma: 3)
By DarkIvymember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:34 PM

I would NOT go to a guy that has a bad rep with girls. Just don't do it. Don't go to the other guys, either, if they're not that great.

A great tattoo is well worth waiting for. I waited two years to finally get mine and I'm glad I did. For one thing, it really allowed me the opportunity to settle on the final design. For another, it gave me the chance to look into good artists and find one I was really comfortable with.

I would say wait until the new parlor opens up. Go in, check out the atmosphere, check out their work. Wait a couple months and see what other people think, too. If they seem GREAT, then go for it. Never go to a parlor that isn't everything you need it to be. Here's what to look for:

-CLEAN studio
-Artists' work, if you want custom, or them to come up with something custom for you, you want to make sure the artist has a style that appeals to you. Keep in mind this is PERMANENT and you have every right to demand something that you are proud of being inked into your skin.
-Reputation. If that one artist is shady, no matter how good he is, just don't go. A tattoo is NOT worth the agony of sexual harassment.
-Comfortable atmosphere. This is definitely a personal, subjective thing, and it's different for everyone. That's why some parlor's play loud rock all the time and are decorated in pretty alternative styles, and others are kept more simple and calm. Chose a place YOU feel comfortable in.
-Being comfortable with the artist themself. If you don't feel comfortable with the tattoo artist, find someone else. For me personally, part of the experience was the memory of how I got the tattoo. There are some parts I regret (being with a stupid "boyfriend", for one thing, it totally ruins the memory), but I DON'T regret having the artist I had. She was awesome! You'll not only have the ink, but the memory of the ink, forever. It's important to be comortable!

If nothing in your town offers a studio you really trust, wait! Go to a nearby city or town and check out THEIR studios. Or wait until you go to college and find someone there. It really is worth the wait to get YOUR ideal tattoo. It would really be a shame to rush into it and be tattooed by a creep or someone who isn't that great and have either the experience or the tattoo itself ruined.
re: Lower back tattoo design
By Tangerine895
On Fri Sep 15, 2006 06:20 PM
The point and beauty of going to a tatoo artist is that they are there to be an artist. Point blank.

If you can't take two pictures to the studio and have the tatoo artist beautifully mesh the combination together in an image you can both agree on, then they basically suck.
Dance tattoo's..
By Love2dance223
On Wed Sep 27, 2006 06:27 PM
This is a good topic! This is my first post here! I have been dancing for over 18 years and am a dance teacher. I want a tattoo also! I want a tattoo that represnts dance. I like the image that GrubbleBubble's has the first image that is. I have been looking up tattoo's for dance on the internet and I can't find that many. I also want my tattoo on my lower back. I would also like some hints or ideas. I do know all the precautions about getting a tattoo, I'm just stuck on a design!

re: Lower back tattoo design
By GrubbleBubblemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Sep 28, 2006 07:41 AM
^ First of all welcome to!

Secondly, I'm glad you like it. I've been looking for ages for designs for dance-related tattoos and its really hard. In fact that design is from a logo my dance studio use. From the first moment I saw it, I fell in love with it and have been playing around with it.
Lower back tattoo design
By Love2dance223
On Thu Sep 28, 2006 02:11 PM
Thanks for the welcome! Yes, it is hard to find dance tattoo designs! I am still looking. I did find one design last night, but it's just "okay". I do like that logo! I think you should use it! You could also go to the tattoo place and ask them for advice. Maybe they could give you some good ideas. I might do that. Thanks for your reply!
re: Lower back tattoo design
By Wicked_Elphabamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Oct 04, 2006 02:45 AM
That is my lower back tattoo. I think it suits my body very well. You can get almost anything on your lower back. It's prime real estate. LOL. I almost got the dancer on my lower back, but looking back, i'm SOOOOO glad I didn't!!! I love my EMS tattoo right where it is! Because I was originally going to do the dance tattoo on my lower back, and the EMS one across my upper back, but i'm so glad I didn't. I'm doing the dance one on my upper back instead. :)
re: Lower back tattoo design
By TheMidlakeMusemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Oct 04, 2006 07:54 AM
^ I love yours because it's so unique and so you!



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