What is a backward tattoo?
A tattoo may have a backwards look if
it is placed looking towards your back (i.e., facing toward your back if
it is on your arm).
"The general rule is that the tattoo
should be level, facing the front of
in the shortest way possible."
One possible exception is If the tattoo
is on your upper back, it could be facing towards the middle of your
If it is on your ankle, it should be
facing to the front.
Tattoos that are "backward" tend to
look a little off and are not as visually appealing as tattoos that are
facing the proper direction.
This is an opinion of some artists, but may not be the
opinion of every artist. The best rule is to think about placement of
your tattoo and help the artist with that placement. You are going to
wear your tattoo for a lifetime, and we will do whatever you think is
Click to enlarge pictures
Examples of tattoos that may look
better if they were facing the other way.
Why is this man not smiling?
Maybe he just realized the
tattoo artist (not Gary Mayo) put the art on his arm backwards! For life!