For much of Western history, only men had tattoos. But this is the modern age of women’s equality – anything a man can do, so can a woman. More and more women are starting to get tattoos. Lower back tattoos are especially popular. Peeking out from under the jeans or bikini, both men and women find them exceptionally sexy.
Flower tattoo designs are the most popular for the lower back. However, other subtle and delicate tattoo images are also starting to gain in popularity, for example Sanskrit tattoo designs and dreamcatcher tattoo designs.
Sanskrit Tattoo Designs For The Lower Back
Creative tattoo artists have fused the popular flower tattoos with Sanskrit tattoo designs to create some very beautiful, stylish images. The lotus flower, together with the “Om” symbol are starting to become popular.
Lotus flowers are important symbols in India. They close every night and sink under the water, then re-emerge the next morning to bloom again. The lotus flower is symbolic of the cycle of creation and destruction of the world. It also signifies the purity of one’s heart, mind and soul.
In the Hindu creation myth, the god of Creation, Brahma was born from a lotus blossom which sprang from the navel of Vishnu, the god who maintains and preserves the world. Brahma and Vishnu are two of the three highest gods, the Trimurti. Shiva is the third, the god of Destruction.
The Om symbol has long been used as the prime chant in many systems of meditation. Mystics and spiritualists consider Om to be one of the primal sounds of Creation.
When used together with the Om symbol in Sanskrit tattoo designs, the lotus flower is often drawn in a stylized manner, mainly inked in shades of blue, red and orange.
Dreamcatcher Tattoo Designs
Like Sanskrit tattoos, the dreamcatcher tattoo is a modern adaptation of an ancient, cultural tradition. The dreamcatcher comes from the American Indian tribe of the Chippewa, who tie strands of sinew in a web-like design around a small round or teardrop shaped frame. They hang the dreamcatcher as a charm to protect young children from nightmares.
Dreamcatcher tattoo designs first became popular in the pan-Indian movement of the 1960’s and 70’s, then went out of fashion. Today, these beautiful and delicate designs are making their comeback.
Lower Back Tattoos
Lower back tattoo designs are usually placed in the small of the back or on the upper part of the buttocks. When choosing the small of the back, some women prefer to have smaller tattoos offset to one side, avoiding the bony area of the spine. Many people find that tattoos around the spine sting more than tattoo in more fleshy areas of the body.
Women who are shy should avoid getting tattoos in the upper buttock area. The tattoo artist needs room to work, so the recipient cannot wear any underwear.
Flowers, especially roses, and tribal tattoo designs are still very popular for mid-sized lower back tattoos. Besides Sanskrit designs and dreamcatchers, the Celtic cross is also becoming popular with women.