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Small Tattoo Inspiration for Neck Undercuts

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The nape is having a moment.  From the popularity of nape undercuts—now popular with women in addition to men—to tattoos, the back of the neck is an on-trend place to show off your personality or try something new and daring.  Plus, it’s fun to have a secret that you can show off or cover up depending on your mood.  

We have a number of tattoos that will add flair to your nape, either complementing a nape undercut or creating interest all on their own.  Plus, we’ve sourced some chic nape tats from around the internet to inspire you to create your own tats with our freehand ink.  


First up, consider these tattoos from our catalogue:

1. Sun Moon

Loved the recent eclipse?  Give your nape a dose of both the sun and the moon with this tattoo.  Throw your hair up and show off the coolest co-dependent relationship in our solar system.

Product Name: Syzygy
Price: $21
Dimensions: 2.6 x 2.5 inches
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2. Bar Code

In the mood to make a statement about commercialism?  Point out that everybody has a price with this tattoo.

Product Name: Flaneur
Price: $19
Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.0 inches
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3. Half Moon

This swirl-filled moon tattoo is the perfect size for the back of any neck.  The swirls in this crescent look like waves, paying homage to the moon that sends them crashing toward shore.  Perfect for surfers or beach-lovers who respect the power of our moon.

Product Name: Eldritch
Price: $19
Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.75 inches
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4. Have a Cow

This geometrically decorated bull will inspire you to approach your day with strength, just like a charging bull. With this ink, you just may find yourself feeling more powerful…

Product Name: Nya
Price: $21
Dimensions: 2.6 x 2.25 inches
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5. Seeing Stars

Decorate your nape with one of the most iconic shapes of all time—the star.  Large enough to draw the eye, but small enough it doesn’t overwhelm, this tattoo will feel right at home to all sorts of personalities.

Product Name: Paasa
Price: $21
Dimensions: 2.6 x 2.5 inches
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6. We Are All Connected

Rock this geometric pattern that celebrates the interconnectivity of all living things on your nape.  From the food chain to global trade, remind yourself and others that we’re pieces of a much bigger plan.   


Product Name: Interosculate (Connect)
Price: $19
Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 inches
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7. Have Courage

Need a little extra courage this week? Put some right on your neck with this tattoo that translates to “Courage.”  First comes tattoo, then comes a new, daring you.  

Product Name: Yongqi (Courage)
Price: $19
Dimensions: 1.0 x 1.5 inches
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These small tattoos in our catalogue also make great choices for your nape!

From Left to Right: Broodlings ($19, 1.0 x 1.5 inches), Raja ($19, 1.25 x 1.2 inches), Revenant ($19, 1.5 x 0.75 inches), Trella ($19, 1.5 x 1.5 inches), Esse ($19, 1.5 x 1.5 inches)

And if you’re interested in trying out a nape tattoo with our freehand ink, check out these ideas for inspiration:

Channel your inner Cyclops with a tattoo like this one:

Ink yourself with a lotus tattoo, like one Instagram user used our freehand ink to do:

Use your neck undercut as a canvas to display a cool tattoo like this one:

Feeling victorious? Ink yourself a laurel and celebrate your latest accomplishment like this:

Draw inspiration from Polynesian tribal tattoos and ink your undercut like this:

Or try your hand at a beautiful design like this one:

And finally, consider adding a pair of wings to your nape, like this tattoo:

- Deborah Oomen