Upper Back Tattoos


Halsey got a tattoo which says “NIGHTMARE” on her upper back in January 2018. She visited artist Emily Effler at the Honorable Society who inked the word in a crisp serif font.

“Not sure how I ended up getting my neck AND spine tattooed this month but I guess life comes at u fast,” she tweeted. She had actually talked a while ago about getting a pair of nightmare and daydream tattoos.



    Anne-Marie has had this tattoo on the left side of her upper back for a few months now.  We can’t tell what the whole tattoo says, but the first word seems to be “Family.”

    She has a close relationship with her family members and her twitter history is full of sweet messages to them.  She calls her father Wayne Nicholson “the best dad in the world,” mother Sue “so special and kind and perfect,” and sister Samantha “the most beautiful, amazing human in the universe.” She tweeted “Also I’m the luckiest human to have the best, most supporting family ever. #homesick


    Maren Morris

    Maren Morris’ back tattoo says “It’s a wondrous world of ridiculous things / but nothing so rare as the love that it brings”  which is a line from the song “Christina” by folk singer-songwriter Patty Griffin.  There’s actually a tiny error in the tattoo since the second line should start “with” instead of “but.”

    She got this tattoo in April 2013 after putting a lot of thought into planning it.  She shared a photo on instagram back in August 2012 where she edited the lyrics onto her back in two different fonts, trying to decide which she liked better.

    Patty Griffin is one of her influences and musical idols.  “Going to see Patty Griffin at the Ryman this evening. I may never come back down,” she tweeted before seeing her in concert in October 2013.


    Lynn Gunn

    Lynn Gvnn celebrated her 24th birthday on March 15, 2018 by getting a tattoo.  Her band PVRIS was on tour in San Antonio, TX so they met up with local artist Mason Chimato, who also gave drummer Justin Nace a tattoo of Roman numerals on his wrist.

    Lynn opted for an intricate Eye of Providence design on her upper back. The all-seeing eye of God has a halo of emanating lines which represent rays of light.  This particular drawing of the symbol, with four shooting arrows and a leafed branch below the eye, is a replica of a woodcut print created by American engraver Alexander Anderson in the early 1800s.
    watch a video of Lynn getting inked

    Angelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie  has a Yant ViHan Pha Chad Sada tattoo on her back.

    This tattoo is an original Sak Yant created by Ajarn Noo  Kanpai especially for Angelina and it was inked ob her back by the ex-monk using steel rods mounted with a surgical steel needle.

    The complex design consists of two yants, the upper is a square box with magical text inside of it.  Sak Yant Talisman square represents the four continents and  the four elements of earth, water, wind, fire. Each box contains text but the order of which direction within the square make it impossible for anyone to really know it’s meaning except for Ajarn Noo.

    For this special ink, Ajarn Noo Kanpai was flown from Bangkok to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where Angelina was filming. The three Sak yant tattoos she got that day were applied to her back while her ex Brad Pitt was given a Buddhist symbol on his stomach. Ajarn Noo drew designs on both stars using the same ink “to symbolically bind them as husband and wife”, but their marriage fell apart just months later and they separated in September 2016.

      Angelina Jolie

      Angelina Jolie got tattooed by a Thai ex-monk Ajarn Noo Kanpai in Cambodia, where she was filming in 2016. On her upper back she get the Yant Phutson or Yant of the five Gods symbol. This is a very popular and well know talisman for Thai people from the past to the present. It is the highest talisman (A Master Talisman) and multi-purpose. The Sak Yant represents having and acting with great mercy towards yourself and others; Amassing great fortune in both the physical and spiritual realms. Wearing this charm provides good luck and promotion in life.

      As well as the other inks done by the ex-monk, this sak yant was applied using steel rods mounted with a surgical steel needle – a much more painful procedure.