Tattoos Behind the Ear: Peek-a-Boo

Tattoos Behind the Ear: A Hidden Gem

The era of tattoo placements with meanings is long gone. Once upon a time, each placement had a meaning. But now, people choose placements based on personal preference.

That doesn’t mean placements are totally random though!

So what could a tattoo behind the ear mean?

 

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Tattoos Behind the Ear: Meaning and Symbolism

Tattoos on or near the ear tend to be thought of as a bold choice since it is still relatively unique. They are also, however, thought to be a safe choice for some since these tattoos are easy to conceal under hair or a cap.

Tattoos behind the ear are some of the easiest to hide. They’re like a little secret you carry around at all times. Even when they’re totally out in the open, they’re not always easy to spot!

Sound like your kind of tattoo? Time for some inspiration!

 

Behind-the-Ear Tattoo Ideas

Tattoos near the ear are generally small, which is why floral tattoos tend to be the most popular design for this placement.

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul
Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul
Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul
Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

You could also try extending your tattoo behind the ear a little further down your neck for an elegant touch!

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul
Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Roses can mean romance, love, and passion or they can be a way to remember a loved one. A rose tattoo behind the ear is a very intimate way to dedicate a tattoo to someone you love.

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul
Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul
Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

If you’re not quite into florals but like the idea of nature for a tattoo behind the ear, try leaves instead!

Tattoo behind ear by Robbin
Artist: Robbin

 

Tattoo behind ear from Heksa Handpoke
Studio: Heksa Handpoke

 

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

You could also get a tiny animal tattoo, like this whale tattoo behind the ear.

Whale tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Looking for something else? How about a tiny heart or your favourite teddy!

Heart tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Visit Heart Tattoos: Say it With Love for more heart tattoo ideas!

 

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Or try something a bit more quirky, like this lightbulb tattoo behind the ear!

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

You could also try a feather tattoo behind the ear. Feather tattoos can mean different things based on the bird the feather belongs to. Birds are thought to be messengers from the spirit world, and feathers are little messages they send us to tell us they’re watching over us.

Feather tattoos behind the ears thus mean our guardians are around us, whispering messages to us at all times!

Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Or go for something a little more earthy.

Tattoo behind ear by Nanal
Artist: Nanal
Tattoo behind ear by Banul
Artist: Banul

 

Tattoo behind ear by Rapha Lopes
Artist: Rapha Lopes

 

You could try something a little more poetic, like this stairway to your higher self.

Tattoo behind ear by Nanal
Artist: Nanal

 

Or get matching star sign tattoos with your bestie!

Tattoo behind ear by Ilgin Ozdogan
Artist: Ilgin Ozdogan

 

Ear tattoos are versatile even when they are small and delicate, which is why they work for both men and women!

Tattoo behind ear by Steven Carrera
Artist: Steven Carrera

 

Tattoo behind ear by Steven Carrera
Artist: Steven Carrera

 

And if you’re not looking to hide your behind-the-ear tattoo – why not go big! We LOVE these dotwork mandala tattoos behind the ear. Talk about committing to the cause!

Mandala tattoo behind ear by Rapha Lopes
Artist: Rapha Lopes

 

Mandala tattoo behind ear by Rapha Lopes
Artist: Rapha Lopes

 

Tattoos Behind the Ear: Pain and Aftercare

Let’s get serious for a second.

Do ear tattoos hurt? Well, that depends on who you ask.

For most people, tattoos over a bone tend to hurt more. This is usually due to these areas being more sensitive as well as due to the vibrations from the needle being felt more intensely.

But for many people who have gotten behind the ear tattoos, the experience was relatively painless – they describe it as nothing more than a tickling sensation.

So while it is likely that this placement might hurt, it’s also possible that it won’t hurt as bad as you might think!

 

Visit The Jhaiho Tattoo Pain Guide for more on tattoo placements and pain levels.

 

Tattoo Aftercare

We can’t stress enough how important tattoo care is. Actually, we can – we wrote a whole guide about it!

Aftercare is even more important on areas like the hands, feet, and neck (including behind the ear!) because these areas see more daily wear and tear.

They’re frequently exposed to water and sweat, to friction from clothing or frequent use (if you’re not turning your head enough for the skin on your neck to crease now and then – you’re probably due for a deep tissue massage!), and to the sun and your environment.

This means tattoos on these body parts are likely to fade much faster than other placements. While you can keep them looking fresh for longer with proper aftercare, you’re also looking at a lifetime of tattoo care and potential touchups – sorry! In this case, it really is no pain, no gain!

 

Visit The Jhaiho Tattoo Care Guide for a full guide on caring for your tattoo.

 

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