Human re-create the ideal canvas for tattoo artist's needle. If you're considering your first tattoo could do worse than have it be a tattoo upper back. Why? Upper back tattoos can range from small and simple to large and complex, and can stand alone or be the foundation for larger and more elaborate tattoo work if you liked the results and want to add. Upper back tattoos are, more often than not, the settings in a closed room so they would not be a problem in a professional environment.