Tattoo Fonts - Which One Says It Right?

Published on April 12, 2014 by Naomi V

Lettering and Script tattoos are among the most popular tattoos around, but how do people decide what tattoo fonts to use? Sure there are some fonts that have been around for a long time in the history of tattoo, such as the type seen in old school or traditional tattoos. Another common type of font is the Old English font. Now that more people are getting tattoos, including more women of different ages and walks of life, we are seeing a boom in the industry when it comes to lettering. All sorts of fonts are being used to express what the collector wants to say. As we all know, text tattoos shouldn't just read well (spelling should be correct, but of course, that's a whole other issue), the font should look good as well! A tattoo is, after all, a visual artform. The message the collector wants to convey will be taken more seriously or catch more eyes with the PERFECT type of font. 


How does one find tattoo fonts? 


The internet makes it really easy to find the right font for a lettering tattoo. A collector does not just need "Tattoo" fonts, but can look up, "fonts" and pages upon pages of different types of fonts can be found. Try it! Using any search engine you like, type in font. You'll get so many choices it will make your head spin! The hard part these days is to narrow it down. With so many choices, how does one simply choose just one?


It depends on what your script tattoo says, where it will be placed on the body, and the wearer. For example, if the tattoo is a quote about motherhood, and will be tattooed on the wrist, and the wearer is a mother of three, the type should be somewhat feminine, and not too thick, but still legible since it will be a small tattoo. Or perhaps the tattoo will be the word "STRENGTH" and it will go on the chest of a very large, muscular man-this font should be thick and bold, but possibly ornamented. Or if it's a scripture verse that will take up the whole back of an average sized girl, the script should probably be a serifed font (like Times New Roman or Garamond), not too thick, and maybe oblique (slanted).


When looking through fonts for a tattoo, the average collector is not thinking about typography. They will go by their gut response. It's important to use the emotion behind what is being said in your future tattoo and match that emotional response when going through possible fonts. Still not sure where to start? Want more of a helping hand? You can also hire an artist to create a custom text tattoo design. This makes it very easy because they listen to what you want, find you several options and help you narrow it down. They then design the text (yes that's a thing) into the perfect type artwork that will be PERFECT for the placement you choose. Want to hire a custom tattoo designer to start? Post a custom tattoo design request with what you're looking for and designers will start gettign in contact with you today.


Image credits: Vanhalf and AJ The Artist Tenorio


Jeannette Aimee Rodriguez's picture

Love this tatoo

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