Tattoo Lettering

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Marina Molistdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
153
Tattoos
182
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65
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Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
429
Tattoos
821
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23
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Single Needle
Micro-Realism
+6

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Jingdone
room Queens
248
Tattoos
168
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48
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Minimalist
Line Art
+3

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KLAURINKdone
room Escaz煤 馃嚚馃嚪 路 San Rafael de Escaz煤 馃嚚馃嚪
85
Tattoos
65
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24
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Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Lillian "Honeybadger" Chendone
room Hillsborough
21
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0
likes
1
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Line Art
Line Art
+60

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ceva.tattoodone
room Moscow 馃嚪馃嚭
51
Tattoos
38
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8
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Hand Poked
Minimalist
+1

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Pablo D铆az Gordoadone
room Mexico City
36
Tattoos
155
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106
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Illustrative
Geometric
+4

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Alex Creamdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
4
Tattoos
5
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3
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Blackwork
Illustrative
+7

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
15
Tattoos
15
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7
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Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Serena Ferrarinidone
room Campogalliano
1
Tattoos
2
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7
followers
Minimalist
Lettering
+1

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Giulia Marottadone
room Nova Milanese
10
Tattoos
57
likes
20
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+4

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Jodic Chandone
room Hong Kong
8
Tattoos
16
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16
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Lettering
Watercolor

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Claudio Valenzueladone
room Santiago
1
Tattoos
0
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9
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Black and grey
New School
+1

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P眉ren S枚nmezdone
room Istanbul 馃嚬馃嚪
35
Tattoos
2
likes
0
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Illustrative
Lettering
+1

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Richi Tatsdone
room Bogot谩 馃嚚馃嚧
97
Tattoos
18
likes
2
followers
Line Art
Fine Line
+3

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Certified Letter Boydone
room London
38
Tattoos
1
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2
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Lettering
Line Art
+1

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Nana Tzahordone
room Tel Aviv 馃嚠馃嚤
61
Tattoos
16
likes
1
follower
Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Michelle Santanadone
room Manhattan 路 Cali
305
Tattoos
473
likes
129
followers
Minimalist
Single Needle
+3

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Lettering ranges from simple tattoos of letters and words in standard fonts to highly stylized custom pieces that look both aesthetically pleasing and legible letters or numbers.

鈥淟ettering鈥 refers to any stylized letters, words, characters or quotes, with or without accompanying imagery.

Lettering, as a category, includes a range of cultural and historical script tattoo styles, as well as modern calligraphy, handwriting, custom font design and digital typography. Common lettering styles include, but are not limited to:

Traditional - Blocky letters made with thick black lines that originated during the Sailor Jerry era of tattooing. Words, in traditional tattoos, are sometimes placed on banners and ribbons, or they may sit outside the design as a header or footnote.

Blackletter - This bold font, also called 鈥淥ld English鈥 and 鈥淕othic,鈥 dates back to Medieval Europe and remains popular in both hand-written calligraphy and digital typography. Blackletter uses thick and straight black lines with consistent curvature around the serifs.

鈥淲est Coast鈥 or 鈥淐hicano鈥 - Ornate black and grey lettering, often with an outline and drop-shadow; a more expressive and dramatic version of Blackletter. This was popularized in 20th century Mexican-American cultures in the Western United States, especially California.

Calligraphy - Before printing machines could mass-produce text, special ink pens and brushes were used to control the legibility and consistency of handwriting. Each font鈥檚 stylized aesthetic depends on the type of tool used to achieve it, whether of Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern or European origin. Tattoo machines can now mimic almost any type of calligraphy tool.

Handwriting - As the name implies, custom handwriting is created by the human hand, and is uniquely identifiable to person creating it. Asking a tattooer to mimic another person鈥檚 handwriting requires attention to detail about the angle, proportionality, inconsistencies, kerning (space between the letters) and the overall speed with which the original sample was written.

Graffiti - The street art approach to tattoo lettering aims to resemble freehand tags, as if written with spray paint. The letters vary by artist, and are arguably a form of handwriting. Common traits include bold and bubbly curves with sharp lines and theatrical serifs.

Digital Typography - This includes any and all fonts that are standardized by a machine, whether analog or digital. Since the human hand is currently the only way to tattoo these fonts, it requires incredible precision from the tattooer.

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