Tattoo Lettering

Gallery of lettering style tattoos that can be filtered by subject, body part and size.

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Mexican
Pablo Díaz Gordoadone
room Mexico City Mexican
87
followers
32
Tattoos
133
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Illustrative
Geometric
+4

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American
Jingdone
room Queens American
4
followers
2
Tattoos
3
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Minimalist
Line Art
+3

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Mexican
Alynanadone
room Mexico City Mexican
26
followers
53
Tattoos
7
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Watercolor
Illustrative
+2

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Italian
Serena Ferrarinidone
room Campogalliano Italian
6
followers
1
Tattoos
2
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Minimalist
Lettering
+1

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Italian
Giulia Marottadone
room Nova Milanese Italian
19
followers
10
Tattoos
49
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Line Art
Blackwork
+4

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Hongkongese
Jodic Chandone
room Hong Kong
16
followers
8
Tattoos
15
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Lettering
Watercolor

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

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American
JonBoydone
room Manhattan American
300
followers
373
Tattoos
1134
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Minimalist
Lettering
+2

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Thai
Boom Zodatdone
room Bangkok Thai
5
followers
20
Tattoos
27
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Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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South Korean
Evan Kimdone
room Manhattan American
185
followers
158
Tattoos
552
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Minimalist
Lettering
+3

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Colombian
Michelle Santanadone
room Manhattan American · Cali Colombian
76
followers
107
Tattoos
237
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Minimalist
Single Needle
+3

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South Korean
OKdone
room Manhattan American
87
followers
73
Tattoos
289
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Minimalist
Lettering
+2

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American
Eastdone
room West Hollywood American
143
followers
124
Tattoos
437
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Single Needle
Lettering
+3

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American
BooBoo · Isaiah Negretedone
room West Hollywood American
21
followers
14
Tattoos
12
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Black and grey
Single Needle
+1

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American
Lio Faamasinodone
room Garden Grove American
16
followers
40
Tattoos
18
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Lettering
Tribal
+1

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French
Leo Gavaggio · Walter Hegodone
room Paris French
25
followers
13
Tattoos
22
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Lettering
Line Art
+1

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Hongkongese
Wong Pui Yee · Babyshoedone
room Hong Kong
33
followers
22
Tattoos
68
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Blackwork
Lettering
+1

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Italian
Simone Terrone · Snt Simodone
room Milan Italian · Rome Italian
21
followers
29
Tattoos
25
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Lettering
Single Needle

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description

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.

“Lettering” 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 “Old English” and “Gothic,” 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.

“West Coast” or “Chicano” - 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’s 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’s 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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