Tattoo Lettering

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

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American
Jingdone
room Queens American
199
Tattoos
72
likes
23
followers
Minimalist
Line Art
+3

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
15
Tattoos
12
likes
4
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Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Mexican
Pablo Díaz Gordoadone
room Mexico City Mexican
35
Tattoos
142
likes
93
followers
Illustrative
Geometric
+4

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Spanish
Marina Molistdone
room Barcelona Spanish
21
Tattoos
67
likes
19
followers
Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Mexican
Alynanadone
room Mexico City Mexican
53
Tattoos
19
likes
27
followers
Watercolor
Illustrative
+2

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

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Italian
Giulia Marottadone
room Nova Milanese Italian
10
Tattoos
49
likes
20
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+4

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

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

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American
Lio Faamasinodone
room Garden Grove American
59
Tattoos
26
likes
18
followers
Lettering
Tribal
+1

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American
JonBoydone
room Manhattan American
437
Tattoos
1271
likes
335
followers
Minimalist
Lettering
+2

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South Korean
Donghwan Kim · Evandone
room Manhattan American
186
Tattoos
653
likes
213
followers
Minimalist
Lettering
+3

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Thai
Boom Zodatdone
room Bangkok Thai
25
Tattoos
41
likes
9
followers
Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Colombian
Michelle Santanadone
room Cali Colombian · Manhattan American
159
Tattoos
345
likes
96
followers
Minimalist
Single Needle
+3

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American
Eastdone
room West Hollywood American
140
Tattoos
461
likes
149
followers
Single Needle
Lettering
+5

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South Korean
OKdone
room Manhattan American
97
Tattoos
329
likes
95
followers
Minimalist
Lettering
+2

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American
BooBoo · Isaiah Negretedone
room West Hollywood American
26
Tattoos
18
likes
25
followers
Black and grey
Single Needle
+1

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South Korean
Tapzdone
room Hong Kong
1
Tattoos
0
likes
0
followers
Single Needle
Line Art
+3

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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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