Tattoo Lettering

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Marina Molistdone
room Barcelona 馃嚜馃嚫
62
Tattoos
115
likes
49
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Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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KLAURINKdone
room Escaz煤 馃嚚馃嚪 路 San Rafael de Escaz煤 馃嚚馃嚪
48
Tattoos
51
likes
15
followers
Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
159
Tattoos
381
likes
13
followers
Illustrative
Single Needle
+9

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ceva.tattoodone
room Moscow 馃嚪馃嚭
50
Tattoos
32
likes
5
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Hand Poked
Minimalist
+1

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

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Jingdone
room Queens
233
Tattoos
157
likes
44
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Minimalist
Line Art
+3

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
15
Tattoos
14
likes
5
followers
Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Pablo D铆az Gordoadone
room Mexico City
35
Tattoos
152
likes
102
followers
Illustrative
Geometric
+4

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

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Giulia Marottadone
room Nova Milanese
10
Tattoos
56
likes
20
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+4

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

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

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Donghwan Kim 路 Evandone
room Manhattan 馃嚭馃嚫
299
Tattoos
796
likes
244
followers
Minimalist
Lettering
+3

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JonBoydone
room Manhattan
612
Tattoos
1421
likes
362
followers
Minimalist
Lettering
+2

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Tattooer Jinadone
room Seoul 馃嚢馃嚪
191
Tattoos
53
likes
3
followers
Line Art
Fine Line
+1

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Eastdone
room West Hollywood 馃嚭馃嚫
216
Tattoos
502
likes
160
followers
Single Needle
Lettering
+5

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Boom Zodatdone
room Bangkok
147
Tattoos
106
likes
19
followers
Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Michelle Santanadone
room Manhattan 路 Cali
241
Tattoos
424
likes
121
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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