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Updated on April 08, 2010

Lettering Tattoos

Lettering tattoos can be wide and varied. There are so many different fonts and written languages that you can choose from. Depending on different variables, you may want to choose one font over another, but it's all up to who what you choose.

Word tattoos can be symbolic of you as a person, tell the names of your children, loving and inspirational phrases, or just about anything you can imagine.

You can find fonts to include:

  • Gothic
  • Swirl
  • Block
  • Cursive
  • Graffiti

You can check out fonts on Microsoft word or various websites to determine which font style you like the best. Sometimes you tattoo artist will be able to recommend his favorites or what he thinks will look best for the tattoo.

You will also find common lettering tattoos in various languages other than just plain English. It's not uncommon to see lettering tattoos in Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, or Roman.

(by Johnathan, Soul Touch Tattoo, Barbados)
(by Johnathan, Soul Touch Tattoo, Barbados)
(by unknown) Good example of lettering to match the picture.
(by unknown) Good example of lettering to match the picture.
(by Lila Way, Enlightened Art, Oakville, Ontario) Slightly cluttered.
(by Lila Way, Enlightened Art, Oakville, Ontario) Slightly cluttered.

Problems with Lettering Tattoos

With any tattoo, you may experience problems in the workmanship or design. With lettering tattoos, you have to be careful about the font, making it readible, clear, and crisp.

And, because all tattoos fade over time and the ink tends to migrate under the skin, you'll want to make sure that the letters and line are evenly spaced apart so to accompany future fading and ink migration.

In terms of fading, watch light colors. In the long run, they tend to fade into blurs unless you keep getting it retouched over time.

Small words and phrases in terms of the size, can also create a problem long term. The larger the tattoo, the more space and ability to create a clearly written piece. Now, that's not saying that you have to have a tattoo that covers your entire arm.

Also, in terms of other languages, make sure to have the words, phrases, or script checked by a fluent speaker of the language. You'd hate to have to walk around with something silly, derrogatory, or stupid on your body forever.

Lettering as a Tattoo Compliment

Lettering tattoos are often used as a compliment to an already existing tattoo or a future tattoo. In this case, make sure that that you have the words, font, size, language, and everything else 100% decided upon before getting it tattooed in or around another tattoo.

You'll want to make sure that the lettering suits the tattoo. IE bold, dark letters work well with tribal tattoos but not necessarily with a flower and butterfly, whereas a thinly tattooed swirly word will appear a better complement to the flower and butterfly than with the tribal.

Mistakes can be costly to correct, so to prevent them, have everything planned out before hand.

(by Kabdebó Gábor, Csongrád, Hungary)
(by Kabdebó Gábor, Csongrád, Hungary)
(by Chris at Wolfs Tattoo in Camden NC)
(by Chris at Wolfs Tattoo in Camden NC)

Lettering Tattoo Placement

Common placement ideas for lettering tattoos include:

  • Wrists
  • Arms
  • Back (Upper and Lower)
  • Side
  • Calf
  • Feet
  • Nape
  • Collarbone
  • Ankle
  • Knuckles

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(by Joanna, Twisted Sol, Denver)(by Ron Hoffman, Realistic Tattoo, 29 Palms, CA)(By unknown: German lettering)(by Jenn, Tcb, Toronto)(by Matias, Inkubus, Scunthorpe, U.K.) Runic Lettering(I ov thee Dragon, Racine)(by Julie, Another Twilight Fantasy Tattoo, Riverside, California)(by Mpatshi, Tattoo Leroy, Oudenaarde)(by James-Snail, Bare. Gary-Moldy Virgnia, Marlowe Ink, Cjs Tattoo, Fairfax, Va Hampton, Va)(by Matt, Lark Tatto Studio, Westbury, Ny)
(by Joanna, Twisted Sol, Denver)
(by Joanna, Twisted Sol, Denver)
(by Ron Hoffman, Realistic Tattoo, 29 Palms, CA)
(by Ron Hoffman, Realistic Tattoo, 29 Palms, CA)
(By unknown: German lettering)
(By unknown: German lettering)
(by Jenn, Tcb, Toronto)
(by Jenn, Tcb, Toronto)
(by Matias, Inkubus, Scunthorpe, U.K.) Runic Lettering
(by Matias, Inkubus, Scunthorpe, U.K.) Runic Lettering
(I ov thee Dragon, Racine)
(I ov thee Dragon, Racine)
(by Julie, Another Twilight Fantasy Tattoo, Riverside, California)
(by Julie, Another Twilight Fantasy Tattoo, Riverside, California)
(by Mpatshi, Tattoo Leroy, Oudenaarde)
(by Mpatshi, Tattoo Leroy, Oudenaarde)
(by James-Snail, Bare. Gary-Moldy Virgnia, Marlowe Ink, Cjs Tattoo, Fairfax, Va Hampton, Va)
(by James-Snail, Bare. Gary-Moldy Virgnia, Marlowe Ink, Cjs Tattoo, Fairfax, Va Hampton, Va)
(by Matt, Lark Tatto Studio, Westbury, Ny)
(by Matt, Lark Tatto Studio, Westbury, Ny)

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    • louise gary 8 years ago

      can u write these names in arabic for me please.

    • Rylan James 7 years ago

      I would just like to see what this name would look like in a couple different very cursive writings? thank you

    • cheyenne alexis 6 years ago

      i would love to see this name in crusive, something real fancy that could go on the back of a neck.

    • Mohit 4 years ago

      Nice

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