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Lettering Tattoo Ideas, Pictures, and Designs

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Get some ideas for a tattoo focused on lettering, and discover some of the drawbacks of this tattoo style.

Get some ideas for a tattoo focused on lettering, and discover some of the drawbacks of this tattoo style.

Lettering and Word 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 you what you choose.

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

Good Fonts for Tattoos

You can find the following fonts:

  • 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, your tattoo artist will be able to recommend their favorites or what they think will look best for the tattoo.

You will also find common lettering tattoos in various languages other than just plain English, like Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, or Roman.

Problems With This Style of Tattoo

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 readable, 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.

Things to Watch Out For

  • Light Colors: In terms of fading, watch light colors. In the long run, they tend to fade into blurs unless you keep getting the tattoo retouched over time.
  • Small Fonts: Small words and phrases (in terms of the font 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.
  • Translation Errors: 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, derogatory, or stupid on your body forever.

Lettering as a Tattoo Compliment

These 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. Bold, dark letters work well with tribal tattoos but not necessarily with a flower and butterfly, whereas a thin, swirly word will appear a better complement to the flower and butterfly than with the tribal tattoo.

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

Cursive lettering on a foot tattoo. (By Kabdebó Gábor, Csongrád, Hungary)

Cursive lettering on a foot tattoo. (By Kabdebó Gábor, Csongrád, Hungary)

Lettering on the knuckles. (By Chris at Wolfs Tattoo in Camden NC)

Lettering on the knuckles. (By Chris at Wolfs Tattoo in Camden NC)

Proper Placement

Common placement ideas for these tattoos include:

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

Comments

Mohit on April 13, 2012:

Nice

cheyenne alexis on June 25, 2010:

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

Rylan James on March 01, 2009:

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

louise gary on January 06, 2009:

can u write these names in arabic for me please.