Word Tattoos: How to Customize Lettering or Asian Symbols

Word Tattoos - Lettering, Asian Symbols

In the past few years, word tattoos have swept the globe like a tornado. There are many varieties and styles. In all, they fall into two main categories: lettering, Asian symbol. People are excited to express their personality through writing. Lettering or letters designs are based on alphabet. They can be English, German, Latin, Greek, French, Italian, etc. On the other hand, some people prefer tattoos with Asian symbol, e.g. Chinese, Tibetan, Thai, Cambodian, Kanji, Hindi, etc. Let me offer some great tips on how to customize your words tattoo.

Word Tattoos - Lettering, Letters, Asian Symbols

Asian symbols, cursive writing style - http://nganfineart.com
Asian symbols, cursive writing style - http://nganfineart.com
Asian symbol tattoo, regular writing style
Asian symbol tattoo, regular writing style
Lettering tattoo in Greek and English -  http://bodyartsgallery.com
Lettering tattoo in Greek and English - http://bodyartsgallery.com

1) Lettering or Word Tattoo - Color

Lettering tattoo or Asian symbols are done almost exclusively in black ink. Did you notice that? In fact, I think this is a convention that we are accustomed to. Black ink is used for writing, right? Well, I think it is time to change that belief. Whether you are getting a lettering tattoo or Asian symbols, try something unusual or different. It is worth it. Ordinary is boring. Instead of black, the traditional color, you can try:

  • Dark color - navy blue, brown, burgundy, grey, etc. Your word tattoos would look classic and elegant
  • Bold color - pink, yellow, candy blue, bright purple, grass green, etc. Your Asian symbol or lettering tattoos would have a spunky and unconventional look.

2) Lettering or Words Tattoo - Length

For your lettering tattoo or Asian symbols, the length is very important. You ought to consider the number of words for your ink designs. Say your ink reads “Death is not to be feared by those who have lived wisely”. You need to think carefully where and how to place it. It is often hard to fit long tattoo words. The only suitable spots may be the chest or back. This is because they have plenty of space. For short tattoo words, say your lettering or Asian symbols tattoo reads, “Fear not death”. There is a lot of flexibility on placement, e.g. the arm, neck, leg, rib cage, and more. It is flexible and easy to place, not to mention its attractiveness too.

Lettering Tattoo: Short and Long

Short design - http://www.checkoutmyink.com
Short design - http://www.checkoutmyink.com
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Long design - http://bodyartsgallery.com

3) Lettering or Word Tattoos - Size

Think about how big your lettering or Asian symbols tattoo should be. Put it differently, consider the size of your writing.

  • Large words look bold and confident. They show audacity and personality. Also, people will think you have a big heart too! Large symbols can be your emphasis. They convey a sense of importance.
  • Small words look cute and charming. It gives the impression of someone who is tender, charming, and thoughtful. The only drawback with small word tattoos is the lack of detail. They don’t allow for much detail.
  • Variable size looks extraordinary. For example, with a word tattoo like “Forever stamina”, you can apply a larger font size for “forever” and a smaller one for “stamina”. The variation adds life and sexiness to your ink, definitely extraordinary! Even more, if it is a lettering tattoo you can use variable size for each alphabet. For an Asian symbols tattoo, you can do the same. Start the first Chinese symbol big, and alternate with a smaller size for the remaining symbols. In all, the choice rests with you. Do you want to be bold, tender or dynamic? Pay attention to the size of your words.

Lettering or Words Tattoo - Big / Small Size

Small lettering - http://bestheadtoheadtattoo.blogspot.com
Small lettering - http://bestheadtoheadtattoo.blogspot.com
Large letters
Large letters
Large Asian symbols - http://asian-tattoos.blogspot.com
Large Asian symbols - http://asian-tattoos.blogspot.com

4) Lettering or Words Tattoo - Alignment

Did you know that lettering tattoo or Asian symbols is writing? Because of that, you should think about the alignment, namely, how the text should flow. I have three suggestions for you.

4a) Lettering Tattoos - Horizontal Alignment

Horizontal alignment means that tattoo words flow sideway, from left to right. This is the standard for lettering or any letters designs. This classic style is adored and worn by many ink lovers. Look around and you will see that. For example, Megan Fox has a word tattoo with a horizontal alignment. It reads, “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies”. Her ink has charmed the public with lettering tattoos.

Lettering Tattoos - Horizontal Alignment

Megan Fox word tattoo
Megan Fox word tattoo

4b) Asian Word Tattoo - Vertical Alignment

Vertical Alignment is common among Asian symbol tattoos. Typically, words tattoos using Asian languages show a vertical alignment. They flow from the top to bottom, from left to right or right to left, which ever you like. This is indeed the best way to achieve a decidedly Oriental look. It gives a classic Asian feel that captivates every eye. For example, David Beckham has an Asian word tattoo with a vertical alignment. It has eight Chinese characters flowing magically from top down on his rib cage. His ink has sparked a worldwide fascination with Asian symbols tattoo.

Asian Symbol Tattoos - Vertical Alignment

David Beckham Chinese word tattoo
David Beckham Chinese word tattoo

Asian Symbols Tattoos - Calligraphy Style

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http:nganfineart.com

4c) Lettering or Word Tattoo - Fancy Alignment

Fancy Alignment gives your word tattoo a funky and unusual look. For example, try a circular alignment, wave, zigzag or other stylish designs you can think of. Word tattoos are your personal expressions. They reflect your individuality and your inner soul. Be creative, you can come up with any fanciful designs to enhance the look of your lettering or Asian symbol.

Word Tattoo - Fancy Alignment

Fancy lettering
Fancy lettering
Fancy letters - http://listoftattoo.blogspot.com
Fancy letters - http://listoftattoo.blogspot.com

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kennynext 5 years ago from Everywhere

Wow. A lot of good information here and a lot of work put into this hub. Thanks for sharing.


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Connie Ho 5 years ago from Montreal, Canada Author

Hi Kenny, thanks. I try to give practical info to people. Hope people can benefit.


TattoGuy 5 years ago

Love the 3rd tattoo down, the lowerback one and as always I love your tattoo hubs. I think I like the way you pave a history and story behind your selection of tattoo and deff the word tattoos are getting really popular.

Keep them coming Connie ; )


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Connie Ho 5 years ago from Montreal, Canada Author

Hi TattooGuy, thanks for your kind comment. Yes the 3rd one is pretty striking, combining 2 different languages and look very special. I must check out how you can receive a check from Adsense every month. Your hubs are terrific!


态万方 5 years ago

May I ask who made those "Chinese" things? Is she/he a native speaker of Chinese language?


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Connie Ho 5 years ago from Montreal, Canada Author

Hi, the chinese things are made by Ngan Siu Mui. She is a native of Hong Kong. She does tattoo and chinese art at nganfineart.com


态万方 5 years ago

right, I've seen her website thanks to your link.

it's always good to introduce our artistical height to western people, she is doing something "????"? if you could read, this site sometimes block Chinese coded letters.


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hublim 5 years ago from Scotland

Fantastic hub. I do like written tattoos however would have to be sure the characters meaning were correct before getting them completed.

I really like the scroll in the first picture, I’ve checked out the Ngan Siu-Mui website and her work is amazing.


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parkersarah8415 5 years ago from USA

Asian symbols look really nice on tattoos. I guess that's why so many people like them.


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Connie Ho 5 years ago from Montreal, Canada Author

Hi thanks for the comments. The first picture is Kanji-japanese symbols in Chinese characters. This is because many Japanese symbols have chinese origins. They borrow a lo of words from China and they adapt them to their own meanings and styles, fascinating?


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sally33 5 years ago

WOW! impression


xuchu 5 years ago

hehe


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katrinasui 5 years ago

3rd Tattoo is my favorite. These Chinese symbols look nic eon Tatoos.


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Connie Ho 5 years ago from Montreal, Canada Author

Hi Katrinasui, the mix of languages and unique symbols is indeed very charming. Many people told me the same.


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