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Tattoo Fonts And Their Importance

Updated on May 9, 2012
Choosing Simple Tattoo Fonts Can Work Well If Used Effectively
Choosing Simple Tattoo Fonts Can Work Well If Used Effectively

When considering a tattoo design, most people focus on the actual design that they want, whether it be an owl or a butterfly. Unfortunately, many approach the tattoo parlour without considering the tattoo fonts that they might like and are consequently made to choose on the spot, which is far from ideal for something so permanent.

Sometimes, of course, the font will almost decide itself. For example, a ‘Hells Angel’ type skull will probably lend itself to a bold and somewhat Gothic looking font. Of course, if you are trying to emulate a font such as this or a corporate font, you may be breaching copyright issues so it is best to take care.

Tattoo Fonts Are For Life

Tattoo fonts are important though, to create the right feel for your tattoo. For example, a love tattoo that uses Comic Sans which look completely ridiculous and would probably lead to a break up of that particular relationship too! Bold, punk tattoos or motorcycle tattoos, or any strongly masculine tattoos would probably look best with a bold font, but what about the more sophisticated tattoos or tattoos for girls? These would not look so good and would look out of place.

Certain factors do have to be considered when choosing font tattoos though, as finer fonts may not work as well and may be almost invisible to the eye if inked in too fine. A good idea is to either buy a book about font design or simply have a look at the numerous sites on the internet and select one.

Given that a tattoo is for life, it makes sense to prepare and plan in great detail. For text only tattoos, a browse through a number of web pages should enable you to find one that you like. A good idea is to find a word that is made from the font that you have chosen and then print it out. If you put this against your skin in the area where you are considering your tattoo, this will help to give you an idea of how it will look.

Similarly, do the same with an image and font, cutting both out and joining them together and see how they look on you. Tattoo fonts that may look great as simple text, may not work with the image that you are using. A delicate butterfly on a girl, for example, will not work with a bold tattoo font.

Sadly, tattoo fonts are one of the more under researched aspects of tattoo designs, and this can lead to regret later on if a rush decision has been made.


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    • ALUR profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Good insight. I have a couple of tattoos that are in incredible fonts that I found searching for unique tattoos and scriptures. I found since I"m dealing with Arabic there is a lot of calligraphy. I chose mine carefully and with an appeal for it to be lasting artwork.

      If you're going to inscribe something on your body, make sure it resonates for years to come.


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