Tattoo Font Styles

John Dietrich

For Every Taste and Shape

Tattoos and fonts for tattoos are highly personal, which means what may work well on one person may not work well on another. To avoid tattoo remorse, it is important to fully research exactly what you want and how you want it to look. For those people who lack the experience and knowledge; don’t worry the tattoo artists at Custom Tattoo Design do all the hard work for you.

Since text-based tattoos are some of the most personal, it is important to understand that it isn’t just what you say but how you say it; what type of tattoo font you use is crucial to ensuring the tattoo turns out exactly the way you had envisioned it.

Consider the following before you get tattooed:

  1. How a tattoo font looks on paper vs. how it will look on the body: the curvature of the body makes a big impact on how the tattoo lettering reads. Your body is made up of skin that stretches and changes over time; it is not flat. Almost every part of your body is long and rounded, with ridges and dips, so when your body moves, so will any writing you have on it.
  2. Elaborate vs. simple tattoo fonts: with the internet, the number of tattoo fonts is endless. Many websites now offer a wide variety of font styles that you can download and test out at home to see exactly how your tattoo will look. Ultimately, choosing between elaborate or simple font types is a personal preference, but it is important to note that typeface can impact a tattoo design as much as colour and placement. The advantage to working with a professional artist at Custom Tattoo Design is you will get your tattoo idea made into a unique custom piece of art,  and be able to see exactly how the tattoo font will look on the body part you choose, before you even get inked. Keep in mind that the more muscle there is beneath a tattoo, the more the skin above it will change as you move. Try and use a simpler tattoo font for a high movement area and save the more complicated scripts for a more static area.
  3. Length of text: single word tattoos can make a statement and can fit almost anywhere on the body, while a saying of three to four sentences needs a lot of room, and can only be placed on certain areas of the body. With longer text tattoos, tattoo font choice is even more crucial, since spacing becomes an issue. While shorter amounts of text can support a more elaborate tattoo font, longer pieces should have a simpler design to help their readability.

In the long run, the best tattoos are ones that work with the body, not fight against it. Before getting tattooed you should always double and triple-check the spelling in your tattoo. At Custom Tattoo Design, a dedicated professional artist will work with you one-on-one, either creating a tattoo font from scratch or using one that you have pre-selected.Contact us to start the customization process today!

Author: Lee Roller