Script tattoos are a super popular genre of tattooing, and for good reason! There’s a ton of room for creativity and expression through script tattoos, but the key to getting it right is choosing the ...

15 Perfect Fonts for Script Tattoos

Script tattoos are a super popular genre of tattooing, and for good reason! There’s a ton of room for creativity and expression through script tattoos, but the key to getting it right is choosing the perfect font. You want your tattoo to be readable, so people aren’t constantly asking “what does that say?” Some fonts work better than others for this kind of ink, but matching the words with the right typeface can make or break your script tattoos.

The exception here is if you’re getting a script or quote that’s written in a particular person’s handwriting, like a memorial tattoo; there’s no specific font choice for these, because that person’s handwriting is wholly unique to them and their style of writing. There are, quite literally, hundreds of font options to choose from, so where do you start? Look no further! We’ve chosen our top 15 font choices that work best with scripted tattoos.

Typewriter

infinite tattoo in Typewriter font

Typewriter is a classic font that works very well with script tattoos. It’s a historical looking typeface that’s best paired with minimal line quotes from literature or history, but can be well suited to more modern phrases as well, provided they’re one or two lines long. Typewriter font is most effective when used with a period at the end, as silly as it may sound, but the impact of that little dot is big when used in script tattoos. It adds a finality and a punch to a one sentence or one word saying. One bonus of going with typewriter is that it’s a commonly known typeface, so any tattoo artist who specializes in script tattoos is more than likely going to be familiar with this particular style of font.

Learning Curve

Script Tattoo in the Learning Curve Font

This font is especially suited to script tattoos for women, because of how dainty it is. It’s a very feminine style of cursive, which works with single line or one word quotes more than full blocks of text, so if you’re in the market for a simple, dainty looking script tattoo, this might be the best font for what you’re after. It’s easily done by any artist, all it takes is a delicate hand who’s experienced tattooing in cursive writing.

Miama

Example of Miama Font

Miama is a very romantic script style, which makes it perfect for meaningful quotes, song lyrics or names. It’s a more versatile style of cursive as well – it can be bolded to look more masculine and fit for men’s tattoos, or it can be used as is for a slightly more feminine script appearance. It all comes down to the subject matter and the words themselves. It has a more classic cursive appearance than some other, similar font styles, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a tattoo artist who can complete script tattoos in Miama, just be sure to have a reference photo with you so they know exactly what you’re looking for.

Serif

TRUTH Wrist Tattoo in a Serif Font

Possibly one of the most recognizable fonts out there (in that you might actually know the name of this one it’s so widely used), serif makes a great, super readable typeface for script tattoos. It’s simple and straightforward, which actually makes this particular script style pretty versatile. It can be used for standalone words, quotes, or as text within a Trash Polka design because it’s often used in graphic design elements, which is a big part of the Trash Polka style. Serif fonts also work well with blocks of text, so if you have a passage from the Bible, from a book, or a verse of song lyrics that you want to get for your tattoo, this could be the perfect fit for that script.

Leander

What if... in Leander Font Tattoo

Leander is a versatile typeface that works with practically any kind of script tattoo. It can be bolded to pack more punch, or used unbolded to express your thoughts and feelings through script. It has a slightly archaic look to it, so it’s well suited to horror related and gothic text, but it can work with any kind of phrase, including numbers. It’s a simple style of font, but if you want Leander specifically, bring a sample with you to your tattoo artist, so they can accurately copy the exact font and achieve the effect that you’re after.

Josefin

GRL PWR in Josefin Tattoo Font

If you want a script tattoo that looks like it’s been hand printed, Josefin could the right fit for you. It’s got a bit of a comic or cartoon look to it, and it’s fun to look at. The curves and sharp angles of this font give it a unique appearance, which can work well with almost any kind of text you could imagine. For best script tattoo results, we’d recommend using Josefin for simple text tattoos, one or two words, or single lines, as opposed to blocks of text. This is another script that you want to have a sample on hand to bring a tattoo artist, so you two are on the same page in terms of results.

Deutsch Gothic

Example of Deutsch Gothic Font Style

As the name implies, this font is perfect for gothic script tattoos. Any quotes or sayings that are horror related or gothic in nature will always look good in this style. A bonus with Deutsch Gothic is that it’s neither masculine or feminine in appearance, so it’s extremely versatile in terms of who can rock this particular font. Names also work well in this style, quotes or literature from the Victorian era, or lines from plays would be a great fit with the Deutsch Gothic font. It’s a good witchy typeface as well, so if you’re looking for a spell tattoo and don’t know which font to choose, consider this one.

Aquiline Two

Aquilinie Two Font Script Tattoo

Fun fact: if you type this font into Google, you’re going to get a lot of results relating to Harry Potter. Apparently, this is a commonly used font for Harry Potter fan tattoos, and is seen in the picture version of the books as Dumbledore’s handwriting. It’s a very whimsical looking Shakespeare-esque font, so it does make sense that this would be how wizards and magical people write. That being said, Aquiline Two is the perfect typeface for any script tattoos relating to the world of Harry Potter, any quotes from Shakespeare, or famous old-timey sayings. It has a old-fashioned feel to it, so it matches perfectly with any words from a Medieval or Victorian historical era.

Finger Paint

420 Finger Paint Tattoo Style

One of our top choices for script tattoos, Finger Paint is one of the more fun and creative options out there. It’s not an easy font to accomplish, so you’re going to want to research artist portfolios before making an appointment for this kind of tattoo, but it’ll be well worth it in the end. This font looks like brush strokes, which is not an easy effect for just any tattoo artist to do. Finger Paint script goes well with horror or gothic quotes, numbers, or any phrases that you want to pack a visual punch. It’s a unique typeface for script tattoos, so if you’re looking for script tattoos that stands out, this is the way to go.

Trash Hand

Trash Hand Tattoo of a Poem

Trash Hand works with a variety of script tattoo designs, so you have a ton of different options here. It resembles a comic sort of style, but also has a bit of a gothic or old fashioned print appearance. This is one of the few fonts that could be used in a Trash Polka tattoo, but also works for big blocks of text, simple lines or phrases, and numbers. Trash Hand looks best when done in all capitals, because it’s more visually effective, but that’s not to say it can’t work if lower-case letters are used. It closely resembles hand printing from someone, so it’s a great effect if you want a script tattoo that looks like it was written by hand.

Bodega Script

Crowns and Words in Bodega Script Tattoo

For the hopeless romantics out there, Bodega Script is a great font for lovey dovey designs and sayings. It’s a classic cursive writing font that has a regal look to it, which makes it the best choice for particularly special words or phrases. It’s a fitting font for a matching tattoo with your spouse, especially ones that have a royal theme. Shorter lines of text would be look best in Bodega Script, because it’s a visually intense font to look at. It requires skill to get each and every letter right with this typeface; you want the same curves, angles, and slants on every letter, and the more text that’s included, the higher the risk of a mistake. An tattoo artist who has experience with cursive script is the best way to go for this kind of script tattoo, so do your research before booking any appointments.

Hiyida Script

Quote Tattoo in Hiyida Script

Hiydia is a very feminine, calligraphic font, and it’s not for every kind of script tattoo design. It’s better suited for lower-case lettering so you get the full effect of the curves and swirls of this typeface that aren’t as apparent in upper case lettering. It’s great for script tattoos that are a few words, smaller blocks of text, names and numbers. You want a tattoo artist who’s experienced with script to do this kind of font, because the angles and slants of each letter matters in how it turns out. It’s a beautiful font that makes great script tattoos if done right, you just need to find the right words for it.

CAC Champagne

CAC Champagne Font for a Quote Tattoo

CAC Champagne is one of the most popular font choices for script tattoos. It’s a simple cursive style of writing that looks great when inked onto skin. It’s a somewhat generic style of cursive, but that’s what makes it so useable – almost anyone can do it, and it’s effective for script. All you really need to do in order to have this font style is to mix calligraphy and cursive, and you’ve got CAC Champagne. This font works best with blocks of text, one or two sentences, and song lyrics, more than single words. It’s a fool-proof font so if you’re nervous about getting a script tattoo and you want to guarantee it’s going to turn out, consider getting this font.

Pacifico

Example of Pacifico Font

The Pacifico font is really only good for a few types of script tattoos, but it works extremely well for the ones its suited for. Designs like children’s names, or comic book quotes look great when done in this font style. Not many other script tattoos would be well suited to this particular style, but if you’re looking for a more outside the box look to match the words in your script tattoo, this childlike, fun font might be a good way for you to go. It’s a pretty basic font, so finding an artist who can do this for you should be relatively easy, provided they think the overall theme and tone of your tattoo idea matches with the font you’ve chosen here.

Dancing Script

Quote Tattoo in Dancing Script Font

Dancing Script is a basic style of cursive writing that can be matched with practically any quote or block of text you’re after, though it does have a more feminine look than some other cursive fonts. The loopy writing can be easy to mimic, so any artist who does script tattoos can do this for you, it’s just up to you to find the right words to go with it. This isn’t the best font for numbers, it works better with lyrics, phrases, or one word designs. This is also something you would want to get in lower-case lettering, because it would be difficult to do a cursive style script tattoo in all capital letters and make it look nice.

Script tattoos require the right font to make the impact that you’re looking for, so choose wisely when you’re going into this kind of ink. Different fonts say different things just with their appearance, and it’s key to know what would work best with the words you want to include in your tattoo. Any of the 15 we’ve mentioned work great for a variety of script tattoos, but there are hundreds of others you could choose from. Just be sure that the font matches the words you want, and that you find an artist who’s skilled with doing script tattoos.

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