Tattoo Lettering

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Marina Molistdone
room Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
55
Tattoos
108
likes
48
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Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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KLAURINKdone
room Escazรบ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท ยท San Rafael de Escazรบ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท
42
Tattoos
46
likes
13
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Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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ceva.tattoodone
room Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
50
Tattoos
28
likes
2
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Hand Poked
Minimalist
+1

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Jure Werberdone
room Maribor
121
Tattoos
161
likes
11
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Illustrative
Single Needle
+9

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Alex Creamdone
room Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
4
Tattoos
5
likes
3
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Blackwork
Illustrative
+7

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Jingdone
room Queens
233
Tattoos
158
likes
44
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Minimalist
Line Art
+3

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Tyler ATDdone
room Whistler
15
Tattoos
14
likes
4
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Black and grey
Illustrative
+4

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Pablo Dรญaz Gordoadone
room Mexico City
35
Tattoos
151
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101
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Illustrative
Geometric
+4

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Serena Ferrarinidone
room Campogalliano
1
Tattoos
2
likes
7
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Minimalist
Lettering
+1

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Giulia Marottadone
room Nova Milanese
10
Tattoos
56
likes
20
followers
Line Art
Blackwork
+4

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Jodic Chandone
room Hong Kong
8
Tattoos
16
likes
16
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Lettering
Watercolor

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Claudio Valenzueladone
room Santiago
1
Tattoos
0
likes
9
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Black and grey
New School
+1

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Michelle Santanadone
room Manhattan ยท Cali
241
Tattoos
418
likes
120
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Minimalist
Single Needle
+3

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JonBoydone
room Manhattan
605
Tattoos
1413
likes
360
followers
Minimalist
Lettering
+2

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Eastdone
room West Hollywood ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
202
Tattoos
499
likes
159
followers
Single Needle
Lettering
+5

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Boom Zodatdone
room Bangkok
146
Tattoos
103
likes
17
followers
Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Leo Gavaggiodone
room Paris
19
Tattoos
26
likes
31
followers
Lettering
Line Art
+1

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Donghwan Kim ยท Evandone
room Manhattan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
274
Tattoos
782
likes
241
followers
Minimalist
Lettering
+3

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Lettering ranges from simple tattoos of letters and words in standard fonts to highly stylized custom pieces that look both aesthetically pleasing and legible letters or numbers.

โ€œLetteringโ€ refers to any stylized letters, words, characters or quotes, with or without accompanying imagery.

Lettering, as a category, includes a range of cultural and historical script tattoo styles, as well as modern calligraphy, handwriting, custom font design and digital typography. Common lettering styles include, but are not limited to:

Traditional - Blocky letters made with thick black lines that originated during the Sailor Jerry era of tattooing. Words, in traditional tattoos, are sometimes placed on banners and ribbons, or they may sit outside the design as a header or footnote.

Blackletter - This bold font, also called โ€œOld Englishโ€ and โ€œGothic,โ€ dates back to Medieval Europe and remains popular in both hand-written calligraphy and digital typography. Blackletter uses thick and straight black lines with consistent curvature around the serifs.

โ€œWest Coastโ€ or โ€œChicanoโ€ - Ornate black and grey lettering, often with an outline and drop-shadow; a more expressive and dramatic version of Blackletter. This was popularized in 20th century Mexican-American cultures in the Western United States, especially California.

Calligraphy - Before printing machines could mass-produce text, special ink pens and brushes were used to control the legibility and consistency of handwriting. Each fontโ€™s stylized aesthetic depends on the type of tool used to achieve it, whether of Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern or European origin. Tattoo machines can now mimic almost any type of calligraphy tool.

Handwriting - As the name implies, custom handwriting is created by the human hand, and is uniquely identifiable to person creating it. Asking a tattooer to mimic another personโ€™s handwriting requires attention to detail about the angle, proportionality, inconsistencies, kerning (space between the letters) and the overall speed with which the original sample was written.

Graffiti - The street art approach to tattoo lettering aims to resemble freehand tags, as if written with spray paint. The letters vary by artist, and are arguably a form of handwriting. Common traits include bold and bubbly curves with sharp lines and theatrical serifs.

Digital Typography - This includes any and all fonts that are standardized by a machine, whether analog or digital. Since the human hand is currently the only way to tattoo these fonts, it requires incredible precision from the tattooer.

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