This type of tattoo without doubts is one of the most popular for all time. Lettering tattoos, this way people usually call them, are both simple and full of meaning. For thousands years people got tattoos with different texts and symbols. And not only the meaning of the word was crucial, but the style, font, size and more.
So, as you already can guess, the most difficult thing is to find correct graphic design for your favorite quote before get tattooed. Usually tattoo with text has its own deep meaning and can tell a lot about its owner. But wrong font or size can make the text unreadable or even screw up the meaning of the words. One of the first things you need to remember about this type of tattoo is that the number of fonts is just incredibly big. You can use for inspiration almost every printed or electronic source. For example, even simple office text editor programs for Android contain wide range of fonts you can use for your lettering tattoo. You can find the old book or newspaper and use fonts to better express your beloved words. Still there many people who used handwriting style for their tattoos. Some people attend museums and use ancient symbols or forgotten languages for lettering, but if you are not a professional, better check the meaning of future tattoo. For example some eastern symbols can look embarrassing when made in wrong graphic style. But don’t be upset if your beloved style and font will be too hard for a tattoo master. Usually it’s not hard to find a good tattooist with wide range of examples of previous work and reach some compromise.
Among the most popular styles of lettering are old English used for hand copying of books. It’s nice readable and full of graphic at one time. Then goes different handwriting styles, not only “perfect ones”, but even the owners or beloved friends handwrite look nice if it’s not difficult for tattoo artist. In this case lettering tattoo with some commemorative date and special words can look really cool and full of feelings.
One other big part of lettering tattoos is three dimensional letters. They are usually done with different graphic effects such as shading, coloring, transforming the letters in buildings or other, depending on the artist’s fantasy.
For some artist’s opinion the easy lettering tattoo type is block letters. Block letters – letters not connected with each other, in other words, type font. It’s quite simple to ink even for non professional tattooists and it usually looks very cute and understandable. For this reason, it gives people a good chance to try drawing the future tattoo design on the paper before get tattooed. To be honest, that’s the best way to find your own beloved type of design. Even if you are not good at art, you can ask a tattoo master to make some sketches for you to help make a good choice of lettering tattoo.
Like all kinds of tattoo, lettering has its own problems you should know. Every tattoo loses its quality with years, but if we talk about big colorful tattoos time changes are not so visible and even can add some mystic blur. But in the case of lettering tattoos stated text must be visible and clear for the reader for long time. This demands from tattoo artists some attention to the fonts and size of letters. Usually artists have their own requirements for minimal size of letter and thickness of lines. That’s done because thin lines or small text can became unreadable with years. So people prefer to get normally sized lettering tattoo with fine lines.