How to Design Your Own Tattoo Lettering

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How to Design Your Own Tattoo Lettering
Other languages offer even more styles of lettering for tattoo designs. ( image by rachid amrous-spleen from

Lettering and script is a unique style of tattoo. Tattoo Lettering reminds designers that the font will reflect the wearer and represent the message it conveys. Tattoo magazines, websites and shops give people considering getting ink a lot of ideas about what to get. Remember that the possibilities are endless and do not settle for anything less than exactly what you want.

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    Get into the right frame of mind. A tattoo is a lifelong commitment that can't be easily undone. Make sure that what you choose to do is for yourself and no one else. According to Tattoo Johnny, no one should ever get a tattoo under pressure. This is one reason that people end up regretting their ink. Think over your situation and decide if it is really the time to design and get this tattoo.

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    Choose where the tattoo will be on your body. This should be known before you settle on a font style. You will need to consider the tattoos placement in accordance with the size of the lettering. Print a common font in different sizes, cut them out and hold them up to your body to get a better idea of what it will look like.

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    Research different styles of lettering. The Internet provides anyone with endless fonts and even unique styles. Whether it is a name, saying, quote, statement or even a number, the font is a large part of how it will be interpreted. Do not settle on your lettering style. There are so many different font possibilities out there that everyone should find a font they feel confident about wearing forever. Consider the message you are writing or the person whose name it is. History provides popular and classic styles such as Greek lettering and Roman Numerals.

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    Add accessories and colour to your lettering. Use a computer program or work with a tattoo artist and decide upon a colour scheme for your tattoo. Block lettering allows for a lot of colour where traditional writing would give more room for background colour. Just about any colour can be created in the tattoo world, including white and pastels. Colours that blend into each other and colours that create patterns are popular. Many people prefer black and white tattoos. Either way, the lettering could appear on its own or with a background theme. Letters coming out of flowers, on railroad tracks or with a portrait of someone are examples of background themes.

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    Draw or print the tattoo exactly as you want it to appear on your body. If you cannot find the right font for you, you can create your own by simply drawing what you want. Otherwise, print your finalised design. Tattoo artists will put the artwork onto a transferable sheet and stamp it onto your skin. They are able to recreate anything you bring to them. You can use an existing font and add your own effects to it. Use your creativity to create something you'll appreciate forever.

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