Fancy lettering tattoo ideas

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Fancy lettering tattoo ideas
Some choose to get foreign words tattooed on them. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Tattoos are a fairly common form of self expression. There are countless different styles of tattoo you can choose, from traditional American tattoo art to Polynesian tribal designs. Many people decide to use words and letters to decorate their body, but there's still a lot of choice when it comes to fancy lettering tattoos.

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Quotes

Many people who get lettering tattoos choose to have a favourite quote or saying tattooed on them. Popular places that these quotes come from are books, movies, poems and song lyrics. The bible is also an ever increasing source for fancy lettering tattoos. The choice of a quote to put on your body is a very personal one, only you can know which words mean enough to you to permanently etch onto your skin.

Names

Names are another popular idea for lettering tattoos. Some people get monogram tattoos, which are tattoos of their own name or initials. More commonly, mothers or fathers get their children's names tattooed on them, grown-up children get "mom" and "dad" tattoos or people get other relatives' names tattooed. Another frequent reason to get a name tattooed on you is in memory of a loved one who has passed away.

Foreign Language Tattoos

When getting a lettering tattoo, it is common for people to get them in a foreign language. This gives you the appearance of a lettering tattoo but makes it less obvious, especially if you're getting a personal sentiment inked. Some people choose languages such as Latin, Spanish or Italian, which share our alphabet, but it's also popular to get tattoos in languages that use different symbols for their alphabet, like Chinese, Japanese or Hebrew.

Font

Once you've decided what fancy lettering you want tattooed on you, you'll need to decide on a font. This is going to be down to personal preference, but you could talk to you tattooist about what letter sets she has. Commonly-used fonts include script or cursive, Old English, Gothic, tribal, Roman and graffiti style. You will also need to choose font size and colour, and decide if you want just text or something around it.

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