Cool Tattoo Lettering Styles

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  • Introduction

    Cool Tattoo Lettering Styles

    According to a 2002 National Geographic News article, written by Brian Handwerk and an Associated Press article published in 2006, on, tattoos have gained in popularity and become mainstream, since the early 1990s. Like fashion, tattoos go through trends. Since the early days of tattooing, people have inscribed the names or initials of their lovers or children on their body, often embodied in a heart or other imagery. Many people choose favourite quotes or meaningful phrases to permanently decorate their body.

    Tributes to loved ones or inspirational quotes are popular subjects for tattoos. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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    Popular Tattoo Lettering Styles and rate Old English as the number one tattoo font. Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic tattoo lettering is in demand. Many people misinterpret the meaning of Asian symbols and end up with embarrassing sayings permanently etched on their bodies. Tribal tattoos are cool, and some people add tribal lettering to their tattoos. Celtic designs and lettering styles are also an option.

    Traditional fonts are still trendy. (Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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    Choosing Your Lettering Style

    Your font should be easy to read. If the lettering is too small or complicated, it will not have impact and may become illegible over time. Make sure that all words are spelt correctly. Take your time and plan your tattoo. Never get a tattoo you may regret later, such as gang initials. If text is accompanying or intertwined through an image, the style should compliment the artwork. Choose a talented tattoo artist who is experienced with script. Most tattoo artists have a number of common fonts or original designs to choose from. There are also websites with tattoo fonts that can be downloaded. Input your word or phrase and have it generated in the font of your choice. Print this out and take it to a tattoo artist.

    Download your favourite font and take it to your tattoo artist. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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    Placement On The Body

    The tattoo font you choose will depend on the amount of lettering. If you want a name or initials, choose a fancier and larger font. If you are having a chapter of the bible tattooed on your back, a simple font will be easier to read. Words can be written vertically, or down an arm, leg or side of the body.

    Discuss placement of your tattoo with the tattoo artist. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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    The Latest Trends

    Ambigrams are words or combinations of words that can be read the way they are written, or upside down. Modified Old English or Script are the best choices for an ambigram. Ambigram are like puzzles and are difficult to read in any direction.

    Tattoo styles can become dated. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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