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Got Ink? 22 Great Fonts for Tattoo-Themed Projects

written by: Amy Carson•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/2/2012

Looking for some awesome, free tattoo lettering fonts? Whether your project is a tattoo or a design that evokes tattoo culture, you've found the place. Here are 22 fonts that fit the bill.

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    Looking for a good tattoo font? Originally, tattoos were lettered in the tattooist's handwriting. Eventually this evolved into using formal typefaces and common symbols. Blackletter typefaces are the most classic style used, being ornate-looking fonts with thick-and-thin, highly angular serifs. As tattooing became further refined and spread amongst different classes of society such as circus folk, a wider variety of fonts were used, including highly simplified, deconstructed forms of blackletter fonts. In modern times, tribal and faux-tribal fonts are a popular way to express both power and sensitivity through tattoo lettering.

    If you're planning a tattoo or simply need a font that looks like tattoo lettering, check out these 22 fonts. Six of them are dingbat fonts that contain dozens of pieces of tattoo-appropriate artwork, such as hearts, skulls, animals like dragons and scorpions, fantasy art, and tribal and Celtic symbols. The other 16 fonts include traditional, script, tribal and grunge faces appropriate for tattoos.

    Note: All fonts are free for personal use. If you'd like to use any of them commercially, contact the font's designer for licensing options. All fonts are available at Fontspace.

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    Traditional Tattoo Lettering Styles

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    Tattoo Ink by Ryan Splint, created in 2003. 52 capital and "lower case" characters (the lower case is just a smooth version of upper case).

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    Blackletter by Dieter Steffmann, was created in 2001. It comes in two faces: extra bold and shadow, and makes a great classic tattoo font.

    11 #$!@%!# unknown Tattoo Lettering by Gaut Fonts, created in 2004. Tattoo Lettering comes in two faces: black and open. It includes punctuation and accented characters.

    12 #$!@%!# unknown VTC-FreehandTattooOne by Vigilante TypeFace Corporation, created in 2010. It's got a complete set of punctuation and accents as well, and has a hand-drawn feel because it is: the designer drew it freehand in Illustrator CS4.

    13 #$!@%!# unknown Tattoo GirlFW by Brain Eaters, created in 2003. Casual but not as girly as the name implies. Tattoo Girl includes upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation symbols.

    14 #$!@%!# unknown Old School Tattoo by Supasonic Sage was created in 2001. A tattoo artist himself, Supasonic Sage created the font to simplify lettering. The font includes upper and lower case letters and numbers.

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    Grunge and Tribal Tattoo Fonts

    15 #$!@%!# unknown The aptly named Bleeding Cowboys, by Last Soundtrack, really does evoke ten-gallon hats and tumbleweed-strewn wild west towns. Great choice for the cowboy or cowgirl at heart.

    16 #$!@%!# unknown Tribal by Apostrophic Lab comes in regular and an alt version with alternate letterforms. It includes accents, punctuation, and more.

    17 #$!@%!# unknown Like barbed wire in appearance, VTC-TribalThreeFree by Vigilante TypeFace Corporation is all sharp angles and danger.

    18 #$!@%!# unknown ZOE Graphic by Tanja Schulz is brisk and sharp. Includes numbers and basic punctuation, but no accented characters.

    19 #$!@%!# unknown Shaman by Gaut Fonts is a very rough sort of tribal font, adding interest by not being symmetrical but rather, randomly angular.

    20 #$!@%!# unknown VTC-BadEnglischOne by Vigilante TypeFace Corporation: a humorous deconstruction/bastardization of old English or blackletter fonts, twisted into tattoo sensibility.

    21 #$!@%!# unknown Lupus Blight by GemFonts. With letterforms that appear twisted from barbed wire, Lupus Blight meets all your badass tattoo lettering needs.

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    Script Tattoo Fonts

    unknown Billy Argel Font by Billy Argel is a demo version for personal use. It contains capital and lower case letters, but nothing more. Then again, do you need more for a tattoo?

    1 #$!@%!# unknown 2 #$!@%!# unknown Vtc-NueTattooScript and VTC-Bad Tattoo Hand One, designed in 2010 by Vigilante TypeFace Corporation, are two riffs on one theme, one bolder and a bit swooshier than the other.

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    Tattoo Dingbats

    Try these tattoo dingbat fonts as an easy reference resource when looking for simple artwork to go along with tattoo lettering. The ones we've chosen here run the gamut from ancient symbols to animals, hearts and skulls, and fantasy art.

    3 #$!@%!# unknown Tattoo No1 by Font Environment

    4 #$!@%!# unknown TTF_TATTOEF by Intellecta Design

    5 #$!@%!# unknown Tattoo Parlour by Gaut Fonts

    6 #$!@%!# unknown Tattoolike by Manfred Klein

    7 #$!@%!# unknown WWFairyFantasy by WindWalker64

    8 #$!@%!# unknown Tattoo No2 by Font Environment

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    The history of tattoo lettering fonts is a long one, and we benefit today from technological advances and skilled tattoo artists making font and art choices for tattoos virtually limitless — nearly any request can be met. You can feel comfortable choosing one of these fonts for your lettering and know that it will be faithfully reproduced.

Free Display Fonts

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