Various kinds of lettering have always been an Integral part of tattooing. Many customers wan: some type of lettering to enhance their tattoo and to make a definite statement.
Tattoo letters range from big bold capitals to small and fancy letters enclosed in a swirly banner or scroll. You can never be a good tattonist wtthou! mastering some form of lettering. Two common styles are block lettering and cursive or scripture u/ririmi
If you cannot letter well, you hail better practica nn a regular basis. Lettering is a skill and you just can't "draw-good letters. They must be natural^ stroked out with smooth anil flowing lines. Since few, ifunyarrists can readily letter right olT. iheonlv way to get consistently juhm! letters is to practice a little very night.
When practicing lettering, be .sure to use lined paper to keep the letters consistent and St mirth l. The secret to good lettering Is c orrect spacing, flow of line and evenness in height. Art stores carry many books on ihe subject and it is advised to pick-up a fiood copy with many examples in it and study them. Practice is the ke, here, and with a little time, good lettering will emerge writing.
Using guidelines to practice correct letter height and spacing
Thttoo lettering is varied and endless in its styles. After you Have a few traditional alphabets under control, you can experiment and create your own designs. Certain styles are more suited to personal tastes than others. You can j!et quite fancy if it is practiced first on paper. With practice, anything is possible. e»'en slick looking Old English styles.
Personalized letters are great trademarks, anil eventually everyone will letter differently, even when doing the same alphabet. A few different alpfuilx.'ts are illustrated below to give you some examples and stimulate your imagination.
When actually tattooing names and letters, you will still need some sort of guidelines on the skin. Very few people tattoo without them and get satisfactory results. The guidelines are drawn on the skin with a skin type marker or a line line ink pen.
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