15 Best Tattoo Fonts For Ink Lovers

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Calligraphy is a type of visual art. We may define it as the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner. Calligraphy fonts are each designer’s must-have and the tattoo fonts can be considered a sub-category to handwritten fonts.

It’s almost possible to feel the wave of euphoria rolling around the Internet that’s been generated by the arrival of Web fonts. Finally, website designers can unshackle themselves from the limited range of fonts that are available once you aggregate down the common typefaces on Windows, Mac, Linux and so on.

I can’t be the only one who sighs in desperation each time the words ‘font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, sans-serif;’ are keyed into a stylesheet!

When you read the marketing pages from suppliers of Web fonts and font delivery services, you get the impression that with just a couple of lines of code you can transform a site – with no hassle; all the issues taken away from you. The reality is somewhat different: there are actually quite a few gotchas, some of which are easy to miss if you’re not testing thoroughly.

I am sure many of you want to use fonts on yours or some of your client websites that are not traditional – web fonts that stand out. I think a great way to do this is to use tattoo fonts. Why tattoo fonts? Well, they just look really cool : ) Enjoy a collection of 15 tattoo fonts below.

Free Tattoo Fonts

Angel Tears font

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Angel Tears Tattoo Fonts

ANGEL TEARS font was created in 2010 by Billy Argel. It is very sketchy and the capital letters look great. This Angel Tears font can come in really handy and can be used in many creative ways to improve your personal projects.

Beech font

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Beech Tattoo Fonts

Beech font is an unusual looking font with interesting characters. The design looks great, although the letters are not very easy to read. All in all, this font can be a great asset in your freebies collection.

Bleeding Cowboys font

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Bleeding Cowboys Tattoo Fonts

This example might be your next favourite font. Bleeding Cowboys by Segments Design (aka Last Soundtrack) is a nice font with a grungy look and a western inspired design. It can be used for personal projects only

Dirty And Classic font

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Dirty And Classic Tattoo Fonts

Dirty and Classic by Billy Argel is a handwritten font with some grungy ink splatter details which can be used in personal projects. Looks great as a tattoo font and it can give a classy touch to your designs.

Ginga font

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Ginga Tattoo Fonts

This grungy handwritten font looks great and will definitely improve your personal projects’ design. Tip: Use the symbols > and < to make the end of the word, the “tail” ·

Ink In The Meat font

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Ink In The Meat Tattoo Fonts

If you liked the previous examples then you will definitely love this one and the ones yet to be seen. This font is partial and free for personal use only. The complete set has a lot of scrolls different letters and final letters. It can come in really handy as it might be exactly what your project was missing.

Santos Dumont font

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Santos Dumont Tattoo Fonts

This font is partial and free for personal use only. It can be used in many ways to give your personal design project a creative and elegant touch. Commercial licenses and pro version are also available if you want to use it in more projects.

Shaman font

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Shaman Tattoo Fonts

You can download Shaman font by Gaut Fonts which is listed under Gothic. It has a nice, creepy design. Would look great in Halloween themed designs! Have a look at this font and see if you think the same!

Tattoo Sailor font

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sailor font

Download the free Tattoo Sailor font by Juan Casco. This is an old school tattoo face. It can come in really handy and improve your personal design projects. Free for personal use only, no commercial use.

Tattoo Ink font

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Tattoo Ink Font

Download the free Tattoo Ink font by Ryan Splint. This is a fancy retro font. The font contains letters only – no punctuation or numbers are provided.

Tribal font

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Tribal Tattoo Font

This tribal font is free to download and use in both personal and commercial projects. It has a very nice design and a great tribal vibe.

Tribal Garamond font

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Tribal Garamond Tattoo Fonts

Download the free Tribal Garamond font by Shaashimov. This is a decorative font in ttf for windows and mac! This font can be used in both personal and commercial projects and can come in really handy. This font can be used in many ways to improve your designs. Have a look and add it to your design arsenal if you like it.

VTC-Bad Tattoo Hand One font

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VTC-Bad Tattoo Hand One Tattoo Fonts

This is yet another great example of a tattoo font that ink lovers will totally adore. VTC-BadTattooHandOne.ttf is Windows and Mac OS X compatible. VTC-Bad Tattoo Hand One was created by Vigilante Typeface Corporation – Larry E. Yerkes and can be used in personal projects.

VTC-TribalThreeFree font

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VTC-TribalThreeFree Tattoo Fonts

This font can come in really handy thanks to its unique letter design. Download the free VTC-TribalThreeFree font by Vigilante TypeFace Corp and use it in your personal projects. This font is available for Windows and Mac.

Zoe Graphic font

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ZOE Graphic Tattoo Fonts

Last but not least, the ZOE Graphic font can not miss from your freebies collection. Download the free ZOE Graphic font by Tanja Schulz. ZOE Graphic Regular font is free to download for Windows or Mac OS. This font is available in TrueType or OpenType format.


Which one of these tattoo fonts is your favourite? Do you have any tattoo fonts you’d want to add to the list?

Keep in mind that most of these tattoo fonts are not web safe, which means they should be better used in print or graphic designs, rather than on websites, so you better check them out individually to see if they are suitable for web as well.

Testing is everything. It’s probably true that with website development you can never test enough, that testing is probably 50% of development and testing in older versions of IE is 80% of that. Testing font issues isn’t something that website designers have typically had to do and quite frankly it’s an unwelcome overhead. But Web fonts are here to stay and are, on the whole, a good thing.

They bring visual variety and creativity to the most important part of a Web page. But right now, today, they need to be implemented with care, an awareness of the issues – and with a decent amount of time set aside for additional testing.

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7 thoughts on “15 Best Tattoo Fonts For Ink Lovers”

  1. These are some unique fonts! I’m like how you listed right by the font whether it is for commercial use or not. That save me time. I’ve never seen a font like Tribal Garamond font, nice!

  2. Well maybe people wouldnt get the wrong idea if perhaps the fonts had a proper title. It clearly states at the top of the page “15 Tattoo Fonts For Ink Lovers”. Which as a tattoo artist and shop owner is clearly misleading for a person looking for a font to actually get tattooed. Dont get me wrong the fonts are nice and are suited for websites and graphic design, but definatly not tattooing. So for future reference you would probably have more success in properly labeling the fonts.

    1. Hi Rick,

      I do apologize that it seems misleading to you. Please note that I run a web design blog so the things I mention are in some way related to web designing. I’ve just clarified the post so that there is no confusion. Thank you.

  3. I don’t know where you got the idea that these are “tattoo fonts” – but speaking as a former tattoo artist, the majority of the typefaces in this list would be completely unsuitable for tattooing, and would never be used as such.

    1. Hi John,

      I think you got the wrong idea – I listed these fonts for inspiration for use on websites. Usage on bodies is completely optional 🙂

    2. I used the Ginga font for one of my tattoos and it looks awesome! nothing but compliments so screw the people who say its “unsuitable”

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