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It is done in an ancient lettering style, like you find in very old books. Ancient Tattoo Lettering Style. Here the tattoo is done in a sharp manner with sharp edges in every alphabet. Sharp Tattoo Lettering Style. Pointed Edge Lettering Tattoo.

There is also a little bird and a broken heart with angel wings in this tattoo. Old Text Lettering Tattoo. The lettering here has a distinct princely style, like the style used in old european courts and palaces. Two princely crowns can also be seen on both sides of the text. The strong lettering style in this tattoo also represents the strength of character of the wearer of the tattoo. The tattoo here has a unique dotted style. The numerous dots along the letters create a 3 dimensional feel.

This tattoo has a distinct flowy style with the letters broken at places. This broken style adds to the charm of the tattoo. The curvy tattoo here reads an intense statement with a biblical reference. The tattoo here has a tendril lettering style. Numerous tendrils can be seen coming out from the letters. The text plus images tattoo here has a fine design.

Designer Tattoo Lettering Style. The tattoo is in the abdomen region. The lettering is not slanted. Old English Lettering Style. The tattoos done on both hands together make a statement. Done in a stylish lettering, the tattoo reads, forever faithful. Mouseover to see this author's bio. Nisha is the head blogger for Slodive. She loves tattoos and inspirational quotes. Check her out on google plus https: Thin Lines Lettering Style is looking so awesome and the coloring of the tattoo is also very good.

These are all great fonts, very expressive and showing the different ideas in texts that have been inked by people. Your email address will not be published. You may use these HTML tags and attributes: If you are a regular commenter, be sure to check our Comment Contest. Sharing is Caring Tweet. Subscribe to SloDive it's free We respect your privacy. Nisha Patel Mouseover to see this author's bio. The link between tattooing in religion goes back to the Egyptians.

They would tattoo the dead so that they would have relative information when they passed to the other side. Religious Tattoo of Jesus by Kyle. This type of work was handed down from multiple cultures including Native American, Micronesia, and Polynesian. Hawaiian tribes carried tattoos as a form of identification, protection or mourning expressions. Many tribes used tattoos to show bravery.

Tribal tattoos are usually black in color and are composed of solid geometric designs. Bold bright colors, fun and whimsical, as a stand alone piece or as part of an entire sleeve. Vegeta character from Dragonball Z done by Eldrick. Each Polynesian island has it's own styles of tattooing making it a truly unique experience. Modern or traditional styles make up this style, using flowers, faces, figures, animals, and abstract shapes.

Depending on style it may be bold, black abstract and figurative designs or fine line high detail , single needle outlines, designs that concentrates more on symbolism or overall design. Usually done with a tattoo machine or by wooden sticks, which is a traditional hand tapped tattoo.

This style is used to express identity, personality, one's society status, hierarchy, and sexual maturity. Polynesian tribe tattoo styles symbolized traditions, legends and religious beliefs. Samoan art is generally made up of the geometric patterns that are based on ancient designs, and often denote rank and status.

The Samoan warrior's tattoo began at the waist and extended to just below the knee. The use of lettering and fonts has always been a popular ink choice among clients. With so many different options out there, finding that perfect font is key. Some are hard to read when written out, so keep that in mind when choosing a font.

Use a site that allows you to see your word or quote in the chosen font style to see if it's easily read and clear to the eye. Also popular are Ambigrams. This is when you can incorporate two words together — a composite in one tattoo. When read upright it will be 1 word, then when flipped upside down it will read another.

Not all words can work with this process. Fine line work is something that' s been popping up more often. We consider fine-line work to be a more delicate style, almost feminine, with no room for error. Hand holding a sucker in fine line style by Michaella. Eldrick used very little black ink in this Hummingbird tattoo; just enough to ensure this piece will hold up over time.

This colorful style that stays away from black outlines or heavy lines; so there's no distraction from the softness this style creates in a piece. Water color is still considered a new style, it's been around for the last years. To do a truly perfect watercolor piece, you need to have some black ink within the base of the tattoo so that the piece will hold up over time.

On it's own, the softer colors can tend to fade out or soften a bit too much around the edges, making it harder to see or really show up on the skin. This is when shading is heavily utilized. Highlights are often added using white. White ink can also be used to smooth out sharp transitions between the different shades.

This is when the black ink is diluted to lighten up the tint. Colored tattoos can be done in vivid or subtle tones, depending on the effect the tattoo artist is trying to achieve. Popular in the 's and are also referred to as nautical tattoos. They consisted of bold, blue-black outlines, usually filled with solid red and green with rare additions of blue, yellow, brown and purple; with little or no shading.

Thicker lines are used and the inspiration is typically nautical and military in theme. Using Eagles, anchors, swallows,ships, hearts and banners. It's distinct from the old school style in that it contains more elaborate blending and shading gradations with a more extensive color palette.

It's almost a combination of hip-hop and graffiti styles: With new techniques on the rise, modern equipment, and advances in the industry, the new school style is becoming more and more influential. Pineapple tattoo by Michaella. Using color and technique to hide an old tattoo with a new tattoo or just having someone re line and Re color and old tattoo so that it looks as it should.

Many make the mistake of using the wrong cover design or wrong colors to cover — causing the old piece to resurface through the new one.

Make sure you have an experienced artist do this for you. Kyle used a beautiful Orchid to cover this old tattoo and 6 inch scar. Over time it can turn pink, yellow or beige. It may also completely fade away within the healing phase or months after. Many tattoo artists will advise their clients to add a pale blue, pale yellow or pale purple to add another pigment to which the white can grab hold.

When used in larger areas, they tend to not hold up well and tend to fade out completely within a year or less depending on how much the tattoo is exposed to sun light.

In this tattoo of a wine screw by Eldrick, you can see how white highlights really make this piece pop. As a highlight, white is amazing, on it's own it tends to blend into your skin too much to be appreciated. This 1 month old Harper signature white ink tattoo is very hard to see. This is why we don't use white on it's own, it tends to fade into your own skin tone. A Polygon style is any 2-dimensional shape formed with straight lines.

Triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, rectangles, and hexagons are all examples of polygons. It's also very close to an abstract style. A Polygon base triangle with rose, re worked by Ryan. Filling out the rose and coloring the background, gave it a more completed look. Geometric shapes tattoo by Eldrick. Sacred geometry tattoos are spiritual in nature and have a religious significance.

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