Top 10 Best Tattoo Fonts for Designers and Crafters
Top 10 Best Tattoo Fonts for Designers and Crafters
Posted 31st December 2021 •
By Lindsay Spencer
Hello creative friends!
I know many a crafter or creative that love creating art or design, but can struggle with selecting the ideal typeface. Today, I’m showcasing the top 10 best tattoo fonts to get you started, spur your creativity, and even lead to new works of art. Not only will I show you 10 of my favorites, but I will also share some creative ways to use tattoo style typeface lettering for projects like poster art, blog posts, quote graphics, ads, and even videos. I think many creative types (myself included) tend to use the same style of typeface or even graphic images when completing projects-whether they be crafts or design. We get comfortable with those elements or ways of doing things and sometimes forget to step outside the box with our creativity! This fun list includes a few gangster fonts and gangster tattoo fonts.
You may have noticed that many typefaces or other graphic design components can have many uses. That’s what makes the creative process fun! So consider this a gentle push toward looking at new and different design options for the next year!
Inked has a unique tattoo style with a modern artistic twist and would look amazing on t-shirt designs! This beauty includes all the standard characters, including numerals, in an OTF file format. I don’t own this particular one, but I hope to add it to my ever-growing list. I’m a bit of a hoarder in that way! Personally, I love how the small details add interest and would consider this one of the best tattoo fonts for the versatility it provides. That means you could use it for other projects like Valentine SVG designs, card designs, journals, and more!
Pairing different typefaces together can create interest in your graphics or designs. I feel like this one would pair nicely with a script like shown on the main image, or even with a tall or thin sans serif. What do you think?
Creatives, feast your eyes on Malekith, a gorgeous cursive script for crafters. This beauty has a feel of a gangster-style typeface but with a slightly feminine touch. Perfect for branding, blog posts, social media graphics, and so much more. I could see using Malekith for Christmas designs or even Halloween. There’s just something about this one that gives off a bit of traditional vibes.
I feel like this particular typeface says gangster tattoo fonts. I can picture some biker-style t-shirt designs or even decals using this script. Or how about a flyer for bike night or some poster art? Get those creative wheels turning and see how many unique ways you can use a script like Malekith!
Graphic designers or crafters, if you’re looking for a touch of that old-world feel with your text, then Skinner Scort might be just the ticket! With both standard and engraving options to pick from, plus OTF and TTF file formats, this beauty has it all. Gangster tattoo fonts can be a lot of fun and work for many projects. Combine clipart with some unique lettering, and you’ve got some awesome artwork!
This lovely script has beautiful swashes and even includes alternates and flourishes, making this a dream typeface for crafters and graphic designers. The designer has provided this as an OTF file format and can be easily downloaded right to your preferred program so you can edit and tweak it to your heart’s content.
Creating t-shirt designs will be a blast with this typeface, and it pairs nicely with other styles, so you can really get creative! I don’t own this one yet (read font hoarder), but it’s a great one for crafters and makers who want a toned-down gangster font.
The name says it all with this typeface! Create masterful artwork or designs using any or a combination of the fonts in this family. With six versions to choose from, you can really amp up the creativity. Plus, this typeface offers multiple file formats. The icing on the lettering cake: eight editable t-shirt designs. What more could you ask for!
Another captivating script style typeface, sure to please many a creative type. With additional glyphs included, and file formats OTF and TTF, you can design some unique lettering or typography. I think this script would work fantastic for adding text to videos or even photos. If we think outside the box and what you would typically use these tattoo style fonts for, there are a lot of great options for creative projects.
I’ve included Red Ribbory on this list for creatives who like a traditional typeface. While this one may not fit that style of lettering as much as some of the others, it certainly has the vibe. I even noticed a touch of vintage appeal, which would make this an excellent choice for traditional or retro ads or graphic design images. If printables are your jam, or you design them for your handmade business, you might want to take a look at this unique font. Quote graphics for vintage poster art would pop!
Graphic designers and crafters who want unique lettering will enjoy Relic Island. With multiple styles to pick from, you can create or design cut files, art, or other creative works with this unique font. I like the special details of Relic Island myself. I could see using it for projects like t-shirt designs or art prints. It might even be fun for papercrafts like card making or scrapbooking if you want to add a special touch.
Now, I know you may be thinking that Black Orchestra doesn’t really fit the norm for a tattoo style typeface, but give me a chance to explain. When I look at the images and examples provided by the designer, I get heavy metal vibes which, for me, equates to that same feeling. Plus, I wanted to mix it up some for my craft and design followers so that you can look at typeface options with a broader lens. After all, isn’t art about the way we view something or our perception!
I’m going to round out the list with another superb typeface with a bit of black flair-Black Valentine. Flair, style, and panache are all wrapped up in one easy-to-use font. While you may not get the feel of a gangster font from Black Valentine, it certainly evokes that tattoo style. I love the details in the uppercase characters. With three file formats to choose from, this beauty is perfect for every project, from social media images or ads to wedding invitations. Talk about versatility!
The creator shared in their description that Black Valentine was inspired by a retro poster design. To me, that just screams vintage poster art! What do you think?
And that’s a wrap! I hope that this list of the 10 best tattoo fonts has helped spur your creativity or inspire you. Who knows, perhaps seeing the creative possibilities of these and similar, typefaces will help you look at fonts a little differently!
We'd love to know what you think of this blog post and if you fall in love with one of these fonts. If you decide to use one of them in a project, be sure to share images on social media and tag us or post them in our Facebook Group, The Design Bundles Customer Community. Happy Crafting!