Although they are stunning designs, they aren’t as popular as the watercolor tattoos, but they are certainly increasing in popularity. There are so many tattoo artists out there that are embracing this style of tattooing, just make sure that you have an artist that is experienced with this method. If you are looking for a sketch tattoo, then take a look at some of these jaw-dropping images and run with them.
Sketch tattoos are often “black and white” style, with lots of clean lines and small details that look as if the artist sketched them onto the skin using India ink or pencil. Artists sometimes use cross-hatching for shadow and texture. These pieces make excellent forearm, bicep, and rib tattoos.
An artist who is both talented and seasoned will work with the shape of your physique in the area you want to be tattooed. This results in a more fluid piece that blends superbly with future or existing work, or compliments your body as a standalone tattoo.
Sketch tattoos encompass freedom and reckless abandon. They range from wild and proud animals such as the wolf and lion, to winged creatures both real and mythological, to fantastic steampunk timepieces and gears, and even nautical pieces like anchors and ship wheels. Sketch tattoos work best when their subject is in motion, creating a fluid work of art that looks like it might leap right off the skin.
Both classic and modern, sketch tattoos are ideal for men who want timeless ink that can be easily added to or left alone. Check out our roundup of sketch tattoos for inspiration for your next piece.
There is no trend that has a more happening vibe than script tattoos. These unpretentious emblazonments are unequaled in their current popularity. They are courteously snappy and marvelously romantic. In fact, they are spurring a total revelation for body art enthusiasts of all sorts.
These strikingly cerebral endowments are fresh and intelligent. Serene tranquility is being amplified for an immortal expression of eloquence. Take a leaf from our book by utilizing one of the following script tattoos to access your own sense of timelessness via text-based tantalization.
While the possibilities of tattoo lettering are endless, there are some styles that are more commonly used in tattooing than others. We’ll go through a few here to give you some ideas, then give you some suggestions on where you can find your own cool tattoo scripts.
The script style of tattoo lettering is designed to imitate polished handwriting in a cursive style. Tattoo script is often delicate and can be difficult to produce for an artists who isn’t especially experienced. Much like calligraphy, tattooing script takes a lot of practice and a fluidity that doesn’t always come natural. There are numerous variations of tattoo scripts as well. Some use only fine line, some create broader letters that are later shaded or filled in with color. This style of tattoo lettering is most commonly used for names, mottoes, and other phrases.
The first of these tattoo lettering styles is what we call “block lettering”. Block lettering is very common in tattoo art because of how basic it is. Unlike other tattoo script styles the letters are basic and boxy. Many people recognize it as a collegiate font, commonly used for college names on apparel. The key to block lettering for the tattoo artist is straight lines. The example at right has very thick lines which can help cover any unevenness at first, but ultimately has to be very straight. Block lettering is most commonly used for tattooing a single word as it isn’t well suited to tattooing phrases or sentences.
Filigree Tattoo Script
A subset of the script style of tattoo fonts is a style called filigree. Filigree lettering has the same core design elements as your basic script lettering, but takes it to a completely different level with very elaborate calligraphy. Filigree tattoo lettering is common in Southern California tattoo art and has strong ties to hip-hop and rap culture which is driving an increased interest in the style.