Sep201114
Tattoo Lettering Tips from Complex Mag
03:38 PM
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Today our friend Nick Schonberger posted "The Complex Guide to Tattoo Lettering," the first in a series of tattoo articles designed to help people avoid indelible mistakes. Nick enlisted one of my lettering favorites (and all around good guy) BJ Betts to offer advice on what to consider when deciding on the look and placement of your Nietzsche quote -- the one you'll regret later on in life no matter how well the tattoo is executed.

While geared primarily towards those new to tattoos, long-time collectors will also appreciate BJ's recommendations. I particularly enjoyed his thoughts on finding the right tone and ornamentation to the writing.

Then, of course, there's the obvious reminder to check spelling. See above.
[More cautionary tales here.]

Check BJ's portfolio for quality work, like the script below. His own lettering guides are available at Kingpin Tattoo Supply.


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