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When outlining letters, a good general rule to follow is that the less stops and starts you make, the better the lettering. It makes for a more consistent flow. Blot away the ink after each step so you can see what you have done and where you are going for the next stroke.
Some customers prefer names in a handwriting style. If they have better handwriting than you do, they can write what they want on a guidelined piece of paper, which you set-up, and then you can copy it and stencil it on the skin. This appeals to some, because their tattoo inscription will be in their own handwriting.
Discourage the use of girlfriends’ names in tattoos. These names are usually outdated in the majority of cases, and it leaves the customer with a name they no longer want on themselves. When people insist on it, just say no. If a compromise must be made, tattoo the name in a light red ink so when they return to get rid of it (and they will), you can tattoo over it to hide it. See Chapter on Cover-ups for more details on this.
One more important thing to bring up is spelling errors. You would be amazed at how many people are walking around with misspelled words tattooed on them. This looks bad and is very unprofessional. Never guess at a word that you don’t know and have a dictionary handy to look them up. Be positive at what you are spelling. If they are foreign words, have the customer spell them out for you, and the same goes for names.
Be careful and practice every night, and you will soon master lettering, an important category in professional tattooing.
Tattoo lettering is varied and endless in its styles. After you have a few traditional alphabets under control, you can experiment and create your own designs. Certain styles are more suited to personal tastes than others. You can get quite fancy if it is practiced first on paper. With practice, anything is possible, even slick looking Old English style.
Personalized letters are great trademarks, and eventually everyone will letter differently, even when doing the same alphabet. A few different alphabets are illustrated above to give you some examples and stimulate your imagination.
When actually tattooing names and letters, on the skin. You will still need some sort of guidelines on the skin. Very few people tattoo without them and get satisfactory results. The guidelines are drawn on the skin with a skin type marker or a fine line ink pen.
These lines are not to be tattooed in, but used just as a guide for the letters. Later they will be wiped off to leave just the letters in perfect height. Do not guess with the spacing of letters, they rarely come out right. Always remember the sign “plan ahead.”
Remember that spacing isn’t always a mechanical measurement between each letter but a flowing style of placing letters together which look correct to the eye.
When tattooing letters that are inside of banners, be sure to tattoo on the letters first and then the banner second. This is done so that if the banner has to be adjusted at the last second, it could be.
Various kinds of lettering have always been an integral part of tattooing. Many customers want some type of lettering to enhance their tattoo and to make a definite statement.
Tattoo letters range from big bold capitals to small, and fancy letters, enclosed in a swirly banner or scroll. You can never be a good tattooist without mastering some form of lettering. Two common styles are block lettering and cursive or scripture writing.
If you cannot “letter well, you “had better practice on a regular basis. Lettering is a skill and you just can’t “draw” good letters. They must be naturally stroked out with smooth and flowing lines. Since few, if any, artists can readily letter right off, the only way to get consistently good letters to practice a fiitie every night.
When practicing lettering, be sure to use lined paper to keep the letters consistent and straight. The secret to good lettering is correct spacing, flow of line and evenness in height. Art stores carry many books on the subject and it is advised to pick-up a good copy with many examples in it and study them. Practice is the key here, and with a little time, good lettering will emerge.
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