The Most Popular Fonts For Your Next Typography Tattoo

Photographed by Beth Sacca.
These days, immortalizing a significant phrase, date, or word with a tattoo is about as common as getting your ears pierced at Claire's. But unlike heavier designs of the past, the newest iterations are fine and dainty, thanks to thinner tattoo needles which allow for more precision.
According to NYC tattoo artist Christopher Vasquez, he's seen a huge uptick in the amount of line script requests — thanks in part to celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin. The two most popular fonts? Typewriter and cursive.
"I love fine line script," adds NYC-based tattoo artist Evan Kim."People may think it's easy, but fine line work is actually quite challenging because it's hard to get a precise, very thin line."
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Thinking of getting a mini masterpiece etched onto the back of your arm? Ahead, check out our favorite iterations of the two most popular tattoo fonts.
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Typewriter

When it comes to picking a font, Vasquez understands that it can be overwhelming. "Don't rush it," he says. "Make sure your artist places a stencil on you so you can see what your tattoo will look like. Give it some thought and check spelling!"
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This typewriter tattoo by Kim features the popular Latin phrase "per aspera ad astra," which roughly translates to "through hardships to the stars."
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Kim etched the word "energy" onto this client's wrist (a popular spot for dainty tattoos).
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Cursive

Cursive fine line script is one of Kim's favorite styles, but he warns prospective clients that these tattoos can be prone to wear and tear. "You may see some stretching or ink bleeding — especially if the piece is not taken care of properly," he says. "If you want the lettering to remain thin and sharp, try not to get it touched up, since adding a second layer may make it more prone to ink bleeding."
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Take a trip down Vasquez's Instagram feed and you'll see dozens of cursive tattoos. This one, which features a graced font, mimics the effect of handwriting.
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Some of Vasquez's favorite tattoos are the ones inspired by the handwriting of loved ones. "I take a lot of pride in what I do and I love the significance behind my tattoos," he says. "Many are words written by significant others or family members that have passed away and these are so meaningful to me."
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