While you can design a tattoo with (almost) any font, there are some fonts that will give your tattoos a truly eye-catching touch. Tattoo fonts on this list vary from those containing exotic symbols and detailed, illustrated glyphs to elegant handwriting fonts. With a few exceptions, all fonts on this list are for personal use only, which means you can use them to design a tattoo for yourself, but for any kind of commercial purpose you’ll have to contact the font designer and purchase a license. Of course, these fonts can be used in all kinds of graphic design projects, not just for tattoos, and who knows – maybe they’ll inspire you to create your own font.
Without further ado, here are 30 best tattoo fonts.
This beautiful font was inspired by Devanagari Sanskrit scripts and designed by Ananda K. Maharjan. It contains Latin characters, but the characteristic “overline” gives it an exotic look. Unlike other fonts on this list, Ananda Namaste is free for commercial use. You can download it from the designer’s deviantART page in TTF format.
Blackletter is a bold, Gothic-style font that comes in two variants – standard and outline. It’s also available for commercial use and can be downloaded in TTF format. Designed by Dieter Steffmann, Blackletter is a great font for anyone who wants a somewhat traditional yet visually arresting tattoo.
Tribal tattoos are always popular, so you can’t go wrong with this tattoo font. Tribal is a sharp-looking font also available for commercial use. It comes in two styles; both are TTF files. Your tattoo will be legible and interesting enough to get attention.
Bombora uses a style similar to tribal designs, but with thicker strokes that resemble a brush. It’s an OTF font that will look equally great in tattoos, headlines, or on posters.
Nurkholis is a fantastic font that takes lowercase characters of the Latin alphabet and combines them in a creative way to make your writing look like Arabic script. If you’re a fan of Arabic calligraphy, this font is perfect for you, whether you want to use it for tattoos or other projects. Nurkholis is a TTF font.
Delinquente is a professional-looking script font with rich swashes. It’s great if you want to make your tattoo noticeable and readable. It’s available as TTF, but only the demo version is free (it lacks some special characters).
Tattoo Heavy uses thick, unconventional strokes which result in really attractive glyphs. It’s available in TTF format and suitable for short tattoos as well as poster designs, band logos and titles. However, for commercial use you’ll have to contact the creator.
Mardian is a classic, sophisticated script font with ornamental initials, so it could very well be used as a monogram font, too. The demo version supports some extended characters and comes in TTF format. For commercial usage rights you’ll have to purchase the full font.
You might be thinking “what, another font with ‘tribal’ in the title?”, but this one is completely different from the previous tribal tattoo font. As you can see, it’s a dingbat font, which means it uses special symbols and shapes instead of numbers and letters. These symbols are popular tattoo motifs, and this font makes it easy for you to prepare a tattoo design – just pick a symbol, print it out and bring it to your tattoo shop. Tribal Tattoo is a TTF font and it’s free for personal use.
Angilla is a really attractive font with thick swashes reminiscent of calligraphic fonts. I can see it being used for headlines and poster designs as well as tattoos. You can download it in TTF format.
Medieval Scribish is an all-caps tattoo font with an artistic and slightly medieval feel. Good news – it’s free for commercial use! Download the TTF file and start working on your awesome tattoo design.
Unzialish looks classy, a bit exotic, slightly elvish and 100% appropriate for your new tattoo. This TTF font is also free for commercial use and it supports some extended characters.
Speaking of elvish… Tengwar Annatar is a script font completely inspired by the Elvish language from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. As such, it’s a perfect font for all fantasy-lovers and Tolkien fans who are planning to get a tattoo. It’s also free for commercial use and available as a TTF font in four styles.
Brother Tattoo is a handwritten tattoo font with a strong retro feel. It features interesting swashes and supports extended characters. It’s available as a TTF font for personal use only.
True Man Tattoos
True Man Tattoos is another dingbat font with popular tattoo designs. The glyphs are illustrated in great detail, and you can use them as templates for your tattoo. This is a TTF font for personal use.
Death in the Shadow
This font features thick brush strokes and wide swashes on uppercase characters. It’s a TTF font that would look great as a tattoo, since it’s very readable and quite attractive.
Vid’s Norse is a TTF font that uses Nordic runes instead of Latin characters, so it’s a perfect tattoo font for the Viking in you. It’s also free for commercial use and looks sharp both on screen and, presumably, skin.
Crosses are a popular motif in tattoo design, and this font aims to collect them all to make creating tattoos easier. Who knew there were so many different types of crosses? Now you can try them all in TTF format.
If you’ve always wanted a tattoo of Egyptian hieroglyphics, you’re in luck, because there’s a font for that, too. It’s a TTF font that’s free for commercial use and perfect for tattoos if you’re into Egyptian mythology and history.
Another special font that will surely make people ask you what your tattoo means. Glagolitsa (spelled “glagoljica” in Croatian and Serbian) is an actual alphabet – in fact, it’s the oldest Slavic alphabet that was used from the 9th century up until the Middle Ages. This font makes it possible to use the Glagolitic script in your designs and documents. It’s a TTF font and it’s free for commercial use.
Roses, dragons, crosses and skulls – these are the most popular tattoo designs. Thanks to this amazing dingbat font, you can choose from a dozen skull designs, some more detailed than the others. It’s a TTF font, only for personal use.
Genzsch Et Heyse
This is another blackletter-style tattoo font with elaborate curlicues and a medieval feel. It’s a TTF font that’s free for commercial use, and the license also allows @font-face embedding if you ever wish to use it on a website.
Kremlin Alexander is a font that uses Cyrillic characters and comes in TTF format with a commercial-use license. If you want to pay respect to Mother Russia with your tattoo, this is your font.
GoJuOn is another in the line of non-standard fonts; this TTF font contains kanji characters instead of the Latin alphabet. You can use it in tattoo designs for an exotic effect, but first check with someone who understands the language to avoid unwanted phrases like “I’m a fabulous monkey” in your tattoo.
Silent Reaction is a handwriting font with clean lines and a great flow that makes it legible. This TTF font works well in tattoos, headlines and basically anything you want, but it’s only for personal use.
Tattoo Ink is visually interesting on several levels; the combination of thin lines and filled-in outlines gives it a retro quality, and it would look especially attractive in a tattoo design. It’s an all-caps TTF font that’s free for commercial use.
Hello Sailor is a simple-looking, thin all-caps font that evokes the traditional style of sailor tattoos. It works great in combination with illustrations because it’s not intrusive. You can download it in TTF format for personal use only.
Butterflies are also common in tattoos, and this TTF font contains a dozen different designs for you to choose from. It’s available only for personal use.
Dragon is Coming
This stylish script font with long, calligraphic swashes makes any tattoo look fancy, but it’s especially appropriate for quotes or names of your loved ones in a tattoo design. It’s an OTF font with support for extended characters.
Beech is an excellent choice for a tattoo font if you want to create a mysterious, exotic design. It’s a decorative TTF font with very thick strokes. While the lowercase characters are mostly legible, the uppercase ones are quite tricky, so be prepared for questions like “What does your tattoo say?”.
If you were to get a tattoo, which font would you choose? List your favorite tattoo fonts in the comments.