Old English Lettering Tattoos
Old English lettering tattoos are a popular request to tattoo artist from those getting a tattoo. Although
called Old English lettering, it is actually inaccurately named. The font was mistakenly called "Old English"
because of the inaccurate belief that it was the font for Old English.
The truth be told is that Old English existed before the font was even invented, and it was not the actual font
style used in Old English writing.
The proper name for the font we call "Old English" is actually known as blackletter. The blackletter font first
arrived in 12th century western Europe and was the font of choice for that era until the 16th century. Old English
lettering tattoos are based on this blackletter font.
The most popular style of the blackletter font that is used for old English lettering tattoos is the textualis
style. This style is the most calligraphic style of the blackletter font, with its distinct style and pattern that
makes all the letters stand out. When you see people talk about Old English, the textaulais style of the
blackletter font is what they are actually talking about.
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If you want to actually see this type of script in person, you can visit any museum that has manuscripts or
books that where written in the year 1500 in the Western Europe region. The beauty and the difficulty of creating
the font, is one of the reasons it has become popular among those looking to tattoo themselves.
Many people who want their name tattooed on themselves choice this type of font. Old English lettering tattoos
are a very versatile type of tattoo, because it can look good with other style tattoos.
Another unique aspect of the Old English font is that originally this style was written in hand. So each person
who wrote out this font added their own unique style to it. Tattoo artist now days either use a standard print out
to tattoo the font, but many do it the traditional way, by hand.
If you get one done by hand, the look of the tattoo will be different from one artist to the next. Once you
decide that old English lettering tattoos are what you want, than you have to figure out what you want it to
A persons name is the most popular type request for old English lettering tattoos, either their own or
someone they love or admire. Phrases or words that hold a meaning to a person are also popular among those getting
an old English tattoo. For tattoo placement, old English lettering tattoos can be placed anywhere their is space.
Some people get the large back tattoo, while others prefer a smaller tattoo on a spot like their wrist.
Lastly you must choose your tattoo artist. I highly recommend you visit a few tattoo artist and view their work,
before you decide on who will tattoo you. It would be best to go to someone who specializes in old English
lettering tattoos, and has consistently shown that they can produce high quality tattoo art.
Choosing your artist carefully will save you a lot of hassle and regret about quality problems, after the tattoo