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The 35 best free tattoo fonts

Check out this compilation of free tattoo fonts that you can put to use in your body art-based designs.

We've scoured the web to find you the top examples of free tattoo fonts for designers.

In recent years, tattoo-style typography has become a big influence on all areas of design - from graphic design and illustration to web and app design and beyond. As a result, there are now hundreds of tattoo typefaces available online for use in your projects, and many don't cost a penny!

But how do you find free fonts in a tattoo style that rock - the diamonds among the rough? We've done it for you - just scan the list below...

01. Hustlers

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Go for a retro-style design with Tattoo Shop

This retro-style design was created by Gilang Purnama Jaya of the Decade Type Foundry. This free demo version includes both clean and rough styles, with more than 300+ glyphs, including various special characters.

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02. Mardian

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This gorgeous tattoo-style script font was created by designer Vicky Mardian. This download is free for personal use only, with the full font and commercial license available to purchase from font foundry and reseller Aring Typeface.

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03. Antlers

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Created by Måns Grebäck, this striking font, titled Antlers, will certainly make your tattoo design stand out. Available for personal use only, this typeface includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and various special characters.

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04. Head Case

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Try something a little different with Head Case

For a tattoo with a difference, check out designer Jonathan S. Harris's Head Case design. This playful font is available for personal use only, with commercial licenses available to purchase from Tattoowoo.

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05. High on Fire

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Create big, bold tattoo designs with High on Fire

If it's big and bold that you're after, then look no further than typeface High on Fire by Billy Argel. The free version of this design is partial and only available for personal use. The full font and commercial licenses can be purchased directly from the designer.

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06. Precious

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BoltCutterDesign have created a number of free fonts

Designed by BoltCutterDesign, Precious Regular is a traditional, calligraphy inspired tattoo font that you can download today. The graphic design company have also created a wide range of free fonts, so be sure to check out their site.

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07. inuTattoo Script

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This free tattoo font was inspired by the swirls often accompanying tattoos

inuTattoo Script Font was inspired from tattoo lettering with swirl tattoos and was created by Indonesian designer inu mocca. Try out the poster Vector with border for a headline that will catch eyes.

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08. Pentagon

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Go for a different tattoo font with Pentagon

Pentagon is a less traditional free tattoo font offering but by no means is it dull. You can download Pentagon for free if it's for personal use - we think plenty of you will have fun experimenting with this design.

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09. Little Lord

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Enjoy another free font from designer Nick Curtis

Designer Nick Curtis has produced over eleven hundred fonts - almost five hundred of them freeware fonts, which have been downloaded and enjoyed by over three million people worldwide.

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10. Spring

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Spring showcases the illustrative elements of tattoos

This free tattoo font entitled 'Spring' combines the illustrative elements of tattoo designs with the traditional, calligraphy style typography that is often etched with ink.

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11. Prison Tattoo

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New York designer Socialh does a great line in tattoo fonts

New York based designer Socialh regularly experiments with an array of typography styles. We love these fun and playful tattoo fonts, which are available to download for free for any personal use.

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12. Rose Tattoo font

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Rose - tattoo fonts for any personal work

Going with the more handwriting font style, Rose is free for any personal design work. Featuring only capital letters, this is one of those tattoo fonts that's perfect for headlines and eye-catching straps.

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13. Viks Tattoo

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You can have these tattoo fonts filled or outlined

Consisting of both lower case and capital letters, Viks Tattoo font is a mix of old and new style tattoo typography. As is often the case with downloads of no-cost tattoo fonts, the creators would appreciate donations and so if you do end up using it, we'd encourage you to do be generous!

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14. Cute Tattoo

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Go down the cute route with this one of our tattoo fonts

This cute font comes in capital letters that makes for a brilliant headline font. The subtle additions to each letter make this one of the more fun and playful tattoo fonts we've seen, and will provide plenty of typography experimentation.

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15. Extra Ornamental No. 2

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A fancy approach for this example from our tattoo fonts list

Extra Ornamental No. 2 is a fancier approach to tattoo fonts, with its extra attention to detail, swoops and shading. As a 'busier' font design, it may only work in bigger scales.

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16. True Love

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Davide Cariani's True Love design was inspired by old school tattoo typography

Davide Cariani is a UX designer and web developer with a passion for typography. True Love was created in his spare time and his first type experiment. Inspired by old school tattoo typography, glyphs available include letters, numbers, dash and dot. 

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17. Blessed Day

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Blessed Day is free for personal use with commercial licenses available to purchase

Designer Billy Argel has some of the most popular tattoo-style fonts available to download online, Blessed Angel being one of them. The  design is free for personal use only. The commercial version is revised, with additional glyphs, and can be purchased on Argel's website.

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18. Original Gangsta

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Original Gangsta is available as free download for personal projects only

Since we have quite a few elegant, soft script fonts in this list, we thought we'd add one that's a little more meaty. Original Gangsta is a design by Gilang Purnama Jaya of GP Typefoundry and is available free for personal, non-commercial use only.

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19. Scriptina

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Scriptina by Apostrophic Labs

This elegant script font is one of Apostrophic Labs' most popular designs, with a whopping 5.7milllion downloads to date. Free for personal use, the typeface includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and a selection of special characters. 

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20. Champignon

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Incorporate Champignon into your tattoo for an elegant design

Are you looking to get a verse of a song or some words of wisdom into your tattoo? Then maybe this Champignon font would work in your design? Created by designer Claude Pelletier, the typeface is free for personal use, with donations to the author greatfully received.

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21. AngillaTattoo

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Måns Grebäck has created these edgy script tattoo fonts - free for personal use

Designed by Måns Grebäck, this script-based addition to our tattoo fonts list includes 357 characters, and is freely available - though only for personal use. You can also buy the font for commercial use for $59 here. And don't forget to use the numbers for swashes (e.g. A1ngilla4 Tattoo8).

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22. Los Angeles

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This font by Vicky Mardian is all up in your face Grand Theft Auto. We approve

As far as tattoo fonts go, they don't get much better than this. Designed by Vicky Mardian, this font evokes fond memories of LA drive-bys and botched drug runs. On the Xbox, of course. The above version is for perosnal use, with a commercial version avaialble here for $20.

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23. True Man Tattoos

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This dinbat font is free for personal use, and features old school tats

If you're looking for a font-based collection of dingbat tattoo fonts, which can be used in personal projects, then True Man Tattoos is for you. Daggers through a skull? Sorted. Anchor? You bet. Horseshoe, shamrock, two dice and the number 13? You betcha!

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24. Brother Tattoo

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Another creation from talented typeface designer Mans Greback.

Another typeface from Måns Grebäck, Brother Tattoo is another of his designs perfectly suited to quotes and sayings. This free demo version is available for personal use only and comes with a selection of glyphs, including letters, numbers and characters.

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25. CM Tattoo Dragon

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Christopher Means clearly enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This movie-inspired font by Christopher Means is free for personal use, and was inspired by the poster for the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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26. Tattoo Ink

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Type designer Ryan Splint created this Tattoo Ink font, which features scratch and angle fill effects

This Art Deco-style font was created by typography designer Ryan Splint. This particular font features lettering containing both a scratch fill and angle fill effect. And with nearly half a million downloads on dafont.com, it's clearly a popular choice. As with most of the tattoo fonts listed here, it's free for personal use only.

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27. Delinquente

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Personalise your tattoo designs with this gorgeous script font Delinquente. Illustration © Måns Grebäck

Delinquent by type designer Måns Grebäck is a beautiful script font, perfectly suited to designs featuring quotes and sayings. Available free-of-charge for personal use only, the full font and commercial license can be purchased on Grebäck's website Mawns

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28. Shit happens

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Incorporate this gorgeous typeface by Billy Argel into your tattoo designs

Font designer Billy Argel has developed a number of typefaces that would be suitable for text tattoos. But this 'Shit happens' design, with over half a million downloads, is by far his most popular on Fontspace. It's free for personal use, with commercial licenses available at Argel's website.

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29. Canterbury

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Dieter Steffman's Canterbury typeface is free for both commercial and non-commercial purposes

This old English-style font is one of many designs by Dieter Steffman. Created in 2003, the set includes both upper and lower case letters, special characters and numbers 0-9. This typeface is also free to use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. 

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30. Tribal

 Tribal
Personalise your tribal tattoo designs with this typeface by Apostrophic Lab

Tribal tattoos are still extremely popular, so if that's the design you're going for, check out this version of tribal type by Apostrophic Lab. The free font includes a full set of upper and lower case letters, numbers and a selection of special characters. It is also free for use in both commercial and non-commercial projects.

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31. Tattoo Lettering

 Tattoo Lettering
Choose between an open design (shown above) or black fill when incorporating this typeface into your designs

If it's a cartoon-feel you're after in your tattoo design then this typeface by Gaut Fonts is a great starting point. The download includes two sets, one open (as shown above) and the other with a black fill, both of which include uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. Free for non-commercial use only.

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32. Drunk tattoo

 Drunk Tattoo
We wonder what the inspiration for this typeface was...?

This casual, handwritten typeface was designed by Xerographer fonts. We wonder if they created it after a heavy night out? The font set features a full set of upper and lower case letters, but no numbers. The download is free for non-commercial purposes. 

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33. VTC Nue Tattoo Script

 VTC Nue Tattoo Script
Incorporate this delicate script font by Larry E. Yerkes into your tattoo design

This delicate script-style font was designed by Larry E. Yerkes of the Vigilante Typeface Corporation. Yerkes has created a number of typefaces and now has quite a collection in his dafont library, this VTC Nue Tattoo script font being one of his most popular designs. Free for non-commercial use only. 

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34. Lupus Blight

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Lupus Blight typeface offers a more delicate approach to tribal tattoo designs

We know this is the second tribal-inspired font on the list but this typeface offers a somewhat delicate take on what is normally quite a bold and heavy design. The lettering was created by Graham Meade, who has a number of other tattoo-inspired font designs online. The typeface is available for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

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35. Ink In The Meat

 Ink In The Meat
Design a gorgeous text tattoo with script-style font Ink in the Meat. Illustration © Billy Argel

Another from type designer Billy Argel, Ink in the Meat is one of his most popular downloads. The free version of this font is partial and doesn't contain any numbers. Ink in the Meat is free for personal use, with commercial licenses available at Argel's website.

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This is an updated version of an article that previously appeared on Creative Bloq. Have you seen any tattoo fonts we should add to a future update? Tell us in the comments.

Words: Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes is channel editor at Creative Bloq.

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