16 free grunge fonts

We've scoured the web to find you top free grunge fonts available to download now. Free fonts in a grungey style are becoming increasingly popular. Instead of shiny, crisp typefaces, many artists and designers are seeking to use an urban, dirty, street style in their designs. So check out our list – you're bound to find something that you can add to your design for free.

01. Soul Mission (opens in new tab)

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Soul Mission by Martin J

An artist called Martin J (opens in new tab) is the brains behind this cool distressed font. One of the most popular free grunge fonts around, it has amassed over a million downloads since its release. Martin J generously offers his creation free for use in both personal and commercial projects.

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02. Marcelle (opens in new tab)

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Marcelle by Clement Nicolle

One of our favourite free grunge fonts, this old-school, distressed style typeface was created by French graphic designer Clement Nicolle. Owner of the site Stereotype (opens in new tab), Nicolle has multiple free fonts available online, with Marcelle the most popular by far with nearly five million downloads. The typeface is free for personal use, with donations to the author gratefully received.

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03. Times New Yorker (opens in new tab)

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Times New Yorker by D.O.C.S. Image © D.O.C.S

Looking for free grunge fonts with a touch of class? That might sound like a tall order but how about this: Times New Yorker is a dirty, graffiti version of Times New Roman. The design, which features ink drips, smudges and paint splatters, was developed by D.O.C.S back in 2007 and has been a popular grunge font choice for creatives ever since. It's free for personal use only.

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04. Defused (opens in new tab)

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Defused by Vincent Wicky-Demaria. Image © Vincent Wicky-Demaria

French art director Vincent Wicky-Demaria (opens in new tab) is the man behind this destroyed font. Free for personal use only, this grunge font comes complete with a full set of uppercase letters and numbers and a selection of special characters.

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05. Zombilaria (opens in new tab)

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Daniel Shinn's Zombiliaria design is free for both personal and commercial use

Graphic designer and illustrator Daniel Shinn is responsible for this cool font Zombilaria. Free for both personal and commercial use, this patchy, sinsister-looking typeface is sure to give your designs an authentic grunge feel.

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06. Everyday Ghost (opens in new tab)

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Everyday Ghost by Andrew Hart

Everyday Ghost is one of 82 grunge fonts created by typeface designer Andrew Hart. The design, which features smudges and blotchy effects, adds an interesting twist to an otherwise generic serif font. Free for personal use only.

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07. Fail (opens in new tab)

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Fail by Douglas Vitkausk

This cool typeface does anything but what its name suggests, having been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times since its release. This is one of 166 grunge fonts designed by Douglas Vitkausk (opens in new tab), whose work has amassed over 15 million downloads. It's free for personal use only.

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08. Laundromat 1967 (opens in new tab)

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Laundromat 1967 by Last Soundtrack

This cool Laundromat 1967 typeface would make a great newspaper-type ransom note design. Developed by designer Gyom Séguin aka Last Soundtrack (opens in new tab), this is one of 46 fonts he's crafted. The full set of this particular grunge font features uppercase letters and numbers. Free for personal use only.

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09. Pointy (opens in new tab)

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Pointy by James Beardmore

This Pointy typeface by James Beardmore (opens in new tab) has a sketchbook doodle feel to its design. The grunge font includes a full set of lower and uppercase letters and numbers 0-9. Free for personal use only. The full set, which includes European glyphs can be purchased here (opens in new tab).

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10. Punk Kid (opens in new tab)

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Punk Kid by Livin Hell

Created by designer Livin Hell (opens in new tab), this grunge font is a popular free download. The full set of capital letters includes some smudged characters to give the font an authentic feel. Free for personal use only.

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11. Killed DJ (opens in new tab)

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Killed DJ by Billy Argel. Image © Billy Argel

Designer Billy Argel (opens in new tab) based this cool grunge font on the Pump Triline (opens in new tab) typeface by British designer and typographer Philip Kelly. And this illustration shows just how well the design would work on a gig poster. The set includes a full set of uppercase letters. Free for personal use only.

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12. Abusive Pencil (opens in new tab)

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Abusive Pencil by Scott Ferguson. Image © Scott Ferguson

Created by designer Scott Ferguson (opens in new tab), this Abusive Pencil font is a popular choice among creatives, having been download 1.6 million times since its release. The free version of this grunge font includes a set of uppercase letters and numbers 0-9. Free for personal use only.

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13. 1942 (opens in new tab)

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1942 by Johan Holmdahl

This grungy typewriter-style font was created by designer Johan Holmdahl (opens in new tab). The free version includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers 0-9 and special characters. It also looks to be free for both personal and commercial use, but check at the time of download.

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14. Birth of a Hero (opens in new tab)

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Birth of a Hero by Last Soundtrack

Another design by Last Soundtrack (opens in new tab), this bold grunge font is perfect suited to gig or event posters. The free version of this typeface comes complete with upper and lowercase letters, and numbers 0-9. Free for personal use only.

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15. Heroin 07 (opens in new tab)

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Heroin 07 by Clement Nicolle

For a dirty, street art-style design, check out this cool grunge font, another by Clément Nicolle aka StereoType (opens in new tab). The free version of this typeface includes a full set of uppercase letters and numbers. Free for personal use only.

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16. NeoPrint M319 (opens in new tab)

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NeoPrint M319 by Polenimschaufenster

From raw to rare, Polenimschaufenster (opens in new tab) has released a number of typefaces, including this dirty typewriter (opens in new tab)-style grunge font NeoPrint M319. Some seriously creative designs could be developed with this typeface, which is free for personal use only.

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Kerrie Hughes is Editor at Creative Bloq. One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications. Kerrie's work for Creative Bloq involves managing the team and the site's content, developing and maintaining commercial partnerships, and finding innovative ways to bring Creative Bloq's audience the content they're looking for.