Free tattoo fonts: the best designs you can download today
Be inspired by these free tattoo fonts that you can put to use in your body art designs.
Choosing a tattoo font is a big deal – last thing you want is to have the wrong design permanently inked on your skin, right? Good news is, there are designers and typographers all over the globe creating amazing tattoo fonts, and there are many that won't cost you a penny.
But where do you start? How do you find free tattoo fonts in a style that you love enough to have put on your body? We've scoured the web to find you the top free tattoo fonts for designers, and if you need a bit of inspiration on your overall design, be sure to take a look at our round-up of the best tattoo designs and some more out-there tattoo art.The best free fonts for designers
Xanax also works nicely as a graffiti fontFormat: TTF
Apostrophic Labs' Xanax is a solid-looking 3D font with more than a touch of graffiti swagger, and just the thing for a tattoo font that stands out from the crowd. It features upper and lower-case characters, and it's free for all uses.
02. Rustic Love Tattoo
Who can resist a bit of rustic love?Format: OTF
Get some rustic love in your life with this jolly little tattoo font from Chequered Ink that's free for personal use and charities. It also works as an acceptable alternative to Comic Sans.
Ginga has an inky feel to itFormat: TTF
Ginga is an inky tattoo font from arch-script typographer Billy Argel. It is on the grungier end of the spectrum, with its destroyed aesthetic – and don't forget to use the > and < symbols to create the tails. Ginga is free for personal use, but you can buy it for commercial purposes from $39.
Tuamotu's tribal flourishes are a real eye-catcherFormat: TTF
This South Pacific-inspired tattoo font by Imagex Fonts is really brought to life by its tribal designs within the letterforms. It's free for personal use; contact Imagex if you want to use it commercially.
05. Always Beside You
Always Beside You is a script font with just a hint of scratchinessFormat: OTF
Jonathan Harris is a veritable font monster, with over 433 fonts on FontSpace and more than 11 million downloads to his credit. For a taste of his skills, check out Always Beside You, a slightly scratchy script font that's perfect for tattoo designs and free for personal use.
06. Lemon Jelly
No, not that oneFormat: TTF
This one caught our eye because it shares its name with Fred Deakin's old band; free for personal use, it's a big and friendly-looking script font created by Billy Argel.
This feline font has some lovely strokes, but it might scratchFormat: TTF
This calligraphic font from Maelle.K and Thomas Boucherie is gloriously scratchy and perfect for taking the edge off a too-serious script tattoo. It's free to use, but contact the designers if you have any commercial plans for it.
08. Tattoo Vieja Escuela 1
If Beavis and Butt-Head got tattoos, it would be one of theseFormat: TTF
Swish, painstakingly-designed tattoo fonts are all well and good, but sometimes you want a tattoo that looks like it was done in prison with a contraband blade and a ballpoint pen. If so, step up this awesome set of old-school ink from Woodcutter.
09. Tribal Tattoo
One of these would go nicely with a Global Hypercolour T-shirtFormat: TTF
Want a bit of retro class? Get your '90s on with this collection of eye-catching tribal designs, featuring plenty of Celtic knots, stylised dragons, spirit insects and spiky abstract designs.
10. Sailor Scrawl
Celebrate a life on the ocean wave with this nautical fontFormat: TTF
Get that nautical look with this salty hand-drawn font from the Out of Step Font Company. Each letterform features a little diamond, and it's free for personal use.
11. Man Down
This Maori-inspired tattoo font is a joy to look uponFormat: OTF
We love the bold strokes of this new decorative font from British studio Chequered Ink. Inspired by Maori tattoos, this fantastic tribal font is free for personal use, you can purchase a licence to use it commercially.
MOM is inspired by old-school tattoo letteringFormat: TTF
Inspired by old-school lettering, designer Rafa Miguel created tattoo font MOM. "I'm a big fan of American traditional tattoos, this is a just a tribute to the great artists that use this style," he comments on Behance. MOM is available for free for both personal and commercial use.
Add a touch of class with ReditumFormat: OTF & TTF
The first of a number of stunning scripts in this list designed by talented fontsmith Måns Grebäck, Reditum is a calligraphic font that's guaranteed to add a touch of style to your designs. Free for personal use, it comes complete with a number of glyphs and standard ligatures.
14. Lina Script
Designers Vicky Mardian and Måns Grebäck collaborated on Lina ScriptFormat: OTF & TTF
This slick tattoo-style script font has a cheeky touch of graffiti to it. Designed by Vicky Mardian and Måns Grebäck, a full commercial licence will set you back $59 but you can download a free demo for personal use.
15. Angel Tears
Packed with character, Angel Tears has a beautiful handmade feelFormat: OTF
Angel Tears, by Billy Angel, boasts a gorgeous hand-drawn feel. With 128 characters – including upper case, lower case and punctuation – it'll add a distressed look to your designs.
16. Tribal Dragon
You get a basic Latin character map with Tribal DragonFormat: TTF
A playful upper-case tattoo font, Tribal Dragon was created by prolific font designer Jonathan Harris and is free for personal use.
You can use this tattoo font for both personal and commercial projectsFormat: TTF
Created by Dieter Steffmann, this tattoo font is licensed as freeware, which means that – unlike most on this list – it's available for both commercial and personal projects; no questions asked.
Download these brilliant designs for freeFormat: TTF
Crosses are a staple of tattoo design, and this dingbat font by Spanish designer Woodcutter brings together a range of brilliant designs that you can download for free.
BoltCutterDesign has created a number of free fontsFormat: TTF
Designed by BoltCutterDesign, Precious Regular is a traditional, calligraphy inspired tattoo font that you can download today. The graphic design company has also created a wide range of free fonts, so be sure to check out its site.
Go for a different tattoo font with PentagonFormat: TTF
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'll have fun experimenting with this design.
21. Little Lord Fontleroy
Enjoy another free font from designer Nick CurtisFormat: OTF & TTF
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.
Spring showcases the illustrative elements of tattoosFormat: TTF
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.
23. Rose Tattoo
Rose Tattoo font is free for any personal workFormat: TTF
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.
24. VTKS Tattoo
You can have these tattoo fonts filled or outlinedFormat: TTF
Consisting of both lower case and capital letters, VTKS 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 be generous.
25. Cute Tattoo
Go down the cute route with this tattoo fontFormat: TTF
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.
26. Extra Ornamental No. 2
A fancy approach to tattoo fontsFormat: TTF
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.
27. True Love
Davide Cariani's True Love design was inspired by old-school tattoo typographyFormat: TTF
Davide Cariani is a UX designer and web developer with a passion for typography. True Love was created in his spare time and is his first type experiment. It was inspired by old school tattoo typography; glyphs available include letters, numbers, dash and dot.
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