The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering

A Visual Guide to Contemporary Styles and Designs


The ultimate sketch-to-skin manual: a visually rich resource of the key styles and schools in contemporary tattoo lettering, by one of the world’s top tattoo artists


ISBN: 9780500241530 Category:

B.J. Betts, Nick Schonberger


The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering is a visually led, comprehensive guide to designing and realizing hand-drawn letterforms in the most widely used contemporary tattoo styles. Each chapter constitutes an accessible overview to these key tattoo styles, including an account of the history, complexities and relevant sub-styles, interviews spotlighting leading practitioners, galleries of exemplary artists’ work, sketches, sketchbooks, finished designs and detailed how-to-design guides to allow readers to truly understand each style.

More than a step-by-step, technical handbook for professional and practising tattoo artists, The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering is also an informative introduction to both understanding tattoo styles, their history and context, and learning from them to inform other graphic arts. Touching on the role of lettering in tattooing, as well as considering the components of typographic tattoos, it offers an insight into how tattoo art intersects with other areas of design practice, including sign-making, furniture painting and scrimshaw.

Combining great book design with the inimitable expertise of a master tattoo artist, The Graphic Art of Tattoo Lettering is the ultimate guide for all with an interest or involvement in tattoo art, typography and calligraphy, and graphic design.

Additional information

Weight 782 g
Dimensions 16.8 x 21.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 26 September 2019
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.8 x 21.5 cm
Weight 782 g


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