30 Outstanding Calligraphy Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

For centuries, people have admired the art of calligraphy. Using traditional paint brushes in Orient and Asia or carving in stone and wood.

In Northern Europe, foreign alphabets that have survived to centuries or created by writers, calligraphy has left still its mark in today's world. And indeed in the tattoo art. With lettering of course, but also the always trending Japanese kanjis. They are coveted by people to state their cultural heritage but also by calligraphy lovers.
But beware, if you want to get a tattoo in a foreign language, especially in a foreign alphabet, and if you wish to avoid bad surprises when meeting a native speaker, I advise you to bring a friend who masters that language to the tattoo parlor, or at least to check the meaning in more than just one book (and not in the internet).

If you are looking for some inspiration, here is the cream of calligraphy tattoos in 30 splendid examples.

Asian calligraphy

Amazing Tibetan script head tattoo by Spanish artist Jondix!

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This is very bold ...

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Another great scalp tattoo by Terry Fuller on tattoo artist Mark Joslin. Design created by famous calligraphy artist Tashi Mannox.

Another view of this piece.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Designed by Tashi Mannox too.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Another Tibetan script by Joey Pang of Tattoo Temple in Hong Kong.

Sanskrit tattoo by Meatshop Tattoo.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

This gorgeous piece by Andy Shou is including a Buddha inside the font.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Sensual placement for kanjis.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

The work of Joey Pang is just stunning.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Elegant pieces by Joey Pang. Check her work here.

Orient

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Victoria Beckham's hebrew tattoo.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Intricate work of Gabriel Wolff.

Love the placements. By Gabriel Wolff too.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

The amazing work of French tattoo artist Sadhu le Serbe.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

The arabic letters are making a breath-taking effect on the body and the pictures are lovely. Check Sadhu le Serbe work here.

Tattoodo
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Another arabic tattoo.

Arabic Photo By Bashar Alaeddine
Arabic Photo By Bashar Alaeddine

Very nice ! Photo by Bashar Alaeddine.

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

This one's not actually a tattoo, but still a nice idea for inspiration.

Arabic Emre Cebeci
Arabic Emre Cebeci

The work of Turkish tattoo artist Emre Cebeci is inspired of traditional arabic calligraphy.

Arabic Emre Cebeci Turkey
Arabic Emre Cebeci Turkey
Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Gorgeous pieces by Emre Cebeci. Check his work here.

Scandinavian

Calligraphy Tattoo
Calligraphy Tattoo

Runes of course are very loved by tattoo lovers. Here, great piece by Daniel Meyer.

Runes
Runes

They are making rad fingers and knuckles tattoos.

J.R.R. Tolkien, writer of the Lord of the Rings, have invented elvish alphabets inspired by runes. Of course, LOTR fans have turned them into tattoos. Here, Tolkien's signature in elvish.

Elvish Tengwar language in a model. I guess the geek girls would love that.

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@JenTheRipper

Writer for art related medias. Fell in love with tattoo while researching for another passion, crime history. Travelling, admiring, sharing.

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