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Scribomania: David 'Vandal' Ruiz's OG Lettering

Scribomania: David 'Vandal' Ruiz's OG Lettering

Tattoo Artists2 min Read

This tattooist might as well be a printing press.

Every tattoo style has its merits, and most of them get the recognition that they deserve, but all too often the typographists of the tattoo world go under-appreciated. It’s a shame, but most people simply write off script as lackluster body art due to its disparity of illustrative qualities. 

Alongside producing superb black and grey realism, Ruiz has earned a reputation for his incredibly clean script. He’s tagged countless clients with various phrases, acronyms, and even single letters over the course of his career. The fact that so many individuals have sought out his services is a testament to the value of this sort of tattooing.

Ruiz’s work shows how something as simple as a graffiti-style L and A on a person’s body can say a lot about their identity — like where they’re from and the sort of culture they grew up in — and a lover’s name scrawled out in elegant cursive can be the most important tattoo a heavily inked collector has. And we all know that nothing speaks louder than what’s written on a person’s knuckles.

The wide variety of letter styles that Ruiz renders is the most captivating aspect of his script tattoos. He has more typefaces in his toolkit than a word processor, and the coolest part about it is that it enables him to express his creativity through how he matches different typography with the meanings of his letters, phrases, and acronyms.

Should you like to read more of the writing on Ruiz’s wall, hit up his Instagram. He works at One Introduction Tattoo Studio in Las Vegas, NM if you’d like to get a few letters that make a statement about about who you are, too.

Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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