Tattoo Lettering: How to easily create unique tattoos with a meaning…

When I found out about this I thought it was so cool and useful I needed to share it with you…

It’s a GREAT way that not a lot of people know of, that will allow you to get creative and easily come up with an almost endless amount of cool tattoo ideas.

Adding tattoo lettering to a tattoo is the perfect way to add some extra meaning to it. A word or a set of words can also make out a great tattoo on their own.

You may already know that you can find quite a few “fonts” (lettering styles) in software programs like Paint or Photoshop, but you may not be aware of how to get access to up to 100,000 fonts and see exactly what your tattoo will look like in REAL TIME…

Have a look at these lettering tattoos I just created in a matter of minutes using this method…


Let’s say that you for some reason happen to want a tattoo with the same style and words as Angelina Jolie’s tattoo here below…


No problem!

Here’s what I came up with…

Or maybe you like this style better…


Now this is where it gets really cool…

Below I have added tattoo lettering with two of the tattoos our new artists have drawn for us.

Each of the tattoos above took me about 15 minutes to make using a simple program called Paint that comes free with Windows. If you’re not familiar with Paint, don’t worry, I’ll explain everything step-by-step in a minute…


Again, the designs above are simply examples I put together really quickly, I’m sure you can do a lot better if you spend a little more time tweaking. The reason both of these are religious type designs is simply because I found it easier to come up with ideas for tattoos in that category.

Ok, it’s time to show you how you can do this too…

Follow this link and then come back here. The site should be pretty self-explanatory.

Back? Great!

By the way, sorry for the bad “I Love Mark” joke :)

If you for some unexplainable reason have decided that you don’t want an “I Love Mark” tattoo, simply change the text in the “custom preview” box and all fonts will instantly change to display that text.

Close to the top of the page you’ll see a bunch of different categories. Some of my favorites are Retro, Medieval and Celtic (great if you want to add lettering to a celtic design). Want a tattoo in arabic or with arabic letters? Check out the arabic category. As you can see, there are lots of possibilities here.

All the tattoos on the site I linked to above are 100% free for personal use, which means it’s OK to use them for your tattoo.

How to create your lettering tattoo using Microsoft Paint (for Windows users):

1. Click the “Download PC / Mac OS X” button

2. Save the .zip file to your hard drive

3. Open the .zip file and extract the .ttf file(s) (sometimes there are more than one) to your    WINDOWS —> fonts    – folder on your computer.

4. Go to the start menu in Windows and open     Programs —> Accessories —> Paint

5. Once in Paint, click      File —> New     OR    File —> Open    if you have a tattoo design on your computer that you would like to add text to.

6. Click the “T” in the toolbar, click somewhere in the workspace and type away!

7. To change the font to the one you just downloaded and to change the size, click  View —> Text toolbar   in the top menu. If you’ve followed the steps above the font you downloaded should show up in the font list in the toolbar that just opened.

To change the text color, click   Colors —> Edit colors   in the top menu.

If you didn’t already know how to do this, the steps above may seem complicated at first, but when you’ve done it once and know how it works it’s actually really easy.

When the text looks the way you want it to you can print it out and bring it to your tattoo artist!

If you want access to more (100,000+) and even better quality fonts, check out this site. It will also allow you to “custom preview” just like the site I showed you earlier. Most designs there cost a little money, but if you find a great one it’s probably well worth it.

What really excites me about this is the fact that you can customize ANY tattoo design with tattoo lettering and make it totally unique. Let’s say you have a TattooMeNow membership which contains several thousand designs. Using the method I’ve just told you about you could add your own “twist” to any of the designs, and as you’ve already seen, there are literally thousands of great-looking fonts to choose from.

And with the new artists we’ve hired and the launch of our new site you’ll soon have access to even more great designs. So click the button below to get started right away!

That’s it for now!


PS. Did you like this post? Getting some ideas? Please leave a comment below!


  • Jose

    May 25, 2009

    OOPS if you ment the dead body it should be corpse.

  • Nick

    May 25, 2009

    absolutly awesome info coming through this blog its turning my possible thoughts into very do able ideas!! Thanx Mark

  • Mark

    May 25, 2009


    You’re right, need to correct that! I guess spelling isn’t my biggest strength :)


  • jeff

    May 25, 2009

    Never again can I say “you cannot get something for nothing”because you have done it again Mark!job well done,thank you and keep em coming.

  • andrea

    May 25, 2009

    i like the work mark keep it up


    May 26, 2009


  • Bidan S.

    May 26, 2009

    Hi Mark. Thanx a lot for sharing your ideas. It will definitely be of great help especially to amateur artist like me. Thanx again.

  • Anette

    May 26, 2009

    Thanks ALOT Mark!
    My new idea of an tattoo became so much cooler!

    Way to go!

  • brittany

    May 26, 2009

    dude, thank you soooo much for posting tat! i got so many awesome fonts off that site! many of them i was looking for for a long time! thanks again man!

  • kenneth hébert

    May 26, 2009

    I have ask you a question the other day if it would be possible to have world war 2 planes for tatoos.Is it possible?

  • Allan

    May 26, 2009

    I have recently had a tribal tattoo put on each of my upper arms by a tattoist in Reading. I find that I now need to get these either extended across my chest or back or down the lower arm. I loved the feeling when getting the tattoos done. The tattoist told me that I would be back for more after the first one and laughed at him, I was back again after two weeks to get the second one done, I am now finding that I am becoming addicted to the tattoist needle. I am not sure how far to go with the tribal designs or to go for something that can compliment the tribal but not sure what would look good


  • juan

    May 26, 2009

    GENIAL MARK! sigue asi grax.

  • pierre magro malta

    May 26, 2009

    tks for your emails .can you send me some nice pic . i want to make a tatoo in feet near my toose tks from malta

  • Kim

    May 26, 2009

    Thx so much!!!!

  • Donny

    May 26, 2009

    hi peeps
    here is a link to some seriously coooool fonts

  • thomas

    May 26, 2009

    hey can someone come up with a kool design for my last name ( HOLDEN ) if u can please email to me thank you so much

  • Josie

    May 26, 2009

    Very nice to have a tattoo that truly means something for you. There is a lot of stuff you can write on your body: names, phrases and so on… I’m really considering inking “I love Mark” in my wrist. What do you think? ;)

  • Comfort

    May 26, 2009

    You’ve done it again Mark. You are thinking laterally and its a great helpfor people who just dont know quite what they want in the way of lettering. It gives them a chance to experiment. Great Stuff.

    One question, has any out there tried the MAC Os versions yet. If so, could I please have some feedback, having just stepped up to a MAC to help with my own Flash design.

    As eva

    Loaf n Peas


  • ray watson

    May 26, 2009

    what a deal tks mark

  • Patty

    May 26, 2009

    Cool info . Getting some great ideas going on . Keep it up mark. Cheers patty

  • Sexybutt

    May 26, 2009

    I want to create a unique tatto for me!!
    something with the meaning of strength (dragon)..foretells (the beauty), and a star (because I am a tv anchor)….. I want a drawing,,, nice, elegant, on the upper part of my leg,on the ingle,, who can help me??

  • charles jang

    May 26, 2009

    @Jose, brilliant, fantastic, wonderful. iv looked 4 fontds b4 but this one really helps with the letterings and also with the pics, charaters, symbols….eyc. thx again & keep up the great work you all are doing…. : )

  • Tracy

    May 26, 2009

    Why not try downloading free fonts from They have a lot of unique fonts in a variety of styles that you can d/l and add to your windows font folder and then you can use them for anything, even writing letters and e-mails. Tracy


    May 26, 2009


  • Lou

    May 26, 2009

    Hello Mark…
    Thanks for allowing us to read your names in different styles…but I could only say that there were three and thank you ….


  • christopher everett

    May 26, 2009

    its kinda funny how i pay for the lifetime membership and you renew your website and i have to pay all over again

  • Krystina

    May 26, 2009

    LOVE this post. This one was definitely great!

  • Big jim

    May 26, 2009

    Ay mark I wonted to ask if u could help me out with finding a tattoo I won’t. Iv tryed 4days now to find it and no luck, I wonted to get the words STAY TRUE on my hands for my bro that moms bro that passed away. He was like a dad to me when my real dad left so I wonted to show sum love and get that for him so can u help me out with some was to rite it or place ment well hit me back.

  • venu

    May 26, 2009

    thanks its cool….

  • al

    May 27, 2009

    mark thanks for the lettering fonts!! Can you reccomend a good tattoo machine?? What about tattoo ink?? AL

  • MMarina

    May 27, 2009

    HHi Mark,
    TThanks for sharing this with us, the fonts look fantastic! My Scottish biker cousin wants a tattoo that says “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit” (No-one angers me with impunity)and you’ve just given me some great font ideas to send to him.

    TThanks also for keeping us all both informed and entertained!

  • Natalie Wages

    May 27, 2009


  • Mark

    May 27, 2009

    Hmmm…If I’m not mistaken that’s EXACTLY what I said :)

  • Mark

    May 27, 2009

    @christopher everett,

    Who said that? You won’t have to. By the way the new site isn’t ready yet.


  • christopher everett

    May 27, 2009

    @Mark, uh me i cant log into ur site anymore as a paid member like i am now it keeps telling me to subscribe again i am not paying twice for this site

  • Mark

    May 27, 2009

    @christopher everett,

    Please email Lynne at support[at] and she will help you out.


  • Clinton

    May 27, 2009

    These are MAD!!! keep the COOL work up

  • Jill

    May 27, 2009

    Thanks so much! I’ve been looking for the Buffied font everywhere, and every time I found it the d/l didn’t work right. This is awesome! Keep up the great work Mark!

  • Tracy

    May 27, 2009

    Sorry Mark, I didn’t follow the link first.

  • Stephie

    May 27, 2009

    Me and my boyfriend have been together 2years almost and for our second anniversary we both want to get a tattoo to symbol our love together however we do not want each others names. The original idea is for me to have a feminine bracelet around my wrist in a rusty barbed wire effect with a heart shaped locket coming from it. For my partner the same but more masculine with a key coming off the bracelet. The idea is * he has the key to my heart*. I can’t find any designs to help. Could anyone get back to me with a design if they can help


  • Lisa

    May 27, 2009

    Thanx Mark I love playing around with different fonts. I like the really crazy looking ones. Love the site.

  • Andreas

    May 27, 2009

    Das Programm Paint ist ja recht nett,Artweaver(ist auch für Windos)ist ein Programm,das auch klein und leicht verständlich ist,aber viel mehr
    möglichkeiten bietet.

  • Andreas

    May 27, 2009

    Hab den Link erst gar nicht bemerkt,sind aber ein paar geile Schriften dabei!COOL!

  • zizo

    May 27, 2009

    Mark great tatoos,love the angel one,how long would the prosess be of getting that one(how many hours will it take)

  • Kristie Brousseau

    May 27, 2009

    im looking for a really cool from to put on my foot, i cant seem to find one any where, i need it to be green, with a lil blue and purple in it, can u help me out.

    this would be my 10th tattoo, i have..
    a chick on my leg,
    snoopy on my hip,
    4ever on my right rist,
    Love on my left rist
    aheart wit a snake around it on my right shoulder,
    3 cherrie hearts on my left shoulder,
    a stair in the middle of my chest,
    Maddyx on my left boob(thats my daughter), Scotty on my right boob,(thats my bf)
    and know i want a frog,
    if u can help me out it would be great,

  • percy

    May 27, 2009

    wow man you re a genius ……….
    the guru of modern day tattoo artist ……
    man i just want to ask if you have any bionic design tattoo ?

  • kevin

    May 27, 2009

    thanks mark vary helpful for use less talented in scriped drawing and other font idias keep it comein

  • Ronald Castle

    May 27, 2009

    The celtic cross is really cool. There are a lot of lettering tattoo examples in this site If your looking forward to add some ink to your life

  • Rev D

    May 27, 2009

    Awesome job Mark! You did it again! Thanks for the updates on things!

  • marc

    May 28, 2009

    The kerning (space between letters) is terrible on the angelina jolie example number 1.

  • Arjun

    May 28, 2009

    Hi Mark

    Kudos to the level of commitment shown by you!! Thanks for sharing the knowledge with us time and again. Hopefully, I am gonna visit you someday for a tattoo !

  • Hayley Sealy

    May 28, 2009

    Hiya Mark, i love ur tattoo designs. I have 3 tattoos already and really would like another, however i am terrible at drawing. Do you have, or are you able to post a few tattoo images of henna designs. I would love to get my third tattoo on my back.
    Thanks, Hayley

  • Olita

    May 28, 2009


  • ezel

    May 28, 2009

    i guess i’ve been waiting for sth like that,it’s very usefull!
    thank you so much! :)))

  • Mark

    May 28, 2009


    Ok then..if I get to see it when it’s done :)

  • donna scott

    May 28, 2009

    thay are kool

  • Chris

    May 29, 2009

    Awesome job Mark! You did it again! Thanks for the Stuff!!!!

  • Rani

    May 29, 2009

    thomas, how about a spread of 5 cards with a winning hand, say aces over kings, sort of a pun on “Texas Hold ‘em”?


  • Rani

    May 29, 2009

    @Sexybutt, what a neat idea! How about a dragon holding a crystal ball, with a star on the ball or perhaps on the dragon’s chest or the dragon superimposed on a star? I just Googled “dragon holding crystal ball” and found all kinds of figurines that could be used as a model for your drawing. Here are some of my favorites: (I would put the crystal ball into the dragon’s talon and skip Merlin entirely)

    Although I designed my own tat,I am a portrait artist, this is not my forté, but my daughter’s BF draws fantasy-art beautifully. If you want his email, let me know and I’ll happily share it with you.


  • Sexybutt

    May 30, 2009

    @Rani, thank you very much for your comments,,,, Now I have more ideas…. I liked the idea of a dragon with a star on the chest,, but you know I want the darwing very neat,, like clean,, not to agressive…do I make myself explain? I am latinoamerican…
    Also , can you send me your daughters BF email ? thank you, maybe he can help me with the drawing?

  • wanita

    May 31, 2009

    Dude! very nice Thanks for sharing!

  • Gypsy

    May 31, 2009

    Very cool email, though I must say I have been doing that which you wrote about, for years. I have used the computer and typography books to personalize custom tattoos for a very long time. Glad someone else understands and sees an easier way to make tattoos personalized especially with so much flash on the market today!!!!

  • ehricka

    May 31, 2009

    i like ur tatoo designs very much

  • keely

    May 31, 2009

    keep up the gooood work!

  • Jackie

    June 1, 2009

    Thanks for posting this now I can get an awesome looking tattoo that is so meaningful to me of my kids

  • Mark

    June 1, 2009

    @kenneth hébert,

    Yes, why not? :)


  • Mark

    June 1, 2009


    No, not from the new artist, but you’re not the only one to ask for bionic tattoos so I’m probably going to ask them for a few in that category!


  • Dear, Mr. Mark…
    Um, I would like to say thank-you so much, all of the letter’s um, I mean mailings have definately created a trust for me to think that I will be able to be a member sometime I mean, I have to tell you that it might take patience on your side for me too, yet, I did buy a tattoo gun, it had everything, and a few extra for me bro’s, someone like you makes the apprentice search for me worthwhile, because I try, and would love to build a relationship, I mean chastized yet, oh now I know why they say they go to see Cody,. I have a tribal butterfly on my back, it reminds me of madam butterfly, and the evenessence of the sleeping prophet taken place in the beauty of the philipeans. bye.

  • ONGong

    June 5, 2009

    always cool !

  • Max

    June 10, 2009

    Thanks Mark That was cooooooooool

  • DT

    June 10, 2009

    I mean a hebrew tattoo on the back or neck.
    the words: LIVE LAUGH LOVE
    in Hebrew
    Thank you so much.

  • stacy

    June 13, 2009

    KUDO’S for all the much needed info & advice. The Tat’s are pretty sweet too.

  • chatere

    June 17, 2009

    were do u buy the equiptment from and how much is it if u can please send it in fedex to chatere the nassau guardian

  • Chris

    June 17, 2009

    thanks again for the art

  • gonzoniko1

    July 7, 2009

    thanks for the heads up on this one Mark. i love it. you’re the man.

  • john thomas

    July 7, 2009

    I’m 58 got my 1st tattoo for my 50th birthday. I’m ready for my 2nd one armband or inner forearm. Black/gray but I went sometime to reflect my era,I’m a vietnam vet,you got the 60′s,grass,70′s,peace and free love,woodstock.
    Anyone got any ideas,went this to be one of a kind but not to crowed to take away from the art.

  • devin

    July 8, 2009

    @Mark, these are cool ideas thanks for the link to do the lettering

  • derek

    July 11, 2009

    awesome!!! this will help a lot of people.

  • nonye

    July 12, 2009

    ohooo this are realy nice i like them thanks

  • Kamikazi

    July 13, 2009

    Nice blog, I would like to add that you can also use other computer programs not just word or paint… personally i prefer adobe photoshop it allows me to do alot more… I have taken images of different designs people have come to me with and combined them into one tattoo easily without having to redraw it which saves ALOT of time and actually makes it look a little more professional and Adobe Photoshop isn’t that hard to learn for basic work.

  • gary

    July 15, 2009

    hey dudes i prefer much cheaper

  • tyler parkinson

    July 15, 2009

    these tats are smoking hott dam this is a good sight thanks

  • Gerard O'L

    July 19, 2009

    Found this brilliant,always found it hard 2 find a site wil reali gud fonts!!

    reali helpfull

  • Stacey

    July 19, 2009

    great ideas mark! got any ideas on tattoos for the neck area please? have been researching but wud love to see some of ur ideas. thx mate x

  • vidya

    July 27, 2009

    hey mark send me a photo of yourself and then i would tell you if “I Love Mark”:) love the lettering

  • brian ward

    July 30, 2009

    i want a tattoo to show that i love my kids and will protect them. any thoughts of what i could have. it is for my upper arm and shoulder. thanks

  • Tony Zimmermann

    July 31, 2009

    Hey Mark..As i said in my previous email to you, I absolutely enjoy the designs you have sent, but I still have not been able to decide which one i want. I have considered a Tiger with my name in old English letterin as you have shown. What do you think?

    Regards….Tony Z

  • ya2n

    August 1, 2009

    @gary, yeah… agree much cheaper and much insane too…

  • nikita kallee

    August 3, 2009

    @Mark, you have helped me so much,i think i now no exactly wat i want but still deciding on wer………cool stuff


  • cindy

    August 8, 2009

    hi , i just loved looking at all the phonts. i am planning on a new tattoo soon, so this has been great for me to be able to feel like i have a little more to do with the design of my tattoo, its amazing to feel like you are a part of thhe design just by cooosing the font that you would like…awesome thankx.

  • patricia

    August 8, 2009

    hi that a brill site a few years bk i lost 3members of my family in a fishing boat tragidy all with the same name micheal greene they were grandfather,father,son and that was 3mths after my father passed away i av been looking for a special tat just for them so thank you for the web site im no good at drawing bt at least it will give me a few ideas so thanks for that and the lettering it great.

  • linley

    August 9, 2009

    these tattoos are total wicked i LOVE the one it:My Little Angle.

  • joe

    August 13, 2009

    @Mark, im an artist .all my freinds say i should do tats for a there a way i can show you my work personal.and let me know what you think……….Joe

  • Reggirl

    August 16, 2009

    Hi Mark, thanks for the email on this, yes it is cool, I love different fonts (lettering). I have a small collection that I am trying to add to, thankyou…this will make it look a bit

  • Roon

    August 17, 2009

    thanx for your idea’

    greetz Roon

  • KotkaMroku

    August 24, 2009

    Hey Mark,

    Great tips again. There is a site with custom fonts too, it’s
    The downloading of fonts is easy (just as installing them), and there is a LOT of choice.

  • mark h

    August 28, 2009

    @gary, The first font site he linked to WAS
    Pay attention, buddy.

  • Peter

    September 3, 2009

    Like a lot of guys Imade the mistake 20 years ago of getting hair transpant surgery. Now I shave my head along with 1.5 Billion men and women world wide.

    So I have this scar in the back, a tat is the PERFECT way to replace something ugly with something beautiful, although I won’t be able to see it!

    There are so many people faced with same dilema, the options most promoted are laser and plastic surgery, both time consuming and a fortune in costs. A tattoo provided a sensible option. If it’s something you might care to write about, or get additinal info on – I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.



  • ashley

    September 10, 2009

    Thanks for all the tattoo designs. These are awesome ideas. I plan on getting more tattoos. I’m just not on the computer that often to take the membership offer. If possible to keep receiving these emails with tattoo samples I’d love that.
    Thanks Mark!

  • Olivia

    September 12, 2009

    Wow this is awesome.
    Funny how such a simple thing can hinder you so badly.

    Thanks for the website!

  • John Bargas

    September 13, 2009

    These are of no value to me. I am interested in traditional CHINESE
    dragons only.


  • manu

    September 15, 2009

    I want a tattoo of scorpio. Do u have? if yes send it immediately.

  • henryjones

    September 17, 2009

    Cool stuff thanks

  • jesse

    September 20, 2009

    @brittany, are u more into art work or slinging ink?

  • Barbara

    September 21, 2009

    My bestfriend, Jeff, is a tattoo artist and he has plenty of different style tattoos that symbolize one thing or another in his life. He has asked me to create a tattoo that I beleive symbolizes how I see him. I would really like some help on ideas. The way I would describe him is a man with a huge heart and a totured soul. I’ve loved him for six years, and although he tries hard to do right, bad things usually follow him. He went from being a drunk that spent all of his money drinking at the bars, to being a responsible, hard working man who spends time at home and in his shop. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003 and it has gotten increasingly worse year by year, and instead of staying out at the bars all night, he chooses to come home and take care of me. He has done so much for me, and I am honored that he wants me to create a tattoo for him. I would really appreciate any ideas you may have that would express how I feel about him and who I see him as. Thank You, Barbara

  • Nicole Dinsmore

    September 21, 2009

    thats awesome mark. I really like ur stuff!

  • phenyo vincent otukile

    September 25, 2009

    cool stuff dude,but put up more skull tattoos.i really love them.

  • ranger

    September 27, 2009

    big help for those who want a unique and personalize tats, thanks.

  • Iryne

    September 29, 2009

    They are nice you must be a good on graphics design. I’m looking for a nice chinese dragon and simple cross so I can put the date/year and initials of my dad.

  • Roxanne

    October 3, 2009

    Hey mark i love the fact that you help people find a way to be more artistic with there upcoming tattoos. And thanks for the link it helps a lot especially since i want a scripture down my spine.

  • Mary

    October 8, 2009

    Mark, I like your designs but I was looking for a tattoo to honor my GodParents. Angels, or a heart with angel wings something along that line. Please send me some if you have some. Thanks

  • Sophia Tufuor

    October 8, 2009

    thanks mark yeah some ideas are coming into my head just need a lot of practice

  • chieleo

    October 12, 2009

    wow that cool mark..

  • crazybitch

    October 12, 2009

    @Mark, i have a half done tat on my back of
    black bears so i am looking for bears and there cubs in the wild around water falls to get finished i have looked and cant find any thing so please help me when it is done it will take up my whole back…

  • David Cantwell

    October 14, 2009

    Thanks for the pics Mark.You have some very good artist.This shade work is what I am looking for. Thanks your friend Dave

  • tyra ardler

    October 18, 2009

    hey they were pretty cool

  • David Cantwell

    October 19, 2009

    That is cool Thx man your Friend Dave

  • shane austin

    October 19, 2009

    thanks for pic updates but really interested in a cute gothic fairy its for my beack to go under my daughters name.
    but great ink work thanks for the updates.

  • jasmen miranda

    October 19, 2009

    nice this one mark! n0w i’ve got an idea!;D tnx dude!..but s0me chinese letter you dont have any example 4 that??

  • rebecca

    October 19, 2009

    hay mark those are some good fonts hope to see some more

  • josephina

    October 19, 2009

    thanx, i really thought this will be useful for my back,,lol..


    November 4, 2009

    mark your tattos is so cool

  • karen gardiner

    July 22, 2010

    Fantastic site, great tattoos x

  • Stizen

    August 29, 2010

    @Allan, nice to see I’m not the only one addicted to the tattoing needles!!!! My tattooist thinks I’m totally crazy as the sound of the machine and the needles relaxes me soooo much it’s soooo hard for me not to fall asleep, LOL!

  • lynn norton

    October 7, 2010

    I love the ink.. What does the Latin, I assume, mean?

  • mark

    December 6, 2010

    I like the lettering GAVE ME SOME IDEAS.

  • HDwrench

    February 14, 2011

    Hey im havein a prob puttimg the font into the font folder once ive downloaded and unziped the file! can u help?

  • Yochi

    August 8, 2012

    Augh! I am a Mac user!

    anyone have a similar for Mac OSX?

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