Name Tattoos – Ideas, Font Recommendations & Name Tattoo Designs

Introduction to Name Tattoos

Lover’s Name Tattoos

Name tattoos are and will always be popular. Names are labels used to signify our identity.  For that reason, they make great tattoos.  However, one must remember that name tattoos are permanent.  It doesn’t really seem make much difference though; for if you’re driven by a desire to seek out name tattoos it’s virtually an unstoppable urge. This urge usually comes from the heart. Because you have felt some sort of deep emotion about your relationship with this person and want to have them permanently become a part of your body.  Ink will do that for you. For some, it’s the birth of child, others a deceased loved one, a new love, a person who has put you on a path of righteousness, or someone who has saved your life in one way or another.  A suggestion for those of you who are not absolutely sure about a name tattoo, consider placing it in a hidden spot.  These are the most commonly requested types of name tattoos and your name tattoo ideas will probably fall in here somewhere..

Name Tattoo Ideas

Last Name Tattoos – Last name tattoos are a great way to show family pride. Your family name in ink on your body shows respect to you father, grandfather, uncle and so on for both men and women. Women may choose their birth name when taking on a new name for their name tattoo. This same idea applies to cultures that carry both the matriarchal and patriarchal naming patterns and they now live in a country that doesn’t understand. They may want to illustrate the last name they no longer use.  For tattoo ideas lets design a pattern on the upper back. Using cursive style lettering and filling each letter more solid at the bottom will give a bold and dimensional look, and the cool part is they will have to look for a bit to read it. The men may want to add scroll work all around the tattoo. The girls may wish to add flowers, angel wings or a cherub.

Cool Name Tattoos – Cool name tattoos are referring to the font used in the lettering of the tattoo, or in some cases the use of objects or things used as the last name. If you are tattooing your name, there are hundreds of font options available to choose from. This will be something to work with your artist on. For instance, if your last name happens to be an object or a thing like Rose, Green or Jackson then use it for your last name. As a sample Linda Rose would have Linda with a long stem red rose behind the name. A person with last name Jackson could use a jack, a toy jack, and the paper money with the illustration of Andrew Jackson on it.

Tribal Name Tattoos – Tribal name tattoos can be fun to design and very interesting to look at for the viewer as well. When done in a tribal flame or razor wire design with borders; the name tends to blend in and take the viewer a minute or two to see your name in it. Tribal name tattoos also look good when used in animals like turtles, dolphins or wolves.

Kids Name Tattoos – Kids name tattoos have a long history in the tattoo world. For many parents this is the only tattoo they have. There are many designs and fonts available to be used. A simple tattoo idea may be the child’s name with date of birth under it. For a more complex design, place the Childs’s image above the name with banners in rich boy colors or girl colors. If possible leave room in the tattoo design just in case you have a second or third child.

Heart Name Tattoos – Heart name tattoos are popular with both men and women. This tattoo design represents love, for your spouse, mom, dad, grandparents and even your pet. An idea for heart name tattoos could be using a red heart as the background image with your moms name in the center, then cross two yellow roses under the heart with scroll or banner work off to the sides of the heart.

Stylish Name Tattoos

Celtic Name Tattoos – Celtic name tattoos in their woven knot patterns are a great looking tattoo. The rich history and classic look set these name tattoos apart from the rest. As a sample Celtic name tattoo, try your name in a half circle in Celtic knots above a three leaf clover, also in Celtic knot pattern, with each clover in green, white, and red ink.

Chinese Name Tattoos – Chinese name tattoos are highly used today. By entering your name in a translator application you can see your name in Chinese to form your pattern. The Chinese lettering looks very bold and stands out when done in dark ink. Try using the Chinese lettering running down the dragon’s back center line with its wings spread wide open.

Placement and Coloring of Name Tattoos

Coloring – Name tattoos are generally inked in dark colors such as black and dark blue.  However, many people add additional items to their name tattoos.  These are often inked in full color.  Flowers, banners, scrolls, portraits, stars, footprints, and background shading will only add to those name tattoos.  You will be choosing from an array of colors, so it always best to keep in mind that body art is part of what your wear every day.  For women, consider your skin color and the color of clothing you most commonly wear that will complement your name tattoos. For instance, if using a flower and you like purple, consider white, yellow or red flowers.  For men, sometimes just colored shading in the scroll will really show off that additional item.  Nice choices for that scroll are turquoise, other blues, greens, and reds.

Placement of Name Tattoo Designs

 Larger personal name tattoos are frequently seen on the upper back. Children’s names tattoos are most often seen on the arms where the easily visible; again keep in mind to save room for additional children! Smaller name tattoos can be placed just about anywhere you want, hands, ankle, feet, neck, fingers, wrists, lower back, hip, and legs.  For those of you who want hidden name tattoos; breast, buttocks, behind the ear, and low on the hip.

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