Choosing a tattoo font is a big deal – last thing you want is to have the wrong design permanently inked on your skin, right? Good news is, there are designers and typographers all over the globe creating amazing tattoo fonts, and there are many that won't cost you a penny. 

But where do you start? How do you find free tattoo fonts in a style that you love enough to have put on your body? We've scoured the web to find you the top free tattoo fonts for designers, and if you need a bit of inspiration on your overall design, be sure to take a look at our round-up of the best tattoo designs and some more out-there tattoo art

01. Xanax

Tattoo fonts: Xanax

Xanax also works nicely as a graffiti font

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Apostrophic Labs' Xanax is a solid-looking 3D font with more than a touch of graffiti swagger, and just the thing for a tattoo font that stands out from the crowd. It features upper and lower-case characters, and it's free for all uses.

02. Rustic Love Tattoo

Tattoo fonts: Rustic Love Tattoo

Who can resist a bit of rustic love?

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Get some rustic love in your life with this jolly little tattoo font from Chequered Ink that's free for personal use and charities. It also works as an acceptable alternative to Comic Sans.

03. Ginga

Tattoo fonts: Ginga

Ginga has an inky feel to it

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Ginga is an inky tattoo font from arch-script typographer Billy Argel. It is on the grungier end of the spectrum, with its destroyed aesthetic – and don't forget to use the > and < symbols to create the tails. Ginga is free for personal use, but you can buy it for commercial purposes from $39.

04. Tuamotu

Tattoo fonts: Tuamotu

Tuamotu’s tribal flourishes are a real eye-catcher

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This South Pacific-inspired tattoo font by Imagex Fonts is really brought to life by its tribal designs within the letterforms. It's free for personal use; contact Imagex if you want to use it commercially.

05. Always Beside You

Tattoo fonts: Always Beside You

Always Beside You is a script font with just a hint of scratchiness

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Jonathan Harris is a veritable font monster, with over 433 fonts on FontSpace and more than 11 million downloads to his credit. For a taste of his skills, check out Always Beside You, a slightly scratchy script font that's perfect for tattoo designs and free for personal use.

06. Lemon Jelly

Tattoo fonts: Lemon Jelly

No, not that one

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This one caught our eye because it shares its name with Fred Deakin's old band; free for personal use, it's a big and friendly-looking script font created by Billy Argel.

07. Serval

Tattoo fonts: Serval

This feline font has some lovely strokes, but it might scratch

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This calligraphic font from Maelle.K and Thomas Boucherie is gloriously scratchy and perfect for taking the edge off a too-serious script tattoo. It's free to use, but contact the designers if you have any commercial plans for it.

08. Tattoo Vieja Escuela 1

Tattoo fonts: Vieja Escuela

If Beavis and Butt-Head got tattoos, it would be one of these

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Swish, painstakingly-designed tattoo fonts are all well and good, but sometimes you want a tattoo that looks like it was done in prison with a contraband blade and a ballpoint pen. If so, step up this awesome set of old-school ink from Woodcutter.

09. Tribal Tattoo

Tattoo fonts: Tribal Tattoo

One of these would go nicely with a Global Hypercolour T-shirt

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Want a bit of retro class? Get your '90s on with this collection of eye-catching tribal designs, featuring plenty of Celtic knots, stylised dragons, spirit insects and spiky abstract designs.

10. Sailor Scrawl

Tattoo fonts: Sailor Scrawl

Celebrate a life on the ocean wave with this nautical font
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Get that nautical look with this salty hand-drawn font from the Out of Step Font Company. Each letterform features a little diamond, and it's free for personal use. 

11. Man Down

Tattoo fonts: Man Down

This Maori-inspired tattoo font is a joy to look upon
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We love the bold strokes of this new decorative font from British studio Chequered Ink. Inspired by Maori tattoos, this fantastic tribal font is free for personal use, you can purchase a licence to use it commercially.

12. MOM 

Tattoo fonts: MOM

MOM is inspired by old-school tattoo lettering
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Inspired by old-school lettering, designer Rafa Miguel created tattoo font MOM. "I'm a big fan of American traditional tattoos, this is a just a tribute to the great artists that use this style," he comments on Behance. MOM is available for free for both personal and commercial use.

13. Reditum 

Tattoo fonts: Reditum

Add a touch of class with Reditum
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The first of a number of stunning scripts in this list designed by talented fontsmith Måns Grebäck, Reditum is a calligraphic font that's guaranteed to add a touch of style to your designs. Free for personal use, it comes complete with a number of glyphs and standard ligatures.

14. Lina Script 

Tattoo fonts: Lina Script

Designers Vicky Mardian and Måns Grebäck collaborated on Lina Script
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This slick tattoo-style script font has a cheeky touch of graffiti to it. Designed by Vicky Mardian and Måns Grebäck, a full commercial licence will set you back $59 but you can download a free demo for personal use.

15. Angel Tears 

Tattoo fonts: Angel Tears

Packed with character, Angel Tears has a beautiful handmade feel
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Angel Tears, by Billy Angel, boasts a gorgeous hand-drawn feel. With 128 characters – including upper case, lower case and punctuation – it'll add a distressed look to your designs.

16. Tribal Dragon 

Tattoo fonts: Tribal Dragon

You get a basic Latin character map with Tribal Dragon

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A playful upper-case tattoo font, Tribal Dragon was created by prolific font designer Jonathan Harris and is free for personal use.

17. Blackletter 

Tattoo fonts: Blackletter

You can use this tattoo font for both personal and commercial projects
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Created by Dieter Steffmann, this tattoo font is licensed as freeware, which means that – unlike most on this list – it's available for both commercial and personal projects; no questions asked.

18. Crux 

Tattoo fonts: Crux

Download these brilliant designs for free
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Crosses are a staple of tattoo design, and this dingbat font by Spanish designer Woodcutter brings together a range of brilliant designs that you can download for free.

19. Precious 

Tattoo fonts: Precious

BoltCutterDesign has created a number of free fonts

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Designed by BoltCutterDesign, Precious Regular is a traditional, calligraphy inspired tattoo font that you can download today. The graphic design company has also created a wide range of free fonts, so be sure to check out its site.

20. Pentagon 

Tattoo fonts: Pentagon

Go for a different tattoo font with Pentagon
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Pentagon is a less traditional free tattoo font offering but by no means is it dull. You can download Pentagon for free if it's for personal use – we think plenty of you'll have fun experimenting with this design.

21. Little Lord Fontleroy 

Tattoo fonts: Little Lord

Enjoy another free font from designer Nick Curtis
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Designer Nick Curtis has produced over eleven hundred fonts – almost five hundred of them freeware fonts, which have been downloaded and enjoyed by over three million people worldwide.

22. Spring 

Tattoo fonts: Spring

Spring showcases the illustrative elements of tattoos
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This free tattoo font entitled Spring, combines the illustrative elements of tattoo designs with the traditional, calligraphy style typography that is often etched with ink.

23. Rose Tattoo 

Tattoo fonts: Rose Tattoo

Rose Tattoo font is free for any personal work

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Going with the more handwriting font style, Rose is free for any personal design work. Featuring only capital letters, this is one of those tattoo fonts that's perfect for headlines and eye-catching straps.

24. VTKS Tattoo 

Tattoo fonts: Viks

You can have these tattoo fonts filled or outlined
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Consisting of both lower case and capital letters, VTKS Tattoo font is a mix of old and new style tattoo typography. As is often the case with downloads of no-cost tattoo fonts, the creators would appreciate donations and so if you do end up using it, we'd encourage you to be generous.

25. Cute Tattoo 

Tattoo fonts: Cute Tattoo

Go down the cute route with this tattoo font

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This cute font comes in capital letters that makes for a brilliant headline font. The subtle additions to each letter make this one of the more fun and playful tattoo fonts we've seen, and will provide plenty of typography experimentation.

26. Extra Ornamental No. 2 

Tattoo fonts: Extra Ornamental

A fancy approach to tattoo fonts 

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Extra Ornamental No. 2 is a fancier approach to tattoo fonts, with its extra attention to detail, swoops and shading. As a 'busier' font design, it may only work in bigger scales.

27. True Love 

Tattoo fonts: True Love

Davide Cariani’s True Love design was inspired by old-school tattoo typography

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Davide Cariani is a UX designer and web developer with a passion for typography. True Love was created in his spare time and is his first type experiment. It was inspired by old school tattoo typography; glyphs available include letters, numbers, dash and dot.

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28. Blessed Day 

Tattoo fonts: Blessed Day

Blessed Day is free for personal use, with commercial licenses available to purchase

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Designer Billy Argel has some of the most popular tattoo-style fonts available to download online, Blessed Angel is another one of them. The design is free for personal use only. The commercial version is revised, with additional glyphs, and can be purchased on Argel's website.

29. Original Gangsta 

Tattoo fonts: Original Gangsta

Original Gangsta is available as free download for personal projects only
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Since we have quite a few elegant, soft script fonts in this list, we thought we'd add one that's a little more meaty. Original Gangsta is a design by Gilang Purnama Jaya of GP Typefoundry and is available free for personal, non-commercial use only.

30. Scriptina 

Tattoo fonts: Scriptina

Scriptina is by Apostrophic Labs

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This elegant script font is one of Apostrophic Labs' most popular designs, with a whopping 5.7milllion downloads to date. Free for personal use, the typeface includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and a selection of special characters.

31. Champignon 

Tattoo fonts: Champignon

Incorporate Champignon into your tattoo for an elegant design
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Are you looking to get a verse of a song or some words of wisdom into your tattoo? Then maybe this Champignon font would work in your design? Created by designer Claude Pelletier, the typeface is free for personal use, with donations to the author gratefully received.

32. Angilla Tattoo 

Tattoo fonts: Angilla

Måns Grebäck has created these edgy script tattoo fonts – free for personal use

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Designed by Måns Grebäck, this script-based addition to our tattoo fonts list includes 357 characters, and is freely available – though only for personal use. You can also buy the font for commercial use for $59 here. And don't forget to use the numbers for swashes (e.g. A1ngilla4 Tattoo8).

33. Los Angeles

Tattoo fonts: Los Angeles

This font by Vicky Mardian is all up in your face Grand Theft Auto. We approve
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As far as tattoo fonts go, they don't get much better than this. Designed by Vicky Mardian, this font evokes fond memories of LA drive-bys and botched drug runs. On the Xbox, of course. The above version is for personal use, with a commercial version available here for $20.

34. True Man Tattoos

Tattoo fonts: True Man

This dingbat font is free for personal use, and features old school tats
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If you're looking for a font-based collection of dingbat tattoo fonts, which can be used in personal projects, then True Man Tattoos is for you. Daggers through a skull? Sorted. Anchor? You bet. Horseshoe, shamrock, two dice and the number 13? You betcha!

35. Brother Tattoo 

Tattoo fonts: Brother tattoo

Another creation from talented typeface designer Mans Greback

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Another typeface from Måns Grebäck, Brother Tattoo is perfectly suited to quotes and sayings. This free demo version is available for personal use only and comes with a selection of glyphs, including letters, numbers and characters.

36. CM Tattoo Dragon 

Tattoo fonts: CM Tattoo Dragon

Christopher Means clearly enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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This movie-inspired font by Christopher Means is free for personal use, and was inspired by the poster for the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

37. Tattoo Ink 

Tattoo fonts: Ink

Type designer Ryan Splint created this Tattoo Ink font, which features scratch and angle fill effects
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This Art Deco-style font was created by typography designer Ryan Splint. This particular font features lettering containing both a scratch fill and angle fill effect. And with over a million downloads on, it's clearly a popular choice. As with most of the tattoo fonts listed here, it's free for personal use only.

38. Delinquente 

Tattoo fonts: Delinquente

Personalise your tattoo designs with this gorgeous script font Delinquente by Måns Grebäck

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Delinquente by type designer Måns Grebäck is a beautiful script font, perfectly suited to designs featuring quotes and sayings. Available free-of-charge for personal use only, the full font and commercial license can be purchased on Grebäck's website.

39. Shit Happens 

Tattoo fonts: Shit Happens

Incorporate this gorgeous typeface by Billy Argel into your tattoo designs
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This is another one from font designer Billy Argel, who has developed a number of typefaces that would be suitable for text tattoos. But this Shit Happens design is by one of his most popular. It's free for personal use, with commercial licenses available for $39 at Argel's website.

40. Canterbury 

Tattoo fonts: Canterbury

Dieter Steffman’s Canterbury typeface is free for both commercial and non-commercial purposes
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This old English-style font is one of many designs by Dieter Steffman. Created in 2003, the set includes both upper and lower case letters, special characters and numbers 0-9. This typeface is also free to use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

41. Tribal 

Tattoo fonts: Tribal

Personalise your tribal tattoo designs with this typeface by Apostrophic Lab
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Tribal tattoos are still extremely popular, so if that's the design you're going for, check out this version of tribal type by Apostrophic Lab. The free font includes a full set of upper and lower case letters, numbers and a selection of special characters. It is also free for use in both commercial and non-commercial projects.

42. Tattoo Lettering 

Tattoo fonts: Tattoo Lettering

Choose between an open design (shown above) or black fill when incorporating this typeface into your designs
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If it's a cartoon-feel you're after in your tattoo design then this typeface by Gaut Fonts is a great starting point. The download includes two sets, one open (as shown above) and the other with a black fill, both of which include uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. Free for non-commercial use only.

43. Drunk tattoo 

Tattoo fonts: Drunk Tattoo

We wonder what the inspiration for this typeface was…?
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This casual, handwritten typeface was designed by Xerographer fonts. We wonder if they created it after a heavy night out? The font set features a full set of upper and lower case letters, but no numbers. The download is free for non-commercial purposes.

44. VTC Nue Tattoo Script

Tattoo fonts: VTC Nue Tattoo Script

Incorporate this delicate script font by Larry E. Yerkes into your tattoo design
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This delicate script-style font was designed by Larry E. Yerkes of the Vigilante Typeface Corporation. Yerkes has created a number of typefaces and now has quite a collection in his dafont library, this VTC Nue Tattoo script font being one of his most popular designs. Free for non-commercial use only.

45. Lupus Blight 

Tattoo fonts: Lupus Bright

Lupus Blight typeface offers a more delicate approach to tribal tattoo designs
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We know this is the second tribal-inspired font on the list but this typeface offers a somewhat delicate take on what is normally quite a bold and heavy design. The lettering was created by Graham Meade, who has a number of other tattoo-inspired font designs online. The typeface is available for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

46. Ink In The Meat 

Tattoo fonts: Ink In The Meat

Design a gorgeous text tattoo with script-style font Ink in the Meat by Billy Argel

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Another from type designer Billy Argel, Ink in the Meat is one of his most popular downloads. The free version of this font is partial and doesn't contain any numbers. Ink in the Meat is free for personal use, with commercial licenses available at Argel's website.

47. Hustlers 

Tattoo fonts: Hustlers

Go for a retro-style design with Hustlers
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This retro-style design was created by Gilang Purnama Jaya of the Decade Type Foundry. This free demo version includes both clean and rough styles. Get the full version to use more than 300 glyphs, including various special characters.

48. Mardian 

Tattoo fonts: Mardian

Mardian is a great tattoo font for various styles
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This gorgeous tattoo-style script font was created by designer Vicky Mardian. This download is free for personal use only, with the full font and commercial license available to purchase.

49. Antlers 

Tattoo fonts: Antlers

Antlers is a striking tattoo font with an obvious influence

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Created by Måns Grebäck, this striking font, titled Antlers, will certainly make your tattoo design stand out. Available for personal use only, this typeface includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and various special characters.

50. Head Case 

Tattoo fonts: Head Case

Try something a little different with Head Case
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For a tattoo with a difference, check out designer Jonathan S. Harris's Head Case design. This playful font is available for personal use only, with commercial licenses available to purchase from Tattoowoo.

51. Echinos Park Script 

Tattoo fonts: Echinos Park Script

Ramp up the style with Echinos Park Script
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A stylised cursive font from Måns Grebäck, Echinos Park Script has a touch of calligraphy to it and stacks of character. It's free for personal use and perfect if you’re looking for a handwritten feel.

52. High on Fire 

Tattoo fonts: High on Fire

Create big, bold tattoo designs with High on Fire
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If it's big and bold that you're after, then look no further than typeface High on Fire by Billy Argel. The free version of this design is partial and only available for personal use. The full font and commercial licenses can be purchased directly from the designer.

53. Prison Tattoo 

Tattoo fonts: Prison Tattoo

New York designer Socialh does a great line in tattoo fonts
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New York-based designer Socialh regularly experiments with an array of typography styles. We love this fun, playful tattoo font, which is available to download free for any personal use.

54. Unzialish

Tattoo fonts: Unzialish

Unzialish is the perfect choice for any Celtic-style tattoo design

  • Format: TTF

This exotic, slightly elvish-looking tattoo font was created by designer Manfred Klein and is the perfect choice for any Celtic-style tattoo design. 

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