51 Best Tattoo Fonts (Gothic & Calligraphy)

Tattooing has a long history and was probably invented more than 10,000 years ago. From script and display fonts to bold and elegant ones, there are numerous tattoo fonts to choose from.

For a design to be successful, you need the right collection of fonts. Especially for retro and calligraphy designs, choosing an exceptional font is crucial. For this reason, we have identified the 51 best tattoo fonts that will frame your gothic and calligraphy designs in a great way.

We have created this article for those who want to use the ultimate list of fonts for their tattoo designs. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Tattoo Fonts


Acuentre by ilhamtaro

If you are looking for a free font that reminds you of a beautifully hand-drawn tattoo, Acuente is an excellent choice. This font contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and specially designed punctuation.

Price: Free

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Young Heart Font

Alit Design introduced one of the best calligraphy fonts on the market. This is an ideal font for numerous types of designs, such as logos and posters. Best of all, it is free to use for both personal and commercial use.

Price: Free

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Tattoo Shop

Tattoo Shop does exactly what its name suggests; it’s an amazing font to remind your audience what a tattoo shop looks like. With over 300k downloads and a great collection of glyphs, this font is a must-have.

Price: Free

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Old School – cool tattoo retro font

Doffdog is known for its great designs. Old School is a great choice for anyone interested in tattoo designs that use retro fonts. It includes four bonus logo templates, capital letters, punctuation, and numerals.

Price: Premium

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Tattoo Master label font

Vozzy Vintage Fonts is the ultimate choice when it comes to vintage designs. With five font styles of Regular, Texture, Shadow, Full, and Aged, you will find everything you need to create a unique tattoo design.

Price: Premium

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Sailors Diary Tattoo Style Font

Sailors Diary Tattoo Style Font is one of the best typefaces to choose from if you love retro fonts that bring to mind old sailor tattoos. It contains more than 220 alternate letters and 180 special characters, as well as punctuation to make your tattoo look like an old-school handmade design.

Price: Premium

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Chicano Font | Tattoo Style

If you want to have a premium font for your tattoo designs, then Chicano Font is your choice. Chinano includes uppercase and lowercase letters, numerals, a wide variety of punctuation and ligatures. In addition, the lowercase letters include exceptional alternatives and ending swashes.

Price: Premium

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Familia Tattoo Lettering Font

Muntab_Art has created one of the most popular tattoo lettering fonts on the market. The bundle includes an amazing font full of beautiful swashes, all characters, numbers, and punctuation.

Price: Premium

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Precious Font

Precious Font is an exceptional font that you can use for free for both personal and commercial use. If you are looking for a great free handwritten font, this is the one for you.

Price: Free

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Beyond Wonderland Tattoo Font

Chris Hansen designed one of our favorite free tattoo fonts. Beyond Wonderland reminds us of both hand-drawn tattoos and scary Halloween fonts. For this reason, it is an ideal font for different design categories.

Price: Premium

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Maldito Font | Tattoo Style

If you are looking for a typeface that reminds you of tattoos, Muntab_Art has created the one for you. Maldito is a very popular font that combines Mexican fonts with retro tattoo designs.

Price: Premium

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Chicano Vol. 02 | Tattoo style

Chicano is a similar font to Maldito that has a few more calligraphy elements. The bundle includes all characters, numbers, punctuation, and numerous ligatures for unique outcomes.

Price: Premium

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Chopin Script Font

Chopin is one of the best script tattoo fonts we could find. It can be used for free (personal and commercial use), and it is perfect for elegant calligraphy designs with ligatures.

Price: Free

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Strong West – Retro Tattoo Font

As its name suggests, Strong West is one of the most well-known bold fonts with nostalgic elements. The serif typeface includes uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, punctuation, and multilingual support.

Price: Premium

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Cattedrale | Gothic Blackletter

When it comes to gothic fonts, it simply doesn’t get any better than Cattedrale. The font reminds us of metal music and gothic design. For this reason, it is perfect for clothing, branding, logos, and pretty much any gothic design.

Price: Premium

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Rebel Bones bold Font

As its designer mentions, Rebel Bones is the ultimate font for motorcycle designs. The bundle is free to download and includes all-caps characters, numbers, and punctuation.

Price: Free

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Serval

If you are looking for a more elegant tattoo font, Serval is a smart choice. Although the font is free to download and you can use it for personal designs, you have to contact the designer before any commercial use.

Price: Free

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Lazyday

As with most script fonts, Lazyday is ideal for projects that need a handwritten touch. StringLabs are very well-known for their captivating tattoo fonts, and Lazyday is free to download and use for personal projects (no commercial use allowed without a license).

Price: Free

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Lordish

With three different weights (thin/light/regular) and all essential characters and symbols, Lordish is a must-own gothic font. The bundle also includes ornaments and international characters.

Price: Premium

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AZ Vintage Tattoo

Inspired by the early 1900s, AZ Vintage Tattoo font is a unique typeface. The font uses a retro look and is ideal for headlines and titles in retro designs. The package includes uppercase letters, numbers, and basic punctuation.

Price: Premium

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Gold Queen Vintage Font

Gold Queen is an amazing choice for vintage fonts that remind of retro shops like tattoo studios and barbershops. Harry Kasyanov has specially designed uppercase characters, numbers, and punctuation.

Price: Free

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Sewstain

Sewstain is a unique calligraphy font created by Typesgal. The font is free for both personal and commercial use and includes all needed characters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols.

Price: Free

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Sailor Font

This sailor font is the best way to go if you are looking for a characteristic typeface to frame your vintage (pre WW2) designs. The bundle includes all-caps letters, numbers, and punctuation.

Price: Premium

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Sacred Bridge Tattoo Font

Sacred Bridge is one of our favorite old fashion fonts. Bombastype designed a complete bundle that includes 11 fonts, numerous graphics, and all characters and symbols.

Price: Premium

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Chompton

Chompton is a beautiful handwritten font, ideal for designs with urban characteristics. The font is 100% free to use for both personal and commercial use. Chomptom includes uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, and full punctuation.

Price: Free

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Avestrava Gothic Font

If you are looking for a free gothic typeface to use for your tattoo designs, Avestrava is one of the best we could find. The font was recently designed by ilhamtaro and is free to use for personal designs.

Price: Free

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Hugtophia Calligraphy Tattoo Font

Hugtophia is one of the best vintage fonts on the market. The demo version can be downloaded and used for free (personal use only). This typeface is one of the most elegant tattoo fonts on our list.

Price: Free

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Sarcastic Typeface + Extras

Graptail designed Sarcastic, one of the complete tattoo font bundles we could find. With numerous ligatures, swashes, and contextual alternates, this OpenType font is a must-have.

Price: Premium

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Lile Dahliya

If you’re searching for a calligraphic yet minimalist font, Lile Dahliya is simply the best choice. Alcode contains two different weights, a collection of ornaments, and all the essential characters.

Price: Premium

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Ink Master old school tattoo font

Ink Master is one of the most popular old-school tattoo fonts on the market. The bundle is ideal for all kinds of vintage designs and includes six fonts, all characters, and multilingual support.

Price: Premium

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Tattoo Deco

Tattoo Deco is a unique display font inspired by art deco construction. For this reason, this is a perfect typeface for numerous designs that need a sober style. The bundle includes all-caps characters and numbers.

Price: Premium

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Brock Script Font

If you want a font that reminds you of yesteryear’s handwritten letters and poems, Brock is the best script tattoo font for you. The best part is that this font is free for both personal and commercial use.

Price: Free

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Mardian Tattoo Font

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Tattooed Sailor | Vintage Serif Font

tattooed sailor vintage serif font

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SOUTHSIDE | EXTRA BONUS

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Candelabra Font + Extras

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Reckless + Fabulous DropCaps (Bonus)

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Andaluzia

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Tattoo Ink

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The Bearded Sailor – Tattoo Font

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Desirable Calligraphy

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Tribal Font

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Young Heart Typeface

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Inked Skin

inked skin

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Caroollina

caroollina

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Secret Society

flash sale secret society

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Starella Tattoo

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Mortal Tattoo Font

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Storm Fighter

storm fighter

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Bad Sailor Typeface

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S&S GreyHood Font Bundles

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of free and premium tattoo fonts. You can choose one of them to create a stunning tattoo on your skin. Don’t hesitate to share your tattoo in the comments below.

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