Digital Style Text — Can be used for writing text in a block or rows of crystals where certain crystals are substituted by a different colour to form text. See image above for an example or you can view the complete alphabet here. Unlike the previous example there is some flexibility for rounding out the lettering so that it looks more appealing.
Monday, February 13, The Letter of the Law: I realize its a current fad to get scads of text, we see it all the time. And it drives us crazy.
Below are bullet points of why. You, dear tattoo client, are not flat white paper. It looks like crap. And Guttenberg spins in his grave. This is why no one has invented billboards for telephone poles or railings, because no one could read it. The best tattoos, as the Japanese knew hundreds of years ago, work with the body, not fight against it.
This is also why some Asian art may seem two dimensional on paper, but the same art on a body springs to life. Text does the opposite of this. It becomes a visual road block, destroying your natural curves. Good tattoos use a lot of graphic tricks to fight the fact that tattoos are on a curvy stretchy colored surface that will age for up to sixty to eighty years.
Text has none of these tools, it takes every one of these tools out of the hands of the artist. Well, the fact that I was expelled from Hogwarts has nothing to do with the fact that there is no magic to be worked. In order to read something like that, you need to use up an entire pec, or a quarter of your back.
This is the kind of skin that could be used for the kind of award winning masterpieces that collectors wish they still had open skin for. Instead its now filled up with an old grocery list. Text tattoos do not. No one flies to Paris to visit the amazing lettering exhibit at the Louvre.
No one buys an Ozzy t shirt because its a whole shirt full of Helvetica. No one covers their bedroom with liner notes. No one buys an album because of the great spelling on the cover.
If art screams, text mumbles. We tell people this all the time. One of the things we used to do was design for the music industry, posters, shirts, album covers, No one ever heard of a famous bumper sticker robbery. Which would you rather be, a Picasso, or a post it note?
One of the magical things about a good tattoo is that its timeless. As you get older, you will change a lot. This is a good thing. The same goes for any number of people viewing your tattoo, they will each see something different.
A good tattoo will grow with you. Text is just about the opposite of this. Words, by their very existence, define. Its why we invented them. There is little to no room for you to play the part of interpreter. Or, if a phrase does offer a number of different meanings, it usually is some gimmicky terrible word play or badly written inspirational saying that belongs on a doily knitted by your grandma, not engraved on your skin.
And that definite meaning is not going to travel with you into the future, not the same way fine art does. Never once have I ever read a tattoo that had anywhere near that level of impact.I t 's T i m e t o G e t C r e a t i v e Learn Calligraphy!
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