We headed out for a chat with the guys at Ink’d Up in Guildford - home of some of the best freehand script work we’ve seen in Sydney - to see what they have to say about text-based tattoos.
So, what are the ingredients for great script?
When it comes to script, less is more. Great script is unique, but not overworked or too detailed. It needs to be beautiful but you still need to be able to tell what it says. Here at Ink’d Up our script specialist Ambrose freehands all his script, so you know you’re going to get an original style that really suits where the ink is going.
Absolutely! if you overdo it on the script it really loses its impact. The less is more rule applies here as well - try to limit script to one or two of your tattoos. The other thing to think about is the fact that if you have script, people will try to read it - so placement is really important. If it’s going to make you feel self conscious to have people staring at where you want your words, think about putting them somewhere else.
Speaking of placement, is there anywhere you wouldn’t recommend getting text?
Fingers are a common place for people to want letters - and on the knuckles that’s not too bad, but the new trend toward script on the sides of fingers is a real pain in the ass. There’s just no longevity to them and people are going to wind up disappointed with how they look after about 6 months more often than not. Size also matters when it comes to script - you need to match the size to the style otherwise it’s likely to be illegible or age badly (especially for smaller script).
The old standard: think before you ink. Do you really want a tattoo? Do you really want THAT tattoo? Do you really want it where you think you want it? Don’t be afraid to spend a little time thinking about what you want - you’re going to be living with that decision for a LONG time.
And listen to your artist - they know what they’re talking about! If they tell you something won’t work, it’s not because they want to ruin your day, it’s because they don’t want a bad idea to ruin your tattoo. Some things just don’t work in some places - and if you try to make them to, you’re only going to end up unhappy.
So there you have it folks - that's the final word on script tattoos from some of the best in the biz! If you have any questions about word-based tattoos, give Ian and the crew at Ink'd Up a call on 9892 2547, check them out on Facebook here, or drop in to see them at 93 O'Neill Street Guildford.
But before you do ... check out some of their best tattoos - script and otherwise: