Classic Tattoos With a Typography Twist Honor Beloved Typeface Designs

Typetatts by Will Jr. Typeface graphic design, typography, tattoo fonts

In a series of expertly inked illustrations, Brazil-based graphic designer Will Jr perfectly pairs traditional tattoos of yesteryear with modern typography. Aptly named TypeTatts, his collection of body art designs convey both a nostalgia for the past and an adoration for today's typefaces.

Each digital drawing presents a single letter rendered in a familiar font, spanning Helvetica, Garamond, Raleway, Playfair, and Futura. The characters are shaded in black and drawn in a way that suggests three-dimensionality, resulting in bold designs that appear to pop. In addition to strong type, each creation also distinctively incorporates tell-tale signs of old-school tattoos. Every letter is framed by floating floral motifs and draped with a billowing banner. While such pennants have been historically adorned with the name of a main squeeze or an homage to one's mom, Will Jr has creatively used the space to honor another object of his affection: the typeface.

While, to some, traditional tats rendered in this motorcycle-riding, sailor-esque style may be nothing special, Will Jr admires them for both their straightforward aesthetic and the high level of skill required. “To draw something simple but at same time with a lot of details and ideas behind the concept blows my mind and inspires me a lot,” he explains on Behance. “Old school tattoos always show me the simplest and beautiful way to illustrate an idea.”

See the retro drawings and their real-life applications in all their glory below.

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All images via Will Jr.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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