HELP Looking for advice for my tattoo-font

Allegrezza's picture


I'm a experimental film student from Brussels, I like tattoo's and I just got my first ink. I don't want any drawings on my body, just fonts. Because they are figurative AND the have a direct meaning and message.

I want to put a piece of text on my chest. A fragment of a monologue from "Mad Men".


it's delicate, but potent.
in Greek, "nostalgia" literally means "the pain from an old wound."
It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.
Nostalgia isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine.
It goes backwards, and forwards...
It takes us to a place where we ache to go again.
It let's us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again.
To a place where we know we are loved."

It's a piece of text about nostalgia. So I want something matchable but not kitschy.
I've been looking for fonts and I found some that could work.
Now I want your opinion. (Ps: I like sans serif fonts, especialy "Futura")

Greetings and thanks

Claire Bibio's picture

this is madness :)

Trevor Baum's picture

Why not Futura? If I were to choose something to be inked indelibly on my body, it would be something timeless. None of the 'faces you chose have the timeless quality of Futura or a Univers or a Trade Gothic.

Allegrezza's picture

I already have a tattoo in Futura :D and you absolutly have a point...
I was thinking about Helvetica, what do you think?

riccard0's picture

“Nostalgia” speaks to me in antiqua.

Trevor Baum's picture

There are thousands of tattoos in Helvetica.

Trade Gothic Bold Condensed No. 20 is very nostalgic of a certain era (the sturdiness and lack of pretense of the late 40's, early 50's), and also timeless, as it is widely used on the web today. I would definitely consider that!

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