Few tattoos are as classic as "Mom" emblazoned in a banner with heart. Or, as ridiculed as a mistaken ode to a now former girlfriend.

Regardless of inspiration, letter based tattoos are  as common as they are easy to screw up. 

We know you don't want to end up on LOLtatz or a year end fails list. So, Complex enlisted BJ Betts, type titan and author of several acclaimed tattoo industry lettering guides to ensure readers get it right. Follow these simple steps and you'll be well on your way to the text-based tattoo of your dreams. 

Check out The Complex Guide to Tattoo Lettering.

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