How Wispy Handwriting Found Its Way Into Tattoos – Forbes | Directory Mayhem

This year is all about the cursive handwriting, especially the fine line tattoo.

It could be empowering phrases like “believe in yourself” and “follow your dreams” that stem from self-help culture and are friendly reminders of self-care.

Or our favorite song lyrics tattooed on our bodies, one phrase at a time.

A small fine line tattoo is an accessory that, oddly enough, can be styled alongside a Dior handbag, a Chanel dress or a piece of Gucci jewelry.

Sop Lee is a fashion forward tattoo artist who has been tattooing phrases for years. Whether it’s names of loved ones or phrases like “Love yourself” and “Embrace chaos,” he’s a minimalist artist and designer who has worked with small businesses to design stamps and stickers and aspires to one day become a tattoo teacher with a focus on thin ones and filigree lines.

As he explains, “My dad has really good handwriting and he taught me to write beautifully, so my delicate line tattoos are an extension of the legacy my dad passed on to me. It’s all thanks to him that I have beautiful handwriting.” Sop Lee talks about tattoo accessories, Thom Browne t-shirts and the art of fine linework.

Forbes: I love your work; How does it fit into the bigger picture of how tattoos are an integral part of fashion and style?

Sop Lee: My very small and thin tattoo work is not just a tattoo but an accessory. It is an accessory that is never lost, it is there forever. Because it is small and thin, it is delicate and special. I always try to create small and simple design works, with special focal points that can be seen from a distance – sort of a fashion of its own. My tattoos are light and light, not too heavy but still attractive enough to create a special kind of synergy when combined with high fashion.

Which font style is more popular?

​Lettering is very popular in tattoos this year, probably because it’s the most accessible design for those new to tattooing – it leaves a mark but isn’t as deplorable as some other designs, meaning it can be easily hidden, if need be . I think a lettering tattoo is like a white Thom Browne t-shirt that’s comfortable to wear anytime. A lettering tattoo that is convenient and intuitive but how an accessory can be a point is always in high demand and popular. A handwritten tattoo, which can also be redesigned over and over again for the same phrase or word, is not just a lettering, it is my identity.

What other types of light handwriting tattoos are trending right now and will see a surge in 2023?

Constellation tattoos have also been popular with the rise of astronomy in pop culture and fashion – each has their own constellations, and a lot of that is thanks to astrology and sci-fi series. Bringing a star from the sky onto my body is kind of magical. We can see constellations all over the place; There are star-and-moon print dresses from British brand Rixo, star-print dresses from Harley Viera-Newton’s label HVN, Marks & Spencer’s Constellation dress and Christian Dior’s fairytale-inspired ‘l’étoileSweater. It’s a popular type of symbolism in clothing, accessories, and footwear. The idea that each of us has a different star-shaped accessory is why constellation tattoos are so popular.

What about the airplane tattoos, you do that too. Why do people like her?

The wanderlust of travel gives us anticipation and excitement. And since the best way to describe a journey is an airplane, airplane tattoos are always a popular material. What makes them meaningful is that we can transform the joy of travel into designs we can see with our own eyes and keep with us forever.

What do you think is the most interesting story to talk about?​

To me it means creating a tattoo design that doesn’t fully cover the birthmarks or wounds on someone’s body. I think this has a lot in common with fashion too, because the ability to use design to cover up one’s flaws is what tattoos and fashion have in common. The power of fashion design, which sometimes makes legs appear longer and sometimes narrow shoulders appear wider, can also be seen in tattoos, where they are placed on the body.

What are the most popular tattoos you do?

Working on thin lines, it’s a genre in itself. In fashion, when it comes to accessories such as high quality handbags by Dior, Chanel or Talbot’s, earrings and jewelry by Gucci, large or small, thin or thick, with a design that suits each of our personalities. The same goes for tattoos. I think the charm of a minimalistic design is a safe bet when it comes to tattoos. Small, thin lines in tattoos are always charming and easily adjusted over the years, which is why they are so popular.

What phrases do people want?

There are so many different phrases that every individual would want, but the most popular phrases are “love myself” and “love yourself”. It can be a meaningful phrase for everyone, not for a specific person. Or many people want a tattoo with a lettering about an artist they love, so even love related phrases that are phrases from BTS albums are popular. So it’s two things; personal and popular.

Why is cursive a popular font?

As I practiced cursive handwriting, I could write the same word or phrase in vastly different designs. I think a lot of people thought my lettering tattoo designs were stylish, cool and light-hearted, especially since each one is so individual to each person. But everyone wants a legible tattoo, so they need to be spaced accordingly. But not always – sometimes cursive handwriting tattoos are chosen by people who want to keep it private, so they get them in their biceps, a private place.

What is a popular spot for cursive handwriting tattoos as worn along with fashion?

When clients are thinking about where to get a tattoo, I always ask what kind of fashion they want the tattoo to highlight the most. Rather than just thinking of tattoos as tattoos, I always make a connection with fashion. In fact, it is of great help in determining the location of the tattoo.

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