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You can't use tattoo art as a reference. Tattoo art often fails to follow any rhyme or reasoning. It's always a one-off and created with the intention of a very narrow audience, not broader viewing. (And there's always someone at hand to immediately say: "No, it says xxxx.") Bad design happens. There's no "Global Design Tribunal" which determines what one ...


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That style of lettering is called Blackletter (also sometimes loosely called "gothic script", or "old English"), and if you do a search for "blackletter font" you'll find plenty of fonts that imitate this style. You're probably looking for something specifically like Old English by Linotype or Monotype Old English which have been relatively popular for this ...


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Received typographic wisdom holds that Blackletter ("Old English", "Gothic") text only looks good in lower case or with initial capitalization — never with capital letters in series If you ask me (and all sources I have ever read about the matter), the problem is not that all-caps blackletter does not look good. It just is very difficult to read due to the ...


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The long s 'ſ' can be found in many blackletter fonts, but the r rotunda 'ꝛ' seems to be very rare. There are several blackletter fonts by Peter Wiegel (Cat Fonts) that contain both glyphs and are for free: Rotunda Pommerania Berthold Mainzer Frkatur UNZ1A Blankenburg UNZ1A Fette UNZ Fraktur Schwaben UNZ1A Of these, Rotunda Pommerania comes closest to ...


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By far the thinnest historical fraktur I am aware of is Elfen-Fraktur (literally elf fraktur). A digitalisation is available here: Astloch (literally knothole) is a recently designed blackletter font, which is even thinner, but lacks a long s and typical blackletter ligatures. Also, some letter shapes are not historical, e.g., H, I, J, K and Z. Dequindre (...


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There is a whole bunch of them over at DaFont and they are mostly free. The typeface style is called Gothic (of the medieval variety ;)).


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The Cyrillic alphabet has a somewhat different genealogy from blackletter, although they share some common ancestry. From a typographic standpoint, Cyrillic blackletter seems to me something of an oxymoron, but if you really want to go ahead with it I would say Blonde Fraktur, which the designer herself points out isn't really Fraktur and isn't really ...


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I have no knowledge of, nor have I ever been able to find, a truly light or thin Fraktur font. These are some of the pretty lightweights that I've found: Kabinett-Fraktur Regular (aka Fraktur Mager) is pretty lightweight for a Fraktur font. Lautenbach is a more modern approach, not really a 'classic' Fraktur, but also more readable imho. Strassburg ...


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First off, nice blackletter font, I can tell that you've spent a long time developing and enhancing it. So, let's try and identify a solution to your font-pairing problem. I think the first thing is to identify some further needs for this font. I think you'll find that it's also very important to have a font that is based online (a web font). Since you have ...


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I am the designer of Dequindre, a font mentioned in one of the other answers. I'll be releasing it soon (I neglected it as I was finishing up my MFA). It will contain a historical long s and a number of ligatures (mostly of the f_ variety). It has 355 glyphs and has the necessary accents to support a good number of languages, so for instance if you for some ...


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The following is compiled from threads on Cyrillic blackletter fonts on Typografie.info, the Unifraktur board and Typophile. First, here are some digital blackletter fonts containing Cyrillic characters: San Marco Encient German Gothic AZ McLeud Normal Kaas Moyenage In some of the above threads, you can als find references to old specimen containing may ...


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