When it comes to text in body art, cursive tattoos are certainly one of the most popular. This is due mainly to the fact that cursive writing has an elegant, flowing appearance. It does not hurt, of course, that you can use this style to create fine letters and words that can easily be fit into discreet areas of the body, or make otherwise large texts smaller, and thus opening up the areas of placement.
There are a few different styles of writing that you can use for your cursive tattoos. The D’Nealian style is one of the most common. Many people were taught this manner of writing very early, as it is one of the most simple forms of cursive. Therefore, when creating text tattoos, this is generally the first design used. The Zaner-Bloser style, though, is usually utilized for cursive tattoos, as it has a more flowing, graceful appearance. For something a bit different, you could use either Palmer cursive, or a tearless handwriting. The Palmer style has a more billowy appearance than the others, while the tearless manner is more staunch, and is akin to a Gothic-type script.
Some cursive tattoos feature the written script by itself. Although most people use whole words, or long quotes, sayings, poems, or lyrics, some people use single letters. This is usually only done for initials of people or places; however, they may also be used for religious or Latin abbreviations, on tombstones, or alongside Roman numerals. Whole words are rarely done in a simple cursive script, and generally bear a more lacy, or even watery appearance. Long texts, on the other hand frequently play down the style of the text, and often feature the bold, flowing designs on the first letter of the body, or the first letter of every line.
You may occasionally see cursive tattoos that are transformed into a variety of images. One interesting example of this is to elongate the writing to create a body and tail to go with the head of a dragon or snake. The words can be twisted into the shape of hearts, or — for a longer body of text — a flower can be created: the first line being the stem, with small lines of words inverted into the center of the flower.
Cursive tattoos — whether placed by themselves, alongside a variety of symbols, or transformed into something unique — are beautiful, and can add a touch of class to any piece of body art.