Freehand Cursive Lettering Tattoos

A course by Delia Vico
Tattoo Artist. Finale Ligure, Italy.
Joined April 2021
, Tattoo Artist

Discover the techniques to create freehand lettering in cursive and learn how to tattoo it on different parts of the body

  • Italian with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (87)
  • 3672 students

Discover the techniques to create freehand lettering in cursive and learn how to tattoo it on different parts of the body

Italian with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (87)
  • 3672 students
  • 12 lessons (1h 58m)
  • 16 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Italian
  • Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Lettering and tattooing are two art forms that often come together as one. The first helps you express yourself with an elegant and visually striking design, while the second transforms it into an unerasable memory. Join tattoo artist Delia Vico and learn how to ink your letters directly on skin following body contour and volume.

Delia has nearly two decades of experience in tattooing and specializes in cursive lettering and calligraphy. In this course, she teaches how to form single letters, compose words, and precisely draw them on skin to create a unique, balanced tattoo.
Bring your message to life and create a composition that leaves its mark.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Necessary materials and study of the lettering on paper
  • U3
    U3. Preparation and tattoo
  • U4
    U4. What happens after getting the tattoo?
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet your teacher, Delia Vico, and hear about her journey to becoming a professional tattoo artist and what led her to specialize in lettering and calligraphy. See some of her biggest influences and the artists that inspire her work.

Begin with an overview of the final project and see the materials you need for working on both paper and skin. Then, learn the basics of freehand lettering and start practicing with a grid to create a stylish, legible, and balanced composition.

Now it's time to think about ink. Delia explains important hygiene measures and shows you how to set up your workstation and choose the right needle based on your design.

Delve into human anatomy and study different body parts to understand how to properly position a tattoo for the best results. Choose an area for your tattoo and draw some guidelines paying close attention to dimensions and volume.

Once you've drawn your design on the skin, start going over it with needle and ink following Delia's expert advice. With the letters in place, enhance your composition by adding simple yet eye-catching effects.

Delia wraps up the course by explaining essential tattoo aftercare practices to ensure your work stays looking like new throughout the years.

What is this course's project?

Draw and tattoo a cursive lettering design on skin.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Lettering lovers who want to deepen their knowledge of this writing style and tattoo artists interested in improving their freehand lettering skills.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of design and experience in tattooing are needed for this course.

As for materials, you need paper, colored pencils, felt-tip markers, a ruler, a tattoo machine, plastic wrap, ink, petroleum jelly, a spray bottle, and other items your teacher will specify during the course.


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Delia Vico

A course by Delia Vico

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Tattoo Artist

Delia Vico is a professional tattoo artist from Savona, in Liguria. She discovered her passion for design at an early age, which she fostered while studying at an arts’ lyceum. After graduating, she continued her education at the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Torino followed by the Accademia Linguistica di Belle Arti in Genoa.

She got her first taste of ink at the age of 16 and immediately knew she wanted to pursue tattooing as a career. From there, she began drawing sketches and gradually perfecting the art of lettering and calligraphy.

She currently works at Hold Fast Tattoo studio in Finale Ligure where she specializes in large cursive lettering compositions.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Reference models
  • U2

    Necessary materials and study of the lettering on paper

    • My toolbox
    • Grid writing and letter drawing
    • How to draw words
  • U3

    Preparation and tattoo

    • The workbench and the choice of needles
    • Choose the word and write it in the grid
    • Anatomy analysis
    • Reproduction of the grid on the skin and design of the writing
    • Performing the tattoo 1
    • Performing the tattoo 2
  • U4

    What happens after getting the tattoo?

    • Take care of the tattoo
  • FP

    Final project

    • Freehand Cursive Lettering Tattoos

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Freehand Cursive Lettering Tattoos. Calligraphy, Typography & Illustration course by Delia Vico

Freehand Cursive Lettering Tattoos

A course by Delia Vico
Tattoo Artist. Finale Ligure, Italy.
Joined April 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (87)
  • 3672 students