The BJ Betts Lettering Combo Pack $160
Save on shipping by purchasing all four books! These reasonably priced lettering guides are worth their weight in gold. No matter where you are in your career, from street shop level all the way up to doing custom bodywork, you will have occasions where you need to be able to produce good lettering on skin. Pennsylvania tattooist BJ Betts has long been known for his beautiful lettering technique... precise, readable, yet full of life, character and style. Over the past few years BJ has released a series of books that are aimed at providing a comprehensive toolbox of lettering tricks and techniques to tattooists from all walks of life. The first in the series is "The BJ Betts Lettering Guide", which starts you off with basic script and quickly moves into ways of embellishing and elaborating on it. With short, concise explanations, each page is illustrated in a way that makes these methods clear and easy to follow. It's a solid book and a must-have for any tattoo studio.
The second in the series is "The BJ Betts Custom Lettering Guide 2", which focuses on some of the most popular classic tattoo fonts, and shows ways to create variations on them without losing readability. It also introduces graph paper techniques for making more precise lettering, and wraps up with a number of highly useful scripts and embellishments. With short, concise explanations, each page is illustrated in a way that makes these methods clear and easy to follow. It's the kind of book that will get totally dogeared from repeated use.
The third in the series is "The BJ Betts Lettering Guide Number Three", which picks up where the second book left off in providing a great range of very readable and useable tattoo fonts, scripts, embellishments, graffiti styles, shading ideas, etc. that will help keep your lettering fresh. Betts says in the introduction: "How many times have you seen a REALLY nice tattoo... initially, but then the lettering just blows. It Kills the tattoo.". He's right. His lettering books are some of the best available, with short, concise explanations, each page is illustrated in a way that makes these methods clear and easy to follow. It's sure to become one of the most-used tools in your toolbox.
The fourth in the series is "BJ Betts: Street Shop Lettering Version 4.0", which starts out with a library of examples ov very graphic tattoo fonts, before going into an in-depth chapter on scripts, showing full alphabets of several very attractive and useful scripts, with several pages of detailed explanations and guidelines.The remaining book then is filled out with the complete alphabets from all the earlier graphic examples, complete with short, concise explanations of each font. An incredible resource.