You probably have at least one favourite typeface, and I’m pretty sure that you’re likely to favour a dozen or so others that you can happily deploy depending on context and use, of course.
Now some of your stable of old faithful faces will eventually amble quietly out to pasture beyond your studio door, either because they have become over familiar and tired, or because times have moved on and their stars have simply waned.
Those faces will inevitably be replaced by stellar newcomers from freshly published collections, crackling with energy and wit, alongside others that sail through the window promising radical new twists on classic themes.
In typography, nothing stays still for long, which makes it very difficult to answer the question of which is your absolute all time favourite face.
This dilemma is even more tricky if you have to choose a typeface to express something very long lasting.
Such as a tattoo, for instance….
The typeface used on this guy’s arm is Burgues Script. It was designed by Alejandro Paul (below), who is one of the founder members of the Argentinian type design house Sudtipos. The typeface is based on the late 19th century American calligrapher Louis Madarasz’s work, whose legendary pen has inspired schools of penmanship for over 100 years. His talent has caused some people to call him ‘the most skillful penman the world has ever known’.
Burgues Script seems to lend itself easily to the traditional aesthetic of tattoos with all its hairline swashes and wild cursive extenders.
There are other fans who recognise how stylish Burgues Script can look when applied to the skin.
Shame about the technical quality of that picture…1
This one is better, in so many ways:
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- It looks as if someone has used a telephone to take the snap with. How crazy is that? I expect you will tell me that in the future we will talk into our cameras and expect people to hear us. [↩]