I’m grooving on Alejandro Paul’s new tattoo inspired typeface Piel. I’ve often thought it would be great to use his Adios font to create a tattoo, but Piel is optimized for use in skin art (but works great for more traditional design projects, too).
The premise for Piel Script – which means ‘skin’ in Spanish and is pronounced “pee-yell” – is the increasing use of script fonts in word tattoo designs. Piel Script captures the zeitgeist surrounding the growing trend of people around the world exploring body art.
“I have received a lot of requests to typeset and modify tattoos using other scripts I’ve designed like Burgues Script or Adios,” says Alejandro Paul, type designer. “At first the whole idea was amusing to me. I had worked in corporate branding for a few years before becoming a type designer, and suddenly, I was being asked to get involved in personal branding, as literally ‘personal’ and ‘branding’ as the expression can get. This idea led to the creation of Piel.”