Font for Tribal Goddess? Help!

dinazina's picture

What font would you use to express the words "Tribal Goddess"? I want something expressing feminine strength, power and beauty. Not too smooth, refined or delicate, but not heavy-metal hard-edged either. I thought of maybe a bold Art Nouveau with organic shapes, but can't find what I want.

If you need inspiration, here are two of the dancer/models:

I'm laying out my own book on costume design, one of a series. The first 20 pages showcases sub-genres of Tribal bellydance costume. Each genre has a header in a that suits it, for instance: "Goth" "Steampunk" "Industrial".

Stephen Rapp's picture

Shameless plug:

BTW… Rani means Indian Princess.

dinazina's picture

I LOVE it, I really do - I noticed this beauty on MyFonts the other day. Unfortunately it's a bit over my minimal self-publishing font budget, even on special like it is now(totally worth the price, tho). I'll keep it in mind.

Stephen Rapp's picture

Thanks for the kind words. :)

dinazina's picture

DAMN! I looked at the glyphs of Raniscript.
So many swashes and alternatives and ligatures!

****************** IT'S MINE! *********************

My birthday is on Thanksgiving, so - a present to me.

Nick Shinn's picture

...even on special...

$48.97--magic numbers?

dinazina's picture

Yeah, that tipped the balance. 3 more cents and I could not justify the expenditure.

Stephen Rapp's picture

I was shooting for an even 49, but it seemed like MyFonts would only allow even percentages, so I kept it close. Probably just a matter of my lack of experience navigating MyFonts. ;)

dinazina's picture

Okay, here is what the spread looks like:

nina's picture

Wow, Raniscript is super for the job!
Did you try using it for the names too, in the images (and possibly make these bigger – the names, not the images – to look a bit more like "titles")? Also, I think I'd make the "Photo:" credits much smaller. But maybe I'm misinterpreting the visual hierarchy you're shooting for.

Stephen Rapp's picture

Nice job!
Thanks for showing. Its rare for me to see something with one of my fonts so soon.

dinazina's picture

Nice idea....for the names to be equally ornate. Then I would have to do the same for all the other pages, which have different style headers. Gotta think about that.

Right now the photog credits are only 1 point size smaller than the names - I suppose they could be smaller. On the dark or busy backgrounds they are less noticeable, and I was afraid they might be barely legible. I did try putting them underneath instead, but they take up too much real estate.

Thanks for the help! Typophiles have such a good eye for design, invaraably.

dinazina's picture

Here is the layout with your suggestions, the Raniscript captions. You are right, it's much better! I used the unswashed glyphs, so they harmonize, but not compete in importance with the headline.

nina's picture

Photo credits: If you make them a bit bolder and maybe track them out a little,
I think you can go quite a bit smaller, depending on the background of course (and the printing). That said, do you need to put them directly with the images?
I usually try to list them by page number in the back (less cluttered that way).

dinazina's picture

In a previous edition, I did list the photo credits on a separate page in the preface, along with other credits.

It said "All photos by [the author, me] or [my husband] except for: [list of photos & page numbers]

You're right, maybe I should do that again.

Andreas Stötzner's picture

Maybe too late, but here are my two pence.

riccard0's picture

here are my two pence.
Nice type. Pity for the missing d… ;-)

Andreas Stötzner's picture

the missing d…


A godddeß never minds …

dinazina's picture

Andreas: That is a lovely font!

But I'm keeping the typography and other graphics secondary to the dancers' images, cause the book is about costume design. I want beautiful graphics, but not overwhelmingly so, not showcased - if that makes sense.

Don McCahill's picture

Costumes? They are wearing costumes?

Seriously, are the tatoos/body paintings considered part of the costumes? I'm not a fan of tatoos, but those a couple samples up are simply amazing. (I do hope they are not permanent, though).

dinazina's picture

Probably most Tribal bellydancers have one or more tattoos, so it is considered by some to be part of their stage image and identity, yes.

Sharon Kihara does indeed have extensive permanent tattoos. The peacocks on her abdomen are photo-realistic. I'm not into the tattoo scene; when I see hers, I'm fascinated yet slightly horrified that young impressionable girls try to copy this. So the other two dancers pictured on the spread have none.

If you want to see the tattoos in color, here is her website:
Sharon Kihara

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