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Marvel Art
(985) 873-9675
5801 W Park Ave
Houma, LA
 
The Ink Pad
(985) 223-2300
1236 Barrow St
Houma, LA
 
Randy's Fine Line Tattoos
(985) 447-9011
718 S Mary St
Thibodaux, LA
 
Ink Pad
(985) 223-2300
1236 Barrow St
Houma, LA

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Randy's Fine Line Tattoos
(985) 447-9011
205 Gerald T Peltier Dr
Thibodaux, LA

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Ultimate Images
(985) 851-2123
5437 W Park Ave
Houma, LA
 
Randy's Fine Line Tattoos
(985) 447-9011
718 Saint Mary St
Thibodaux, LA
 
Marvel Art
(985) 873-9675
5801 W Park Ave
Houma, LA

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New Era Tattoo & Body Piercing
(985) 223-0744
235 Enterprise Dr
Houma, LA

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Maison Rive'
(318) 362-1311
218 Trenton St
West Monroe, LA
 
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Ambigram tattoos

Tattoo designs - A >> Ambigrams

Ambigram tattoo Ambigram Tattoos - An increasingly popular motif in tattoo parlours is the ambigram -- a graphic figure that can be flipped, mirrored or inverted, yet whichever way the script or the figure is viewed, it still spells out the same thing. It is sometimes referred to as an 'inversion' or 'flipscript', but regardless of the description, most people appreciate it as an optical illusion. The shifting positive and negative spaces can play tricks on our visual perception, casting a spell on the beholder.

For tattoo aficionados, there's a dictionary of ambigram designs to choose from, and a great range of scripts and fonts, from simply elegant to graphically gothic. A design may consist of a single word or an entire phrase. Depending on the ambigram's concept, it can be rotated, reversed, or reflected in mirrors, with the meaning sometimes changing, sometimes remaining the same. Looked at one way, you might see a devil, but turn it around and an angel appears, or at least the way the figure is spelled! The best tattoo artists can create an optical illusion with an intriguing graphic design that never fails to intrigue.

Ambigram images

According to practitioner John Langdon, ambigrams were independently invented by himself and by Scott Kim in the 1970s. Kim used the name Inversions as the title of his first collection in 1981. The first published reference to "ambigram" was by Hofstadter, who attributes the origin of the word to conversations among a small group of friends during 1983-1984. The 1999 edition of Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach features a 3-D ambigram on the cover.

John Langdon is truly one of the great ambigramists, his work appearing on the covers of some recent best-selling books. Popularity of the ambigram soared when they were intertwined into the plot of Dan Brown's bestseller 'Angels and Demons', the prequel to The Da Vinci Code. Langdon produced ambigrams that were used for the book cover, and a link to his website from Brown's meant he was "suddenly inundated" with commissions. In fact the name Robert Langdon (the hero from the novel) is also an appreciation to Mr. John Langdon.

Ambigram tattooAmbigrams are popular with graphic artists, due not only to their unique symmetry but to their mysterious quality so readily appreciated on music albums and book jackets. Paul McCartney is but one of many rock musicians who have featured an ambigram on at least one of his albums.

Many people choose to get an ambigram tattoo on their forearm, where they can flip it one way or the other, giving viewers the full effect of the design.

Ambigrams usually fall into one of several categories:

Rotational
A design that presents several instances of words when rotated through a fixed angle. This is usually 180 degrees, but rotational ambigrams of other angles exist, for example 90 or 45 degrees. The word spelled out from the alternative direction(s) is often the same, but...

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