Maybe someone can explain this to me.
I understand the appeal of ambigram tattoos. Getting an ambigram tattoo was my first thought when I developed a fascination with ambigrams as well.
With an ambigram tattoo, you can express your individuality, share your message with the word, and of course, just show off your cool ink to others.
However, what I really don’t understand is… why anyone would want to get the “same old” ambigram tattoo that hundreds of other people have already had done. A design that is not unique. A design that is not personal. A design that doesn’t send a personal message to the world.
(at least not a good one)
Plus, there’s a possibility that when you show your cool ink to someone… that they will have the same exact thing.
I’m specifically talking here about the popular Life / Death ambigram tattoo. Sure, the Life / Death design works for everyone because everyone has a Life, and eventually, everyone has a Death.
That’s pretty obvious stuff.
There’s really no need to state it permanently in ink on your body!
There are so many other cool things you can stand for besides Life and Death. Why not say something about who you are? Where you come from? What you’re all about?
I certainly would HOPE that you’re about a little more than simply Life and Death!
That’s not unique! That’s just exactly like everyone else.
Plus, the Life Death ambigram makes one of the worst ambigram tattoos I have seen. You can do far better than this:
I realize that a famous person had this tattoo done. This is the Method Man ambigram tattoo. However, this is Method Man’s tattoo! It’s not something that everyone should get inked. In my opinion, he should have been the only one.
In case you’re curious, my original ambigram was simply my first name when upright, and my last name upside-down. OK, so it’s not exactly rocket science, but at least it’s unique, personal to me, and it isn’t going to be something that will change over time (well, unless I have to join the witness protection program!).
In the end, I chose to not even get a tattoo. I had it carved into a really awesome custom ring. Now THAT’S unique. It’s actually a really great way to present an ambigram, since your fingers are very easy to ‘rotate’ to show the design upside-down, and I get tons of positive comments about it.
So, whether you want to get an ambigram tattoo, or another item featuring your ambigram… whatever you do, please don’t ink yourself with the same old Method Man Life Death ambigram tattoo.
Don’t forget… a tattoo is forever!