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The Mystery of Ambigrams Tattoo (Earth Fire Water Air)

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Needful things

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Needful things

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What is an Ambigram

Diagram, parallelogram, diaphragm, histogram, cardiogram... but do you know what an Ambigram is? NO???? My goodness it is hightime then for you to know what it really is.

Have you read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown? Hmmm... The Da Vinci Code? But you know Da Vinci right? No? Oh well...

Ambigram also called an Inversion is a form of "art" or graphical representation of a text or image that reads the same on a on a different orientation. Well it may also read a different word in another direction. Look at the examples on the right side.

Here's a very simple example, the word MOW. Rotate it by 180 degrees. What do you get? Still the word MOW right? Not that is an ambigram.

Coupled with calligraphy, an artistic sense and an inspiration... a simple phrase or word can become a fantastic Ambigram.  Ambigrams were dramatically popularized in the novels of Dan Brown. Angels and Demons together with The Da Vinci code made ambigrams an integral part of the story.

Even tattoo artists use ambigrams to craft awesome designs. Remember the tatoos on Michael Scofield on Prison Break... Yeah that Prison Break... a lot of them were ambigrams. Words that when inverted become another word and so on and so forth. 

Sleeping together (and we never knew)

Guess what?  Which is which?  Turn both over and over. Tell me what you see?  So my dear reader,  What is it gonna be?

Guess what? Which is which? Turn both over and over. Tell me what you see? So my dear reader, What is it gonna be?

Types of Ambigrams

Ambigrams are not just straight forward inversions. Human creativity is to complex for that. There are different type. Listed below are the basic types. Those not listed are either a combination or a modification of the basics.

  • Rotational - The most common ambigram.  The design reads a word and when rotated to 180 degrees still reads the same word. Rotation is not fixed to 180 degrees, it can be 90 or other angles (rare). 
  • Mirror - Design that read one word when seen directly and another word when read through its reflection in the mirror. 
  • Figure-Ground - A design where not rotation is needed. The design reads one word... then a small shift in perception makes the spaces between the original word into another word. 
  • Circle or Chain - A series of words (the same or different), which are linked together to form a repeating pattern which is arranged to form an interlocking grid or cricle. Designs that utilize other shapes are known. 
  • Symbiotogram - When a design both read the same word after a 180 degree rotation, that is called an ambigram. If it reads different words then it is called a symbiotogram.

Ready To Make your Own AMBIGRAM?

Don't tell me you don't like to have one? Oh well... here's the secret

  • The Hard Way... this needs a steady hand, patience, creativity, talent and skill and imagination. Do you have what it takes? Handmade Ambigrams and Writing Ambigrams by Hand


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A Little Survey My Friends

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Share your brains!!!

Madame X on March 13, 2010:

Fascinating and very fun subject! I spent a lot of years as a graphic designer and have always been intrigued by this sort of thing. Thanks for the wonderful info and sources.

Excellent hub!

NaomiR from New York on November 07, 2009:

This is so fascinating! Thanks for this really cool tidbit of info!

Patrick Bernauw from Flanders (Belgium) on June 01, 2009:

Great stuff here!

santoion on April 19, 2009:

I believe that YOU are Great !

ubaidrehman706 on March 14, 2009:

nice workkkk

Lgali on March 11, 2009:

Amazing, amazing hub!

sun goddess from davao city, philippines on February 16, 2009:

awesome post! :) ambigrams... i find them confusing in a good way sometimes... :)

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on February 09, 2009:

Thumbs up on your write. interesting subject. great job!

dayzeebee from Cebu, Philippines on February 08, 2009:

Wow this is one educational hub for me. Thank you I like this ambigram thing. Can you make one for my name too? Pretty please. LOL. Thumbs up!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on February 03, 2009:

I'm back. sorry a bit late. A lot of us has been down with the flu, I forgot to check my email! Hahahaha I love it! So that is how my name looks like! :-) Pretty cool and neat of you to make it needful things! What a gift on this fine rainy tuesday.

Lgali on February 02, 2009:

amazing hub

ProCW from South Carolina on February 02, 2009:

great job! :)

Shankar Pandiath from India on February 01, 2009:

nice piece - liked the michelle bit..

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on February 01, 2009:

I've got it: the primary terminal of an airline with a magazine paper sleeps with an aquatic squirter who does.

Fun hub! Thanks for sharing. byeeyb

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on February 01, 2009:

I've got it: the primary terminal of an airline with a magazine paper sleeps with an aquatic squirter who does.

needful things (author) from Poland on January 30, 2009:

Well... those graphics are simply symbol or presentations of text that when flipped, inverted or rotated will still read the same or another text. take for example the name of Michelle, rotate it counterclockwise or clockwise by 180 degrees and it will still read Michelle. :-)

NVarchitect on January 30, 2009:

Awsome graphics. What does it all mean? Congrats. on being nominated.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on January 30, 2009:

That is so cool how you did michelle's name. Looks like you have a great start here at hubpages :) ~Dottie~

needful things (author) from Poland on January 30, 2009:

Yo Ripple... scan this hub again... I believe your name is in it...

needful things (author) from Poland on January 30, 2009:

Thanks Dottie... I never expected it. Just to be nominated could mean I'm doing the right thing being fairly new here at hubpages. :-)

Dottie1 from MA, USA on January 30, 2009:

I think it's fun trying to figure out the figure-ground ambigrams. This was first time hearing of the circle or chain or the symbiotogram. Congratulations for being chosen as one of the hubnuggets of the week. Good Luck!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on January 30, 2009:

Michelle :-)

needful things (author) from Poland on January 30, 2009:

Sure ripple... give me your name?

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on January 29, 2009:

I got it... Angels and Demons was a 'koodbook' (I know that lousy but the best I was able to come up with on the spot)

regards Zsuzsy

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on January 29, 2009:

Hi Needful things, congratulations! The mysterious case of who slept together ambigrams has just been named as one of the hubnuggets for this week. This is great and wonderful news right?

Visit Shirley Anderson's hub to vote and make sure all your fans, family, friends, cats, dogs, eagles...(oops) vote too. Here is the link: https://hubpages.com/community/hubnuggets-jan30-20

I enjoyed reading this informative and interesting hub. :-) By the way, can we really make our names into ambigrams? SOunds cool but what will I use it for? LOL Good question.

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on January 29, 2009:

Excellent hub, you learn something new every day :)

Mike Kage from New Hampshire, New England, USA, North America on January 29, 2009:

I seem to be in the majority, not knowing what I would use an ambigram for. But, before this hub, I would have corrected them by saying "You mean an ANNAgram, right?"

Know I know. Very well done, and thanks!

Correen on January 28, 2009:

This was cool, I did not really know much about ambigrams before now. And oh boy...I got the sleeping together one...hint it is a swimmingly fun social network :)

needful things (author) from Poland on January 27, 2009:

Ei... Sidd let the others suffer first... LOL!!! They have to find out on their own who have been sleeping together...

Tom rubenoff from United States on January 27, 2009:

In his novel, Angels and Demons, ambigrams figure highly. In the novel they are used by the Illuminati. Yes, I admit I read it.

SiddSingh on January 27, 2009:

Amazing, amazing hub!

Yes I got it! Should I reveal it here?

needful things (author) from Poland on January 27, 2009:

Right you are... You got it!!! Cool...

Elena. from Madrid on January 27, 2009:

Feck I've got it !! Gonna email it to you!!! YAY!

Elena. from Madrid on January 27, 2009:

I'm still puzzing over it, don't tell me please!! Let me keep at it for a little while longer!! If I reach the point I just wanna kill you instead of finding out what says there, then it's OK to reveal it LAUGH

needful things (author) from Poland on January 27, 2009:

Something like that... So did you get who slept together?

Elena. from Madrid on January 27, 2009:

WOW!! Or would that be MOM!?! :-)

Ignorant that I am, I only know about the rotational and mirror ambigrams, not the rest of them!  This is so cool!  Thanks, needful!