Tips to Create Ambigram Tattoo Design

Ambigram tattoo design is an excellent choice for anyone who is a fan of optical illusions. An ambigram (from Latin: ambi both + gram = letter) is a word or words that can be read in more than one direction. There are many types of ambigrams such as rotational ambigrams, reflective types, 3-dimensional, etc. but the most basic and popular ones are the flipscript or rotational ambigram in which word or words when flipped both horizontal or vertical way, still spells the same word as before.

An Ambigram tattoo can be quite fun when the design combines two or more words or phrases. Below are some tips to create ambigram tattoo design.

  • Think of one or two words that have deep meaning for you and that you will not get tired of having on your body. Think of words with similar letters that can be formatted in such a way that they can be read both upside down and right side up — for example family and forever, family and honesty, Papa and Jedi, and names like Matthew or Nicole can be made to ambigram tattoo pattern.
  • Sketch the word, name, or two words on a piece of paper with a pencil. Look at websites and art books filled with samples of Gothic, Old Swedish and Roman lettering styles for inspiration. Practice sketching the letters so that each letter looks like more than just itself. For example, draw an “i” that also looks like an “l” by making the long and underemphasizing dot.
  • Try an online ambigram generator to get an idea of how to sketch your ambigram design. Type in the first word, phrase or name you want and a second if you want it to appear as a second word when displayed upside down. Review the results, use them as a guide for your letters. Buy the design and take the stencil to a tattoo artist to enlarge or take your design to your tattoo artist and ask him to turn it into a stencil that he can use to place the design where you want on your body in permanent ink.

It is not that easy to create ambigram tattoo design that will last on your body for a long time. The artists behind the best script tattoos always find clever ways to turn simple words into art. One way to do this is to do an ambigram with talented tattoo artists. An ambigram is a word or phrase that is drawn in a manner where it will say something from multiple points of view, forwards and backwards for example. Below you will find some truly impressive ambigram tattoo design and idea.

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