Holiday Gift Guide: Ambigram Tattoo Designs
Love Me/Hate Me Ambigrams by Tiffany Harvey
I've always wanted an ambigram tattoo -- a blend of lettering art and illusion that can be read upside down to read the same thing (or something completely different) so that the tattoo is a reminder to myself as well as message to others. Now, there are a lot of ambigram tattoo sites but I didn't want computer generated image or cliche word flash, so I went to my next Holiday Gift Guide artist to create personalized designs for me.
Check out Word Illusion, Custom Ambigrams by Tiffany Harvey.
Tiffany offers a variety of fonts, embellishments and arrangements to design your perfect ambigram tattoo. She can create one, two or three word ambigrams but for my design I wanted two separate words that read the same up and down. I picked the font, sent her the words, then sent payment -- $30 each -- via PayPal. [The price may be a bit more than a word generator but it is custom work, and like tattoos, you get what you pay for.]
The designs take a week to create but with a day or two she had two sample sketches for me. They were both great but I had envisioned something different so she came back with two more designs, and I chose my favorite from those two, both stellar designs.
Now all I need is the courage to tattoo my wrists (my sleeves stop about two inches above the wrist for when I need to be a secret agent).
For a gallery of Tiffany's work, check out her Flickr pages.
One final and important note: Tiffany makes a living designing these ambigrams and yet many have ripped them off -- including a number of tattoo artists -- without compensation. To use a design that has already been created is only ten bucks, so taking a screen grab of her work and tattooing it not only makes one a thief but a cheap ass. You don't want that bad juju going into your body anyway so do the right thing and respect her copyright.