20 Inspirational Ampersands

Everyone loves an ampersand. There's no wonder that so many people these days are getting the elegant little symbol as a tattoo. They look super sweet but it is a bit crazy to think it just means 'and'. You don't see many people with 'and' tattoo's, maybe I'll get one just to be different.

The Ampersand started life over 20 Centuries ago as the word 'et' which is latin for 'and'. Our lazy little ancestors couldn't be bothered to write the two letters separately and joined them together as a ligature. Over-time it evolved into the beautiful symbol with have today. If you look closely at some ampersand's you can still make out the letters 'E' and 'T' but a bit like my signature that once clearly read my name and is now nothing more than a squiggle, the Ampersand has mostly taken on a new form. Unlike my signature, however, the Ampersand remains beautiful and elegant.

 

20 Inspirational Ampersands  – An Amazing & Varied Selection Of Artwork By Some Truly Talented Creatives...

001. Ampersand by Katrine Kolstrom

001. Ampersand by Katrine Kolstrom

002. Ampersand by Erik Marinovich

002. Ampersand by Erik Marinovich

003. Ampersand by Stephanie Baxter

003. Ampersand by Stephanie Baxter

004. Ampersand by Jessica Hische

004. Ampersand by Jessica Hische

005. Ampersand by Hoefler & Co 

005. Ampersand by Hoefler & Co 

006. Ampersand by Pawel Nolbert

006. Ampersand by Pawel Nolbert

007. Ampersand by Darren Booth

007. Ampersand by Darren Booth

008. Ampersand by Xavier_Casalta

008. Ampersand by Xavier_Casalta

009. Ampersand by Alexander Wright

009. Ampersand by Alexander Wright

010. Ampersand by 55 Hi's

010. Ampersand by 55 Hi's

011. Ampersand – source unknown

011. Ampersand – source unknown

012. Ampersand – Friends of Type

012. Ampersand – Friends of Type

013. Ampersand by Type Everything

013. Ampersand by Type Everything

014. Ampersand by Neil Tony Porter

014. Ampersand by Neil Tony Porter

015. Ampersand by Adam Trageser

015. Ampersand by Adam Trageser

016. Ampersand by Nick Slater

016. Ampersand by Nick Slater

017. Ampersand by Baubauhaus

017. Ampersand by Baubauhaus

018. Ampersand – source unknown

018. Ampersand – source unknown

019. Ampersand by Matt Chase

019. Ampersand by Matt Chase

020. Ampersand by Jon Contino

020. Ampersand by Jon Contino