Do you ever do an image search of a word or phrase just to see the variety of pictures that come up?
I decided over the weekend that I’d like to get back into doing calligraphy projects, and spent part of this evening relearning the typical features of Anglo-Saxon lettering: thorns, yoghs, Ws that resemble nothing so much as the letter P, and all three varieties of S. Since it’s been some 4.5 years since I’ve done much with this script, I couldn’t remember the rules governing the different esses. Was one meant to start words and another to finish them? No matter how I wrote Þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg, that double-s looked stupid.
Quite the variety! Granted, there are about 5 sites (3 of them fora) responsible for most of the pictorial diversity, but I was amused nonetheless.
It also makes me go “Hallelujah” because presumably the tattooee verified how the s situation ought to be handled before having it inked into his (her?) flesh.