Monday 25 September 2006

What mortal hand or eye framed thy fearful symmetry?

Tyger One:

Logo recently designed for Madhya Pradesh Tourism by a leading, award-winning Indian ad agency.

Tyger Two:

Logo of Save China's Tigers, an organisation that's been around for a few years.

Hem, hem, kof, kof.

Update: Shodan, in the comments, points us to..

Tyger Three!

The Shotokan Karate symbol.

Shodan informs us that
The tiger was painted by the great Japanese artist, Hoan Kosugi, to honor Master Funakoshi (father of modern Karate) who used it on the cover of his first book.
This logo is from the International Shotokan Karate Federation. You can also see it at Shotokan Karate of America, Shotokan Karate International India the Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation official site, and, oh, a bunch of other sites.

Now we don't know about you, but personally, we wouldn't advise anyone to go borrowing logos from folks who can smash bricks with their bare hands and all that.

Update 2: We did a bit of digging. Here's a much better version of the Shotokan symbol. And this page tells us that Gichin Funakoshi's Ryukyu Kempo: Karate (the book Shodan pointed us to) was published in 1922 in Japanese. And here and here you'll find a little more history.


Sunil Shibad said...

I have "copied" it on my blog:


Rahul Bhatia said...

They're similar, but it's possible there's nothing more to the connection. Given how many logos are made by designers every day, the chances of a repeat are pretty high. Lots of emblems are round, for a start. Lots of them have text anchored to the curve of the circle. Lots of them have a visual within. There are many ways you could depict a tiger. You could put in the face, but that would be too Shiv Sena-ish. You could put in a pug mark, but that's just juvenile and random. You could put in the entire tiger, like it has been here. If you look at royal emblems, you often find the tiger's legs bent the way they are here. As for the curl of the tail, I'd say it's a design call because just look: on the other side of the 'y' of 'Madhya', there's a twirl the other way. It balances.

You know this scourge of our past life, Peter. The horrible sound of a boss saying, "I've seen something like this elsewhere," no matter if the idea came to us in a drug-induced hallucination.

Anonymous said...

"Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who Adobe'd remake thee?

Anonymous said...

Actually the tiger is lot closer to Shotokan Karate's symbol. They have been using it for years. See for yourself.

The tiger was painted by the great Japanese artist, Hoan Kosugi, to honor Master Funakoshi (father of modern Karate) who used it on the cover of his first book.

km said...

What, they didn't consider the "tiger tearing the head off a mustachioed hunter while his (tribal) wife screams for help and performs a snake dance to please the Tiger King" logo?

Anonymous said...

SKA was just a quick handy link. The tiger is used world over by every "Shotoakn" affiliate.

zigzackly said...


Thanks. Changed text accordingly.

Anonymous said...

Not mentioning these friends would be churlish on my part.

Anonymous said...

The Madhya pradesh logo looks more like the 1922 book, So it seems that bothe the MP logo and the Tiger logo are copied from it, though the tiger logo has been slightly modified.

It is not surprising that this has happened. What do you expect? Originality? You expect too much. Plagiarism is something that happens in films, songs, books.. so why not logos.

zigzackly said...

Yeah, it happens. But one is an incurable romantic. Whattodo?

MyShotokan said...

Dont let the detractors pull you down

My thanks for posting the Shotokan Logos