Oddly similar, aren’t they?
The first image is from three.eight.one Denis Radenkovic's design portfolio. And, the second image is a scorpion tattoo motif from the Iban in Borneo.
I was reading an article — [Note: I haven't a clue where it is. I thought I bookmarked it; it seems I didn't. And, that’s my reason for not linking it here.] — where it discussed how the name of Mr. Radenkovic’s site became it’s logo. And, not once, did the author cite Borneo tattoos. I don’t believe that Mr. Radenkovic woke up one morning and said, "I believe my logo should be fashioned into a Borneo scorpion motif." I could be wrong; he may have thought it. Or, it may have been serendipitous Chance.
I like stumbling over dissonant similarities.
Similarities which have been unknowingly done. Not reinvention of centuries-old styles. Nor variations on a theme. Nor flattery by imitation. Nor thievery. Things that are similar but dissonant (or, incongruous). Dissonant similarities are peculiar when one considers that the similar characteristics are separated by distance and time (even in this age of electronic mediums). They are elusive.
This is my small introduction for a serial–piece, “Of Similarities in Design.”