The Universal S

The Universal S

People from all over the world have been drawing this S-shaped symbol for decades yet no one seem to know anything about it. In this video I explore some of the popular origin theories and showcase my own findings after five years of on and off searching.


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53 Responses

  1. Totally Riffed says:

    “I brushed it off as failed attempts of lesser men”. The self awareness is humorous to say the least.

  2. 1000 Comments with under 400 subs challenge says:

    Every body gangsta till universal S conquer us all. 5:07

  3. eksdee says:

    So this video took like 3-4 years to make?

  4. Jayash Pandey says:

    “What does that ‘S’ stand for?”
    “It’s not an ‘S’. In my world, it means hope.”

  5. zaksor parkour says:

    *insert a generic comment about Lemmino’s video quality instead of discussing the topic of the video*

  6. Saketh Dss says:

    Whenever lemino uploads a video, the universal boredom constant decreases it’s value

  7. Niclas Martinsen says:

    This has litteraly become my favorite channel on YouTube. So much in depth work, done by one person. Keep up the good work!

  8. Dislexic-Woolf says:

    When I was growing up we called it the graffiti S so I always assumed that’s where it came from.

  9. Pro Neon says:

    You fools, that symbol represents a man meditating or doing yoga Watch carefully.

  10. Marcuri says:

    It is scary to know that ALL OF US drew that “S” from all over the world and no one knows where it comes from, i found it in one of my big sisters book and shes from the early 90s, thats how i got to draw it being from the late 90s. We must all keep it alive showing it to our kids.
    PS: imagine that this S is from like a really old cult who did terrible things and we just proudly drawing it hh
    And i also kinda hope well never know, its way cooler without knowing it

  11. Akhil Pisharody says:

    Did i just watch a 19 minute Lemmino video that gave me no knowledge whatsoever?

  12. HappY inc. says:

    its insane that so many people know this S. Im german and everybody used to draw it as well in primary school

  13. Vaidik says:

    That transition at 5:30 XD amazing…

    Btw the video quality and the amount of research done to compile this information is quite exhaustive

  14. Shimeih says:

    Im sure in Zimbabwe we drew that S as much as you did.. I remember our graffiti infested bathrooms in school ?

  15. PurrSalt says:

    I’ve always used it as the pattern, specifically to spice up my homework papers as a kid 🙂

  16. Drjrkouks _ says:

    Here in Greece EVERY kid made this in their schools but with the smile form and l was replaced by a palm tree you are SO accurate

  17. Daniel Shamsudinov says:

    I wish I had the dedication to anything as much as you do for a stupid doodle.

  18. Tuck says:

    Just think, some random guy was the first to ever do this now tradition

  19. S L U M B E R says:

    Like so he can see…. the symbol goes far back as 1533 where it can be seen in the painting “the ambassadors” by Hans Holbein the younger … you can see the symbol if you zoom in to the table . The “S” appears sideways

    • Fal Para says:

      Might have been a coincidence though. It is possible

    • Musti .Toshiro says:

      Perhaps it would help to search for paintings of oriental carpets done in the Renaissance. Is it possible to track down the exact origin of the carpet in Holbein’s painting? Certain oriental regions might have their own unique styles in designing patterns compared to others.

    • ChandmanHD says:

      LemonadeMouthSomebod can’t see it

    • Tfue says:

      Yup I googled it and if you look next to the guy on the lefts right hand you can kinda see it

  20. GaBIT says:

    please like so LEMINO will see: the symbol firstly appears in the ancient Dacian culture (on the territory of current Romania). It’s at least 2200 years old. It is a part of the Solar Cult and it’s actually a spiral most commonly known as Carligul Ciobanului (The Shepard’s Hook) and it represents the idea of bringing back something that was lost. You can google this: “cultul solar” in google images.
    You can still find it on embroideries on some clothes in Romania.

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