this uses mostly embellishment to reinforce the idea of balance. the designer just added a simple live on top of the a to create the idea of balance.
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Oh my goodness. I want a "joy" tattoo so badly ever since last summer. I love this font. I'm not sure about the placement, but it's pretty cool. Plus, this would be a meaningful tattoo for me, not just a frivolous thing.