The Universal S

  • Published on Aug 10, 2019
  • 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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  • hunter4hire
    hunter4hire 9 hours ago

    I used to draw the chain version of it back in 1985 to 1994. I never recall seeing the S, but I do remember that the Chain version, i first saw in engraved in my school desk, this was in Poland. I remember I showed it to my brother and he too started sketching it in the margins of his notebook, but when I asked him recently, he doesn't remember who or what introduced him to it, in fact, his view is that he "made it up." Which i didn't agree with as I have a much better recollection, I was 9 years old at the time, and he was 6.

  • YoloBrothers
    YoloBrothers 13 hours ago

    Stuasy In Australia is prounounced st-uh-s-e (stussy)

  • SwegglesTheManMoose
    SwegglesTheManMoose 21 hour ago

    There's a Universal S on a painting from 1533 called The Ambassadors. Its embroidered on a table cloth.

  • SpunkySpade
    SpunkySpade Day ago

    In middle school it was a game we'd all play in class. We'd draw the "S" on our assignments and when teachers pointed them out they'd sometimes doc points for drawing on the worksheet instead of actually doing it. So what ended up happening was seeing who could print an "S" on our assignments without it being noticed by our teachers. I never partook in it but I know one kid drew a microscopic one on his final essay and another designed a house in the shape of one when looking at it in a certain angle.

  • deadpoetoftheyear

    Some youtubers brag abt content. This is CONTENT big time.

  • deadpoetoftheyear

    Love how that colorful keyboard has an Ä and Ö. It does confuse me though.

  • I was here first
    I was here first 2 days ago

    S Satan

  • ImShiftyBiscuitPW
    ImShiftyBiscuitPW 2 days ago

    Its a pointy zero that was twisted

  • 失われた々LOST
    失われた々LOST 2 days ago


    cHIMMY ORANGE 2 days ago

    it looks like a chain

    tell me im wrong

  • Wodanaz
    Wodanaz 2 days ago

    Very interesting video, used to draw this symbol a lot at school in the early 2000's in the Netherlands.

  • Cosmic
    Cosmic 2 days ago

    wer ist hier wegen Luna, T und Ardy?

  • nothingiswhatitseems

    It means SATAN . IT uses multiple 3s to be drawn.

  • Nekko Tanaka
    Nekko Tanaka 2 days ago

    In vietnam we didn't know that 😂😂😂

  • merckill
    merckill 2 days ago

    not all heroes ware capes

  • Moo
    Moo 2 days ago

    LEMMiNO, you're a legend.

  • kevin martin
    kevin martin 2 days ago

    I was caught drawing this at schoo,l teacher said I was drawing the Nazi ss symbol i was shocked and got the a bit a trouble over it principle spanheimer was pissed no joke i was living in Texas at the time

  • Hyperlex [GD]
    Hyperlex [GD] 2 days ago


    need i say more?

  • Lalady Warriors
    Lalady Warriors 3 days ago

    your keyboard looks comfortable to use

  • TheJooomes
    TheJooomes 3 days ago

    Since basic geometry is always the same, that must mean other intelligent life is obsessed with the universal S. Think about that, it's truly universal.

  • mauaph
    mauaph 3 days ago

    My school started with an S so we all thought it was a symbol for our school. I was so shocked to see other people talking about it

  • KoolBlueOceana
    KoolBlueOceana 3 days ago

    And here I thought that it meant the southside in my city because that's what I was told in elementary school. This S is wild.

  • Mike Wazowski
    Mike Wazowski 3 days ago

    No different than drawing any other 3d cube where you draw two squares overlapping then using four straight lines to create a 3d cube.
    You also have to consider all the other doodles people make and then toss in the trash because they do not make any sense.

  • Average_User
    Average_User 3 days ago

    Seriously? I don't know what it's called in English, but in Hungary students use square patterned exercise books for math, so we ALL drew all kind of patterns in those books, including this one. I have drawn this symbol a million times in the 90s.

  • Casper Cx
    Casper Cx 3 days ago


  • superm530
    superm530 3 days ago

    whay if : independent discoveries all over the world??? I believe that i should exist a version of "universal s" in 1700ss o 1600s

  • Loey 2k11
    Loey 2k11 3 days ago

    He sounds like my dad because my *kOreAn* dAd that tries to bE a fAncY *aMerIcAn* just adds a buch of word in between words. Like "Board of Keys." No offence because you sound cool saying in but dad says it as "Lord of bEes" because of him not really being able to pronounce english words properly. Bye

  • LilSmoky92
    LilSmoky92 3 days ago +1

    I respect the research done for this mystery, please don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this video. But I think the approach to solving it is flawed. Look, if something is universal within pretty much all of humanity, chances are it has to do with human nature. Here's what I think: When people explore their early drawing skills, drawing this S serves the same function as drawing a three dimensional cube on cross-lined math paper. It's a very simple exploration of 3D drawing. You put one layer of the symbol over the other. Just a tiny piece. To me, this is natural evolution of the understanding of geometry, which got boosted by a lot of kids drawing on cross-lined paper during math class out of boredom. It wasn't some "sign" that spread because kids thought it was cool, it spread because each kid came up with it individually because that just happens when you explore simple drawing with lines.

  • Nunya Bidness
    Nunya Bidness 4 days ago

    So, I had to actually go digging for all of 3 minutes to find all sorts of examples of it from the 1800's. Stock Certificates...

  • Emily L
    Emily L 4 days ago

    I thought it was superman symbol

  • Prites Bas
    Prites Bas 4 days ago

    Simple SUPER MAN.

  • Damian Freeman
    Damian Freeman 4 days ago +1

    Huh. I always thought of it as "The Graffiti S" because it reminds me of graffiti. It just seemed kind of obvious.

  • Jason Rufo
    Jason Rufo 4 days ago

    This sounds like a job for Robert Langdon lol

  • 雷光
    雷光 5 days ago


  • #1 Tako
    #1 Tako 5 days ago

    I have no idea who drew it but I remember it being associated with skater culture in the mid to late 1990's. I was amazed that you couldn't find anything prior to 2006 for awhile as I've got a sketchbook from grade school in the 90's where I drew that symbol. I always preferred the compas rose though.

  • Sergio Alcantara
    Sergio Alcantara 5 days ago

    Obviously the US created it. We create everything, and all you foreigners just follow. 😂👌🏼🇺🇸✊🏼

  • Nick Bottorf
    Nick Bottorf 5 days ago

    S is the original meme

  • Shadow Of Light
    Shadow Of Light 5 days ago

    I thought this was only a British thing...
    *EDIT:* I also never learnt how to make it lol

  • Tru Nestor
    Tru Nestor 5 days ago

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  • Harvey Pegasus
    Harvey Pegasus 6 days ago +1

    The S could just be a phenomenon of multiple people across the world coming up with this symbol randomly despite having no connection to eachother. Like how multiple people with no connection could come up with the same general plot of a storybook.

  • Pwrd0 Julius Caesar PC

    its funny how he says graffiti graffy ti

  • BoxyCup o-Coffee
    BoxyCup o-Coffee 6 days ago

    Its not the pointy s its a *cool* S

  • Ayumo 77
    Ayumo 77 6 days ago

    finally a lemmino video that wont give me nightmares xd

  • Hal Turner
    Hal Turner 6 days ago

    I thought the S was related to some gang bullshit.

    Just goes to show you what shitty environment I grew up in.

  • Karol Szczerba
    Karol Szczerba 6 days ago

    Isnt this the super S? Im from ireland

  • Calm and Comfortable

    I lived in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, which is a moderately small former soviet country on the north of Iran. And even there we had these symbols.

  • Deiver Loría Morales

    I am from Costa Rica and I also draw that symbol as a kid, did not know where it came from nor that it was that common and old. great video!

  • Beetle Bayley
    Beetle Bayley 7 days ago

    MAybe the astroid, hits the face so-hard it starts to split... like banana-facy, sighs astro-ID...

  • Estrella Rodriguez
    Estrella Rodriguez 7 days ago

    \ | /
    / | \

  • MägiCo M
    MägiCo M 7 days ago

    It's too simple to be something specific

  • f1rst_ne1x
    f1rst_ne1x 7 days ago

    0:52 is that an ikea pencil?

  • Vagina Crusher
    Vagina Crusher 7 days ago

    LEMM please cover Vegas. I know it’s a taboo ass topic but we don’t know shit almost 3 years later. Please cover Vegas.

  • Maximus Prime
    Maximus Prime 7 days ago

    Why did it drop off in the 2000s? Do kids today not draw this?

  • Nicolas Vanderstricht

    Thank you, very inspiring.

  • stenbak88
    stenbak88 8 days ago

    I learned it bc stussy

  • Cristian Becerril
    Cristian Becerril 8 days ago +1

    5:08 -- why is this the scariest Lemmino has ever been?

  • Elvir Redzepovic
    Elvir Redzepovic 8 days ago

    Aaaaah, nothing better then shitty nordic "english" narrator. Sug kuk och lär dig engelska din inavlade bonde :D

  • Lik
    Lik 8 days ago +1

    *The Universal S Pre-Dates Humanity Itself*

  • Striker Alpha One
    Striker Alpha One 8 days ago

    Grafitti Artists: *S*
    Internet Commenters: 🅱️

  • salina ember
    salina ember 8 days ago

    yoo the Slipknot S... Cool S... Gangster S.