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Some time ago, I got an e-mail from Tim, who asked me to create an ambigram design for a tattoo. He wanted it to contain the names of his son Canon and his daughter Vanna and here’s what I came up with:


I created this ambigram for the “Movies and TV” ACAC, but did not submit it. It’s far from being legible and it needed too much photoshop work to be readable at all. Well, I do like the overall look, because I think I pretty close to the original design. Still, too hard to read, especially the “Tony Stark” portion…

Well, and that’s it. That’s all I managed to finish in three months… but I hope that I will start amigramming again soon! Stay tuned

From time to time people ask me to design a tattoo for them, and most of the time I am able to fulfill their wishes. And while some people are never heard of after I send them the designs, some are kind enough to send me pictures of the final result. So, here’s a small before/after show:

First we have an “Always In My Heart” ambigram I created for Mike. This is the original design:

And the tattooed version:

Unfortunately the tattoo artist changed the “swooshes” at the beginning and the end of the word and added a metallic effect to the design. And all in all the outlines could be clearer…

Second, this is an “Anthony/Alaina”  symbiotogram I designed for Jason. A different version of it can be seen in the last post:

The tattoo:

Jason and his tattoo artist decided to close the gap in the “T”…

After all it’s nice to see that some people like my work so much that they decide to spend the rest of their lifes with it 😉

I was asked to do a custom symbiotogram of the names Anthony and Alaina for a tattoo. I found a few solutions and styles, but my favorite one is this:

It may be not best in terms of readability and it’s definetly not tattoo compatible since the customer wants an all black tattoo, but I’m really happy with the solution and the style. There has not been a decision on which design will be chosen yet, so I will post the other ones later.

This design should be considered work-in-progress. Currently I got very interested in bilateral (or mirror) ambigrams again. I don’t exactly know why, maybe because I would really like to make myself a nice ambigram t-shirt . Mirror ambigrams seem to be the obvious choice for clothing, I think…

So, here’s a pretty early version of a “Fail / Win” symbiotogram (memes anyone?). I’m still trying out different font styles, but I think this one already works pretty well.

Happy Holidays!
Here is my last submission for the ongoing A.C.A.C ( ambigram contest):

In one direction it reads “Merry Christmas” and turned 180°…

… it reads “Happy New Year 2010“.

I’m very happy with the way this design came out in the end. I especially like the clear and kinda “1950’s” look ist has. Everything is in line and the letter forms are consistent. The “C/ar” and “R/W” inversion were a little bit tricky but in the end everything worked well.

I started working on this ambigram pretty early after the new A.C.A.C. started, but for a long time i didn’t kow how to integrate the “Merry” in the design and just writing “Christmas” didn’t seem to make much sense. But on a train ride home from work it struck me: Let’s turn the “Merry” into the number 2010! From that point on everything came together well…

So, all there is left for me to say is: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!