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July 20, 2009

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The paper company xpedx reads the same forwards, backwards, and upside down.

In 'Metamagical Themas', Douglas Hofstadter reports that a friend of his gave ambigrams their name - though it may also have arisen elsewhere independently. He writes that ambigrammatic art brings out in a vivid way "the strange fluidity of letterforms".

As a child I used to create them, among other letter-based games and tricks, without knowing their name at the time. I also drew faces that were also faces upside down, but I don't know if there is a specific word for this!

Another great example is "The Princess Bride" (20th Anniversary Edition)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000TJBNHG/imdb-button/

We were mentioned in that Wired issue! It helped bring lots of exposure to the ambigram realm.

Mark Palmer is the sole ambigram artist at our site, with thousands and thousands of hand drawn ambigram artwork. We have an ambigram generator as well, that uses Mark's artwork to try and piece an ambigram together.

Thanks for posting about it!

- Nate of Wow Tattoos
Ambigram Tattoo Designs by Mark Palmer

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