Ambigram "Survive"

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So this is my first attempt of an ambigram. I already presented it to two people and they let me to know that it's not that good... they simpley could not read it. My opinion: As a piece of art it may be ok, but as a piece of graphic design it's a fail (graphic design should be interpreted fast).

Nevertheless I wanted to ask all of you:

So can anybody read it? Any ideas for improvement?
A small hint: The design is not on accident like this ;)

I appreciate any serious and constructive criticism! Thanks a lot in advance!

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