NIGHTMARE TOUR :: APRIL 2014

April 7th, 2014

We’re going on tour! Every month I’ll post which events we’ll be attending, so keep checking back if we’ll be visiting your city. 90% of the shirts/designs we’ll be bringing to the cons this year will be different from last year. We’ll also be premiering a lot of new designs from our Summer 2014 Collection that will only be released on our website in a few months from now.

So for April come find us at the Salt Lake Comic Con April 17-19, and at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo April 24-27.

Due to the schedule we won’t be at FanExpo Vancouver and FanExpo Toronto this year.

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MARCH RELEASE

April 3rd, 2014

Introducing our March release brought to you from our Winter 2013 collection. This is really where I want Akumu Ink to be, I finally found who we are and how I want our brand to look. Simple, clean designs with interesting concepts. The first shirt is Deadly Rose which is our Umami character revisited in a much darker interpretation. She’s past the point of being mischievous and crossed into being devious for this design.

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The Closing Act is a re-imagined version of one of our older designs The Drifter. The original design was very loved considering how simple it was. As my style has evolved since the beginning of Akumu Ink in 2008 I felt like it was time to reprise The Drifter in a much more updated version of himself to fit in with the mystifying world we have created.

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STILL HERE

March 24th, 2014

I was browsing online and fell upon this extremely old post from one of our early releases back in 2008. It made me laugh to read this post: “It’s [a] black [t-shirt] again, and I’m started to worry that their “all black” tee shirts collection will get tired soon.”

Happy to see that you guys haven’t gotten tired of us yet after 6 years of us creating mostly black tshirts!

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WALKING DEAD LAST EPISODE

March 24th, 2014

One more episode to close up this season of the Walking Dead! I wanted to try something different from my Michonne sketch and create an Akumu Ink version of Daryl. After watching episode 14 from season 4 (The Grove) I couldn’t help myself from drawing something. So here you go my fanart sketch of Daryl Dixon! Also thanks to those asking to make this into a shirt, but out of respect for the owners of the license I would never cross that line and sell these. This is just for fun. If you love it and want me to draw more things like this just ‘like it’, comment on it, and share it with your friends!

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PRETTY IN BLACK

March 19th, 2014

The lovely Kaylee Poco recently sent us photos from her latest shoot wearing our newest collection. The individual photos can be found on our Lookbook page. Kaylee’s last photoshoot for us was back in 2012 where she posed in our Mad for Hats, Shattered, Red Riding Hood, and Not Guilty tshirts (seen below).

If you like these photos go follow her on facebook and instagram! And go show some love for her photographer Bobby Clarke from Hard Candy Photos too.

We’re always so happy when you send us photos wearing our shirts, it’s quite rewarding for us. Always know that if you wear our shirts and send us photos wearing htem we’ll most likely repost them on our instagram. If the quality is really good then we’ll most likely also post it on our Lookbook page as well.

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EUROPEAN DARKNESS

March 12th, 2014

Here are some fun photos from European photographer Sandra Angelina. We especially love The Portrait deep vneck model. And there’s a fun shot of one our RIPed designs Necronomicon!

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Thanks to models: Katrine Vibekka Jørgensen, Lars Lassen Jensen, Anne Johansen

SALVADOR DALI SKETCH

March 5th, 2014

A few years back I got the chance to experience standing in front of a Salvador Dali painting in Spain. A fin thing to do when I look at paintings is not only look at the artwork, but stand in front of it and imagine that the original artist stood the exact distance from the work when they worked on it. AS if you’re stepping into their shoes when creating the piece. A bit too crazy for you?

Here’s my sketch of the surrealist painter and huge influencer of my own artwork.

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ZOMBIES AND SKULLS

March 3rd, 2014

Another month means another couple of designs have been released on our website. I just keep getting more and more excited about these new designs. Every time we meet you all in person we get some much love for our original character inspired designs. So let me tell you that they are here to stay and we will jsut keep coming up with more of them for you.

First let me show you La Calavera. Our spin on the ever popular Dia de los Muertos imagery that we keep seeing everywhere. Every season we try to bring in a fresh new sugar skull design as it works so well for the Akumu Ink universe. Originally featuring the Dia de los Muertos scoop tee, then the Sugar Skull loose scoop, now I think we’ve more than ever figured out the perfect mix of nightmare with sugar skull. Some of you may have seen this design already as we did premiere it at NYCC 2013, but now this creepy cemetery dwelling girl is finally available to purchase on our website in a men’s tee, women’s tee, women’s long sleeve, and art print.

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Next up is our Bye Bye Balloon design. Originally I drew it as just a zombie boy losing his balloon. I was very close to scraping the design as I felt it was missing something. But of course, leave it to Aldora to suggest that his arm should be floating away with the balloon. Once I redrew it the image made so much sense that we had no choice but to release it. So many people giggled when they saw it at NYCC that we knew this was a keeper.

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I HEART GIFS

February 27th, 2014

I found that a few of our designs lent to also being turned into gif versions. So I made some simple animations for our Braaains… tshirt, Nightmare in Oz tee, and Die Alone tshirt.

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NIGHTMARE COLLECTORS OF INSTAGRAM

February 26th, 2014

We feel so proud that our artwork has been received by people everywhere in the world. Below are a few examples from instagram of some of you that sent us photos within the last two months from Canada, USA, Europe, Japan, Australia. If I missed somewhere, let me know.

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