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Short Vacation Break

[updated Feb 1, 2016]

As you know we've been working pretty relentlessly throughout the year all the way up through the Christmas holidays. So before the new year starts up again with all the chaos of convention season, we're going to take a short 3 week vacation.

While we're away: The shop will remain open until we return, but nothing will be shipped until we are back February 15th, 2016. So, use coupon code VACAY15 between Feb 1 to Feb 8 to enjoy 15% off everything on our website.

Thanks for understanding!

Summer 2016 Photoshoot

Sunday was such a beautiful day to get some model shots for our Summer 2016 collection. we found this really great spot by accident and got some really great shots.

Also I just discovered Adobe Lightroom for the first time, and I have spent the last 2 days readjusting all our past lookbook photos that I shot. The difference is quite drastic! I'm posting a few example below of the difference before and after.


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Summer 2016 Teaser

Hot off the presses is a sample for an upcoming Akumu Ink design. I just completed 15 designs for our summer 2016 collection. I really think this is my favorite collection by far, with a lot of really intricate pieces and fun concepts. I hope you're going to love them as much as we do.

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2015 in Retrospect

This year was amazing. For sure the biggest year we've ever experienced. It was just 12 months of nonstop insanity.

It started off with Aldora and I getting engaged, after being together and starting the company for over 7 years:



Then in April we met Joe Rogan! He was super sweet to us after his stand up performance, he knew and was a fan of my art which just floored the both of us. He then later wore our shirt on one of his episodes of the JRE podcast:



In April, with your help, we donated a ton of shirts to a local non-profit organization helping children in foster care:



End of April all the way through September we had our kickstarter project funded for our Just Another Birthday book. Although it was a lot of work trying to create a book from scratch during the busiest time of our convention season the final result made it all worth it. Especially considering you all supported us in making it happen:



We worked through the rest of the year creating new design and products. One of which was just made recently: Our keychains. With the awesome reception of these products we are eagerly working on a ton of new items that we will be introducing throughout 2016:

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Sleeping Dog

This is a sleeping dog:

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This dog was sleeping, and is now annoyed:

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Old Man Gloom in Oils Too

I got my Xmas wish (to paint). I'll put these babies up for sale this week. These might be the only paintings I do until next winter unfortunately, but I'm still happy I got a chance to paint at all during the holidays.

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Bear Trapped in Oil Paints

The only thing I wanted for Christmas this year was to have a second to paint something for myself. I would really love to just make a handful of these small 9x12" paintings. Maybe even put them up for sale even. But right now it's just about me having fun trying the develop a style I've been wanting to try for a really long time.

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Wednesday Addams Scratch

I was commissioned to create this image of Wednesday Addams in my scratchy style. I think it came out really well. If you want to hire me to create a custom art piece for you, go here.

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List of Dead Designs

I wanted to make a list of all our dead "R.I.P. designs" that are no longer available and will never be reprinted again. Here we go in no particular order:


Alice.


Sugar Skull.


The Sorcerer.


Off to Neverland.


FML.


Goth Girl.


Braaains...


Tokyo Nightmare.


Queen of Hearts.


The Portrait.


No Escape.


Lost at Sea.


Angel of Death.


Jack the Creeper.


Hypnosis.


Skeleton Key.


Necronomicon.


Shattered.


Samurai.


Houdini.


Asylum.


Medusa.


Bleeding Star.


Trapped.


Hanging by a Thread.

Just Another Birthday Second Edition

The second edition for our Just Another Birthday book arrived yesterday and is now ready to ship. If you'd like to purchase this book just click here. There are a few subtle differences with this and the first edition such as minor art and placement corrections, a different binding method allowing the pages to lay flat (so you can see all the artwork across the pages).

In June 2015, our Kickstarter backers converted this book from an idea into reality, and they own the first edition run. We're so happy that the reaction was so good that we could make this second run.

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Keychains

We've been busy recently creating new items and accessories for the first time since starting Akumu Ink with things other than just tshirts. Our bags, book, and stickers were such hits that we could not help ourselves from also making these really cute keychains. There's 8 total, so be sure to get 1, or 2, or 3, or all of them!

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After Darkness

I took a ton of Akumu Ink relevant photos on our trip to Hawaii last week. Here's one after driving up the Haleakalā volcano, otherwise known as the "house of the sun." This quote describes perfectly how I was feeling up until we took the week off. I was uninspired and exhausted, but seeing the world from a new perspective really got me excited about art again. Since coming back I've finalized 4 designs for our Summer Collection which are beyond anything we've done in the past. "After Darkness there will be light."

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Send in the Clown Closeup

This is my first clown design for Akumu ink since our Juggler design a few years back. I had this idea in my head for a while and just wanted to get it onto a shirt.

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Donation Meter

[edited December 31, 2016]

We (Joey & Aldora) have considered ourselves very lucky to be able to follow our passion, Akumu Ink, for the last 7.5 years. As we progress forward, we also want to give to those who urgently need help.

There are many people out there who are living in hardship without much choice in their lives. So for every Exclusive tee we sell, we will donate $2 to the UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) to help assist with Syrian refugees. If you want to know more about this cause, please read here, where you can also make a direct donation if you prefer.

This meter shows how much we have donated to the charity so far. Together, we can make a difference.

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Thank you,
-Joey + Aldora

Comedy Store

We somehow ended up going to the Comedy Store on both Saturday and Sunday nights. We went to see Iliza Shlesinger on Saturday, and on Sunday we sat right in the middle of the room in the second row (best spot in the house) to see Brodie Stevens, Chris D'Elia, and Sam Tripoli who went on at around 11pm when the room started emptying out. We were maybe less than 30 people in the room, and Sam kept pointing us out asking if we were in a punk band, or based on our appearance that we looked like really big fans of the Beastie Boys. The last time I had laughed this hard was when we went to see Joe Rogan at the Ice House comedy club. Bill Burr even showed up to test out some new material which made me cry laughing.

Kettlebells

As I most likely have mentioned I'm a huge fan of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. I finally ordered some kettlebells so I can work out a bit while we're not going to conventions. Every year we're getting older, and now that we're attending more cons, it becomes harder and harder to recuperate from lifting boxes and doing all these things that overexert our bodies. If can somehow continue to stay in shape during the off season, hopefully when con season starts up again in the spring it won't be too overwhelming.

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Weekend in Venice & Silver Lake

We had our friends from Canada come down this past weekend which was a really nice change of pace. We spent Saturday walking down the boardwalk at Venice Beach, and later in the day walked down Abbot-Kinney street and explored the shops. 

We were lucky enough to run into the Kogi BBQ food truck which is something we wanted to try for a while.

On Sunday we walked around Silver Lake. We found a really interesting spice shop that was tucked away in an alley, where we saw Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey from AMC's Mad Men) who was shopping there.

Since we were in the area we drove by Shepard Fairey's "Make Art, Not War" mural and a David Choe mural for The Kitchen (restaurant).

Packing Your Orders

A few weeks ago I posted a video on youtube of us working in our warehouse. Well here is a photo of Aldora packing up one of your orders prior to shipping it out.

Helpless Life Closeup

This design was created in an hour. We just finished sending our Just Another Birthday book files to the printer and I was working on the Winter Collection. We were talking about how much we wanted to create another version of our Life Sentence design. As I was still into drawing the book, I created this very storybook like drawing of a girl stuck in a cage, while the bird who lives there just sits on the outside of the cage.

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Yaya Han Tshirt Designs

This time last year I was asked by self-taught costume maker and now premier cosplayer, Yaya Han, to design some tshirts for her. I tried to create fun versions of her wearing her Catwoman and Chun Li costumes while including as much of the detail that she puts into her garments. Go check out her website for our tshirt collab and all her other prints and products.

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We have been selling tshirts online for almost 8 years! They are not cheap as we use good quality fabrics and fitted blanks. Not to mention all the artwork is completely original and drawn by one artist.

Sick Nurse Closeup

Our Sick Nurse design was something we had on the back burner for a long time. We wanted to create a nurse character, but we kept coming up with generic versions of her holding a big syringe, or riding a rocket like syringe. Nothing worth putting on a shirt. Aldora came up with this awesome idea to have her holding a crazy hacksaw while holding a heart, and from there I was able to mold the character (which I based off our Butcher II character) into a sexy but deadly nurse. I then added the scar on her chest to add more to the story.

Vera Baby in Oz

Controversial cosplayer Vera Baby wearing our Nightmare in Oz tshirt. Check out her website and buy her prints here.

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All our cool designer tshirts are available for men and women.

Lovers in Love

As Xmas approaches how can we not include these two lovers. As we were looking through our past designs we immediately agreed that recreating a version of our Til Death Do Us Part shirt would be extremely appropriate for these two.

Make Me Smile

Here is a closeup of our November Exclusive Smile tshirt. I literally drew it over-top our Sinister smile tshirt design. So all the proportions are exactly the same. we just thought it would be fun to reinterpret that design with this batty character.

November 2015 Exclusives

It's that time of the year again, November! We thought it would be a very appropriate time to create some fun exclusive shirts inspired by movies we like.

For this month ONLY we redesigned our Til Death Do Us Part shirt reimagining our coffin lovers. And an interpretation of our Sinister Smile design with an batty twist. Both designs are printed on men and women tees (crew and scoop necks for the women).

OUR OFFER: This year our customers now have the option to get the Exclusive Tees on their own for $35 each, OR get one for FREE when you spend $100 on www.akumuink.com.

RECAP: Spend $100 get 1 FREE Exclusive tee. Spend $200 get 2 FREE Exclusive tees, etc.

CHARITY: Since the holiday season is approaching, we look at our lives and consider ourselves very lucky to still be doing what we love after 7.5 years, while there are many people out there who are living in hardship without much choice in their lives. So for every Exclusive tee we sell this month, we will donate $2 to the UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) to help assist with Syrian refugees. If you want to know more about this cause, please read here, where you can also make a direct donation if you prefer.

Happy holidays and we hope you'll enjoy these designs as much as we enjoy making them for you!



New :: You Can Now Review Us

We have just added a way for you to post a Customer Review. Let us know your experience buying through our shop, or how you received your tshirt, if you like the fit of your shirt(s), or even if you wore your tshirt out and someone commented you on it. We'd love to hear it!



Each Customer Review is specifically for the product you are reviewing. You can find our Customer Review section at the bottom of every product page.

Haunted Queen Mary

We took a haunted tour aboard the Queen Mary based on the positive reviews I heard from the Bizarre States podcast. Although we didn't see anything scary or any ghosts, the tour guide was very informative about the ships history and about ghostly events that just made all the hairs on my arms stand up on ends. We got there an hour before the tour started so we were able to walk around the entire ship (which is now a hotel) and take a bunch of photos of stuff.

Dia de los Muertos

Usually we work right through Halloween, but this year we were able to take a little time off to enjoy some of what Los Angeles has to offer during our favorite month. We went to the LA Day of the Dead festival going on at the Hollywood Forever cemetery.

Update on our Books

We have been so busy lately with New York Comiccon, shipping out our book, and restocking our European retailers that we didn't have time to post anything for a month!

Let me start off by saying that the books did arrive. Unfortunately they arrived 3 months later than they should have and so many were in horrible condition that we ended up returning most of them back to the factory. We were however able to have just enough books to fulfill our commitment to our kickstarter backers. After painstakingly looking through every single page with a fine tooth comb, everyone received a signed copy of Just Another Birthday which was to our standard.

So what does this mean for anyone who wants one or even another copy of our book? Well we are going into a second edition printing. We made a few small changes to some of the artwork to enhance the page layouts slightly. It is expected to be available on our website for sale early 2016, and then we will bring it with us to cons until they run out.

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Some of our tshirts are funny, we try to keep a sense of humor within our dark and morbid designs. We try not to take ourselves too seriously when creating new characters and concepts. All our tshirts are hand printed to ensure the best quality.

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CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

We bought these baby plants from Sprouts (grocery store) for $5 each. I always wanted to have a Venus Fly Trap, now the tricky part is to actually take care of it. I've never had a plant before, so I searched all over youtube to learn how to take care of these little monsters. I'll keep you posted if they eat anything....or anyone.



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AKUMU INK ON SOCIETY6

We just created a society6 page as some of you were asking us for more diverse products such as shower curtains, bed covers, etc. To stock so many diverse products would wreck us, so we will try this out. We'll add a few more designs this coming week and see how it goes. Hopefully you'll take advantage of picking up these items, as it will help us to gauge if we should attempt to do more than just shirts.

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SERENADING THE DEAD

I wrote a massive post explaining how I came up with this design, but my computer shut off and I lost the entire post. So here is our new mariachi skeleton design which we call Serenading the Dead.

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TOP HATS & MUSTACHES

For a while I've wanted to create some fun pattern shirts. We thought this would be a fun and very different design for us to introduce.

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DRAWSTRING BAGS

We have included 2 new sling bags to our webstore: Sinister Smile and We're All Mad Here. Both designs are printed on a thick cotton fabric.

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PATTERN

What do you think about this pattern?

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PAINTING

I was asked to recreate a piece by Zdzisław Beksiński in my own style for a customer in Hawaii. Although the original piece is very daunting in that it was created by a master painter, I can happily say that not only did I learn a lot while working on this piece, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. For all commission work email info@akumuink.com

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MOON & STARS

Every night I walk our dog, Tiny. And along our nightly ritual I'm always staring up at the moon and stars. One night there was a full moon that silhouetted a tree we were passing, and that inspired me to create this design bringing back the owl from our Night Owl and Midnight Hour design.

I also love the idea of puppet theatre, and having created the Strings Attached design I wanted to continue the story within this collection by stringing up all the background items.

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