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BOOK TEST COPY

We received a sample of the book and it looks really nice! Only 4 days left to get your copy from our kickstarter.

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CATWOMAN SKETCH

My Weekly Sketch 17/52: Selena Kyle from Gotham.

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NEW PINS

After about 8 months of not wanting to go back to Staples (because the person working the copy center was too incompetent to print out my files correctly), I finally tried my luck and surprisingly had excellent service from a new employee! Which means we will be able to offer pins on our website and at conventions again. So we will test out some new pins at this weekend's Denver Comiccon and see how that goes. Depending on the reaction we will start incorporating them onto our website.

 

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KICKSTARTER TSHIRT

We finalized the tshirt design over the weekend and wanted to share the final artwork with you. Check out the special detail of them reaching out for each other ;) <

This shirt will only be available through our Kickstarter. It will not be for purchase through our website. So please make sure you get it soon as our Kickstarter will only last 12 more days!

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MAY COMICCONS

The next 2 weeks are going to be brutal. Two cons back to back with a day off between to repack for the next show. We're excited to go to these two new cons as we've never been there before. Denver and Phoenix here we come!

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CHUCKY SKETCH

My weekly sketch 16/52: Chucky!

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OUR BOOK IS FUNDED!

Our Kickstarter project was completely funded as of yesterday! There is still 15 days to go so hopefully we can get a few more orders in so that we can offer everyone some fun extras (image below) like getting a dust jacket made, a bookmark, and the funnest of all is if we get $8,000 in funding we'll go as far to make the tshirt glow in the dark! Of course if we blew past $8,000 we would easily consider making another book. We have another completely different idea that we'd love to possibly tackle, but we're shelving for now.

After being funded I was super excited and inspired and drew up 2 new pages. I figured out a more scratchy/'child-like' style which I plan on using throughout the entire book. Possibly even going back and updating the other 4 pages I already made. Check them out below:



 

 

 

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BLEEDING HEART

Lastly this month we introduce The Bleeding Heart. A take on our earliest design called Beloved, back when we designed very generic objects. This one included the scratchy style we've become known for as well as a hidden skeleton key to make the design more interesting. A lot of experimenting in this collection.

 

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UNSEEN, UNHEARD, UNSPOKEN

Taking on a really old Akumu Ink design called The Juggler, I wanted to see what this design would look like now with our current style. It's now called Unseen, Unheard, Unspoken. I had also been kicking around the idea of a "Hear no evil, see no evil, say no evil" design and thought this would be a nice combination. The thought of having to choose one of the three, reminded my of the Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas with his two different faces/emotions.
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INK & FIRE

One of my favorite designs this season is Ink & Fire. Based off our Geisha design from our first collection when we rebranded Akumu Ink in 2011. The original design was completely forced out of the necessity to create quantity over quality in a very short period of time.

This new version is giving justice to the concept in which the dragon tattoo actually comes to life off the geisha's body. We tried something a little different with the colors and they just came out perfect on this print. We're reprinting this design (as I have a ton of new ideas for our next collection), so whatever is available on the website right now is what we'll have. Not restocking.

 

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AMBUSHED

New this month is our very limited Ambushed print. This design is an important one for me. As it's a throwback to a tshirt design I drew for a school project in college many years before ever even thinking of starting a tshirt company. My style was very different back then, and I would constantly wonder what kind of a job I would have in the future, surely not something where I could be myself. Luckily meeting Aldora and creating our own company, I could make art without holding back in any way. All of you buying our shirts allow us to continue. There's no way I would have done any of this on my own, or have become remotely known for this style of artwork. So, thanks to those who buy this shirt, its very special to me.
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DOMINIA SHOP

Our current collection is now restocked at Dominia shop in Leiden, Netherlands. The last time our stuff was being carried there was in 2009, so it feels great to be back!
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JIGSAW SKETCH

Here's a quick sketch early in the morning while at Chicago C2E2 Comiccon. Sketch 15/52: Billy the Puppet from Saw.

 

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BROOKLYN STREET THREADS

If you're looking to buy our shirts in Orlando, Florida please check out our friends Brooklyn Street Threads at the Artegon Marketplace.

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CALGARY EXPO 2015

Our fourth straight comiccon in a row, and Calgary did not disappoint us whatsoever. We brought a ton of new designs to the show and you guys gobbled them up like we were giving them away! Apologies to those that wanted to buy certain designs, but by the second day of the show we were already sold out of many sizes. A million 'thank yous' Calgary, we look forward to coming back next year!

Also got to hang out with my cousin and his soon to be wife who also lives in Calgary. We had a really great time hanging out with them. You might have even seen him hanging out in our booth on Sunday.

JUST ANOTHER BIRTHDAY TEASER VIDEO

I had a little bit of time today to finally finish the teaser video for our upcoming kickstarter project. We were hoping to be live this week, but the longest part of the process is making the kickstarter video. And since it's our busiest time with conventions right now we're trying to find the time to piece it together. We're hoping to get the recording done tomorrow, and I'll edit when we get back from Calgary to hopefully post Tuesday or Wednesday (April 21st-22nd). We'll keep you updated as we get closer to launching, as the first 30 early birds will get to benefit from a discount and signed/numbered copies.

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NOT ALONE

Not Alone is one of those random fun designs I came up with. In the same vein as Umami or Never Say Die. I liked the playfulness of designing the words to remove a word and completely change the sentence. I'm personally not good at coming up with sayings on shirts, but when something fits our aesthetic I love to try it out.

 

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SECRET JOKER BAG

We printed a limited amount of secret Joker bags that we will bring with us to the next set of comic conventions. Based off of the Joker sketch I drew last week. These bags are NOT for sale, but are a gift to exclusive customers. Come by our booth at Megacon in Florida to get one for yourself.

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WILLY WONKA SKETCH

My Weekly Sketch 13/52: Willy Wonka (1971). This was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Willy Wonka was this crazy magical man, but rewatching it as an adult shows Willy Wonka to be much more jaded and withdrawn. The songs in this version of the movie are so good and haunt my mind.

Did you prefer the 1971 movie or Tim Burton's version?

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DONATION DROP OFF

Here is the final count of shirts we dropped off for charity yesterday with Together We Rise (a local non-profit organization helping children in foster care). This month couldn't be possible without all of you! With every regular priced shirt purchased through www.akumuink.com during March we donated one to charity. We're hoping to get some photos of the kids wearing our shirts within the next few weeks. Thanks again everyone!

 


 

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TIL DEATH DO US PART

New this month is a shirt I've thought about creating for a long time. As you may have noticed most of our shirts only have 1 character on them. I wanted to create an eternal love kind of design. Very much inspired after watching Tim Burton's Corpse Bride but with our own skeleton characters. I loved the idea of a very desaturated (void of color) design with just the hint of red from both their roses. I hope you like this design because it's a very true indication of where Akumu Ink will be heading stylistically in the next few months.


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Available for men and women.

INSANITY IN D MINOR

Insanity in D Minor was a design I came up with in 2013 but felt like no one would like it. I had watched the Jerry Lee Louis documentary and a few videos on youtube and came up with a rough sketch of what I wanted. I put it aside for a full year. After watching Clockwork Orange again and seeing the influence of Beethoven in the movie I felt like I had to rework the piece and push it forward.

The name of the design Insanity in D minor came from a song I wrote back in 2006 and is still available on myspace called Destruction in A minor. I always loved that name and wanted to reuse it for this.

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JOKER SKETCH

Weekly Sketch 12/52: My fun little interpretation of the Batman's Joker.

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AKUMU INK x KICKSTARTER

We want to make Akumu Ink's first ever illustrated book. So, we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign mid-April and we need your help.

Please check our pre-Kickstarter page: www.akumuink.com/kickstarter for more details and please share with all of your friends! Thank you!!

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UPCOMING COMICCON TOUR

CON NEWS!
- March 27-29 we'll be in Seattle, WA for Emerald City Comicon
- April 3-5 we'll be at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA
- April 10-12 MegaCon Convention in Orlando, FL

Come by and get our latest shirts!

PS- We won't be bringing everything we have, so if you want to pick up specific items at these shows, contact us here.

Keep checking back to know what other cons we'll be attending.

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TYLER THE CREATOR SKETCH

Weekly Sketch 11/52: Rap musician Tyler the Creator.

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CANADA 2015 TOUR DATES

We will only be at 2 Canadian shows this year: Ottawa Comic Con and Calgary Expo!

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We love Montreal Comiccon, but they changed their dates this year and it now conflicts with a con in LA.

TSHIRTS TO BE DONATED AFTER 2 WEEKS

We'd like to thank Brian "Q" Quinn and A.J. Lee in helping us boost the number of tees for our March charity program: *BUY A SHIRT, DONATE A SHIRT! Here is a photo of how many tees we have accumulated for foster children so far.

*Buy a Shirt, Give a Shirt: Only in March, for every regular-priced tee purchased at www.akumuink.com, we'll donate a tee to a child in foster care.

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AJ LEE :: DEAD RIDING HOOD

AJ Lee was spotted last night on RAW wearing our Dead Riding Hood scoop tee. Just like our designs she is very cute, but so deadly. AJ Lee has worn our shirts on multiple occasions in the ring wearing our Tokyo Nightmare tank top, Umami shirt, Tokyo Revenge scoop tee, and multiple others. We wish her much luck in regaining her title!

 

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MARILYN MANSON SKETCH

Sketch 10/52: is of Marilyn Manson. I used to sketch Marilyn Manson type characters a lot in college, maybe some day I'll post those.

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CHESHIRE CAT PAINTING

I've been working on this Cheshire Cat painting these last few weeks. If you want to commission me for custom artwork, please go here.

Song "Claptrap" by Sisyphean Conscience.

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BRIAN QUINN ON IMPRACTICAL JOKERS

This week has been insane. We met Joe Rogan Wednesday night (and he knew who we were), and Thursday night while watching our favorite show on tv. Q from Impractical Jokers was wearing our Tone Death shirt! Sometimes it feels like the universe is telling us something.

I can't even begin to count how many hours worth of the TESD podcast I've listened to while printing shirts from our apartment when we started. Although we've grown so much since the early days of Akumu Ink, I'm still an avid fan of the podcast listening each week as episodes become available. Our life right now is very surreal, but I'm loving every second of it. Check out this post of when Q wore our Tea Time shirt.

 

 

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JOE ROGAN

Last night we drove out to Pasadena to watch Joe Rogan perform at the Ice House. One thing I love about being in California is that there are so many fun things to do. One of which was this. Not only did we see a killer show but we got to meet Joe Rogan at the end of the show, shake his hand, and take a photo with him. He is such a nice guy and recognized us! We were completely stunned that he he knew who we were. I have been a fan of his podcasts for a very long time. I've listened since episode 100 (currently 624 episodes) when I would be hand printing all our shirts from our spare-bedroom in Montreal. I feel very fortunate of what we've accomplished in that time, and where we're headed.

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TSHIRTS TO BE DONATED AFTER 1 WEEK

So far, these are the tees that are going to be donated to foster children, thank you!! It's been a week since we started our BUY A SHIRT, GIVE A SHIRT project. Let's keep this momentum going!

Just in March, buy a regular-priced shirt and we'll donate a shirt to a child in foster care. Only at www.akumuink.com

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MACHETES AND FLOWERS

These new designs are really gorgeous pieces. Using older designs as a stepping stone for these newer ones. I'm happy to bring back our Butcher character this time infused with the Akumu Ink essence in the BUTCHER II. I've heard someone at a con refer to him as Tokyo Chan's boyfriend.

Next is a re-creation of our La Calavera design, which since being near Los Angeles and doing more cons around here. I got the message very quickly that I should incorporate more Dia de los Muertos themes, which complement our brand beautifully. I learned about the Pronghorn, an antelope that lives in Mexico, and thought to incorporate it into this Pronghorn Catrina design. With shows like True Detective and Hannibal it's hard to resist not included some antlers in my designs.

 

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KING JOFFREY SKETCH

Sketch 9/52: King Joffrey. So many good characters from Game of Thrones, but I had to draw Jack Gleeson's unloved character.
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BUY A SHIRT, DONATE A SHIRT

For the entire month of March we decided to try something new:

For every regularly priced t-shirt*, tank top, and hoodie that you purchase at www.akumuink.com, we will donate a t-shirt to a child in foster care. Together We Rise, a local non-profit organization is assisting us in this endeavor. So, let's "Buy a Shirt, Donate a Shirt" to foster children in need this month! Please share this with others because the more shirts you buy, the more shirts we'll donate.

 

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*(excluding shirts on sale, Mystery Packs, bags, and prints/custom canvas)

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KURT COBAIN SKETCH

Sketch 8/52 of my weekly sketches continues with this drawing of Kurt Cobain from Nirvana. I took a somewhat obscure photo of him solely based on how much I liked his eyes in this shot. It's a very strong image on its own. The fun thing about forcing myself to sketch every week is that I get to experiment. I was originally going to draw this like the Hannibal sketch when I decided to try to use pencil for the shading instead. I like that it gives a different effect than just the ink version.

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SKATEBOARDS FOR CHARITY

Two winters back we took part in a charity called Skateboards for Hope, where I painted 4 decks for a charity which donated the boards to underprivileged kids to teach them how to skate. In doing so it would teach them self worth, community, and possibly empower them. I'm happy to see the boards finally getting into the hands of these kids in foster care and First Nations communities. There was also this photo from a year ago from a kid in Havana using one of the boards. We love that our art can reach out to kids and inspire them. We are currently working on a new charitable project which you will also be able to take part in some time this year.

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JIM MAHFOOD

Although a lot of people think my main influence is Tim Burton just because I have a very scratchy style, or because I draw a lot of skeletons. But one of my big influences is actually an artist called Jim Mahfood. When I tried getting into comics in college, his art allowed me to realize that having your own style is way more interesting than just doing what everyone else is doing. When we moved to California I got rid of most of my stuff, but I did bring with me all my Jim Mahfood comics. It was so crazy meeting him for the first time and getting him to sign all his works that I owned.

 

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NOSFERATU CONTEST WINNERS

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Nosferatu Photo Contest on Facebook and Giveaway on Instagram. Here are the 4 winners of both contests wearing their shirts proudly.

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HANNIBAL SKETCH

Sketch 7/52. Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter.

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WORKING WITH YAYA HAN

As mentioned yesterday on Yaya Han's facebook page, we are currently working with her to design a collection of 3 tshirts which she will be selling within the next few months. She is super great to work with, allowing us to create some really exciting art for her. If you're a fan of hers I'm sure you're going to love these new shirts. We'll keep you posted when they become available.

 

 

 

 

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7 YEARS OLD

Akumu Ink is seven years old this month! We launched with six generic emo/goth designs and a rough idea that we wanted to create a nightmare inspired brand with a kawaii (cute) Japanese twist. Seven years later with your help, we have created over a hundred beautiful designs dedicated to this theme. Thank you for taking the trip with us, we're excited to continue growing and evolving.

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MADDIE ZIEGLER SKETCH

Sketch 6/52: After watching the awards I was so inspired to sketch Maddie Ziegler from Sia's "Chandelier" & "Elastic Heart" videos. She came out looking a lot older than she should, I think I didn't make the eyes big enough. But I gained grounds on working with my new preferred medium, which I'm much more excited about.

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CONTEST WINNERS

Winners of our exclusive Nosferatu shirts from San Diego Comiccon 2014 Contest are going to the following contestants.

Facebook Winners: Marissa Denny & Keirran Connor Davidson


Instagram Winners: @kolztrofobz & @billzzworth

 

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SLC FANX 2015

Here's a few happy faces from last weekend at Salt Lake City FanX.

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WE GOT ENGAGED SKETCH

Aldora and I met back in 2007. After only 3 months together she came up with the idea to start a tshirt company. 6 months later Akumu Ink was online and selling it's first tshirt. We struggled for a long time before seeing any reward. Now that we have been in California for almost a full year, and we are comfortable with Akumu Ink's steady growth, I thought it was a good time to make sure my partner in business would remain my partner in life. Without her none of this would happen. A bunch of family and friends were asking for a photo of the proposal, but we didn't take any as I proposed at night time. So I drew this instead, it's the most accurate description of the moment. By the way this counts as sketch 5/52.

 

 

FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

We found a few San Diego ComicCon 2014 exclusive Nosferatu shirts and we decided to give them away to you. 2 winners will be chosen on Friday Feb 13th per contest.

Instagram Giveaway: Go to our instagram to enter.


Facebook Photo Contest: Go to our fecebook page to enter.