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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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POOLTRADESHOW LAS VEGAS

#AKUMUINK pt.9

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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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#AKUMUINK pt.8

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Black Widow tshirt


Sinister Smile tank top


@VeraBabyLIVE! Nightmare in Oz tshirt


Bloodlust tshirt


Sinister Smile & Butcher II tshirt

Skull Suicide tshirt (sold out)


Sinister Smile tshirt


Tone Death tshirt




Dead Riding Hood scoop tee

MANGCHI

We left the sidelines and stepped into the limelight to see David Choe, Steve Lee, Money Mark, James Jean, and Heather Leather's band called Mangchi (Hammer in Korean). It was such a fun show. I'm a huge fan of the DVDASA podcast, so seeing everyone (including Bobby Trivia!) and standing an arm's length from them, was really awesome!

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Our sticker on Sunset Blvd!

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#AKUMUINK pt.7

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Tone Death tshirt


Bear-Trapped tank top


Manic tshirt (sold out)


Night Owl tank top & Bear-Trapped tshirt


Dia de los Muertos scoop tee (sold out)


Stitch Me Up, We're All Mad Here, Sinister Smile, Zombie Cat tshirt


You Give Me Nightmares tshirt


Angel of Death tshirt (sold out)


Death Card tshirt


Pronghorn Catrina scoop tee

OLD MAN GLOOM

New this month for men is our Old Man Gloom design. This is the last design to be released from our season 7 catalog. A very important piece to me as it was created right after we moved from Montreal to California. It symbolizes us moving far away (almost like to another planet, or even the moon) while looking back over all we've accomplished in Montreal (referenced by the Fleur-de-lis on the telescope) to get us to this point. The name Old Man Gloom is a play on Man in the Moon, while also referencing the band Old Man Gloom which is a doom metal supergroup.

LAST BEAR PHOTO

So our Bear-Trapped toy giveaway is officially over! We were only giving him away with orders during July 2015, no worries though, we are constantly coming up with other fun giveaways and items to include for you.

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PUMPKINS & TOMBSTONES

We received an advanced copy of our Just Another Birthday book. These are the end pages. Will ship within the next week or two ;)

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MAD TOWERS

We're All Mad Here getting folded for a big UK order.

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ELEGANT ENIGMAS

Just got this book in the mail today. My favorite artist Edward Gorey's Elegant Enigmas.

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TONE DEATH FOR WOMEN

Our most iconic design Tone Death is finally in stock for women on tees and loose fitted tanks.

RAIN

WINTER 2013 COLLECTION

When I get a second I want to put together videos for every collection we've released. I've received emails from a few of you asking for a list of every shirt we've ever made so that you can find them and own them all. This is our Winter 2013 Collection:



And here is our Summer 2013 Collection. More videos to come.
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SCRATCHING PT.2

I am finishing up these scratchboard pieces for a few of our Kickstarter backers. If you want to commission a custom scratchboard piece email me here.

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ROADTRIP TO PHOENIX

I've been obsessed lately with making music on garageband. I used to be really into making music, until the day we started Akumu Ink. Ever since then I haven't made a sound. Playing around with garageband for a few seconds got me really excited to just make background music for our videos which were lacking consistency. We were also not making any videos because we didn't have music, so it was a vicious cycle of not doing anything. But now with just an iphone I can do it all!

So here is our drive to Phoenix when we were going to Phoenix Comiccon. We saw a ton of windmills on the way, almost like a graveyard for miles. We also saw the Cabazon Dinosaurs from my favorite movies The Wizard and Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

LENORE

A combination of inspirations made this shirt. For a long time I wanted to create an abstract woman's face with ravens coming out of her hair. This was my attempt. We have a very limited amount of these shirts left in our online shop. If you like this image, I wouldn't wait to long to get this as we're not going to restock it.

PAPER TOY VIDEO

Here's a video we posted on our youtube channel for our Bear-Trapped paper toy.

Remember this item is limited only to July 2015. And is only available to orders over $50 (pre-shipping/taxes) at: www.akumuink.com


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SCRATCHING PT.1

5 of our Kickstarter backers purchased a "sketch" of themselves as the little boy holding the balloon. So we thought we could have some fun with this and turned it into a scratchboard piece. Working on 2 out of the 5 pieces right now.

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ANIME EXPO 2015

Amazing weekend with amazing people! LA has been nothing but supportive of Akumu Ink, we're humbled that you love us so much. Thanks for taking us in and making us feel so welcome here.

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UNTIL THEY DIED

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STRINGS ATTACHED

While trying to come up with a Pinnochio inspired design this was drawn into my sketchbook. I like the idea of the two marionette's reaching out for each other, wanting to be together, but limited and bound by their strings.

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SAN DIEGO COMICCON

While you're at Comic-Con International this week: Drop by and check out our friends at Mex-Expressions in Old Town San Diego (2505 San Diego Ave). They have a bunch of our latest tshirts and tank tops.

Hopefully we'll be at Comiccon next year with our own booth. We've been on the waiting list for 5 years now o_o

BEAR-TRAPPED PAPER TOY

This July we decided to reintroduce something fun which we did a long time ago in the past.

ALL orders over $50 (pre-shipping/taxes) will get a FREE Bear-Trapped Paper Toy!

A long time ago (2009) we released a CANNIBAL and VAMPIRE paper toy. But they are nowhere close to the quality of this new Bear-Trapped toy.



BACK TO THE FUTURE IN CONCERT

Being a new resident to California, it's always amazing to discover something that I would have never experienced back in Montreal. I luckily heard on the radio that for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, an orchestra would be playing the score while the movie played on a big screen at the Hollywood Bowl. I had no idea what to expect, but when we got there it was better than anything I could have imagined.

Thousands of fans of the classic sci-fi movie all climbed the hill towards the event with picnic baskets, and wine bottles. The Hollywood Bowl was full, easily 10,000 people enjoyed the performance that night. It was an amazing experience to see this movie with other fans of the movie. Everyone laughed at every joke, and cheered for Marty and his dad's successes. If you get a chance to experience something like this, please take it.

Here is a photo an hour before the performance. And check out our videos below of the orchestra performing the music. So Good!





 



Looking for our shirts in Montreal? Go to Boutique Diabolik (254 Mont-Royal Est)!

BOUTIQUE DIABOLIK MONTREAL

Although we won't be at Montreal Comiccon this weekend. Check out Boutique Diabolik (254 Mont-Royal Est), they just restocked and are the ONLY store carrying our t-shirts in Montreal.

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LAST SET FOR APPROVALS

Pages came in from the printer today and everything looks amazing! Fixed a few minor things to improve the clarity, and tomorrow they will begin final production.

The next time we will post anything about the book, it will be to let you know your book is on its way to you (if you ordered one through kickstarter).

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SUMMER 2015 PHOTOSHOOT

Since moving to California we've taken over photographing our models. We really wanted to be in control of the overall look of Akumu Ink again. We felt that hiring outside photographers weren't really relaying our message that well. We're not an average tshirt company, and I think it's noticeable through our lookbook shots that we have a very unique style. The last time we were in control of an Akumu Ink photoshoot was back in 2011. Thanks to the models: Lina Bones & Kyle Loerzel. Check out all our lookbook shots for Summer 2015 here.


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Summer is here. Get your Akumu Ink tank tops now!

SUMMER TANK TOPS

Summer is here. Get your Akumu Ink tank tops now!

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All the blinds are drawn shut, blocking out all the light. Starting to work on the Winter 2015 Collection. No distractions, just coffee, music, and art.

WORKING ON NEW STUFF

All the blinds are drawn shut, blocking out all the light. Starting to work on the Winter 2015 Collection. No distractions, just coffee, music, and art.

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Get 5 FREE PINS with every order made today at www.akumuink.com! (only today June 16th, 2015)

5 FREE PINS

Get 5 FREE PINS with every order made today at www.akumuink.com! (only today June 16th, 2015)

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We received a test print yesterday for our book. This is just to test out what the colors will look like and how the paper will feel like in the final print.

All the pages below have been modified or completed since I sent out this file a week ago, so the final book will look so much better. Just a few more edits and we will send all files to the printer on Monday.

TEST PRINT

We received a test print yesterday for our book. This is just to test out what the colors will look like and how the paper will feel like in the final print.

All the pages below have been modified or completed since I sent out this file a week ago, so the final book will look so much better. Just a few more edits and we will send all files to the printer on Monday.



Currently we're working on prepping our files to be sent to the printer on Monday. We spent the last few days polishing every page to our standards. Double checking ever word, every character's expression, every color. We want this to be as perfect as we can make it.

PREPPING BOOK FOR PRINTER

We've been working nonstop on getting this book ready on time. Amongst our crazy amounts of comic conventions each other weekend, we are actually on time!

Currently we're working on prepping our files to be sent to the printer on Monday. We spent the last few days polishing every page to our standards. Double checking ever word, every character's expression, every color. We want this to be as perfect as we can make it.

I even went back in to redraw some pages (including the cover) so that the style would match all the way through. This is going to be such a fun item to have once it's printed. We really look forward to receiving the printed copies and teasing you with photos once they arrive.

Below is a side by side comparison of an old page (on the left), and the new redrawn version on the right.
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4XL NOW AVAILABLE

We will slowly introduce men's 4XL throughout our newer items as we go into print for them. Older designs which won't be reprinted won't get 4XLs.

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DEATH CARD

This design has been in the back of my mind for a long time. I've always wanted to create some Tarot Card shirts but could never figure it out. We then decided to create Death using our original Tokyo Chan character and everything fell into place. Only after creating the Dead Riding Hood design could we have gone this route with the design.
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ICE SCREAM

One of my favorite designs from this collection is Ice Scream. I came up with the idea of just drawing the ice cream cone after having this weird idea of a skeleton holding an oversized cone...basically a weak design. I then just sat at my computer for 1 to 2 hours and completed this image from start to finish. The colors on this shirt are super bright and fun. I'm really excited about it as a summer shirt.

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We met Joe Rogan after his stand up show a few months back. It was a surreal moment as I've listened to his podcasts back when I printed our shirts by hand in Montreal. Here is the post about it. Seeing him wearing our shirts on his podcast is even crazier!

JOE ROGAN PODCAST

We met Joe Rogan after his stand up show a few months back. It was a surreal moment as I've listened to his podcasts back when I printed our shirts by hand in Montreal. Here is the post about it. Seeing him wearing our shirts on his podcast is even crazier!

It just makes me think that this little business we started 7 years ago from our spare bedroom actually has a real lasting future. We're so happy to have made it this far, but what's more important is that we can continue to grow doing what we love.

Powerful Joe Rogan! Please check out his podcast the Joe Rogan Experience as well as this episode on youtube.

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MALEFICENT SKETCH

Sketch 18/52: Maleficent

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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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