About Us


CANADA 2008-2013: Joey and Aldora started designing, screen-printing, and selling individual t-shirts online from their humble two-bedroom apartment in Montréal, Québec. They named their brand Akumu Ink® (pronounced: akoo·moo ink), based on the Japanese translation for 'Nightmare.' Joey was working as a children’s book illustrator when he met the business savvy Aldora. Within a few months they designed their first 6 shirts, learned how to screen-print, coded a very basic website, and a few days later had their first sale. Things were never the same again! 

USA 2014-2018: The couple made a huge move to Los Angeles, California. During this time they expanded from only selling t-shirts and hoodies, to selling their art on stickers, socks, backpacks, and wallets. They even licensed some of their designs to Spencer’s Gifts’ 600+ stores across the US.

While living in the California, Akumu Ink® proudly became a socially aware brand. With the help of their supportive customers they raised and donated $5,000 for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, Suicide Prevention, California Firefighters, etc. and even sewing their misprinted shirts into pillows and donating them to the homeless: Read more here.

HOLLAND 2019-Present Day: The husband and wife duo relocated to the Netherlands to setup their new warehouse/studio. They recently wrote, illustrated, and self-published their second book Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland. And have begun designing and developing new customized Akumu Ink® branded merch. Joey and Aldora aspire to create good quality and functional products that are also beautiful pieces of art worth collecting.

RETAIL: Over the last 12 years, Akumu Ink® has created 275+ original designs. Their merch has been available in select boutiques and shops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. A full list can be found here.

 

Leiden, Netherlands 2019:


In the Beginning :: Montreal 2008-2011: