CANADA 2008-2013: Joey and Aldora started designing, screen-printing, and selling individual t-shirts online from their humble two-bedroom apartment in Montreal, Quebec. They named their brand Akumu Ink® (pronounced: akoo·moo ink), based on the Japanese translation for 'Nightmare.'
USA 2014-2018: The couple made a huge move to Los Angeles, California. During this time they expanded from t-shirts into other merchandise from stickers to backpacks and even licensed a few of their designs to Spencer’s Gifts. While living in the US, Akumu Ink® proudly became a socially aware brand donating to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, Suicide Prevention, and even sewing their misprinted shirts into pillows and donating them to the homeless. With the help of their supportive customers they have donated over $5,000 within the last 5 years: Read more here.
HOLLAND 2019: The husband and wife duo have just relocated to South Holland to setup their new warehouse/studio. They just wrote, illustrated, and self-published their second book Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland. Now filled with inspiration, they are refocusing the brand to create new art and merch.
RETAIL: Over the last 11 years, Akumu Ink® has created 250+ 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.
In the Beginning :: Montreal 2008-2011: