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: