New Washi Tape

One of the products that was I was working on in developing late 2019/early 2020 was washi tape. I, myself, use washi tape on a daily basis…whether it be for packaging shop orders or just to tape off the border of my paper when painting. But then the pandemic hit. It put a bit of a halt on global manufacturing/trade/production, and I honestly didn’t know when I would be doing any overseas manufacturing ever again.

Now that the world is starting to open back up again, I decided to baby step my way into getting stuff made again. I have asked around to friends who have still been getting stuff made throughout the pandemic how the transit time has been like. One of my big fears was that product would be stuck in customs for a while. But it turned out to not be a big issue because my orders are usually small enough to travel by air via DHL, instead of being stuck at the ports on a cargo ship.

So here they are…FINALLY! My first few new designs of washi tape. I love how they came out and I love the quality of the adhesive. Not to name any names, but a few of my friends have had washi tape made by a different manufacturer and their hardly stick to anything. There’s nothing more frustrating that washi tape that simply looks pretty but does not function. Yes, washi tape is supposed to be low tack and non-damaging…but not to the point where it completely rolls off the second you put it down. When I received my rolls I did a few tests where I would reposition and reapply the same strip of tape over and over again to see if it remained sticky and IT DID! So if you would like to grab a few rolls for yourself, these are now available in my shop.

Giant Robot Doggo Show

Flyer Image by Blake Jones

Doggo Show 2022: A Canine Themed Art Exhibition

March 19th – April 10th
Live Opening Tour and Artwork Available Online: March 19th, 11:00 am
Visit In-Person Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00pm
Check out #GRDoggoShow on Instagram for sneak peeks

Aaron Brown, Alycea Tinoyan, Amy Matsushita Beal, Angela Ramones, Angela Song, Blake Jones, Cassia Lupo, Cate McCleery, Christian Leon Guerrero, Defective Pudding, Erick Martinez, Eric Nyquist, Eunice San Miguel, Eunsoo Jeong, Flat Bonnie, Hooked Hands, Jayne Hirata, Jen Tong, JP Neang, Juliet Schreckinger, Junko Ogawa, Justine Lin, Kaylynn Kim, Kelly Yamagishi, Lisa Kogawa, Lisha Tan (Lil’Chotchke), Made in Chynna, Maggie Chiang, Mari Inukai, Michelle Wanhalla, Natalie Andrewson, Nellie Le, Nikki Longfish, Olivia Pecini, Po Yan Leung, Ryan Bubnis, Sam Grinberg, Sanaa Khan, Sarah Pinner, Stacy Javier, Susie Ghahrehmani, Theo Ellsworth, Thinh Nguyen, Tiffany Liu and more!!

Banana Bunch!

The banana sticker in my shop has had many makeovers over the years. Each version I’ve made of them have sold totally fine, but definitely not a bestseller like the Tiger Sticker. I just can’t seem to settle on one that I “love”. Here are the two previous versions of the sticker:

The previous versions were all peeled bananas, so I thought to myself “I haven’t done an unpeeled banana yet. So I spent today working on yet another version of the banana sticker…this time, not only did I decide it wasn’t going to be peeled but also that it was going to be a BUNCH! One banana just seemed so lonely and I thought it needed some friends.

I get all of my stickers made by Stickerapp. They’ve been making my stickers for the past few years now, and I love their customer service. They’re great if you want to order smaller quantities of stickers. The company itself is based in Sweden, but their smaller orders ship from their facility on the East Coast. Their turnaround time is pretty great too. I’ve gotten my orders in as fast as a week; two weeks at the slowest.

Giant Robot Neko Show

I have a piece in the Neko Show opening at Giant Robot tomorrow, February 12th.

Flyer Image by Angela Ramones

Live Opening Tour and Artwork Available Online: February 12th, 11:00 am

Visit In-Person Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00pm
Check out #GRNekoShow on Instagram for sneak peeks

Featuring Artists: Aaron Brown, Akiko Stehrenberger, Allison Bamcat, Alycea Tinoyan, Amy Matsushita-Beal, Angela Song, Angela Ramones, Blake Jones, Brenda Chi, Cassia Lupo, Cate McCleery, Christian Leon Guerrero, Clara Winnie, Cleonique Hilsaca, Danni Fisher-Shin, Defective Pudding, Erick Martinez, Eric Nakamura, Eric Nyquist, Eunice San Miguel, Eunsoo Jeong, Federico Tobon, Felicia Chiao, Flat Bonnie, Hooked Hands, Jaime Herrera, Jaime Soto, Jayne Hirata, Jen Tong, JP Neang, Juliet Toma, Juliet Schreckinger, Junko Ogawa, Justine Lin, Kaylynn Kim, Kelly Yamagishi, Kevin Chan, Kevin Luong, Kyoka Wakamatsu, Lisa Kogawa, Lisha Tan (Lil’Chotchke), Luke Chueh, Made in Chynna, Mari Inukai, Michelle Wanhala, Mister Toledo, Natalie Andrewson, Nellie Le, Nikki Longfish, Olivia Pecini, Paperobott, Po Yan Leung, Priscilla Moreno, Sam Grinberg, Sanaa Khan, Sarah Pinner, Sean Chao, Sean Keeton, Susie Ghahremani, Theo Ellsworth, Thinh Nguyen,Tiffany Liu, Yoskay Yamamoto

This year since they’ve decided to combine celebrating the Year of the Tiger with the Neko Show, I painted another tiger for the show. This piece features a tiger balancing two tangerines on its head. Tangerines symbolize happiness and prosperity, so I named this piece “Double Happiness Tiger”.

Hey 2022!

Happy belated New Year and Lunar New Year! As with the beginning of any new year, we tend to make plans for fresh starts or aim to set new plans/habits into motion. One of my goals for many years has been to restart my blog, but it always ends up being false starts. I think part of the problem was that I was trying to bring parts of my old blog with me. But importing old content from another blogging platform always led to a lot of formatting issues. It often took many hours to fix all the problems, so this time I decided to start completely from scratch.

We’re now 4 days into the Year of the Tiger and I’ve been painting tigers nonstop for the shop. It’s no surprise that tiger things are in high demand right now. I’m actually having a hard time keeping up with demand. I feel a little bad when I tell people new mini paintings are available in the shop, but they all get snatched up within the first 2 minutes of them being posted. I have no control over that. The best I can do is let people know to keep an eye out for the next update. If you would like to receive emails with shop news, feel free to join my newsletter.

mini painting of a tiger with a tangerine on his head