Little INKPLAY Shop Boutique + Shoppe Gal Memoir & Mag Updates

Hi かわいい + creative family! Long time no Little INKPLAY Shop update. So let’s fix that now <3

I’m a ball of anxiety and butterflies as these books get into people’s hands for pre-release. *ack* And you know what that means … I’m vulnerable AF!

I feel uncomfortable, naked and seen. After this I can no longer hide, downplay my failures or my successes and most of all, my greatness. Cuz I’ve stifled that shit like nobody’s business.

But …

my first reader response

That shared … let’s get into Little INKPLAY Shop, so far with these studio updates, then I’ll hip you to where we are with Shoppe Gal memoir and magazine <3

Little INKPLAY Shop®, So Far

August Tattoo Round-Up

Little INKPLAY Shop, tattoo therapy
this month’s one off tattoos – a pair of bandaids to aid a beautiful personal development journey
Little INKPLAY Shop, tattoo therapy
a lily
Little INKPLAY Shop, tattoo therapy
an orchid
Little INKPLAY Shop, tattoo therapy
I’m hanging out and doing it for the process the rest of 2020
black female tattoo artist, Little INKPLAY Shop
remember this piece in black & grey?!
black female tattoo artist, Little INKPLAY Shop
swole ~
anime tattoo, Little INKPLAY Shop
finished Scoop’s samurai armor
anime tattoo, Little INKPLAY Shop
just in time to shoot a tattoo inception video LOLz
black female tattoo artist, Little INKPLAY Shop
some sleeve work ~
a little different from my typical roses but I like these better, personally ~
black female tattoo artist, Little INKPLAY Shop
met up with the good brother, Kil to create his special guardian angel
we stopped here, first session
we’re envisioning a sankofa phoenix coverup plan
and …
we’re off
to a GREAT start!
black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
spending a sacred day with one of my OG customers
black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
we talked, laughed and cackled …
black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
and had lots of deep sigh moments
black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
but a couple hours later
black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
and we have a beautiful add-on to a piece we did A-G-E-S ago

No seriously … I was legit confusing this piece with another we also did ages ago, but on a whole other body part ~

black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
this piece wasn’t supposed to be a one-point …
black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
the plan was for color
black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
but now we’re doing a matching hamsa *eek*
on the other thigh
black female tattoo artist, little INKPLAY Shop
and I can’t wait to color this fun piece ~

Ok. So have you ever seen a bird of paradise flower? They’re so elfin’ pwetty! 🥺👉🏾👈🏾

Though I’ve been tattooing them forevs, I didn’t get to see one until I went to tattoo in LA last year.

But I digress …

looks like nothing now … but just you wait ~

Now let’s check in on Shoppe Gal, my part time kawaii creative gig, to my full time one haha

Shoppe Gal, The Memoir + The Magazine

Little INKPLAY Shop, Shoppe Gal
welcome to Little INKPLAY Shop®, home of Shoppe Gal
Little INKPLAY Shop, Shoppe Gal
it’s amazing to see this project come together
Little INKPLAY Shop, Shoppe Gal
it may seem like a long time …
Little INKPLAY Shop, Shoppe Gal
but I won’t front that I’ve had a lot to learn about this self-publishing journey
Little INKPLAY Shop, Shoppe Gal
and a lot to process emotionally ~
Shoppe Gal, Kawaii Creative, Coming of Age
lemme tell you about the cover

On the Cover:  Aquanetta, The Ratchet Magical Girl

I thought I’d put my OC on the cover -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
‘Aquanetta the Ratchet Magical Girl’⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I created her when I came to kawaii and couldn’t find many Black girls with similiar swag … Also consequently when I started on my kawaii journey, I did in fact see myself as broken ~⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This memoir is about all the pieces I thought were shattered but fit well together like the puzzle pieces they arez⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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reflecting on this journey thus far, I’ve learned that someone past related to this book found me to be “broken” while handling the manuscript. and wanted to “fix” me. and to have me see a psychologist without any knowledge of my therapy history. It’s the most insulting assesment of my character, that has never been discussed with me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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BUT I also understand that others who read may very well assume the same or see themselves in this work – and could very well see themselves as broken, even temporarily.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So I brought her out to bless the hardcover and this journey. As a reminder to myself that I have done and continue to do the necessary work with myself. And for other girls who grab this book to know that it’s all a journey. We WILL feel that way sometimes for sure. Not much I can offer in soothing that – but we’re NOT broken.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s sincerely just another piece to our indivual puzzles. And hopefully this memoir shows you that

I thought I’d put my OC on the cover -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Aquanetta the Ratchet Magical Girl’⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I created her when I came to kawaii and couldn’t find many Black girls with similiar swag ... Also consequently when I started on my kawaii journey, I did in fact see myself as broken ~⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This memoir is about all the pieces I thought were shattered but fit well together like the puzzle pieces they arez⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ reflecting on this journey thus far, I’ve learned that someone past related to this book found me to be “broken” while handling the manuscript. and wanted to “fix” me. and to have me see a psychologist without any knowledge of my therapy history. It’s the most insulting assesment of my character, that has never been discussed with me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BUT I also understand that others who read may very well assume the same or see themselves in this work - and could very well see themselves as broken, even temporarily.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I brought her out to bless the hardcover and this journey. As a reminder to myself that I have done and continue to do the necessary work with myself. And for other girls who grab this book to know that it’s all a journey. We WILL feel that way sometimes for sure. Not much I can offer in soothing that - but we’re NOT broken.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s sincerely just another piece to our indivual puzzles. And hopefully this memoir shows you that
oh hey girl!
I thought I’d put my OC on the cover -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Aquanetta the Ratchet Magical Girl’⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I created her when I came to kawaii and couldn’t find many Black girls with similiar swag ... Also consequently when I started on my kawaii journey, I did in fact see myself as broken ~⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This memoir is about all the pieces I thought were shattered but fit well together like the puzzle pieces they arez⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ reflecting on this journey thus far, I’ve learned that someone past related to this book found me to be “broken” while handling the manuscript. and wanted to “fix” me. and to have me see a psychologist without any knowledge of my therapy history. It’s the most insulting assesment of my character, that has never been discussed with me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BUT I also understand that others who read may very well assume the same or see themselves in this work - and could very well see themselves as broken, even temporarily.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I brought her out to bless the hardcover and this journey. As a reminder to myself that I have done and continue to do the necessary work with myself. And for other girls who grab this book to know that it’s all a journey. We WILL feel that way sometimes for sure. Not much I can offer in soothing that - but we’re NOT broken.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s sincerely just another piece to our indivual puzzles. And hopefully this memoir shows you that
my lil’ cover girl ^.^

little inkplay shop, shoppe gal

little inkplay shop, shoppe gal
there are a few special collectibles
little inkplay shop, shoppe gal
and each collectible edition is signed & numbered. I made it worth more *teehee*

Have some flicks from the Shoppe Gal sweat shop ~

Little INKPLAY Shop, Shoppe Gal
where I’m customizing the covers
Little INKPLAY Shop, Shoppe Gal
packaging &
Little INKPLAY Shop, Shoppe Gal
shipping all the things myself

And while I’m decompressing ideas and gearing up to introduce the magazine, I’ll be sharing more of my personal kawaii style lineage on da gram.

Follow me there for a daily chat!

Welp. 3 cheers for productivity!

And looking forward to creating with you =^.^=

Gambare, minna
🎨☀️🌈💗💕✨
Imani (イマーニ)


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