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.
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
No seriously … I was legit confusing this piece with another we also did ages ago, but on a whole other body part ~
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 …
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
On the Cover: Aquanetta, The Ratchet Magical 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
Have some flicks from the Shoppe Gal sweat shop ~
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.
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Welp. 3 cheers for productivity!
And looking forward to creating with you =^.^=