pipe display

Tabako-ire (tobacco pouch) and kiseru-zutsu (pipe case) on display at the Met. Both cases are embossed leather accented with silver foil and gold.

These were carried by tucking the strap into the obi (sash) and were held in place by the weighted netsuke, in this case a fresh water pearl embedded in gold.

Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913


Designing a vending space: yet another thing they never teach you in art school.

Most of what I’ve learned about attending cons as a vendor I have acquired through observation and trial and error.  There’s many factors to consider:

  • What will make my work most visible and accessible?
  • Will the display be too heavy to transport together with my wares/personal luggage?
  • Will this who thing collapse and kill me?

And then there’s things you can’t account for, like rude-ass convention-goers sitting/putting their food on your display (please don’t fucking do this! ever!) and generally making a mess of your perfectly organized table.

I would like to someday collect a bunch of resources on creating your vending space.  If you have any, please send them my way!

My latest trick has been the good ol’ pipes and clamps display. it’s secure,comparatively light, lets you build very high, and can also be customized to different table shapes.

letsthrowup  asked:

Hey! I was at Anime Boston this passed weekend and I bought some of your sweet posters from you and I LOVE THEM! Compliments aside, I sorta want to do the same thing at some point and have my own table at Artist Alley, whats a good way on doing it? what struggles did you have? Any advice tips or tricks??

Sure! I get this question fairly often so I hope you don’t mind me publishing my response. I don’t table often, but I’ve been doing this for the past three years and these are some things I’ve picked up.

1) Draw what you like in whatever way you want. This is the best piece of advice I can give you. There is definitely a certain “style” that sells quickly and easily at anime conventions. But it’s not the only “style” that sells. For awhile I was a bit insecure about selling my stuff at anime cons since the way that I draw takes more obvious influence from American/Western animation than anime. But I found, the more I improved, the more well-received I became in the alley. What I’m saying is: if the art is good, someone is going to like it regardless if it’s “anime style” or not. Stick to your guns.

There’s also certain pressure to draw only fandoms that are popular or what’s trending. And that’s fine–remember: artist alley is as much about business as it is about fun and artistic craft. But I think it’s important to genuinely enjoy what you’re drawing. First of all, you won’t get bored when you’re making prints it and it won’t feel like a chore. Second of all, it helps you to make fun and meaningful connections with your customers when you both like the subject matter of your merchandise. So, the things I bring to the alley are a mix of popular/trendy fandoms that I personally also enjoy, like SnK, Korra, and Adventure Time, and more “niche” fandoms I like that you normally wouldn’t find at an anime con, like Wicked, Percy Jackson, and the Marauders.

So, TLDR draw what you like, but also be smart about it–will someone buy it? Is there an audience out there? Find the places where your passions intersect with public demand.

2) The first time is always an investment – keep your expectations for profit low. Unless you already have a fair online following or you’re amazing already, the first time you do artist alley might be a bit rough. This is normal. The first one’s like an experiment. Basically, try to make as much stuff as possible–prints, bookmarks, buttons, stickers, different size variations etc.–and see what happens. Make note of what’s selling, what’s not selling, what people are asking for–just what’s working and what’s not working. Like, do people want smaller size options? Look for stuff like that. I didn’t really start printing medium size variations of the prints until a whole bunch of people started asking. It’s definitely a learn-on-the-job kind of experience.

Remember, you’re also gonna have to put more money down for display supplies like wire cubes or PVC pipe displays, a cashbox, table cloth, etc. but these are pretty much one time purchases. Still, if you’re gonna do artist alley you have to be prepared to spend money you might not necessarily get back until later.

3) Treat this professionally. Regardless if you plan on pursuing art as a career or not, artist alley is still a business and you need to treat it as such. It takes a lot of work and preparation and it’s not just slapping a bunch of pieces of paper on the table and calling it a day. Really think about how you want to present yourself to the world. Be frank with your customers about what you can and cannot do. Do not undersell yourself. Make sure you have change for money. Have a business card. Know the answers to common questions (“How much is this?/Does this come in any other sizes?/etc”) Organize your prints so you can find what you need easily. Make sure you get all your supplies–plastic sleeves for prints and all that stuff. Be nice! Thank people! Artist alley is a ton of fun but it’s also a ton of work before, during, and after the con. There are a whole bunch of articles out there that give all of this advice and more. Do your research and you’ll be fine.

[ flammable ]

{ one does not simply play with fire }

AU: Yakuza
Pairing: Akashi x Reader
Genre: Fluff
Words: 1668 words
A/N: Because fluffy yakuza stories are what I live for.

Dear God. As if he didn’t have enough work already, his father wanted him to marry. He knew that his father was getting old and would probably like to see his son settle down before the time comes, however, Akashi knew his true intentions. So he was seated across from a beautiful lady and her father. But she was no ordinary lady. She was the daughter of the head of another yakuza family. Fan-fucking-tastic.

Not only did his father twist his life to fit into the yakuza, but now his love life was in on it too.

You, on the other hand, couldn’t be anymore pissed off. You were still young and yet your father had set up a marriage for you. The redheaded man across from you with his fake, tight-lipped smile looked polite enough. But you knew better. That was the smile that had been plastered on your face since the day you were born thanks to your father who had shoved you deep inside the yakuza. Your love life was officially a business transaction. Fan-fucking tastic.

“A pleasure to meet you, ____-san. I am Akashi Seijurou, the first and only son and heir to the Akashi clan.”

“The same to you, Akashi-san. It’s a pleasure to finally meet the future of the Akashi clan. I look forward to working with you.” You gave him the saccharine sweet smile in return. That smile you used to get whatever you wanted from your father, as spoiled as that sounded.

“Fantastic. Akashi, why don’t you and I take a little walk so the two of them can get to know each other?” Your father said. You nearly sputtered in protest. First he drops you into the hands of an unknown yakuza man. And now he was leaving you there. But you kept your lips sealed shut as he began chattering away to Akashi Seijurou’s father. They left the two of you there and went on.

Awkward silence filled the room. Akashi took a deep breath. He needed to man up for this. “Would you like—“

“Okay, listen. Neither of us wants this. I get it. I want to roast my father on a stake for putting me through this and I mean that literally. So, let’s not pretend like we like each other or even know each other. This is marriage by name only and I don’t want to interact with you. At all.”

The man’s eyes lit up in surprise before he felt his lips twitch. It’s been a while since he’s been pissed off like this. The last time he was angry, he had almost sliced off the head of a man. This time, he wanted to put you across his lap. “I see. Well, that’s quite unfortunate. I thought that we could at least cooperate to make this arrangement more pleasant but I believe you’re not interested in doing so.”

“You got that right,” You crossed your arms over your chest and grumbled. “I’m going to make your life a living hell, Akashi Seijurou.”

“I look forward to it.”

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mixyblue  asked:

Hello, I recently signed up for my first artist alley, and signed up for a large con (my first mistake). I was wondering if you had any pointers for a first time artist alley artist? They also don't allow fan art which I usually draw so do you have any tips on selling original art? Thank you so much!

Oh man I’m so excited for you!!! Artist alleys are a blast!!! Don’t worry about it being a big con - honestly once you get behind the table all artist alleys feel more or less the same, and you can go to two cons the same size and one will be crazy busy/profitable while the other might be much quieter. There are so many factors involved that makes each convention completely different.

Honestly when attending cons, The Internet is a pretty decent gauge of what people will be into. For anime and indie comic cons, it’s a very similar audience, just IRL. If you have an illustration or a short comic that’s done well online, chances are it’ll do well at a convention as well (and people may recognise it, which definitely helps the chances of a sale!)

However every convention is different, so don’t take this as the be-all end-all and definitely don’t let it affect what you want to make and sell. Cons are a great place to also get people interested in your work, and especially if the con you’re at doesn’t allow fanart, it follows that the folks visiting the artist alley will be expecting and receptive to original work. There’s no real way to sell it more than just creating a clear and attractive table display (book stands! you may also want to invest in some pipes so you can display more prints over the table!), being attentive and answering people’s questions, and providing contact details such as a business card so they can find your work online.

Also definitely make sure you let your followers know you’ll be there/where your table is!! The absolute coolest thing is when someone goes out of their way to come find you and say hi!

In terms of what/how much to bring, for your first time I would definitely recommend sticking to small-investment items such as postcards, prints, bookmarks etc. Buttons and stickers can do really well, but they also cost more to make, so until you get a feel for how much you’ll shift at an average convention, it’s best to stick with simple, cheaper stuff I think! You can always sell extras online, but it’s also a pain having to cart leftover stock home in a suitcase, so it’s up to you entirely whether you want to go for a conservative stock estimate or not.

I hope this provides some help!! I love doing artist alleys, it’s always super fun to meet new folks and other creators! I hope you have an awesome time!! If anyone else has any thoughts or suggestions or alternatives to my advice, feel free to add!

3lsa96  asked:

Hi! I'm soooooo in love with your blog! As I know you live in NYC, I'd like to know if you have any suggestions on where I can go shopping there.. not in obvious shopping malls, but more like cool, less touristy shops. Thanks in advance for your reply! 😘

Hi! Thank you so much!

So, if I actually typed out a whole list of places, I could be here forever, so I’ll suggest you a couple of places to start. If I were you, I’d do some deep research before you arrive.

Soho/Noho/Nolita - Higher-end dope ish, not only like Chanel and Gucci (that’s 5th Ave./Madison) but more like chill, but still can’t afford you brands: Steven Alan, Helmut Lang, APC, Rag & Bone, ACNE, Opening Ceremony, Oak…etc. Also, shops like J. Crew, Madewell, Warby Parker, and Saturdays Surf NYC. Also there’s a mix of smaller-end shops/boutiques.

East Village/Lower East Side (LES) - Lots of consignment shops with great stuff, and smaller boutiques (Tokio 7, Search & Destroy, The Dressing Room…etc.) It has a younger, more laid-back feel, also you can find some of the best in world tattoo artists here.

  • St. Marks/8th St. - I used to hang out here like crazy during my college days. I got my cartilage pierced here when I was in high school. It’s a good time, it’s got a lot of fun Japanese Izakaya bars, fun/weird shops, bongs and pipes in display windows, tons of vinyl shops and such.

These are all in the city, but check out Brooklyn ie. Williamsburg/Fort Greene/Park Slope/Cobble Hill/etc. as well. It’s practically hipster capital, but despite that unfortunate quality, it’s got great food, bars, and boutiques. Try Bird, Amarcord, Pema…Oh, and Catbird has super cute jewelry. Like the LES, also has some of the greatest tattoo artists here…jussayin’.

Last but NOT least! Century 21 Department Store is MY FAVORITE! It’s a glorious department store full of marked down delicious goods from very solid brand names…Go in with a lot of energy and patience.

Hope this is helpful. Like I said before, definitely do your own research because I left out a lot. Don’t just research where you want to shop, but also where you want to eat, where you want to drink, where you want to dance, where you want get tatted, where you don’t want to be alone at night, and where you want to one day rent an apartment and live a poor and stressful and most awesome life…=)

Hope you enjoy your time in the greatest city in the world. PEACE.