This week I’m featuring the ever kind and bubbly Imani! She’s a super talented blogger and artist, and I’m so glad to have met her online! Imani is an awesome tattoo artist who shares her adventures on her blog ipukekawaii. She has a lot of amaaaazing advice on living a positive and colourful life! Enjoy!
What is it you do?
Hi! I’m a fellow creative!
I am DC/ Japan-based tattoo artist/ illustrator, specialising in fine line detail, Japanese-inspired art, and illustrative styles.
What inspired you to start your own blog/business?
Self improvement, also to pay it forward and inspire someone else!
I need to get better at some things, for my own personal growth and sanity. You can read about that here, if you’d like. I think blogging will help me with these things. I also enjoy sharing! My hope is that my sharing will inspire or encourage dreaming, go-getting, and self improvement. We all need it yea?! ^^
Best piece of advice you were ever given?
Face the sun and grow ~
… and that’s when sunflowers became EVERYTHING to me! ^^
What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting your blog/business?
Right now, finding my niche is a great challenge! I’m an artist which equals a mixed bag of fun and a lot of colourful things to share. It was the same in tattooing as I was learning how to make a name for myself.
So I just have to keep at it right?!
My blogs name is GAMBARE ipukekawaii (Do your best Imani) for a reason haha
What’s the most important lesson you have learned so far?
I have everything, within and at my finger tips, I need to succeed, by my standards (and they’re pretty elfin high!). I need to learn to trust that! <3
What has been your biggest success so far?
Meeting amazing and inspiring people (IRL & on line), learning new things, and gathering resources.
Tattooing requires personality (in person!) which sometimes I lack, as an introvert.
So I am learning to find things that compliment my introversion but can still help me connect with clients (potential and returning). That’s probably THE biggest success thus far ^^
And your biggest failure?
No failures. I don’t exactly believe in those ~
What does an average day look like for you?
An average day is 8am-11pm and includes …
8-11:30am | wake up, to-do’s & blog, creative kick-start, Japanese study
12-11pm | tattoo (or at least at the shop working on art), girlfriend housekeeping duties, hugs & cuddle time (＜ーmy fav after a hard day *woot!*)
… repeat tomorrow!
What do you hope to accomplish with your blog/business in the next year?
I hope to touch the world baby … ipukekawaii style!
Seriously, I hope to expand my business brand, Little INKPLAY Shop, and refine my message to successfully grow my personal (lifestyle) brand, ipukekawaii.
Can you give 3 pieces of advice to anyone considering starting a similar business?
- Lead with your heart and let logic follow – basically if your gut says it’s good then GO! and sort out the details as you grow!
- Consistency is key – don’t do it one or twice … do it DAILY!
- Your talent is nothing if you don’t hone it with skill – remember that practice makes perfect and believe me there’s ALWAYS something that needs perfecting ^^
And finally, where can we find you online?
If you have an inspiring story you would like to share feel free to send me an email here!