Inspires Interviews with Imani from ipukekawaii

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!

IKB tattooing

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 ~

Sorry ^^

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?

Gambare iPukekawaii Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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If you have an inspiring story you would like to share feel free to send me an email here!



Creative Chaos May – Playlist


How Creative Chaos Will Work:

Creative Chaos is a monthly creative challenge that anyone can join. (Click to Tweet.)

On the first of each month I’ll share a post that describes the challenge and how to participate. Then near the end of the month there will be a link-up that participants can use to share their creations. If you don’t have a blog, no worries, participants are welcome to use the hashtag #PACCreativeChaos whenever posting any updates, stories or pictures throughout the challenge so we can all keep up with one another’s creative chaos!

Creative Chaos May

May Creative Challenge:

This is challenge number five for Creative Chaos!

For January, we did Pinterest Vision Boards, in February we did Perzines, in March we did portraits and in April we created our own recipes.

Now I’m challenging you guys to create a playlist!


Why create your own playlist?

I know creating a playlist isn’t like writing your own song, but it’s still a creative project because you have to select songs that flow nicely (or at least that’s how I do it). Also, like most of the world, I really enjoy music and love discovering new bands and songs, so listening to other people’s playlists is really fun for me.

There are a lot of different playlists you can create for any mood, holiday or event. Having a stream of songs you enjoy makes listening to music a lot easier when you’re busy doing something, like working or at a party.



What to make:

The inspiration for your playlist can be anything. It can be a playlist with all of your childhood jams, a holiday playlist or even a playlist of your favourite songs from a specific genre.

Here are a few types of playlists you can create:

  • Workout
  • Cleaning
  • Road trip
  • Beach
  • Dance party
  • Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Work motivation
  • Love

How to Share Your Playlist:

At the end of the month you can create a blog post and link-up with me and everyone else. Or you can share your playlist on your social media accounts with the hashtag #PACCreativeChaos! I would love to share and promote your Creative Chaos!


To stay up-to-date on all of the Creative Chaos news, please take the time to sign-up for the Peace and Chaos newsletter which goes out once a month, unless there’s something super duper important to share! And – freebies!



Income and Goals 05.03.2016

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April went by so quickly, and yet I feel like I accomplished nothing. I know that’s not true though, because I can look back and see how much work I did.

I also got a lot of really awesome news this month, and am busy as ever pushing forward in life. I haven’t been this excited and busy in a long time!

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How I made money:

I make a money a few different ways, but these are the two ways I make the most money: freelance writing and from Etsy.

Freelance Writing

My freelance writing boomed this month, earning me a whopping $100 more than March. I’m also excited to say that I picked up a couple new gigs so May will be even better!

In the first week of April I got a response from 4 places I had pitched to months earlier, one of which was in December of last year! Just goes to show you, if you haven’t heard back yet, it’s not always a no; people just get busy.


April was our most profitable month on Etsy so far this year. Sold 4 items from Tubular Retro and 2 from Peace and Chaos. Even though sales are slowly growing, at least they’re growing!

I’m excited to see how May turns out. Each month brings in a little bit more money, and it’s exciting!

Are you happy with your business’s profit from April? 

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April Goals:

Have fun with It Works!

I took a chance and signed up as a distributor for It Works! under my friend. She is a total rock star when it comes to It Works!, but I’m totally NOT. Being an independent sales rep for another company has never really been my jam, but I thought I would try it to support my friend. Turns out I was right. I’m not having fun with it, and I don’t care for it.

I do, however, like the products and will continue using them.

Grow my blogs.

Still trying to grow my little blogs. I know I need to get more focused for Peace and Chaos. Because things have gotten really busy I had to stop working on Glamour Trash for now. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with it but I have to put my time and energy else where for now.

Connect with old friends.

I did start talking to some old friends, but I haven’t had any time to really hang out with anyone. Still, just messaging people and texting is fun. I hope to be able to see more people soon.

Add new items to Etsy.

Always adding new items to Tubular Retro, but I haven’t had much time to create anything for Peace and Chaos. I have a few zines in the making and I’m looking into making some pinback buttons this month.

Launch my ecourse, and start creating the next one.

Capture Your Life is finished, and it’s out there in the world! But I still haven’t really advertised it a whole lot, other than mentioning it in a few posts. I’ll have to do a better job this month.

I felt really busy in April, but I also kind of feel like my time and energy was being pulled too many ways to really be able to focus on the things that matter the most in my business, which is my writing, blogging and artwork. I need to drop a few side projects (like It Works! and Glamour Trash) and put more of my attention to my freelance writing, my Etsy shops and this blog.

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May Goals:

Advertise my new ecourse Capture Your Life.

I finished Capture Your Life in March, and I was planning on doing a big launch for April, but I got distracted. This is my first ecourse, so it’s a really big learning experience. At the same time, I know this ecourse is awesome and a lot of people will really enjoy it; I just need to figure out how to get the word out about it. Let’s just say marketing is not my strongest skill.

Starter Company.

One of my big moments in April was applying to a small business program to help me grow Peace and Chaos. I was surprised when I found out last week that I have been accepted into the program, and I start next week! For the rest of the month I’ll be participating in classes at the Small Business Centre. This is exactly what I need right now!

De-clutter my apartment and prep for our move!

ERMAGAD! For the past, like, year, I’ve been dreaming about moving out of our small apartment. My husband found us a home that is not only in our price range, but also has everything on my checklist! We’re moving in July, so still another couple of months, but I’m too excited to sit around and wait. That’s why I’ve been de-cluttering my apartment the past couple of days and will continue to do so. You won’t believe how much junk we’ve managed to accumulate in the three years we’ve lived here.

Create new products for my Etsy shop.

And finally, I want to finish my new zine I’ve been slowly working on, as well as get some pinback buttons made.

Walk every night and work up to jogging.

Five years ago I stopped jogging because I hurt my ankle, but before that I loved to go jogging. I did it every day. And since we got Penelope I’ve been walking 2-3 times a day and I love it. Now that my ankle doesn’t bother me (and hasn’t for a while now…) I’ve decided it’s time to get back into jogging! So on our evenings walks I’m going to put on my new running shoes and start working up to jogging.

And that’s it.

That’s all I can share with you guys for now, but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on my various social media accounts and this blog throughout the month as things progress. SO many exciting things happening! It’s insane.



Rainy Day Binge-Worthy TV Shows on Netflix + a $100 Netflix Gift Card Giveaway!

Rainy Day Binge-Worthy TV Shows on Netflix

I love Netflix! Mostly because I love binge-watching TV shows and Netflix makes this way too easy.

April was pretty chilly compared to last year, but according to my weather forecast it’s not about to get much warmer, or sunnier, in the next couple of days. Watching my favourite TV shows on Netflix is often the perfect way to spend a rainy day. I love being able to shut off my computer, pull out my art supplies and turn on the tube when the weather’s too shit to play outside.

There’s a lot of really great shows available on Netflix, but my favourite shows have always been dramas and comedies. If you can combine both genres, even better!

So if the weather in your area is looking dark and gloomy, too, here is a list of my favourite TV shows on Netflix that you might enjoy:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


I’m totally crushing on Andy Samburg in this hilarious cop show! I’ve never been a fan of crime shows but Brooklyn Nine-Nine is more comedy than crime, and the main characters are all hilarious! If you’re looking for a show that’s absolutely hilarious, check it out.

Breaking Bad


I didn’t get into Breaking Bad until it was already done. I saw in on Netflix one day and thought I’d give it a try, and ended up watching the entire series in just a few weeks. If you like crime dramas that are full of action and heart, this one is for you!



I loved Dexter! I fell in love with Michael C. Hall when he played a gay mortician on Six Feet Under (favourite show of ALL time, but it’s not on Netflix). His character as Dexter is obviously very different, but also kind of similar; in both shows he’s a perfectionist who works with dead people. In this movie he’s a serial killer who kills other serial killers. Awesome stuff.

Mad Men


This is one of my husband’s favourite TV shows, but in all honesty it took me until the second season of Mad Men before I really got into it. I’m glad I did though, because it’s now one of my favourite shows.

Orange is the New Black


Orange is the New Black is a Netflix original, and is an awesome comedy-drama about a woman who goes to prison for something she did a decade ago. What I love most about this show are all of the different characters and how they interact. I also love learning about their back stories.



I saw Weedswhen it first came out in 2005. It’s a pretty funny show about a suburban mom who starts selling marijuana to pay the bills after her husband dies. She does some pretty messed up stuff to grow her business and support her family.



The first season of Hannibal blew my mind! What can I say, I guess I do like cop shows. And drama, suspense and gore.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is such an inspiring TV show about a woman who had been kidnapped and kept in a bunker for half her life. Then at age 30 she was rescued and decides to live in New York. Her optimism is contagious even through the screen so I love putting this TV show on when I’m feeling bummed out.

The Mindy Project



Another great comedy, The Mindy Project is about Mindy who is a successful doctor who aims to better herself outside of work. her perosnality is so bubbly and fun, I can’t help but smile while watching this show.

Bates Motel


I really enjoyed watching Psycho, so when I heard they made a TV show with Norman Bates and his mother I had to watch it! Bates Motel is another drama, and has cops in it, so yeah, thinking I dig cops shows and didn’t realize it until this very moment. But what I love about this show in particular is the suspense and mystery around this weird family and the town they live in.

I honestly watch way too much TV while I work. Some other shows worth mentioning include Trailer Park Boys, Portlandia, Wet Hot American Summer First Day at Camp and Switched at Birth.

What are your favourite TV shows on Netflix? 

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