Friday, July 29, 2011

New Improved Signature

Developing a Signature
I spent a few days stylizing a new signature for myself. I tried all kinds of looks. It's important to have a consistent signature appear the way you want it to look on all your artwork.

I also decided it would be nice to get my initials made into a "seal stamp" in Japan.

A stamp, or "Hanko" as they are called in Japan, is a very common Asian custom for printing artistic impressions that are used in lieu of signatures on personal documents, contracts, art, or any item requiring acknowledgment or authorship. The seals are typically made of stone, metal, wood, bamboo, plastic, or ivory, and traditionally used with red ink or cinnabar paste. But in moderns times any color is alright to use.

My girlfriend MO, who lives in Tokyo, is coming to visit me in Boulder end of August. She will deliver my new Hanko... totally cool ! The stamp is being made especially for me by her local craftsman in Tokyo.

UPDATE 9/20/11
Here it is, something I designed using my initials & it had to reflect my personality.
My very own stamp design!
My HANKO stamp was hand carved from wood,
 in Japan by a Hanko Master.
To my wild surprise, 
this was gifted to me by my special friend named MO, 
she lives in Japan.
Very generous of her (they are very expensive) a cherished gift indeed! 
In the below photos, I was practicing,
 it gives a little whimsy to the backside of my business cards. 
I will use it to authenticate my original artwork,
 along with my hand signature. 
Thank You MO 
ℒℴve♡ it & YOU


  1. A great step forward! I think your ready for the conference next summer!

  2. Thanks for connecting Lois! Yes, L.A. or Bust!