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MEET THE DESIGNER: ASHKAHN

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Ashkahn Shahparnia never set out to be a stationery designer—not even an edgy one. Trained in painting and art theory at Otis College of Art & Design, the L.A.-based artist got his first taste of the paper-goods world while interning with Shepard Fairey (who created that iconic President Obama poster that’s burned into your brain, NBD). Even though he left plenty inspired—“He taught me how to turn my art into a business, while staying independent,” he says—Ashkahn’s own cards started as a jus... READ MORE

Ashkahn Shahparnia never set out to be a stationery designer—not even an edgy one. Trained in painting and art theory at Otis College of Art & Design, the L.A.-based artist got his first taste of the paper-goods world while interning with Shepard Fairey (who created that iconic President Obama poster that’s burned into your brain, NBD). Even though he left plenty inspired—“He taught me how to turn my art into a business, while staying independent,” he says—Ashkahn’s own cards started as a just-for-friends creative outlet until he realized that his “Thanks for the hickey” and “We get it ur getting married” slogans had plenty of appeal beyond his pals. On a whim, he walked into shop on Sunset Boulevard and received a huge order on the spot—“Something that’s never happened since,” he laughs. Enough of that modesty: His designs, all sold with his signature hot pink envelope, have found plenty of fans. “My messages are directly inspired by personal experience—I don’t like to sugarcoat anything,” he notes. And we think that’s damn sweet. —maren ellingboe


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