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Artiphany Rising

Dear Artiphans, On this midsummer, midweek morning, I have news both happy and sad: Our series detailing John’s path through life and art comes to a close today, with the final installment (as of yet, that is) in The Tails of Artiphany. We’ve had such a wonderful response to these minihistories, with great enthusiasm for John’s work and great empathy for his story. Thank you for all your comments and emails. They brighten our inboxes much in the same way we hope this series of posts has brightened yours. We pick up the narrative today around the time John returned from his experimental trip to Shanghai (the one that, if you are forgetting, involved a questionable cabbie and his questionable...

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Midnight in Morocco, Sunrise over Shanghai

  Hello Artiphans, Here we are: One year (and two days) after our Pack of Dogs playing cards went viral on Reddit. And now seems like the perfect time, in these dog days of summer, to continue the story behind those cards—the story of Artiphany, the story of an artist named John Littleboy. But first, a footnote: We started down this lane of John’s memories in order to tell the origin story of Artiphany in three, neat chapters, ending with a final chapter today, on this anniversary of our little business’s worldwide debut (if you will). What we didn’t expect was that this story would take on a life of its own, bending past the predictable form of a trilogy...

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Hand to Mouth, Brush to Wall

Hello Artiphans, And a very happy summer day to you. Isn’t this just the best time of year? Splashing in the lake, sunbathing on the deck, nibbling bits of potato salad and hot dog that have dropped off the plates of oblivious humans...simply dreamy. But the real reason I’m here today is not to soliloquize about the sensations of the season: I have a story to tell.When I last left off, young adult John was looking forward, towards an uncertain future, and looking inward, to find some answers about where his art would take him next. So here we have it: The Tails of Artiphany, Chapter 2: Hand to Mouth, Brush to Wall To continue this tail (I mean TALE,...

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Portrait of the Artist as a California Kiddo

Hello Artiphans, In a little less than a month, we will be celebrating the first anniversary of Artiphany’s worldwide debut, courtesy of Reddit and Bored Panda: June 11th, 2017, the day John’s Pack of Dogs went viral, was the day that changed the life lines of this little, homegrown business forever. And we want to commemorate this by sharing some silly, heartwarming, human stories about how Artiphany came to be. These formative tales, which we call among ourselves The Tails of Artiphany, will unravel in three installments over the course of the coming weeks and will end in a little surprise on June 11th. So let’s get to it! We are starting at the very beginning, with a chapter in the Artiphany mythology...

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Meet Our Doggie Doppelgänger Contest Winners

Congratulations Davy & Judy! Hello Artiphans, There are few things more enjoyable than looking at cute pics of cute pups. It's something chemical, like eating chocolate or talking with the person you love; your brain just can't help but smile, your lips to let out a stealthy little awww. And for the last few weeks, that has been our job: Yes, you read that right. We got to look at all your dainty, demure, dashing doggos as not a break from the daily grind (and gift!) of running our small business, but as part of it.  Congratulations Scruffy & Nancy! We want to thank all of you proud dog owners who sent in their Dexters, Dixies, Stellas and Sammys for us to meet. (While the call was...

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