76thStreetInk

Custom Cartoon Portraits

New York, United States · 1241 Sales

76thStreetInk

Custom Cartoon Portraits

New York, United States 1241 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Beka

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Announcement   ***Free Initial Proof for a Limited Time Only! Email 76thstreetink "at" gmail.com to get started!"***

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Last updated on Apr 1, 2016

***Free Initial Proof for a Limited Time Only! Email 76thstreetink "at" gmail.com to get started!"***

Beka

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Beka

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This beautiful water bottle label is on it's way to Hungary!
My morning cup of joe starring Henry and Junebug :)

About

My Story

I grew up in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas. My Dad is a pilot who has been known to dabble in animation. My Mom is an elementary school teacher who can sew just about anything. They both had flexible schedules and strong creative impulses, so it’s no wonder that I left my 9 to 5 day job to start my own business on Etsy!

My story begins where so many do—as a young person setting out to make a living in New York City. My first job here was as a Marketing Assistant at a law firm. My days were not as action-packed as I’d hoped. But luckily, it was the dawn of the Internet age, and I had plenty of time to explore and daydream about what else I could be doing with my life.

A Bug’s Life, had just been released, and I couldn’t help but love the geeky-optimism and entrepreneurial spirit of the lead character Flick. Soon I submerged myself in the colorful world of animation and a few art school tuition payments later, I found myself with some credentials under my belt. I worked on TV shows like The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Venture Brothers, and also the feature film Duplex with Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller.

I quickly realized that my favorite part of the animation process was the conceptual phase at the very beginning where you create character designs and imagine a world for your characters to live in. So I began to create my own little set of characters just for fun one afternoon. Then to earn a little extra cash, I started putting these designs on stationery and selling them online. Before too long, I was swamped with holiday card orders and realized that I had a viable business on my hands…and that is how 76th Street, Ink was born!

However, I didn’t have the confidence yet though to start my own company. Instead I put 76th Street on hold and entered the world of Harry Potter, becoming Scholastic’s first Online Art Director for Book Clubs. I was proud of this position as it was the most profitable department of the most profitable division of a publishing powerhouse. However, the itch to be my own boss and see just what might happen with 76th Street was always in the back of my mind.

Working at Scholastic gave me the confidence I needed, the one missing piece, to believe in myself and set out to create my own company. And I’m so glad that I did.

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  • Beka

    Owner

    My name is Beka, and I create custom cartoon wedding stationery! I have worked on TV shows like The Simpsons and for companies like Scholastic. My mission is to create designs that help you express yourself, connect to others and stay organized!

  • Alison

    Designer

    Alison is our chief designer and customer service gal! She has done illustrations for The Guardian and Utne, and is also an awesome crocheter.

  • Quincy

    Marketer

    Quincy is one of the best writers you can imagine and spearheads our marketing efforts! She is also the editor-in-chief of spire & co. We are so lucky to have her :)

Manufacturers
  • A digital printer

    Lexington, MA, United States

    This is printer helps me print and ship the majority of items for sale in my shop like note cards, invitations, and stickers.

  • A digital printer

    Waynesboro, PA, United States

    This digital printer prints and ships custom door hangers for my wedding customers :)

  • A digital printer

    Rochester, NY, United States

    This printer helps me create water bottle labels for wedding hotel guest bags and the more highly specialized custom requests. They are a white badge partner with TerraPass and have reduced up to 200 metric tons of carbon emissions last year.

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