This Design Brand Holds Us Verbally Hostage For Their Manila-inspired Stickers
by Jace Amodo, October 25, 2019 3:15pm
Collage by Dani Elevazo. Stickers from Akim/Instagram
Chances are if you've been in Manila for a long time, you've already been embedded with its misadventures. Traffic conditions, the political climate, petsa-de-peligro situations—Manila's mishaps are normalized, and Manillennials must serve as the dose of reality to the oblivious.
We were held verbally hostage when we found Akim, an indie brand with the ultimate goal to remind us of our daily musings. Ang Kuwentong Inuwi Mo, aka Akim, shares their design mainly with postcards and stickers.
Aside from the classic hugot stickers, Akim has sticker sets articulated from their own experience. Among them are the Manila Girls, Trapik Propaganda, and Que Horror.
Manila Girls is a personification of Manila's famous spots. These include Quiapo, Recto, Malate, Divisoria, Intramuros, Binondo, Tondo, Pasay, España, and, of course, EDSA. Further, fun facts are printed behind every sticker-slash-bookmark edited by Carlos Celdran himself. Talk about dual-purpose collectible art, huh.
"Sharing a pretty picture of Manila seems pretentious where everything in the city is the contrary. Let these ladies show you a different angle where each borough is unpleasing at first glance but then grows beautifully in you. These are the love child of Manila’s madness and the Filipino obsession of personalities and beauty pageants. These are the #ManilaGirls," Akim shares in an Instagram post.
From irksome motorists to the never-ending road congestion, Trapik Propaganda delivers the message clear with raw, witty banter. You'll end up buying a sticker or two for the joy of it.
Gone are the days when witches and zombies scare us. With the Halloween Special Que Horror, we are challenged to embrace our modern fears: the reality.
Occasionally, Akim creates limited edition commemorative sticker sets such as the Year of the Pig set and, most recently, the Carlos Celdran tribute stickers. To top it all off, they also have sticker books (actual ones!) with quirky covers. These sticker books, drawing inspiration from the Little Golden Books we grew up reading, can store your stickers and prolong their lives. You bet we're obsessed.
Akim is fusing the comfort of familiarity and opportunity to promote its political undertow. And it works. Akim isn't here to put out fires of this era per se but to evoke significance of seeing through the mundane sans the pretention.
Anong kuwento ang iuuwi mo? Akim's art is available in Common Room (Alabang Town Center, Rockwell, Ayala Bay), Puesto Manila (Intramuros), and La Local Store (Taft Ave.)