inkster, written in all lowercase letters, funded their startup site with a Kickstarter campaign.
inkster encompasses all aspects of social media and eCommerce into one beautiful place where artists can promote, educate, sell, and communicate.
Anyone creative can use inkster–Musicians, painters, graphic designers, tattoo artists, graffiti artists, fashion designers, animators and the list goes on. While inkster.com sorts the content you add into categories, it also allows you to individually tag your work as you see fit.
It’s free for artists to sign up. inkster will only take 10% from sales transactions, strictly as a facilitation fee, because Toronto-based inkster CEO Danny Gibson and COO Rob Anderson think that independent artists deserve a fair chance at managing a successful career and want to provide them with an economically viable platform.
Why is this site named inkster? When broken down, ink-ster represents what an artist is. The “ster” suffix on words such as hipster, punkster, ravester have the following meanings–
1. denoting a person engaged in or associated with a particular activity or thing. Example: “gangster”
2. denoting a person having a particular quality. Example: “youngster”
When you put the word “ink” –one of, if not the oldest medium used by artists–in front of “ster,” you get inkster. Even historic composers such as Beethoven and Mozart– who didn’t even have recording equipment– used pen and ink to record their creations.
“Being an inkster is essentially being an artist or creative individual.” – Rob Anderson