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Photographers’ Marathon – Summer Edition

Welcome to Photographers’ Marathon – Summer Edition!

This summer we bring you the first edition of our contest. Here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to display your work for thousands of viewers.

Not only you will get massive exposure, but also you will see that your work matters. Let’s have a creative journey together and explore the endless possibilities of editing with an Inky product.

Here is some little help if you did not purchase one already.

For Photoshop: Sample 1 (PS Actions); Sample 2 (PS Actions); Sample 3 (PS Add-ons)

For Lightroom: Sample 1 (LR Presets); Sample 2 (LR Presets); Sample 3 (LR Presets)

How you can participate:

  1. Submit your edited photos at anamaria@brainik.com
  2. Send the picture between 31st of July and 3rd of September 2017.
  3. Make sure you add the following details in the email:
    • Name;
    • Location;
    • Name of the Inkydeals product you have used (Disqualifying criteria);
    • Facebook page, Twitter account or your website (so we can tag your work).

Selection Process:

1st stage:

After receiving all the photos, we will post the submissions that have met the requirements in an album on our InkyDeals Facebook page. Between 4th of September and 15th of September, people can vote their favorite photo, and at the end of this period, we will select the ten most liked artworks.

2nd stage:

From the top ten most popular photos, our photography specialists from Inkydeals will choose the 3 winning artworks. We will announce the winner on 20th of September 2017.

What you win:

1st place – $200 Amazon Gift Card + $500 InkyDeals credit + InkyDeals T-shirt

2nd place – Credit of $200 to spend on Inkydeals + InkyDeals T-shirt.

3rd place – Credit of $100 to spend on Inkydeals+ InkyDeals T-shirt.

May the best photographies win!

This Halloween, A Spooky Contest Is Heading This Way

It’s that time of the year again when everyone is restless, looking over their shoulders even.

Who’s there? You ask while looking back anxiously.

Shadows glide out of view only to linger shortly in the corner of your eye. Are you seeing things? Or maybe there actually is something lurking around the corner.

Well, as you might have guessed Halloween is closing in and Inky has been pulling this kind of tricks all week. A question still remains: What devilish creature has he costumed as?

The answer will be your responsibility because this contest can only be won by the most imaginative and scary creations you can muster.

Here’s what you need to do: Go to Inky’s Facebook page and download InkyDeals PNG logo. Once you have the logo unleash the wildest, scariest and most terrifying corners of your imagination and suit Inky up. For the last step make Inky’s costume known to the entire world by attaching it in a comment at Inky’s Halloween Facebook post: Halloween Costume Contest.

Don’t worry you won’t go through all this trouble without some tasty treats waiting for you when you are done. How tasty? Well, we have 5 Infinity Bundles (worth $6,500)  ready for the top 5 scariest costumes plus a $100 Amazon Gift Card for the scariest of the five.

Note: Get Inky suited up as fast as possible because the contest ends Monday, October 31 at Midnight. Spooky!

If you just plan to watch all the festivities and costumes unfold on Facebook, remember that we also have a 50% promotion on all the deals on our website.

Update: The result of the contest are in.

Here are the winners of Inkys’ Halloween contest:

  1. Sol Visi – Winner of the grand prize consisting of $100 Amazon Gift card and an Infinity Bundle
  2. Denice Alicea Mullinex – Winner of an Infinity Bundle
  3. Judy Jordan – Winner of an Infinity Bundle
  4. Sue Lee – Winner of an Infinity Bundle
  5. David Simmons – Winner of an Infinity Bundle

All of the winners mentioned above will be contacted by our Support team to claim their prizes.

7 Unusual Facts About InkyDeals Users

(this article is illustrated with a photo of a cute cat because that’s how all funny articles online are)

A couple of weeks ago I was wondering if we have any strange or  not so ordinary data about our users. So I had a look inside the data of our Analytics account and see if I can come up with some interesting facts and create a small funny article about our audience, this is what I’ve discovered.

Unusual Fact #1

We have a lot of Cooking Enthusiasts on the website.

Given the sheer number of Facebook posts and Youtube videos related to food, everyone likes cooking, or maybe just eating? I don’t know, I’m thinking cooking recipes should be up on our website soon.

Unusual Fact #2

44% of people visiting our website are women, but men spend more on our website. 67% of transactions are attributed to men.

We never thought of out products as more appealing to one sex more than the other. Frankly, we’ve always believed the everything on our platform falls into the “unisex” category. I guess these numbers proved us wrong, though.

Unusual Fact #3

People over 65 have the best conversion rate, over 4%.

Well, now we know who we should market to. These people like us the most, we should reward them somehow.

Unusual Fact #4

Two people from Vatican visited us.

Vatican City has a population of just 451 and a couple of them know about us, I think this is AWESOME.

Unusual Fact #5

A few people from Monaco have bought from us.

Well, this is a surprise, our deals are too good to be missed. We’re glad we can help save a few bucks in places as luxurious as Monaco.

Unusual Fact #6

India is the third country in terms of visits received, but we only get 0.6% of our income from there.

I’m glad to see that our freebies are held in such high regard. I do hope they enjoy our freebies and use them wisely.

Unusual Fact #7

On mobile, Blackberry users don’t buy from us.

What is Blackberry? Is this still a thing?

If you want to share some funny/unusual stuff about yourselves, feel free to do it in the comments.

European Street Art is Giving Rise to a Whole New Generation of Artists

Over the past couple of decades, Europe has experienced a cultural rebirth in the form of street art. Cities once associated with classical architecture or drab buildings are now filled with art. Big names such as Banksy, Blu, Vhils, and Stik have invaded European streets. All of them have largely been welcomed by appreciating passersby. Not long ago street art represented outcasts littering city centers with graffiti and vandalism. Nowadays, street art is regarded as a means of mass communication. Among visual arts, street art is the most accessible, breaking through all social barriers.

The French artist JR once stated that the streets were “the largest art gallery in the world,” and he has a point. It’s also a free art gallery, where people from all walks of life occupy the same space every single day. “Culture” is becoming more and more available to the masses. How the audience members perceive and understand the art, however, varies greatly.

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JR Through the Eye of Liu Bolin – Image source

By nature, street art is interactive and blends into the urban landscape. People may interpret it any way they see fit. In areas riddled with unemployment and deprivation, it has become a tool for venting anger and frustration. Artists use “guerrilla art” as social or political commentary and often provoke a reaction. They choose to bypass traditional exhibitions to communicate directly with the public. These artists free themselves from the confines of the formal art world.

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Guerrilla art by Banksy – Image Source

Street art is now considered a legitimate form of art by most people. Of course, some critics and politicians still view it as pure vandalism and seek to cut it out. Many governments disapproved of it, fearing the message spread and received among disaffected citizens. In times of unrest, it can be a voice for change, as seen in Berlin and more recently in Istanbul and Athens. Plenty of contemporary street artists have earned support from curators and galleries.

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“Hidden Street” at Hong Kong – Pearl Lam Galleries SOHO – Image Source

On occasion, urban art has been painted over or erased, causing public outrage. Politicians have had to acknowledge these facts and act accordingly. Cities such as Copenhagen, Prague and London, have assigned areas where artists can paint. The authorities are at least feigning interest in the importance of street art. Being seen to encourage creativity casts them in a positive light with young voters.

Street art takes many forms and is not just the domain of spray paint and stencils. These days you can find sculptures, sticker art, mosaics and installations using different materials. The French artist, Space Invader, drew inspiration from the popular arcade game “Space Invaders”. He is famous for his pixelated mosaics of characters from the game. His works now adorn much of Paris and other European cities. Meanwhile, Banksy uses a variety of media, including the creation of huge installations. One such example is Dismaland: Bemusement Park, resembling a dark version of Disneyland.

Space Invader London

Space Invader in London – Image Source

The art isn’t always political or thought-provoking. Sometimes it’s just fun or used to brighten up the locale. One such example is Banksy’s satirical Well Hung Lover, on a building in Bristol. It depicts a man looking out of a window while his wife’s lover hangs naked from the window sill below him. Bristol remains one of the most important locations for street art. The city hosts the largest free street art festival in Europe.  

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Well Hung Lover by Banksy – Image Source

Urban art can be found all over Europe, but the street art scene in Berlin is possibly the most active. It also has one of the most compelling histories of the medium. Here, a long tradition of art as an expression of political freedom started in 1989. When the Berlin Wall came down and the East Side Gallery was established a year later. The open-air memorial to freedom and reconciliation covers 1.3 km of the Berlin Wall.

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East Side Gallery, Berlin – Image Source

The same spirit of creativity as part of a counterculture movement lives on all over Europe today. Artists saw the wall as a focal point and painted inspiring and controversial works. Their works still attract locals and tourists alike. Even long after those artists left, the art scene continues to thrive. The city has become a mecca for street art and has inspired many other cities in a similar way.

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East Side Gallery, Berlin – Image Source

The popularity of street art in Europe looks set to continue in the foreseeable future. It’s an ever-changing and evolving means of expression. More so because it allows the viewer to interact with it on a personal level. Despite its celebrities, urban art is a universal art form available to the masses. It is a platform for artists to reach audiences traditional galleries hardly allow. There will always be people who perceive street art as crime. Yet, more and more people now see it as a legitimate way to experience quality art. The number of smart phone apps, festivals and tours involving street art, attest to that. Artists have found an enduring way to use public spaces as an outlet for artistic expression.

What is your opinion of street art? Tell us you thoughts in the comment section below.

InkyDeals Easter Contest: Join the Egg Hunt and Win

Easter is fast approaching and Inky, in his festive spirit, has been very busy. He’s hidden ten images of colourful Easter eggs all over the InkyDeals website and beyond. He even took the time to write a letter on each one of the eggs.

Your task is to find these eggs and make out the phrase Inky spelled on them. Each egg you find counts as 10 percent discount for a deal or bundle of your choosing. If you find all of them that means you get a 100 percent discount.

To enter the competition, look for the Easter eggs on:

  • Product preview pages
  • Product pages
  • The InkyDeals Facebook page
  • The InkyDeals Instagram page
  • InkyDeals Newsletter

Once you find the eggs write the letters you’ve found or the entire phrase in the comment section below.

So hurry and find those eggs, because only the first three people that comment with the full phrase will receive the prize. If by some chance nobody finds the entire phrase, don’t worry, the first three commenters will receive discounts according to the number of letters they’ve gathered.

The egg hunt will run all through the weekend and the prize winners will be announced on Monday, March 28 as an update to this post.

Update: 

Congratulations to the Inkydeals Easter Contest winners: Laura, Dan and Sara. You will be contacted by one of our colleagues via email, in order to receive your prizes. 

Who Scared the InkyDeals Team?

We meet once again to make the great announcement: who scared the InkyDeals team the most and won the jackpot! But first, I want to share some insights from Inky’s backstage with you guys: we had a really good time seeing our logo in scary Halloween costumes and we’ve been impressed by your ninja level of creativity!

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Even tough it was a difficult job, we managed to select the 5 worthy winners. Say hello! to:

5th PlaceJózsef Vass – with her Inky Frida

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4th Place: Tib Jun and his Inkskeleton

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3rd Place:  Jeff W Ford  with his ever-glowing Inky Minion

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2nd Place: Dana So and her Scarecrow-Inky

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And the 1st Place goes to: Maria Elisabeta Cucu and her Jinkies

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Congratulations to all of you! All the 5 creatives will receive their own copy of our brand new Graphtastic Bundle in the next 3 business days.

Happy Halloween party!