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Meet Jona Blanco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jona Blanco. 

Jona, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’m originally from Monterrey, Nuevo León MX. I moved to Dallas when I turned 18. Since I was little, I always liked drawing and doing drawings for other people, mostly letters. In México I didn’t have the money to buy a lot of materials to do my drawings but once I came to USA, I was able to afford different mediums and I kept practicing with paint markers, acrylic paint, spray paint which is my favorite! I like to figure out a lot of different things on my own and make it work for what I need to. Nowadays I make a lot of custom things from shoes and shirts to logos, stickers, and decals, murals, and canvases but my main one is digitizing and printing custom stickers. Everyone can find me on Instagram as Acmeslaps or my main account Acmesencillo. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road; it took me about 10 years to be where I’m at and I’m not where I want to be yet. The struggles that I found along the way were not knowing the language of this country when I first came here and not knowing a lot of people then building my brand, I always knew that I wanted to do what I’m doing now but didn’t know where to start. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Acmeslaps is the main thing I do and I’m most proud of doing this because I just think about when I was a kid in Mexico, I loved stickers, and making them now for people that just have an idea of what they want and for me to work on the process of making their idea from a sketch to digital then to print and cut to bag for delivery or shipping it’s super satisfying because I know a kid is going to see those stickers and maybe I inspire one of those kids to do what I do in the future. I think what sets me apart from others is that with me they have all they need without the need to look for who can make them a sketch then who can digitize it for them then look for a printer shop to get the stickers done I can do all of that. 

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Finding a mentor can be hard at times mainly because most people are busy with their own businesses or life itself. Networking is the best way to find a mentor and people that can support your journey in whatever you want to do. Also, what has worked for me when I want to learn something new is doing research on YouTube, some people don’t like to hear that but to be honest, people already has done what you’re thinking about doing and there’s probably a video about that in how to get started. 

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