If you identify as a #murderino and your preferred method of retail therapy is Etsy, then prepare to fall in love with Pixel & Ink Creative! We spoke with the wonderfully talented Daneisha about her inspiration to start her shop and her favorite true crime television!
What inspired you to start your shop?
I officially started my business in 2014. This was a couple of years after I graduated with a graphic art degree. I never planned to start a business, but after working on short term design jobs, I quickly learned working for someone else just wouldn’t work out. My mental health took a big hit while working the first job (seriously, over ⅓ of my pay was going to therapy!). I always say I just draw/make things I like and hope other people like them too. I started by selling art prints of my work and some smaller things I had sewn at the time. After my first couple of art markets, I realized people really wanted functional artwork so my offerings evolved.
What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you?
I never actually thought about this, but it wasn’t a singular thing. I grew up watching Unsolved Mysteries with my Grandmother and it always scared the crap out of me! Especially the ghost episodes! I’m a giant chicken and I don’t watch any kind of horror stuff, strangely enough. I’ve always enjoyed mystery books since I was a kid. The first book I remember checking out by myself was Harriet the Spy, so that may have been where this all started!
What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?
I love history, so naturally, I love hearing about old cases. Not just murders, pretty much any true crime. My podcast journey started because I found a history podcast I loved (shout out Stuff You Missed In History Class!) and it evolved from there. I ended up looking for more history podcasts, specifically ones about the 20s and 30s mafia. Once I found those, it never stopped! I really don’t have a favorite crime. The thing I like about most cases is finding out how someone got caught! I really love puzzles in just about any form, so I like hearing how someone solved the puzzle. I’ll tell you what I’m super into: All these cases that are being solved using familial DNA! I’m so here for it! Especially cases that have gone unsolved for decades!
What true crime podcasts are you listening to right now? If podcasts aren’t your thing, we would also love to hear about a spooky book you’re reading or your favorite murder-related tv show!
Sinisterhood podcast for sure! Episode 13 will have you in stitches with tears running down your face. My husband and I watch SO MANY crime shows! It would be hard to pick one, but we recently started watching Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector. As with all TV shows, I have to point out flaws. “That’s definitely not how that would have gone down” and “YOU CAN’T ZOOM INTO PHOTOS LIKE THAT!” and “Why are you messing with that crime scene?!”. You know, typical Murderino things.
How can our readers find and support you?
My shop website is www.pixelandinkcreative.com. I’m @shop.pixelandink on Instagram. That’s where I do most of my posting. I have a lot of pop culture things (pins, mugs, shirts, etc.) and a lot of local Louisiana stuff.