about

Ken + Shino owners of Fugu Fugu Press in Altadena CA

fugu [fú: gú:] n. Japanese word for blowfish or puffer fish

Welcome to Fugu Fugu Press!

We’re Ken and Shino, and together we run a small letterpress print shop located in the magical foothills of Altadena CA, just minutes yet a world away from downtown L.A. We started Fugu Fugu Press in 2008. Shino had worked for another letterpress greeting card company, but was eager to step out and design a line of her own. Ken of course, has always loved tinkering with old machines and getting dirty. So…add two vintage letterpresses, a big paper cutter, stacks of paper and ink, and we were on our way! In our other lives, Ken is a music teacher and pianist, and Shino is a freelance illustrator.

So why fugu you ask? Well not to let anyone down, but we just like the looks of them, with their googly eyes and tiny fins. And also the fact they are both cute and dangerous. They might look silly when they puff up to scare other fish, but they’ve found their way in the world just as they are, and we think that’s pretty cool.
Sometimes when we get to float around in warm ocean waves, we feel like funny looking puffers.

It is our hope that people enjoy our cards as much as we do making them!