11th year anniversary of the Arigato Pak!
Next month marks the 11th year anniversary of the Arigato Pak. More than a million Arigato Paks have made it to over 30 different countries, linking music communities across genres, borders and oceans. Wow. That’s big news.
This simple design evolved out of a collaborative effort between our shop and the results of input and suggestions from many musicians in response to our earlier “fold-it-yourself” prototypes. With a goal to offer a practical, attractive and environmentally friendly alternative to the then dominating presence of the plastic jewel case, the Arigato Pak was born in September 2002. (Foghorn Stringband, Rattlesnake Tidal Wave was the first release to use the design) Rapidly this CD cover style was embraced by touring musicians, and by word of mouth our little Arigato Pak has reached far corners of the globe. Arigato Paks have been folded in the back of tour vans and displayed on our customers’ merch tables from Ankara to Atlanta, Budapest to Buenos Aires.
Whether the release is big or small, hand adorned by our customers on our blank Arigato Paks or custom printed in volume by the crew here at Stumptown Printers, we’re proud of each cover that rolls off of our printing and die-cutting presses.
We know that there are a lot of choices out there for album packaging manufacturing, and recognize that it takes extra dedication to locate and work with a relatively under-the-radar little worker cooperative print shop such as ours. Like the hands-on approach to our printing and manufacturing, the Arigato Pak design represents a personal connection to your music. Your album cover is the physical representation of all of the heart, energy, and hard work that you put into your music. As fellow musicians and printers who are fans of music, we understand this and we’re honored that you’ve chosen our design to accompany your recording.
Thank you (domo arigato!) for what you do, for keeping it real and for bringing the Arigato Pak along with you on your musical adventures.
We’ll be celebrating eleven years of Arigato during the month of September. Stay posted for special pricing and giveaways to honor the anniversary.
-The Stumptown Printers Crew