ABOUT

[the hand behind the art and the human attached to said hand]

A curiously loud human who is always itching for a new adventure and drawing designs inspired from her adventures.

INTRODUCTION

EXP Gained was born from the idea that life is an adventure. EXP is an abbreviation for the word 'experience', inspired by video games where characters level up as they gain more experience along their adventures. Small daily grind tasks to grand spontaneous adventures are all experiences that continuously shape us throughout our lifetime. Kli, the artist behind the work, created this brand based on experiences stemming from her own interests which includes video games, Japanese animation, traveling, and the great outdoors.  She hopes her designs spark creativity, invoke a little more wonder, and remind everyone of how far they've levelled up with their own experiences gained.

SO MANY NAMES!

Because keeping things simple is boring. You may have noticed there's a few names floating around: kzli888, EXP Gained, EXP ShopCo. All three names are tied together and explained below: 

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EXP Gained or EXP+ in short form is the concept behind the business! The idea started in 2019 as a slice-of-life webcomic on Webtoon and Tapas. The comic pokes fun at our little life struggles we face each day, but are challenges we must conquer in order to continue leveling up in our own grand life adventure. After hitting 100 episodes at the end of February 2020, the comic has been on hiatus, but the idea itself lives on with this online shop and our instagram handle @expgained! 

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EXP ShopCo is the business name only used on Etsy due to unavailability of the name EXP Gained. However, EXP Gained is the legal name of our little business! If you have questions about orders or shipping, you can check out our Shop Policies page! 

INSPIRATION

We draw a lot of influence from nature and Japanese animation. My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle are three of the top Studio Ghibli films that influence our work! Also having grown up reading tons of fantasy books filled with dragons, potions, and all things fantastical, we decided to open our own potion shop to serve adventurers on their grand life journey! We also take time to get lost in our own adventures as well. We love hiking and exploring new natural wonders from out local state parks to grand national parks around the world! 

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GET TO KNOW US!

We're constantly scouting for shows and cons to pop-up shop so we can meet great people like yourself! You can check the Pop-Up Schedule to see if we're headed somewhere near you... Hope to see ya around!