Artist Interview: Bored Inc.


Bored Inc. is a mother (Carol) and daughter (Courtney) design team based out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. They create super kawaii characters that are featured on an array of products and sold at stores around the globe. I’ve been a fan of their work for many years and I was happy to interview Courtney for this series.


My first encounter with Bored Inc. was your Stinky Poo plushies. This was way before the poop emoji was so popular. How did you come up with such a poo-rific character?

I was in conversation with my mom when the idea first came up – we were trying to think of an odd pairing that would make good friends and I thought of poop and toilet paper. I remember saying to her, “Would this be too gross?” It was a challenge to draw something that looked like poop but still could be posed in different ways and be made into different products. That’s why he has a little body, unlike the emoji style poop. At this point I would like to explore more sophisticated illustrations, but Stinky Poo remains one of our best selling characters. It is fascinating to me the range of people who connect with him!


Does working as a mother/daughter team have its ups and downs as one would expect?

I started working professionally with my mom while I was still in high school, and we’ve been collaborating ever since. When I was younger, I think family dynamics were more challenging – especially when you live and work together – but over the years it’s been nice to see it evolve. I now live in San Francisco, and my mom lives in Los Angeles, so it’s a good way for us to be creative together even though our lives have taken separate paths. We bring different strengths to the table, and I think that’s what makes it productive after all these years.


I love how my favorite artists have ventured into the pin game. Do you think this trend will go on for a while?

Pins are so fun to make! I hope that they have staying power, though I worry the market is oversaturated. The cost of entry into pin-making is pretty low, which makes it a great starting point for so many talented artists. I do wish there was a healthier option for the pin-making process though, and one that was better for the environment.


How do you balance art exhibitions vs. creating art for your business?

I am a stay-at-home mom, which makes this tough for me. I really love being included in exhibitions, and the inspiration of the show themes (and deadlines) push me to actually sit down and make something. In an ideal world I would nurture both sides more independently, but to be honest it’s really hard to find time (and energy) to be creative when you have a toddler, so there ends up being some crossover between the art I make for shows and the art for Bored Inc. products.


What’s next for Bored Inc.?

I wish I had better grasp on this! Like many others, I have felt gutted over the political and social climate of the past year. This – paired with with the responsibility I feel raising a daughter – has nudged me to evaluate how I spend my time and energy and to really consider what I want to be working on.


I love making cute stuff for Bored Inc. and so deeply appreciate the people who’ve supported me over the years. I’ll keep making cute stuff, but I’d like to foray into some different things too, more influenced by my feminist ideals, and the desire to create art that can be empowering on a deeper level. Stay tuned, I have ambitious ideas in the works!


Bored Inc. products are available online and select retailers like Leanna Lin’s Wonderland.

Snack Attack! by Bored Inc.

Snack Attack!

Snack Attack! featuring new artwork by Bored Inc. is now available at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. You can view all of the available pieces here.

Bored Inc Ice Cream

“Better with Ice Cream” is a digital giclee print that comes either framed or unframed. Now I’m totally craving an ice cream sammich.

Bored Inc Cookie Llama

OMG, Cookie Llama is ridiculous!! This felt appliqué is one of the original pieces looking to brighten up a good home. See all of the pieces at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland through October 27.

A Magical Land + Snack Attack! Open 9/21 at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland


On September 21, celebrate the last day of summer with two fun art openings at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland! On the main gallery wall, Crowded Teeth and friends present “A Magical Land” – a group exhibition centered around stylistic representations of balance and transition. Here is a sneak preview of Jared Andrew Schorr’s pieces; I know this show is going to be amazing!


The mother and daughter team of Bored Inc. will be taking over the art corner gallery with Snack Attack! Get ready to be overwhelmed by cute art featuring adorable snacks.

The art preview for both shows will be emailed to Leanna’s mailing list subscribers on the morning of Saturday, September 21. Email orders will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Subscribe to Leanna Lin’s Wonderland’s list, and make sure you’ve checked the “special sneak peek before the opening” box.

A Magical Land + Snack Attack at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland


If you love cute art, save the date for Saturday, September 21! Leanna Lin’s Wonderland will host two fun art shows featuring some of your favorite artists. Crowded Teeth and friends will present A Magical Land “where day and night collide” on the main gallery wall.


Leanna’s art corner will feature Snack Attack! by Bored Inc. If you love food and love cute, you’ll definitely want to check out this art show and pop-up shop!

A Magical Land and Snack Attack! will run through October 27. Both shows open on Saturday, September 21 with a reception from 6-10pm.

Last Chance to See ‘Pablove One Another’ at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland

This is the last week to see ‘Pablove One Another‘ which closes on October 28. Curated by Bored Inc., the group show benefits The Pablove Foundation. Don’t miss out on the chance to own some amazing artwork! Visit Leanna Lin’s Wonderland to see all of the pieces, or you can view the available pieces here. A few of my favorites are below…

ROSEY CHEEKS “Rice Buddy Town (Pablove edition)” * giclee print on canvas * 8″ x 10″ * $60
APAK “Water Break” * giclee print on panel * 8.5″ x 8.5″ * $100
BORED INC. “Love” * giclee print * 6″ x 8″ (framed) * $50
TADO “Love Sprites” * handmade paper clay figurines with acrylic paint and Gocco print * 3″ x 3″
$50 each (10 available – each are numbered and different color way)