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Adam J. Kurtz (aka Adam JK) is a designer, artist, and speaker whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages and his offbeat creative work has been featured in NYLON, Adweek, Vice, The New Yorker, and more.

Kurtz speaks frankly about channeling human emotion into our art, and generally just trying to be more okay with whatever we've got. His newest book, YOU ARE HERE *FOR NOW, will be released October 2021.

ADAMJK® is an art and stationery brand focused on gifts that are fun, weird, sentimental, and often literal. This body of accessible artwork is sold everywhere from museum gift shops to mass retail.

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Abrams Books, Adobe, American Express, Brooklyn Public Library, Chronicle Books, Dr. Martens, Fishs Eddy, HP, Instagram, L'Oreal, Mailchimp, Michelle Branch, Microsoft, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Penguin Random House, PepsiCo, Sharpie, T-Mobile, Urban Outfitters, Vans

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