Black Ink X Akademiks

Akademiks Black Ink

Black Ink X Akademiks


New York, NY – Akademiks is proud to announce its collaboration with the stars of VH1’s Black Ink Crew, Dutchess Lattimore and Ceaser Emanuel.  The renowned tattoo artists collaborated with Akademiks Creative Director Ross Fredman to develop groundbreaking streetwear, featuring premium fabrics and unique signature trims.  The launch program also includes headwear featuring the same original designs.

    “The collaboration is a new way for us to connect with our fans across the country.  We love the design process and apparel is the next step for us.  More to come!”- Ceaser Emanuel – Black Ink Crew – VH1


    “We are very proud of the collection – it is true to our vision as artists and as advocates of personal expression.”-  Dutchess Lattimore – Black Ink Crew – VH1


“We are excited to work with Dutchess and Ceaser – two incredibly talented artists. The mix of tattoo design combined with a modern streetwear attitude, the Black Ink X Akademiks collaboration continues the Akademiks tradition of unique style, linked to music and celebrity cultures,” says Ross Fredman, Creative Director at Akademiks.  “Because of our continued commitment to innovative design, the Black Ink Tattoo collaboration came as a natural decision.”


The line is available in select retailers and online November 2015.


About Black Ink Tattoo

The signature brand of Dutchess Lattimore and Ceaser Emanuel stars of Black Ink Crew, a top rated show in its fourth season on VH1.  The Black Ink brand is more than tattoos – it is TV and a publishing entity, Black Ink Magazine. Ceaser and Dutchess continue their expansion into media with their extraordinary talent in design and visual arts.


About Akademiks

Akademiks exploded onto the scene in 1999. The brand is a streetwear lifestyle intersection of art, music and fashion. Worn by style icons Jay-Z, Kanye West and Alicia Keyes, Akademiks continues to add to the celebrity roster of brand enthusiasts. The collection has evolved through the years and is always first to set the trend with distinctive graphics, denim washes and fabric innovation. 


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Official Sweepstakes Rules



Akademiks Social Media team will Tweet and Instagram Akademiks followers to vote for their favorite Akademiks tee shirt at  To enter, participants must favorite an Akademiks style on and then take a screenshot of their favorite and tweet or instagram and hashtag AkdmksJCPSweepstakes.  Six randomly chosen winners (August 10 – September 21) will win a $100 JCPenney gift card.  Winners will be chosen at random.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. Eligibility: Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to those who are 18 as of the date of entry. The sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the US and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of  Akademiks, Kemistre 8 and JC Penney (the “Sponsor”) their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.


2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of Akademiks, as final and binding as it relates to the content. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.


3. Sweepstakes Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on August 10, 2015 and ending September 21, 2015.  All online entries must be received by September 21, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.  Entries become the property of the sponsor. 


4. How to Enter: The Sweepstakes entry must fulfill all sweepstakes requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are not complete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Akademiks. You may enter once, and you must fill in the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Akademiks.


5. Prizes: 6 Winners will receive a $100.00 JC Penney Gift Card . The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Sponsor. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Sponsor’s discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Akademiks to use winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.  Total ARV is $100. 


6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.  Mechanically reproduced entries and duplicate entries will be disqualified. 


7. Winner selection and notification: Winners of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing under the supervision of the Sponsor. Winners will be notified via email to the user name they entered the Sweepstakes with within five (5) days following the winner selection. Akademiks shall have no liability for a winner’s failure to receive notices due to winners’ spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for winners’ provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 15 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and releases as required, prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.


The receipt by winner of the prize offered in this Sweepstakes is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal and state laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY ANY WINNER (AT SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN SUCH WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.


8. Rights Granted by you: By entering this Sweepstakes you understand that Akademiks, anyone acting on behalf of Akademiks, or its respective licensees, successors and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter in perpetuity and throughout the World, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Sweepstakes, and biographical information as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation.


9. Terms: Akademiks reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should (in its sole discretion) a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In such case, Akademiks may select the recipients from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Akademiks. Akademiks reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website or violates these Terms & Conditions.


Akademiks has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Sweepstakes, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to; multiple entries from the same user from different twitter accounts; multiple entries from the same twitter account in excess of that allowed by sweepstakes rules; or the use of bots, macros or scripts or other technical means for entering.


Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Akademiks reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.


10. Limitation of Liability: By entering you agree to release and hold harmless Akademiks and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from (i) such entrant’s participation in the sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof, (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.


11. Disputes: THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF the USA AND New York, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, participant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in New York having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.


12. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Akademiks, 31 West 34th St. New York, NY 10001. Requests must be received no later than October 15, 2015.


13. Sponsor:  The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is Akademiks, 31 West 34th St. New York, NY 10001


If an entrant accesses the Sweepstakes/Contest on his/her mobile device, or the Entrant’s wireless device, this Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.