A recent announcement is causing Artists in Japan to panic.


Artists in Japan are starting to scramble over an announcement that a favorite watercolor ink will cease domestic distribution in Japan at the end of the year. The Toyama Art Shop Gazai Tanpopo shared on May 7th about the US-based company DR. PH. Martin’s watercolor ink will not be readily available after December 31st. The shop followed up with a statement that read that the product’s cancellation is due to a drastic price revision by Dr. Ph Martin’s parent company, Salis International.


The Toyama Art Shop Gazai Tanpopo’s Statement

Gazai Tanpopo evaluated the price increase and concluded that it would likely alienate the customer base and instead decided to no longer carry the product. Ganzai Tanpopo is not the only shop discontinuing its stock of Dr. Ph Martin’s ink. The art supplier Bonnycol Art issued the same statement on May 9. Bonnycol Art provides product to art supply stores across Japan.

Arina Tanemura, a manga artist and Character Designer is amongst Enthusiasts and other artists took to Social Media to voice their frustrations and disappointment. However, Tanemura plans to purchase inks via official channels online.

Arina Tanemura



Other Artists shared examples of their work where they utilized Dr.Ph.Martin’s Ink, here are some listed below:

Mayu Sakai



Rei Mikamoto



Atsuji Yamamoto


Animators found themselves in a similar situation in 2015 when Mitsubishi Pencil announced it would no longer produce colored pencils favored by the animation industry. Cartoonists flocked to art supply stores to buy up the remaining orange, blue and yellow-green pencils used to draw cels.

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