Jhene Aiko Hosts 2Fish Book-Signing at Arcana in Culver City

by Flaunt Editorial Staff

Jhene Aiko, at her 2Fish book-signing | All photos by Jai Sabree

Jhene Aiko, at her 2Fish book-signing | All photos by Jai Sabree


Tuesday (Dec. 19) afternoon, a small group of devout fans flocked to Arcana bookstore in Culver City to join Jhene Aiko for an intimate signing of her 2Fish poetry collection. Each fan eagerly purchased the small, turquoise book and quietly sat in various nooks of the towering shelves reading and waiting.

Gaby, donning a “Jhene is a maniac” t-shirt waited for an hour and a half to get her book signed. Another fan, Isabel, attended the singer’s Trip Tour on December 13 at The Novo, though expressed wanting to catch another performance. “I actually just went to her show," she said. "But I’m thinking of going again on Friday because she’s that good. I love her!”

2Fish is the last piece in a creative “mission” that includes Aiko’s second studio album Trip and a 23-minute short film, also titled Trip. “This [book] is the final piece of the MAP— the movie, album, and the poetry book," she said. "And it’s a compilation of poems that I’ve been writing from as earlier as 13. I’m really excited for it all to come together.”

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Back in September, a day after releasing her short film—which she stars in as a poet named Penny— Aiko sent her supporters a 3-minute statement via SoundCloud revealing the inspiration behind the project:

When I was born, my Grampy gave me the nickname 'Penny.' Penny is me in my purest, most authentic form. On July 19th 2012, I lost my brother Miyagi to an inoperable brain tumor. He was 26. In sharing this MAP, I hope to inspire others to share their grief and pain because I believe suffering can be alleviated when we understand we are not going through any of it alone.”

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After signing each book, and before jetting to Santa Ana for a show at The Observatory, the songstress thanked her fans for their support and encouraged them to explore writing as a tool for self-expression. “I hope this poetry book inspires you to write, if you don’t write. It’s good for the soul.”

You can grab a copy of 2Fish on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble.

The Trip Tour continues this Friday, December 22, at The Novo Theater in Los Angeles, CA.


Written by Jai Sabree