Today we’d like to introduce you to Annalise Oberts.
Hi Annalise, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Our story starts in a snowy mountain town — four friends completing a 1,000 piece puzzle over a weekend getaway. The feeling of finishing was oh-so-satisfying, but we all agreed the image was uninspiring for our playful and open minds. With our newly discovered addiction to puzzles, we returned to Los Angeles and searched for a puzzle that was more exciting and fitting of our lifestyle. Our search came up empty and, soon after, Puzzlegasm™ was born out of a desire to provide the world with playful puzzles that tantalize the senses.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
To be honest, starting a new business in the midst of a pandemic has been relatively smooth given the circumstances we’ve been dealt with. I’d say our biggest challenge was finding a manufacturer who was willing to print erotic art onto puzzles. We pretty much exhausted our options but finally found a wonderful offshore manufacturer who was willing to print most of our designs for us. Unfortunately, a few of our designs got axed on final approval, which was frustrating, but it also served as a good reminder to stay flexible. Finding artists who believed in our vision also proved to be challenging, especially since we were blindly reaching out to them via email and had nothing to show for at the time. The universe had our back though, and we ended up collaborating with three different artists for our launch who are all incredible humans, visionaries and creatives.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Puzzlegasm?
Puzzlegasm™ showcases the beauty of erotic art and human connection through a curated collection of premium jigsaw puzzles that celebrate sex-positivity in a pleasurable and playful way. We encourage you to lose yourself in lighthearted and tantalizing moments that will expand your mind and leave you feeling profoundly satisfied whenever you finish… no matter how long it takes. We are proud to collaborate with a small team of independent artists from across the globe whose unique and alluring art elevates the jigsaw experience to a whole new level of fun. A small amount from every puzzle sale goes back to each artist to help support their creative visions. We currently offer a selection of five puzzles with more designs in the works. Our 500 piece puzzles are FSC certified and made out of high-quality blackboard with a luxe linen, matte finish.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
We are not sure where the jigsaw puzzle industry will be in 5-10 years, but we definitely don’t see it disappearing anytime soon. Hopefully, Puzzlegasm™ will be a household name known for pushing the boundaries of what we are all familiar with when it comes to “standard” jigsaw puzzle art.