Your mailbox isn’t dead – it’s more alive than ever!
Alex Kurkowski is a young, driven visionary. In an overwhelmingly digital world, he has recognized how traditional mail has somewhat become forgotten. As the founder of Tellinga, Alex is revolutionizing the forgotten and impacting our Houston community in an extraordinary and artistic way.
Tellinga, a Houston-based startup, illustrates personalized stories and sends them to your loved ones through traditional mail. In other words, Tellinga offers a way to tap back into the tangible by providing a one-of-a-kind gift that you can touch and feel. Simply visit Tellinga.com, select your story length (One day, One Week, Two Weeks, One Month), provide your desired story description, upload a photo(s) and then submit! After receiving the request, a team of professional artists will start working on the story. A few days later, the designated recipient of the story will start receiving unique hand-drawn images every other day in their mailbox until the story length package ends. With endless story possibilities, it gives people a chance to be the character of their own mailbox story and to experience a level of eagerness and anticipation as they receive their story piece by piece.
In the journey of becoming an inspiring start-up, the original concept can be directly attributed to Alex’s genuine passion for creativity. Alex explains, “Approximately one year ago, I had mailed epistolary hand-drawn images to friends and family as a joke. I would draw pictures in story form and mail them out to them piece by piece over a period of time. For my family and friends, it was always a way to stay connected as they looked forward to check their mailbox everyday. I had so much fun doing this as it has developed into a passion of mine.” Today, Tellinga is not only a flourishing start-up but it also bolsters a community of adept, motivated artists. With 16 collegiate artists employed, Tellinga gives collegiate Houston artists a way to express themselves and demonstrate their hard-earned art degrees while putting smiles on the faces of the Houston community.
Although there are innumerable amount of examples, one particular story features a girl named Jessica who discovers on her birthday that her new car is a time machine. Throughout a two week series, Jessica adventures to the past and future riding dinosaurs, saving Abraham Lincoln, rescuing Titanic passengers, and witnessing the future. (Example photos down below)