Ookieookie was started by Ryan Schmidt a Saskatoon based artist and designer. Ryan started by borrowing his friend's button maker and making buttons for his children Milo and Aidan to wear. People liked them and so he decided to start up Ookieookie as a place for everyone young and old to get enjoyable and simply designed products.

Ryan has been painting since high school and drawing all his life and thought that his portraits would make a great addition to the Ookieookie line-up. You may recognize Ryan's work from the Saskatoon Fringe Festival where he has set up a portrait booth for the past nine years with the exception of 2004 as his son Milo was born at the same time as the festival. You may have also seen Ryan at various dog shows, agility or flyball tournaments around western Canada.