A multimedia project showcasing 54 famous actors, musicians and TV personalities from my home state of New Jersey, yo.
I know, I know. You had no idea all these people were from Jersey, I was surprised by some of them too.
New Jersey tends to get a bad rap from people outside the state. You hear about Dirty Jerz, and the "armpit of the country" and every now and then I get asked if I fist-pump (I don't, but if Pauly D asked me to I would). As someone born and raised in New Jersey (born: Morristown, raised: Long Valley), I feel the need to defend it.
This project serves as a spotlight for the actors, musicians and television personalities Grown in the Garden.
The one rule I have governing who I chose to include in this project is each person has to have been raised in New Jersey (hence the 'grown' piece). Being born in New Jersey is optional (of course having both under your belt kicks more ass). Where you were raised (as well as who raised you) defines you as a person, not where your mother gave birth to you. Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs was born in South Korea, but when I see her and listen to her punk rock screeches, I'm hearing more east coast grit than Korean Peninsula. The same goes for for Idar-Oberstein-born Bruce Willis. There's no way that attitude and swagger came from West Germany.
This project has three parts - the poster, the cards and the t-shirts.
This whole thing started with the idea to make a poster featuring entertainers from Jersey. I soon realized there were more than I could fit, so I had to narrow down the list. It's far from definitive, but it's a solid group.
As I complete illustrations I will be updating the poster image below.
Finally I landed on 9 rows with 6 people per row for the poster and that's when it dawned on me. I had the perfect amount of people for a deck of cards.
As for the jokers? It was a toss up between Abbott & Costello and Jay & Silent Bob (Jason Mewes & Kevin Smith) but Jay & Silent Bob won.
In life you have to make tough decisions like these.
If the project gets funded I'm having them make by the US Playing Card Company. This is the company that makes pretty much every card deck you've every played on.
What person gets on what card is subject to change.
Enough with the famous people. What about all the regular people from the Garden State? People like you and me deserve some recognition too so I decided to design some nice, simple t-shirts. Who doesn't love a t-shirt?
Below is the full list of people included in the poster and cards.
Note: This list can change as I continue to research and validate peoples' backgrounds.
B = Born
R = Raised
Jack Nicholson, B,R: Neptune
Whitney Houston, B,R: Newark
John Stewart, B: New York, R: Lawrenceville
Glenn Danzig, B,R: Lodi
Biz Markie, B,R: Egg Harbor Township
Ice-T, B,R: Newark (moved to Crenshaw, LA in the 7th grade)
Karen O, B: South Korea, R: Englewood
Bruce Springsteen, B: Long Branch, R: Freehold
Ray Liotta, B: Newark, R: Union
Meryl Streep, B: Summit R: Bernardsville
Lauryn Hill, B: South Orange, R: Maplewood
Bruce Willis, B: Germany, R: Carneys Point
Bill Evans, B,R: Plainfield
Whitney Houston, B: Newark, R: East Orange
Redman, B,R: Newark
Jerry Lewis, B: Newark, R: Irvington
John Travolta, B,R: Englewood
Jon Bon Jovi, B: Perth Amboy, R: Metuchen, Sayreville
Paul Robeson, B: Princeton, R: Somerville
Budd Abbott, B: Asbury Park
Lou Costello, B,R: Paterson
James Gandolfini, B: Westwood, R: Park Ridge
Peter Dinklage, B: Morristown, R: Mendham
Frank Sinatra, B,R: Hoboken
Kevin Spacey, B,R: South Orange
Roy Scheider, B: Orange, R: Maplewood
Joe Pesci, B: Newark, R: Belleville
Martha Stewart, B: Jersey City, R: Nutley
Zach Braff, B,R: South Orange
George Clinton, B: Kannapolis, NC, R: Plainfield
Anne Hathaway, B: Brooklyn, R: Milburn
Jason Alexander, B: Newark, R: Livingston
Mira Sorvino, B,R: Tenafly
Patti Smith, B: Chicago, R: Woodbury
Danny Devito, B: Neptune, R: Asbury Park
Artie Lange, B: Livingston, R: Union
Debbie Harry, B: Miami, R: Hawthorne
Nathan Lane, B,R: Jersey City
Bill Maher, B: New York City, R: River Vale
Richard Lewis, B: Brooklyn, R: Englewood
Count Basie, B,R: Red Bank
Ed Harris, B: Englewood, R: Tenafly
John C. McGinley, B: New York City, R: Milburn
Bebe Neuwirth, B: Princeton
Sarah Vaughn, B,R: Newark
Jay Mohr, B.R: Verona
Joe Pantoliano, B,R: Hoboken
Joe Piscopo, B,R: Passaic
Susan Sarandon, B: Jackson Heights, R: Edison
John Amos, B: Newark, R: East Orange
Treach, B,R: East Orange
Brooke Shields, B: NYC, R: Haworth
Jason Mewes, B,R: Highlands
Kevin Smith, B: Red Bank, R:Highlands
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The only major obstacle for this project is reaching the funding goal. I'm getting the playing cards printed professionally by the US Playing Card company and their minimum order amount is over $6,000.
As far as the shirts of the posters, I have my screens professionally made by a company here in downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, I have a lot of experience screen-printing posters and shirts for my Etsy shop.
I've set the expected delivery date to September 2013, but rewards could ship sooner or later than this depending on how many backers I get. There's also a 14-day fund transfer window I have to account for with Amazon Payments. Funds are *not* immediately available to me when the project ends.
I was born in Morristown, NJ and I grew up in Long Valley, NJ.
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THANKS gets your name on the project website. Seriously, thanks for the support, it means a lot.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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THE DECK is full deck of cards, printed by the United States Playing Card Company, featuring all 54 people listed in the project description. A deck of cards with people from friggin' Jersey on them. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are the Jokers. This is insane.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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THE SHIRT (Version A) reads, "GROWN IN THE GARDEN" If you say anything about that 'D' looking messed up, I'm gonna mess you up. The design is screen-printed by hand on Alternative Apparel shirts. Please specify black or cream color.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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THE SHIRT (Version B) reads, "GROWN IN THE GARDEN (STATE)" That's funny? Funny, how? No, I don't know, you said it! The design is screen-printed by hand on Alternative Apparel shirts. Please specify black or cream color.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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THE POSTER is an 18" x 24" poster featuring all 54 people listed in the description. A reminder every time you walk into the room just how awesome New Jersey is. Screen-printed by hand and signed.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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DECK + SHIRT include the deck of cards and one t-shirt. For the shirt pease specifiy which version (A or B) and what color.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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JERSEY OVERLOAD includes the deck of cards, the poster and both t-shirt versions. Your life is now complete.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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