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Damien photographs NYC as a component of ceremonial magick to help heal himself after living 18 years as an innocent man on death row.
Damien photographs NYC as a component of ceremonial magick to help heal himself after living 18 years as an innocent man on death row.
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The Project

In the Spring of 2017, in an effort to heal himself from extreme PTSD, Damien Echols bought a bike and began riding the streets of New York City. Navigating the avenues with cars and pedestrians coming at him from all angles, he had no choice than to be in the moment, the memories of death row pushed out of his mind and body. Before long he started photographing the places and moments that inspired him, that fascinated him and soon he realized the City was healing him.

Damien and his bike, March 2017
Damien and his bike, March 2017

After posting some of his photos to his Instagram, people began asking for a photobook. The dream for LIVING FEROCIOUSLY was born. Wanting to cover every inch of Manhattan, Damien found the more he rode and documented his travels, the more he overcame trauma.

The Beresford, 2017
The Beresford, 2017

Damien Echols - LIVING FEROCIOUSLY magick, healing and urban shamanism PHOTOBOOK

In Autumn, 2018, subject to the success of this Kickstarter campaign, Damien Echols will publish LIVING FEROCIOUSLY as a photobook, including never seen before photos of his bicycle journeys through New York City.

We hope this project touches you, as everyone is afraid at one time or another in their lives. To publish a book filled with photos that were taken during a time of healing and great magick is a priviledge and we hope to inspire those who are or want to be ferocious in their own lives.

Thank you for your help making this book possible.   

Book Details

Essays and captions by Damien Echols. Design and layout by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis.

Photographs: approx. 70 Black and white

Size: approx. 10"x10"

Retail price: $50

Publication date: October 2018

The book will feature the names of all the supporters who help make the book possible by supporting this Kickstarter Campaign.

REWARDS

Available to people who support this project through kickstarter, plus every supporter's name will appear in the acknowledgement section of book. 

Original Art for Magick Revolution Talisman
Original Art for Magick Revolution Talisman

$20 Level - Signed 11 x 17" black and white poster of the book cover signed by Damien.

Available only to people who support this kickstarter project, along with talisman sticker and name in acknowledgements.

$80 Level - Standard edition book signed by Damien. 

Along with other benefits above, this book will be printed in an edition equal to the number of contributions received at the $80 level and higher.

$200 Level - 11 x 14" Signed limited edition print:

100 supporters at the $200 level will receive this limited edition (100 signed and numbered) of THE MAGICIAN. This photograph is from the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY photo series, and was taken in Harlem, Damien's home. This level also includes all benefits listed above.

The Magician, 2017
The Magician, 2017

$300 Level - Limited edition large (16 x 20") print:

Manhattan Street Light
Manhattan Street Light

$500 Level - Original art edition of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY:

50 supporters at the $500 level will receive this limited edition of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY; each book will contain a piece of original art done by Damien and a personalized signing and numbering. The pledge also includes a signed poster and talisman sticker, plus the supporter's name in the acknowledgements section of the book.

$5000 Level - Damien Echols talk:

Supporters at this level can bring Damien to their town for a talk at their event. Damien has been speaking at schools and for various organizations for the last six years. Topics include his experience with the legal system, his practice of ceremonial magick, and the healing path which has been documented in LIVING DEROCIOUSLY*.

Pledge includes Standard edition book signed by Damien, poster of book cover, talisman sticker and supporter's name in the acknowledgment section.

*Pledge does not cover travel and lodging, to be covered by backer.

$8,000 Level - Day of Photographing NYC with Damien Echols: 

Backer invited to come to New York to spend a day riding bikes or taking a walking touring around New York with Damien. It will no doubt be a day of great picture taking!*

Pledge also includes a signed, standard edition of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY, signed poster of book cover and talisman sticker.

*Reward limited to 2. Maximum length of visit is 6 hours.

DAMIEN ECHOLS

Damien Echols is an artist and New York Times bestselling author. He has been a practitioner of ceremonial Magick for over 20 years and leads classes on Magick and tarot readings. He spent over 18 years on death row in Arkansas for a crime he didn't commit before gaining his freedom in 2011. During his time in prison he was ordained into the Rinzai Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism. His art work consists of glyphs, sigils, and symbols designed to bypass the conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious. He uses a combination of traditional ceremonial Magick techniques combined with his own alphabet/code to break down concepts and scenarios into abstract designs. Photography is his new Love! He lives in New York with his wife and three cats.

Special thanks to David Stoupakis for his brilliant video and score; and his everlasting support.

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THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of publishing a photobook include the possibility of delay, but if this campaign is successful, we're confident we can publish this book in October 2018.

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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT IN BOOK + STICKER

    - Your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY

    - Talisman sticker MAGICK REVOLUTION designed by Damien Echols

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    POSTER + ACKNOWLEDGEMENT + STICKER

    - Signed poster of book cover

    - Your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY

    - Talisman sticker designed by Damien Echols.

    You'll receive a bold black and white 11 x 17" poster of the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book cover, signed in silver by Damien, your name printed in the acknowledgement page of the book and the 4" diameter MAGICK REVOLUTION Talisman sticker designed by Damien.

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    STANDARD BOOK, SIGNED BY DAMIEN + ABOVE

    - Standard edition hard back LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book signed by Damien Echols

    - Signed poster of book cover

    - Your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY

    - Talisman sticker designed by Damien Echols.

    You'll receive a standard edition copy of the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book. The book will be personally signed by Damien Echols. Your name will be added to a list of supporters printed in the acknowledgements of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY

    You'll also receive a bold black and white 11 x 17" poster of the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book cover, signed in silver by Damien, and the 4" diameter MAGICK REVOLUTION Talisman sticker designed by Damien.

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    PRINT + STANDARD BOOK + ALL ABOVE

    - Signed limited edition 11 x 14" print of THE MAGICIAN

    - Standard edition hard back LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book signed by Damien Echols

    - Signed poster of book cover

    - Your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page LIVING FEROCIOUSLY

    - Talisman sticker designed by Damien Echols.

    You'll receive a limited edition (run of 100) print of THE MAGICIAN signed and numbered by Damien Echols, a standard edition copy of the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book. The book will be signed by Damien and your name will be added to a list of supporters printed in the acknowledgements pages.

    You'll also receive a bold black and white 11 x 17" poster of the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book cover, signed in silver by Damien, and the 4" diameter MAGICK REVOLUTION Talisman sticker designed by Damien.

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    LARGE PRINT + STANDARD BOOK + MORE

    - Signed limited edition 16 x 20" print of MANHATTAN STREET LAMP

    - Standard edition hard back LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book signed by Damien Echols

    - Signed poster of book cover

    - Your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY

    - Talisman sticker designed by Damien Echols.

    You'll receive a limited edition (run of 50) 16 x 20" print of MANHATTAN STREET LAMP signed and numbered by Damien Echols, a standard edition copy of the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book. The book will be signed by Damien and your name will be added to a list of supporters printed in the acknowledgements page.

    You'll also receive a bold black and white 11 x 17" poster of the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book cover, signed in silver by Damien, and the 4" diameter MAGICK REVOLUTION Talisman sticker designed by Damien.

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    ORIGINAL ART BOOK + MORE

    - Special edition book with original art and personalized signing and numbered by Damien

    - Signed poster of book cover

    - Your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page.

    - Talisman sticker designed by Damien Echols.

    You'll receive a limited edition copy (50) of a special edition of LIVING FEROCIOUSLY. Each book will have a piece of original art inside the front cover, and a personalized signing (and numbered) by Damien.

    Your name will be added to a list of supporters printed in the acknowledgements pages.

    You'll also receive a bold black and white 11 x 17" poster of the LIVING FEROCIOUSLY book cover, signed in silver by Damien, and the 4" diameter MAGICK REVOLUTION Talisman sticker designed by Damien.

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    DAMIEN ECHOLS TALK

    Damien will come speak at your event. He has spoken at dozens of colleges, high schools, and various organizations over the past six years since his release from death row. Topics range from his experience being an innocent man imprisoned at 18 and his release; his practice of ceremonial magick, and his healing path which has been documented in LIVING FEROCIOUSLY.

    Pledge does not include travel and hotel, to be covered by backer. Engagement may be scheduled from January 2018 - December 2018

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    DAMIEN ECHOLS DAY OF PHOTOGRAPHING NYC

    Backer is invited to come to New York City to join Damien and spend a day (6 hours max) eating, riding bikes, and best of all worlds, taking some great photos!

    Pledge does not include travel and hotel, to be covered by backer.

    Engagement available from January 2018 - December 2018.

    Plus, of course, the book, poster and sticker.

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