About this project
New SLIP art salon Rewards!
Original 12x18 piece by of Casey Calvert, with an exclusive 11x14 giclee print, and an issue 01 of Elektra Assassin signed and sketched on by Bill Sienkiewicz!
JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER
Two 10x12 original art pieces from our live SLIP art event, plus any 5 Limited edition prints and a standard edition book!
Three 12x16 original art pieces from our live SLIP art event, of Xine, Lauryn and Dani/Margaret, plus any 5 Limited edition prints and a standard edition book!
12x16 original art piece from our live SLIP art event, of Christine, plus any 5 Limited edition prints and a standard edition book!
Slipping past the inflammatory nature of the naked form, we celebrate with words and images, the courage of those who reveal the most.
Three years ago, I began an informal nude series, featuring models, artists and performers I'd worked with and befriended in LA. My goal was to create a non-presentational kind of image that can't simply be objectified and dismissed. I wanted to explore something slippery, feral, harder to define. And as a person wholly committed to cowering behind the camera, I desperately wanted to know more about their motivation, their story.
For those who brave the risk of being vulnerable on camera, the negative aspect of this experience is omnipresent: the shaming, judgement, stigma that is all too often deemed acceptable to level at those who express themselves via the medium of their bodies.
But there must be a positive element as well; otherwise why do it at all? And while confronting the darker side is necessary and important, I'd rather the beauty not get wholly overshadowed. The result is a book dedicated to unravelling the complicated relationship we have to nudity, self-expression and commerce.
"Being on camera brings out a view of myself I don't see when I look in the mirror." - Sash
"Your flesh is the canvas within the canvas, and without the armor of clothing, your very skin can speak volumes. And on a lucky day, you can inspire and empower another." - Vivid Vivka
SLIP is an 8.5x11 photography book by Allan Amato, designed by Lauryn Ipsum, with art and typography by creative raconteur David Mack, the fertile genius behind Kabuki. It features a wide array of performers, models, actors, artists, designers, doms and dancers.
The pre-orders generated by this campaign go towards funding a small but healthy run of 2000 copies with legendary art publisher Baby Tattoo, in order to create a singularly luxurious book at a diabolical price. We believe its crucial to make these ideas accessible, and as such have done everything in our power to keep the cost of SLIP as low as possible. These first edition copies will be signed by Allan and as many wily subjects as he can lasso, with your name listed as a supporter in the book's acknowledgements.
"I like to think that the more difficult something is, the better it will turn out in the long run! But don't ever, without a shadow of a doubt think that this proclamation means that I'll be putting my clothes on any time soon." - Skin
It is impossible not to react to the naked human body.
These reactions are as diverse, shifting and impermanent as the bodies themselves. The nude form inspires awe — lust — empathy — envy — anger — or all of these things simultaneously, and does so with a singular intensity. Is there anything more celebrated, or more reviled, than the naked human form? Is there anything as timeless or as ubiquitous? From high art to commercial advertisement to pornography, the world around us is saturated with the evidence that the human mind is obsessed with the human body.
A naked body can ignite both our basest instincts and our most creative, reverent urges. Sometimes it seems like these things cannot coexist peacefully: that if we feel desire it negates our sense of awe or our appreciation of aesthetics. Or that if a body inspires us to paint or sculpt, the act is chaste and noble. But these reactions are as intertwined as the relationship between the psyche and the flesh, and as amorphous.
When we put effort towards furtively peeling these feelings apart, or when we consume without examining exactly what it is we’re hungry for: that’s when the truly ineffable moments slip through the cracks. The interplay between the fleeting corporeal form and the infinite consciousness; the raw beauty of vulnerability; the emotional, physical, helplessly visceral reactions we elicit in each other — in whatever form they take.
We human beings are paradoxes of lust and awe, blood and psychology. We crash into each other, we slip against each other. It is impossible not to react.
"I've been modeling since I was a baby and always had the luxury of knowing what I wanted to do and choosing the way in which I did it." - Kate
S L I P Limited Edition
This edition will feature a variant unabashedly nude cover with a semi opaque dust jacket, signed and numbered, with a sketch by Mr Mack and an exclusive metallic print inside. Only 200 of these will be made.
SLIP Limited Edition variant cover
A fully nude special edition cover of Dani, Shyla, Skin and Ana. Limited run of only 200 with a signed Limited Edition 8.5x11 metallic print of an unreleased image image from the cover shoot.
The Vivid Trade Edition Bundle
Receive a first edition copy of the SLIP book. The book will be signed by Allan Amato and Vivid Vivka. And an 8.5x11 metallic print of Vivid, your choice between five singular options. Finally, two Vivid min-prints, one from each photoshoot! Your choices will include options from several unreleased images. A hires digipak of Vivid images will be emailed to backers of this tier, as both as standalone set and selection tool.
The SLIP and Temple of Art book bundle
We have a new reward, thanks to Baby Tattoo, who agreed to release their last few TOA books to us, after I threatened them with my Dim Mak death palm. We shaved what we could off the prices of both books, to reduce the $90 sticker price, to a fond $69. All of the TOA books are signed by myself and at least 5 other artists within, and some have sketches inside!! Go to templeofArt.net if you'd like to see more.
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
We are printing a very limited run of large, museum quality 11x14 archival prints. (so there's no need to cut pages out of the book and frame them)
The $100 reward tier can select from any of the 10 Limited prints now available.
David Mack Original Art
Lauryn Ipsum Original Art
Baby Tattoo and Allan Amato
Since its inception in 2003, Baby Tattoo Books has established its own unique universe: fine art and gleeful irreverence, the fantastic and the frightful, spectacle and secrets. Alongside their trove of strange, highly-acclaimed art books, Baby Tattoo has created a wonderland of phantasmal events, from circus-flavored gallery shows to sleepless weekend getaways to live stage shows, fusing the old-world grandeur of vaudeville and theatre with pure rock-and-roll audacity. It is a world into which Allan Amato fits nicely; with a shared flair for the unorthodox, both Allan and Baby Tattoo thrive in the unsettling land between the beautiful and the bizarre. Their last collaboration, the Temple of Art book, explored the fount of creativity at the crossroads of self-examination and self-expression. Now, in Slip, Baby Tattoo and Allan Amato team up once again to follow this exploration of self-expression down a darker path, blurring the line between the sinister and the sumptuous. The wraiths of Slip will find a welcome home amongst the demons, dolls, monsters, pin-up queens, sorcerers, aliens, and all the rest of the lovable misfits of Baby Tattoo wonderland.
“Allan Amato’s cosmic camera sees through mortal skin to reveal the lambent ideal self beneath. Where Amato aims his lens, gods and superheroes, angels and demons are conjured; vinyl mythologies are summoned; mere flesh becomes dreamscape and deluxe collage where everything, especially the grotesque, is beautiful. Alchemist of light and composition, distiller of Platonic gold from leaden flesh, Renaissance futurist and musclebound death machine to boot; Allan Amato is easily my favorite photographer.” — Grant Morrison
“Amato creates faces like Donald Westlake creates prose: raw, biting and stark, with a sheen of cool.” — Thomas Jane
“Allan Amato is a lot like a wizard: his photos take us places we’ve never been. This is particularly unsettling when you were the one in the photograph.” — Neil Gaiman
“I can’t stand to look at myself unless I’ve been photographed by Allan Amato. His dazzling compositions and naked artistry are breathtaking. Plus, he makes me look thin. All right: thinner.” — Kevin Smith
Risks and challenges
Everyone other than a few special guests have been shot and rendered into the final layout, done in advance of the Kickstarter launch. So its getting sent to the printer for proofing the moment we get funded, and will be in your hands soon after. No lengthy pre-production, no delays. And far cheaper than self-published works, thanks to Baby Tattoo's involvement. We are committed to creating something visually timeless, but that doesn't mean you'll be waiting forever to hold it, or holding up liquor stores to buy it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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