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Strength Laid Bare.  A hardcover book of nude portraiture with art and typography by David Mack.  Cover model - Stoya
Strength Laid Bare.  A hardcover book of nude portraiture with art and typography by David Mack.  Cover model - Stoya
Strength Laid Bare. A hardcover book of nude portraiture with art and typography by David Mack. Cover model - Stoya
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Final J.A.W. Cooper Cover!

Cooper's thunderous artwork of Melanie Gaydos is also available as a single origin art reward!

J.A.W. Cooper and Melanie
J.A.W. Cooper and Melanie

One of the quickest pieces of original art to sell early on, Skin Diamond by David Mack of Kabuki is available again!

Skin Diamond by David Mack
Skin Diamond by David Mack

Final David Mack LTD edition Covers!

David's stellar artwork is also available as a single origin art reward!

David Mack and Jiz Lee
David Mack and Jiz Lee

 

 

SERAPH is an 8.5x11, 160 page hardcover photography book by Allan Amato, with art and type by the ineffably fecund David Mack.  Three LTD books feature art by J.A.W. Cooper, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack.

The pre-orders generated by this campaign go towards funding a small but healthy run of 1500 copies with legendary art publisher Baby Tattoo, in order to create a singularly stunning book at an ethereal price. We believe its crucial to make these ideas accessible, and as such have done everything in our power to keep the cost of SERAPH 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.

"You know how people talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing? What would a phoenix be if they were all wrapped up in some kind of mammal suit?"   - Stoya

SERAPH Ltd Edition - Melanie Gaydos/Aspen Rae and JAW Cooper

 This edition will feature a variant unabashedly nude cover of Melanie Gaydos with embossed title art, signed and numbered.  There will be an interior vellum insert of JAW's Heart Scarab, and a ltd print by JAW Cooper of Melanie.  And finally, an exclusive 8x10 metallic print of either Melanie or Aspen. Only 200 of these will be made.

SERAPH Ltd Edition - Amanda Palmer/Sash Suicide and Bill Sienkiewicz

Rockstar + mom Amanda Palmer, in collaboration with comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz. Bill is hand painting my portrait of Amanda, so the final cover with be an amalgam of all of us. Each of the 200 books will be signed and numbered, and will also include a separate hand embellished archival print! Bill will be doing the embellishing, so each print will be an utterly unique piece. The back cover will feature the thoroughly epic Sash. 

SERAPH Ltd Edition - Dominique/Jiz Lee and David Mack

Transgendered supermodel Dominique, together with the unassailable David Mack. David is bringing his own definitive style to my portrait of Dominique, so the final cover with be an amalgam of all of us. Each of the 200 books will be signed and numbered, and will also include an original sketch by David! The back cover will feature the incomparable Jiz Lee.

 ORIGINAL ART REWARDS

Original art by Bill Sienkiewicz: $900 Reward
Original art by Bill Sienkiewicz: $900 Reward

 

Original art by David Mack: $900 Reward
Original art by David Mack: $900 Reward

SERAPH 11X14 ARCHIVAL PRINTS

JAW COOPER ORIGINAL ART

Melanie Gaydos
Melanie Gaydos

DAVID MACK ORIGINAL ART

Raylin/Skin
Raylin/Skin

 

 

STRETCH GOALS

Every facet of the SERAPH stretch goals is designed with improvement in mind.  The evolution of the book itself, reflected in increased content, quality and scope.

SERAPH Documentary Short

This little film will be gifted for free to all tiers!  I've been conducting interviews along the lines of the Kickstarter video, which resulted in a molehill of untapped wisdom.  Building a 30 minute Kickstarter video erred on the silly side, so I've begun the process of editing everything into a new film piece.  I hope to include footage from the stretch goal trips and upcoming models as well.   

A huge thank you to Landon Donoho for DPing the Behind the Scenes footage in the video, Xine Trevino for assisting and being an all round epic sounding board, and Jason Seigler for the music.

“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

Original art by Bill Sienkiewicz: $900 Reward
Original art by Bill Sienkiewicz: $900 Reward

 

Risks and challenges

Much of SERAPH has already been photographed and rendered into the final layout. Thus the book will be off 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 building your own Wall Street ponzi scheme to buy it!

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    SERAPH DIGITAL BOOK

    The glorious HD digital edition of SERAPH, delivered via internet stork to your inbox, and a digital copy of the documentary short!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL TRADE HARDCOVER BOOK

    Receive a first edition copy of the SERAPH book. The book will be signed by Allan Amato and as many models as can be wrangled. And your name printed in the acknowledgements.

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    TRADE HARDCOVER BOOK

    Receive a first edition copy of the SERAPH book. The book will be signed by Allan Amato and as many models as can be wrangled. And your name printed in the acknowledgements.

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    SERAPH AND SLIP WITH SLIPCASE

    Receive a first edition copy of the SERAPH book, and the original SLIP book tucked together within a custom slipcase! This tier will also include an 8x10 metallic print of the uncropped Stoya cover image!
    Both books will be signed by Allan Amato and as many models as can be wrangled. And your name printed in the acknowledgements.

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    LIMITED EDITION BOOK-JAW Cooper

    A fully nude special edition embossed cover featuring Melanie Gaydos and the art of JAW Cooper!

    • Limited Edition run of only 200.
    • Archival signed JAW print of Melanie.
    • Vellum insert of JAW scarab art.
    • Book will be signed and numbered by Allan Amato and JAW Cooper
    • A signed Limited Edition 8x10 metallic print of Melanie Gaydos or Aspen Rae!
    • Your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page of all first edition and ltd edition books.

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    LIMITED EDITION BOOK-Bill SienKiewicz

    A fully nude special edition painted cover featuring Amanda Palmer, Sash and the art of Bill SienKiewicz!
    Each of the 200 books will also include a separate 8x10 hand embellished archival print of Amanda! Bill will be doing the embellishing, so each print will be an utterly unique original piece.

    • Limited Edition run of only 200.
    • Archival signed Bill print of Amanda.
    • Book will be signed and numbered by Allan Amato and Bill Sienkiewicz
    • Your name listed as a supporter in the acknowledgements page of all first edition and ltd edition books.

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    LIMITED EDITION BOOK-David Mack

    A fully nude special edition painted cover featuring Dominique, Jiz Lee and the art of David Mack!
    Each of the 200 books will also include an original sketch by David!

    • Limited Edition run of only 200.
    • Original art sketch by David Mack.
    • 8x10 metallic print of any of the eight ltd or trade edition cover models.
    • Book will be signed and numbered by Allan Amato and David Mack
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    SLIP LIMITED EDITION BOOK-David Mack

    A fully nude special edition of SLIP:Naked in your own Words, with a translucent jacket, embossed with David Mack's SLIP calligraphic title, complete with an interior sketch by David himself.

    • Only 12 copies of this edition remain!
    • Original David Mack sketch within.
    • Book will be signed and numbered by Allan Amato and David Mack

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    SLIP LIMITED EDITION Variant Cover

    A fully nude special edition cover of Dani Daniels, Skin Diamond, Shyla Jennings and Ana Foxxx.

    • Only 55 copies of this edition remain!
    • A signed Limited Edition 8.5x11 archival print of an unreleased image image from the cover shoot.

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    11x14 LTD signed + numbered Prints

    The SERAPH premium LTD edition Giclee print. Only 200 total of these will be produced.
    Select one of ten amazing models:
    • 01-STOYA
    • 02-AMANDA PALMER
    • 03-JANICE GRIFFITH
    • 04-SASH
    • 05-DANI DANIELS
    • 06-ASPEN RAE
    • 07-SKIN/RAYLIN
    • 08-RILEY REID
    • 09-BREE DANIELS
    • 10-SOPHIE DEE
    And the Trade Edition of SERAPH!

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    TRADE AND LIMITED EDITION COMBO PACK

    Receive a first edition copy of the trade edition of SERAPH, and the Limited Edition book of your choice! JAW Cooper/Melanie Gaydos, Bill Sienkiewicz/Amanda Palmer or the David Mack/Dominique Silver. (You can add your selection in the survey after the kickstarter)

    The books will be signed by Allan Amato and as many models as can be wrangled. And your name printed in the acknowledgements.

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    3 DAY ONLY COMPLETE SERAPH PACKAGE

    For the first three days only. This tier includes the trade and Ltd editions, the JAW Cooper archival print AND an ORIGINAL sketch by artist David Mack. Plus an 8x10 metallic print of both Stoya and Melanie and the trade edition of SLIP!

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    • JAW Cooper/Melanie Gaydos LTD Edition
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    • SLIP trade edition
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    Five 11x14 LTD Prints

    Choose any five of the SERAPH premium LTD edition Giclee prints!
    Select any five of ten amazing models:
    • 01-STOYA
    • 02-AMANDA PALMER
    • 03-JANICE GRIFFITH
    • 04-SASH
    • 05-DANI DANIELS
    • 06-ASPEN RAE
    • 07-SKIN/RAYLIN
    • 08-RILEY REID
    • 09-BREE DANIELS
    • 10-SOPHIE DEE
    And the LTD Edition of SERAPH!

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    LIMITED EDITION COMBO with CLAMSHELL

    Receive all three LTD editions of SERAPH in a custom, hand crafted clamshell, with six 8x10 archival prints of the cover and back cover art! JAW Cooper/Melanie Gaydos, Bill Sienkiewicz/Amanda Palmer or the David Mack/Dominique Silver.

    The books will be signed by Allan Amato and as many models as can be wrangled. And your name printed in the acknowledgements.

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    J.A.W. Cooper Original Art + Book

    The original artwork of Melanie Gaydos for the SERAPH LTD Edition, by the ephemeral J.A.W. Cooper.
    Plus the J.A.W. Cooper, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack Ltd books, and the $250 tier to keep it company!

    Includes:
    • SERAPH: The Documentary Short
    • JAW Cooper/Melanie Gaydos LTD Edition
    • Bill Sienkiewicz LTD Edition
    • David Mack Ltd Edition
    • 11x14 archival print
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    All Ten LTD Prints

    All ten 11x14 Signed LTD edition giclee prints. It's high time you opened your own gallery in SOHO!

    Plus the LTD edition book!

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    Allan Amato PHOTO SHOOT

    A portrait sitting of your very own! Get primadonna'ed by Allan Amato for an obscenely epic price and get a book as well! (Must be located in LA. Costs for accommodation and travel to LA are not included)

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    Allan Amato PHOTO SHOOT newlywed special

    A portrait sitting of your very own! Get primadonna'ed by Allan Amato only if you've been recently married, and Allan was present for your engagement. (Must be located in LA. Costs for accommodation and travel to LA are not included)

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    Bill Sienkiewicz Art III, Elisabeth

    Original artwork of Elisabeth by the epic Bill Sienkiewicz!
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    J.A.W. Cooper Original Art + Book

    The original artwork of Melanie Gaydos for the SERAPH LTD Edition Cover, by the exceptional J.A.W. Cooper.
    Plus the J.A.W. Cooper, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack Ltd books, and the $250 tier print reward to keep it company!

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    • JAW Cooper/Melanie Gaydos LTD Edition
    • Bill Sienkiewicz LTD Edition
    • David Mack Ltd Edition
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    David Mack Original Art + Book

    The original artwork of Dominique for the SERAPH LTD Edition Cover, by the singular David Mack!
    Plus the J.A.W. Cooper, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack Ltd books, and the $100 tier print reward to keep it company!

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    • Bill Sienkiewicz LTD Edition
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    Bill Sienkiewicz Original Art II + Book

    The original artwork of Sash for the SERAPH LTD Edition back Cover, by the epic Bill Sienkiewicz!
    Plus the J.A.W. Cooper, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack Ltd books, and the $100 tier print reward to keep it company!

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    • JAW Cooper/Melanie Gaydos LTD Edition
    • Bill Sienkiewicz LTD Edition
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    David Mack Original Art + Book

    The original artwork of Jiz Lee for the SERAPH LTD Edition back Cover, by the singular David Mack!
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    Bill Sienkiewicz Original Art + Book

    The original artwork of Amanda Palmer for the SERAPH LTD Edition Cover, by the epic Bill Sienkiewicz!
    Plus the J.A.W. Cooper, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack Ltd books, and the $100 tier print reward to keep it company!

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    • Bill Sienkiewicz LTD Edition
    • David Mack Ltd Edition
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    ORIGINAL DAVID MACK ART.

    A stunning ORIGINAL 12x16 sumi-e art piece by David Mack of Skin Diamond.
    Plus the LTD edition book, and your choice of five 11x14 archival prints.

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    ORIGINAL DAVID MACK ART.

    A stunning ORIGINAL 12x16 sumi-e art piece by David Mack of Nina Kate.
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    Allan Amato commercial PHOTO SHOOT

    A full day commercial shoot of your clothing line, look book, web series, pet bonobo monkey, whatever! This reward includes 8 fully finished images of your shoot, as well as full access and ownership of the media itself.
    And get the complete $400 tier as well! (Must be located in LA. Costs for accommodation and travel to LA are not included)

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    PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

    The singular photographic experience, a one on one workshop with Allan in his studio, featuring Bree Daniels as your model. Make up and epic wardrobe will be provided, along with lunch and a vast hidden trove of photographic acumen! (LA travel and accommodation not included )
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