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Obscure Ink Magazine Overview
Obscure Ink Magazines looks to bring the culture, lifestyle, and stories of tattoo artists and their customers to the forefront of the industry. There are thousands of tattoo shops around the world, all with artists who have unique stories to share with the tattooed community and beyond.
Obscure Ink Magazine stands out by offering more than just the typical tattoo magazine.
The writers and guest artists featured within the magazine write and speak with pure passion and true motivation to succeed. Founded by Sean Hughes, readers can expect a team of staff members with professional backgrounds filled with years of experience in the industry. The need for a magazine written by professionals in the field is stronger than ever.
Be Part of a Community
We know that everyone involved in Obscure Ink Magazine, our current supporters and future readers are down to earth and interested in a great reading experience. Obscure Ink Magazine will be distributed to shops across the United States and available for home subscription. Get your daily dose of ink in between your scheduled tattoo sessions, hear industry news first and discover up and coming artists before the crowd.
Where Your Money Goes
Every cent we receive through our Kickstarter campaign will benefit the magazine. Obscure Ink already has an office up and running along with staff. Funds will be used for the first few months for high printing costs and layout needs. Establishing a high quality publication from the start will allow us to enter on a leveled playing field against bigger publications.
In addition to printing and publication costs, there are additional onetime and continuing expenses needed in order to run a high quality magazine. We’d like to purchase high quality cameras to display artists and their work in the best light possible with crystal clear images. Funds are also needed to support the startup costs of printing materials and publication.
Printing & Availability
Our current goal will allow us to print and distribute roughly 2,000 copies of the magazine every other month with the first release in July 2014. We'd like this to eventually grow into a monthly magazine in which we're able to print at the same rate or better each month. If we're able to exceed our initial goal and reach our stretch goals or beyond, we will print more copies and the reach of our distribution will expand across the U.S. and hopefully overseas as well. We will offer single and bulk ordering of each edition of the magazine on our website as well.
Closing Statement from Sean Hughes
I’d like to personally thank everyone who has come to our Kickstarter campaign and read about our initiative. Further thanks go to those who have donated towards our cause. I appreciate donations of all sizes and know that every little bit counts. I look forward to your support and persuing a longtime dream to do more for the tattooed community and spread the word.
Risks and challenges
Nothing comes without risk and the Obscure Ink Magazine team is ready to face the facts and challenge the rules. There are other tattoo and piercing related publications in the market, but none that feature artists in the spotlight the way we plan to.
Due to the overwhelming response we've received from members of the tattoo community all over the world, we're confident that there is a space for our magazine. However, we know that the challenge of establishing ourselves as a reputable publication in the industry takes time. The Obscure Ink team believes firmly in safe tattooing practices and only works with qualified individuals. There’s a need to prove our value to the tattoo community.
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