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A tattoo culture and lifestyle magazine focusing on the amazing works and stories behind undiscovered tattoo artists across the world. Read more

Indiana, PA Periodicals
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A tattoo culture and lifestyle magazine focusing on the amazing works and stories behind undiscovered tattoo artists across the world.

Indiana, PA Periodicals
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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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    Digital Love - You will receive a Digital Copy of the first issue of Obscure Ink Magazine & a personal thank you on our Facebook Page

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    Calligraphy Tattoo - Your name mentioned in the first issue of Obscure Ink Magazine, a video thank you on our Facebook Page from our Founder & both a print and digital copy of the first issue.

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    Flash Tattoo - Your shop mentioned in the first issue of Obscure Ink Magazine with address included, a video thank you on our Facebook Page from our Founder, an invite to our Launch Party & 2 print and digital copies of the first issue.

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    Black & Grey Tattoo - Everything included in the Flash Tattoo package as well a 1 year subscription to Obscure Ink Magazine & upgrade your mention to 1/4 page placement in first issue

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    Traditional American Tattoo - Everything included in the Black & Grey Tattoo package as well as our marketing package & our Founder will do a crazy dare (Please keep these safe and legal).

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    Tribal Tattoo - You will receive a 1 year subscription, 1 Full page placement for first 2 issues of Obscure Ink Magazine, and our marketing package with a bonus fitted hat OR tote bag.

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    Asian Tattoo - You will receive a 1 year subscription, 1 Full page placement for first 5 issues, a framed first issue with your photo to display in shop, and your logo advertised on our website for 1 month.

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    Photorealistic Tattoo - Everything included in the Asian Tattoo package but upgrade placement to a 3 issue guest writer position with name and title in Masthead.

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    3-D Tattoo - Permanent sponsorship of one featured section for Shop or Artist in magazine, awesome Obscure Ink Magazine gift box made up of merchandise and rewards, listed as sponsor on website & 5-year subscription of magazine.

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