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Guy Aitchison's Biomech Encyclopedia is a community art project which aims to explore biomechanical art in a large format art book.
410 backers pledged $82,590 to help bring this project to life.

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Biomechanical art is a distinctive part of our culture. Inspired partly by Nature and partly by industrial design, this genre of art was first popularized by the great Swiss artist H.R. Giger who designed the creature and sets in the original Ridley Scott movie Alien. 

Not long after, as the tattoo art form was gaining artistic momentum, a number of tattooists such as Aaron Cain and Guy Aitchison began translating these biomechanical visions onto skin, seeking novel ways to fuse the functional organic nature of the designs with the form and flow of the human body.

In the past few years, biomech tattooing has begun to explode, with artists from all over the world creating their own unique abstract styles in many bandwidths, some more robotic and technological, others more organic and natural, with countless variations in between. As these artists have inspired one another and collaborated on projects together, it has become clear that the range of visual potential of biomechanical art is absolutely limitless, and will never stop surprising us.

The Biomech Encyclopedia is a result of this great and growing community. Produced and curated by 29 year veteran tattooist Guy Aitchison, this book project is a community effort unlike anything ever published before. 

Actual cover art may vary
Actual cover art may vary

A large part of its content consists of fully realized biomechanical art made in collaboration by dozens of artists, working through a private online gallery where high resolution images could be posted and updated. There have been two major rounds of collaborative design work already, and a third round is happening during this Kickstarter campaign.

The completed art is featured in the Encyclopedia in a way that showcases the versatility and range of the biomechanical style. Alongside dozens or articles and features by a variety of artists, this design work is intended as a source of inspiration for tattoo artists, filmmakers & special effects people, game designers, and any art fans who want to dive deep into this abstract alien realm. The book will be hardcover, large format (10x13"), and approximately 500 pages.

We are offering a lot of great rewards for supporters, everything from a cool sticker pack to original drawings and paintings, limited reproductions, T-shirts, and of course, advance orders for the book itself. 

Available in mens and women sizes. We will contact all supporters at the end of the campaign to get their shirt info.
Available in mens and women sizes. We will contact all supporters at the end of the campaign to get their shirt info.

 

 

Actual cover art may vary
Actual cover art may vary

 

Actual cover art may vary
Actual cover art may vary

 

 

Funds will be used for printing, shipping, file preparation and other book production costs; the more we raise, the more energy we'll be able to give the project. We've exceeded $70K and are pushing for $80K before the campaign closes tomorrow. In this final few hours, if we can reach 200% funding- $80k- then I'll be giving one of these 4x4.5" oil sketches to each supporter who has pledged $350 and up, in addition to all the other stuff you get with your pledge. You can choose any combination of items from our list of rewards in order to total $350. For example, two copies of the book, 3 T-shirts and a poster would work. We will be contacting all our supporters before we ship out our rewards to make sure we have it all straight. You can upgrade your existing pledge if you've already made a pledge but want one of these fun collectible paintings. Thanks for all your support, this book is gonna rock!

All oil sketches will be signed
All oil sketches will be signed

 

Risks and challenges

The layout and production work on the project is well underway, and should be close to completion near the closing of this Kickstarter campaign. However, some of the final details will be decided by the amount of money raised; Some of the more deluxe editions will require additional design work. With all these factors considered, we hope to be sending the finished book files to the printer by the end of February, with a 4 month printing turnover being normal.

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    Biomech Sticker Pack

    Features several die-cut biomech sticker designs by various artists. Perfect for your power unit or equipment case

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    • A thank you email from Guy and Kurt
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    Biomech T-Shirt

    Printed on high quality cotton fitted tees, full side panel with small emblem on back of neck. Available in both women's and men's sizes.

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    The Biomech Encyclopedia Limited Poster

    Printed on heavy gloss paper and limited to 200 total, this oversized eye-popping poster is suitable for framing. Signed by Guy Aitchison.

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    The Biomech Encyclopedia

    A copy of The Biomech Encyclopedia, made possible by your pledge! This massive volume is an asset to artists and designers as well as a visual feast for art fans. Signed by Guy Aitchison. Books will be ready to ship in early summer 2018.

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    Biomech Encyclopedia Book & T-Shirt

    For those wanting both of these items, we've put them together into their own reward category. Shirts will ship out in February of 2018, and books will ship in early summer of 2018.

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    Biomech Encyclopedia Plus Limited Poster

    Get the book along with the signed limited poster! The Biomech Encyclopedia will ship in early summer 2018, and the poster should ship at the end of February. Poster is printed on heavy gloss archival paper.

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    • The Biomech Encyclopedia Limited Poster
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    Encyclopedia, Shirt and Poster

    Pick up the whole spread! Comes with The Biomech Encyclopedia, which will be shipping early summer of 2018, plus the signed limited poster and T-shirt, which should be shipping at the end of February.

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    2 Copies of the Biomech Encyclopedia

    Since so many of you have asked, we are adding a 2 book pledge level. 2 copies of The Biomech Encyclopedia, which will ship early summer 2018. (Note: it now appears that enough money has been raised that we will definitely be doing the 2 volume slipcase edition)

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    3 Copies of The Biomech Encyclopedia

    Since so many of you have asked, we are adding a 3 book pledge level. 3 copies of The Biomech Encyclopedia, which will ship early summer 2018. (Note: it now appears that enough money has been raised that we will definitely be doing the 2 volume slipcase edition)

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    Signed Originals from Book Production

    Strictly limited to 40 items! These collaborative drawings are done by a variety of artists, with Guy Aitchison doing the final pass on all of them. Signed by all participating artists, matted and ready to frame. Includes a signed copy of The Biomech Encyclopedia, which will be ready to ship in early summer 2018

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    • The Biomech Encyclopedia
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    Premium Originals from Book Project

    Limited to 8 items! Similar to the $350 reward, with some differences. These are collaborative pieces of art from the Biomech Encyclopedia project, which are framed and ready to hang. They are multimedia, combining pencil, pen, marker, colored pencil and sometimes acrylic paint over a rough inkjet print, allowing for many layers of collaborative work to come together in analog media. Signed by participating artists, varnished for UV protection, matted with a hand-drawn biomechanical flourish on the mat, and framed in a simple modern black frame, ready to grace the wall of your art collection or workstation! Comes with a copy of The Biomech Encyclopedia, which will be ready to ship in early Summer of 2018

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    • The Biomech Encyclopedia
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    Original Guy Aitchison Paintings

    These 8x10" oil paintings are done by Guy Aitchison in a variety of organic biomechanical themes, and come framed and ready to hang in your home or studio. Includes a signed copy of the Biomech Encyclopedia, which will ship early summer of 2018.

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    • The Biomech Encyclopedia
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    Round Aitchison Original Oil Paintings

    Guy loves painting on circular canvases, which can have an especially striking effect when presented the right way. This series of 10" round oil paintings all come framed, signed and ready to hang, featuring a variety of abstract biomechanical subjects. Comes with a copy of The Biomech Encyclopedia, which will ship early summer 2018. Limited to 10 items.

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    • The Biomech Encyclopedia
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    Original Collaborative Paintings

    Strictly limited to 20 items! These 9x12" acrylic paintings are done by Guy Aitchison in collaboration with Kurt Windish, Shaine Smith, Chris Hall and others, and come framed and ready to hang in your art collection or workstation. Includes 2 signed copies of The Biomech Encyclopedia, which will ship in early summer 2018

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    Commissioned Aitchison 16x20" Painting

    Strictly limited to 8 items! Commission Guy to paint an abstract biomech painting with the features and characteristics of your choice- you can get pretty specific as long as it's something that makes sense for Guy to paint. Oil on canvas, framed, signed and ready to hang. Includes 2 signed copies of the Biomech Encyclopedia, which will ship in early summer 2018

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    • The Biomech Encyclopedia
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